Not Yet Read, But Already A Rare Book

John Dunning has been an antiquarian bookseller for eight years, but even he was surprised at the swift jump in value of Booked to Die, the gritty murder mystery he wrote about the rare-book business. Issued in January, 1992, at $19.95, the work sold out within days. Six months later, the first edition brought $100, and now dealers ask $150. The frenzy drove up the prices of Dunning's other books, too. A first edition of his 1980 novel Denver jumped to $125, up from $20 last year.

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