The law library at work has a “paperback exchange,” where you can take out pleasure reads for free, or donate books. (In practice, it includes hardcovers and a few audio books.) For some reason, the selection tends heavily toward mysteries, and today the new ones had several in a series about an antique dealer.
The Judas Pair, by Jonathan Gash, is the first of the Lovejoy series, and as I’d guessed, does indeed have cool how-things-work vibes about the antique business. However, the first-person narrator is a complete jerk, and while the ending is initially cool in an adrenaline-inducing way, it doesn’t really make sense on sober reflection. This one’s going back to the paperback exchange. (I might get the rest and just read the antique stuff. I have no actual interest in buying antiques or collecting things, it’s just the kind of thing I find soothing to read about.)