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Hound

(2009)
(The first book in the Henry Sullivan series)
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"Death was, after all, the way Henry made his living."

A bookhound, Henry Sullivan buys and sells books he finds at estate auctions and library sales around Boston and often from the relatives of the recently deceased. He's in his late thirties, single, and comfortably set in his ways. But when a woman from his past, Morgan Johnson, calls to ask him to look at her late husband's books, he is drawn into the dark machinations of a family whose mixed loyalties and secret history will have fatal results.

Hound, the first novel featuring Henry Sullivan, is the debut work of a longtime Boston bookseller. It is a paean to books, bookselling, and the transformative power of the printed word. Even as it evolves into a gripping murder mystery, it is also a reminder that there are still quiet corners of the world where the rhythms of life are calmer, where there's still time for reading, time for getting out for a beer with friends, time to investigate the odd details of lives lived on the edges of the book world.

As the true story unfolds, its mysteries are also of the everyday sort: love found and love lost, life given and life taken away. At the center is Henry himself, with his troubled relationships and his love of old books. There's his landlady Mrs. Prowder whose death unsettles Henry's life and begins the sequence of events that overturns it. There's the secret room his friend Albert discovers while doing "refuse removal," a room that reveals the story of a woman who lived and loved a century ago.

And throughout the novel are those of us whose lives revolve around books: the readers, writers, bookstore people, and agents - as well as Henry, the bookhound, always searching for the great find, but usually just getting by, happy enough to be in the pursuit.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Ingenious and refreshingly irreverent, Hound is not only a mystery on many levels, but also an intelligent - and often funny - tour-de-force of the perils and follies of human relationships." - Anne Fortier


Used availability for Vincent McCaffrey's Hound

Hardback Editions

September 2009 : USA Hardback
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Title: Hound: a novel
Author(s): Vincent McCaffrey
ISBN: 1-931520-59-3 / 978-1-931520-59-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Small Beer Press
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Paperback Editions

June 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: Hound: a novel
Author(s): Vincent McCaffrey
ISBN: 1-931520-25-9 / 978-1-931520-25-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Small Beer Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Kindle Editions

September 2009 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Hound: a novel
Author(s): Vincent McCaffrey
Publisher: Small Beer Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU