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1 Bario, Joanne Fatal Dreams
Garden City NY The Dial Press/Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1985 0-385-27938-8 / 9780385279383 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good- dj 
[solid copy, mild shelfwear, light soiling to page edges; jacket scuffed, edgeworn, minor chipping at spine extremities]. The story (by his widow) of the career of an undercover investigator who had worked for the IRS investigating the Mafia, and was later tapped for similar work by both Intertel and the DEA. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Murder Without Death, Birge, Jack E., M.D.
2 Birge, Jack E., M.D. Murder Without Death
(n.p.) Jack E. Birge (c.1981) Unstated edition Softcover Very Good 
[light exterior wear, tiny tear at top of spine; binding solid, internally clean]. Trade PB Self-published account of some miscarriage of justice done unto the author, although in the absence of a summarizing cover blurb, it's a little hard to figure out exactly what it was without actually reading the book. Apparently he ran afoul of the powers that be in Carrollton, Georgia (his introduction refers obliquely -- or is it metaphorically? -- to the "shark" who ran the town and unleashed his "destructive powers" on the good doctor, railroading him and at least one other fellow into the hoosegow). In the last line of his introduction, the author assures his readers that "everything in the book really happened and could happen to anyone who refuses to fit into a pattern dictated by the power structure of the community." (In the cover photo of the author behind bars, the stethoscope is a nice touch.) 
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After Prison -- What?, Booth, Maud Ballington
3 Booth, Maud Ballington After Prison -- What?
New York Fleming H. Revell Company (c.1903) First Edition Hardcover Good 
(no dust jacket) [worn but still solid copy, some exterior soiling, white lettering on spine and front cover rubbed but still readable, rear hinge cracked but not separated; school library property label (see description) on front pastedown, unused circulation slip affixed to rear pastedown, no other library markings]. (B&W photo frontispiece) An impassioned plea for the humane treatment and rehabilitation of prisoner inmates, the author's attitude pretty much summed up by her dedication: "Lovingly dedicated to our boys in prison by their Little Mother who believes in them and looks with confidence to a bright, victorious future when they shall have lived down the old, sad record, stormed the walls of prejudice, wrested just recognition from the skeptical and answered convincingly the question, 'can a convict be reformed?'" The author (1865-1948) went to work for the Salvation Army as a teenager and in 1886 married Ballington Booth, son of the organization's founder William Booth. The couple was instrumental in organizing the Salvation Army's early efforts in the U.S., but broke with the organization after a rift developed between Booth and his father. They subsequently founded their own organization, God's American Volunteers (soon renamed Volunteers of America), to aid the poor and underprivileged. Maud in particular was a tireless advocate for prison reform, taking her crusade on the road via the Chautauqua circuit. This book presents both an account of her efforts, including the formation of the Volunteer Prison League, and the stories of many of the convicts she met as a result of her work. [NOTE that the label in the front of the book indicates that it was "the property, and for the use of the members of the Sabbath School of the M.E. Church, Slingerlands, N.Y."] 
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Convicting the Innocent: Sixty-Five Actual Errors of Criminal Justice, Borchard, Edwin M.
4 Borchard, Edwin M. Convicting the Innocent: Sixty-Five Actual Errors of Criminal Justice
Garden City NY Garden City Publishing Co. , Inc. (c.1932) Reprint Hardcover Very Good+ 
(no dust jacket) [good solid copy, moderate shelfwear, some spotting/scuffing to rear cover]. (B&W photographs) "The sixty-five cases, although susceptible of dramatic presentation, are set forth in simple narrative form to indicate how the error occurred and how it was later discovered and unraveled. The cases were taken somewhat at random, for cases of this type are not systematically reported. The research was usually begun from a clue often afforded by a governor's pardon, by the report of a trial, or by a newspaper item, and was then pursued by an examination of the record and by correspondence or interview with the attorneys for the prosecution and defense and sometimes with the presiding judge, governor, or pardon board. An earnest effort has been made to present an accurate account of the facts; after each case in the original edition there will be found a bibliography of the principal sources employed and of the persons to whom special acknowledgments are due." [Note that the bibliography and source notes referred to are NOT present in this edition, which was apparently intended for a less scholarly readership; on the other hand, as stated in an editor's note, the original edition (Yale University Press, 1932) did not contain the photographs which illustrate this volume.] 
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Rock Solid: Two Cops' Obsessive Manhunt for One of America's Most Dangerous Criminals, Bose, Frank, and Bob Barchiesi, as told to Dolph LeMoult
5 Bose, Frank, and Bob Barchiesi, as told to Dolph LeMoult Rock Solid: Two Cops' Obsessive Manhunt for One of America's Most Dangerous Criminals
New York G.P. Putnam's Sons (c.1992) 0-399-13659-2 / 9780399136597 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Jack Ribik 
[nice-looking copy, no significant wear, just a couple of very tiny spots on top edge, slight residue on front pastedown from removed label; jacket shows only faint handling wear, still bright and clean]. (B&W photographs) Story of the two New York cops who brought down Alejandro Lopez, "known as 'The Man,' kingpin of a vast criminal empire extending from the bowels of New York City to the lush coastlines and luxurious mansions of Puerto Rico." In the face of Lopez's threats against them and their families, the two men "plunged into a nationwide manhunt, often using their own time and money. Unmoved by Lopez's bribes and threats, they fought widespread police bureaucracy and interdepartmental turf battles to close in on the man responsible for nineteen known murders and innumerable other counts of human misery." 
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6 Boylan, Jeanne Portraits of Guilt: The Woman Who Profiles the Faces of America's Deadliest Criminals
New York Pocket Books 2000 0-671-03485-5 / 9780671034856 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Fine dj Signed by Author
[tight, lovely, as-new copy]. (B&W photographs, drawings) SIGNED boldly on the title page by the author, a "facial identification specialist" described in the jacket copy as "the investigative world's secret weapon." Among the cases which her uncannily accurate sketches have helped to solve have been the Polly Klaas kidnapping, Susan Smith's drownings of her own children, the Oklahoma City bombing, and the Unabomber case. Signed by Author 
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Deathman Pass Me By: Two Years on Death Row, Brasfield, Philip, with Jeffrey M. Elliot
7 Brasfield, Philip, with Jeffrey M. Elliot Deathman Pass Me By: Two Years on Death Row
San Bernardino CA Borgo Press 1983 0893702641 / 9780893702649 First Edition Softcover Near Fine Illustrated by (cover design) Michael Pastucha 
[a tight, clean, unread copy, with just a trace of edgewear]. (Borgo Bioviews, No. 3) Series Trade PB (B&W photographs) First-person narrative by a man convicted of first degree murder and kidnapping in Wichita County, Texas, in 1978, and sentenced to death by lethal injection -- despite no hard evidence (and what evidence there was containing obvious irregularities), court-appointed attorneys who mounted no defense, witnesses who either refused to testify or could not be positive in their identification, etc. He spent two years on Death Row before his conviction was overturned, during which time he found God and became a published poet and an outspoken advocate for the abolition of the death penalty. (He was subsequently re-tried and again convicted-- apparently on the same circumstantial evidence--and remains in prison today, where he continues to write on prison and death penalty issues for various publications, and to profess his innocence. I suppose he should be thankful that his first conviction didn't come during George W.'s term as governor.) 
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Bounty Hunter [*SIGNED*], Burton, Bob
8 Burton, Bob Bounty Hunter [*SIGNED*]
Boulder CO Paladin Press (c.1984) 0-87364-296-1 / 9780873642965 First Edition Softcover Near Fine Signed by Author
[lovely copy, a couple of tiny scrapes on rear cover but otherwise appears brand-new and unread]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the half-title page. "Here is the business of bounty hunting told by a pro. Learn how to become an agent of a bail bondsman, how to get your first job, how to track a fugitive when the trail seems cold, how to arrest him as peaceably as possible, and how and where to turn him in to the police. Included is a list of the tools the bounty hunter needs and, very importantly, a state-by-state listing of the laws pertaining to bounty hunting." Foreword by another noted bounty hunter, Ralph "Papa" Thorson, who had his best 97 minutes of fame when he was portrayed by Steve McQueen in the 1980 film THE HUNTER. Signed by Author 
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Off the Straight and Narrow, Colgate, Caroline Bayard
9 Colgate, Caroline Bayard Off the Straight and Narrow
New York Lee Furman, Inc. (c.1937) First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj 
[good solid clean copy, light shelfwear, tiny tear in binding at top of spine; jacket a bit scuffed, with moderate soiling and light edgewear, vertical crease down middle of spine]. This is "the story of one woman's adventures on the other side of the track." A woman of "wealth and social position," Mrs. Colgate decided to devote her efforts to "befriending some who scoffed at friendship -- wayward men, delinquent children, prisoners, and inmates of various institutions." Her field work, which took her to "juvenile courts, houses of correction, reformatories, state and county prisons, prison farms, and boys' clubs," was mostly done between 1912 and 1923, but she continued to be active in reform efforts until her death in 1940. And lest you think that this is just the sort of woman the term "do-gooder" was invented to describe, however, the jacket blurber hastens to point out that Mrs. Colgate was "an observing realist, not a sentimental uplifter," and that she was neither "a sour-faced reformer or a grim crusader." (She was definitely one of "those" Colgates, though: her husband, Sydney M. Colgate, was chairman of the board of the Colgate-Palmolive-Peet Company at the time of his death in 1930, and was succeeded by their son.) 
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Ten Thousand Public Enemies, Cooper, Courtney Ryley
10 Cooper, Courtney Ryley Ten Thousand Public Enemies
New York Blue Ribbon Books (c.1935) NO 4th printing Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
[nice tight copy with only minimal wear, small piece torn away at top corner of one page (no text affected); jacket a bit worn along top and bottom edges, small tear at bottom corner of front panel, a little bit of scuffing to spine]. (B&W photographs) "An inside picture of the underground workings of crime in the United States and a description, with hundreds of hitherto unknown details, of the workings of the forces of law and order seeking to detect and capture our 10,000 public enemies." And of course the anointed head of said "forces of law and order" at the time was FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, who in his Foreword to this volume singles out Cooper as "one of the best informed writers on this subject in America." And indeed he may well have been: a former newspaperman (and before that a circus clown), he published over thirty books during his career, many on criminous subjects. This volume was the first of three that Cooper turned out between 1935 and 1938 that specifically touted the crime-fighting efforts of Hoover's FBI, at a time when the agency had not yet consolidated its position at the top of the domestic law-enforcement heap; it was also rumored that he was Hoover's ghostwriter for various magazine articles and the 1938 book "Persons in Hiding." (Hoover, in his Foreword, calls for "absolute co-ordination of Federal, State and local enforcement agencies." He disingenuously claims that his work "does not signify an attempt to usurp the law-enforcement powers of State, County, or City," while at the same time opining that "day by day, crime is laughing at localities.") Cooper was given unprecedented access to FBI files under Hoover's benevolent eye, and the list of nefarious notables whose mug shots and cards are reproduced in the book reads like a Who's Who of Depression-Era gangsters: Al Capone, "Pretty Boy" Floyd, Clyde Barrow, "Doc" Barker, Alvin Karpis, John Dillinger, "Baby Face" Nelson, and "Machine Gun" Kelly are all here, along with various lesser louts. Cooper died in 1940 under questionable circumstances: he was found hanged in the closet of a New York hotel room, and although his death was ruled a suicide, apparently his FBI file (how appropriate!) contains information indicating that he was murdered. 
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11 Damore, Leo The "Crime" of Dorothy Sheridan
New York Arbor House (c.1978) 0-87795-189-6 / 9780877951896 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
[nice tight copy, no discernible wear, thin red ink line on bottom edge; jacket a bit edgeworn, small tear at top rear corner]. "The true story and trial of a devout Christian Scientist; the death of her child; the legal, medical and religious furor that followed." Photo of author laid in. 
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The Becker Scandal: A Time Remembered, Delmar, Vina
12 Delmar, Vina The Becker Scandal: A Time Remembered
New York Harcourt, Brace & World (c.1968) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Paul Bacon Studio 
[good solid book, no signficant wear, just a bit of age-toning to the top of the text block; the jacket is very nice indeed, and looks as if it may have been protected by a clear cover (now replaced with a new one) for most of its life]. The author's father was a close friend of gambling-house owner Herman Rosenthal, whose 1912 murder was a major New York City scandal of its day; her book interweaves the details of the case (involving corruption within the NYPD) with the story of its impact on her own troubled family. 
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Barred from the Bar: A History of Women and the Legal Profession, Garza, Hedda
13 Garza, Hedda Barred from the Bar: A History of Women and the Legal Profession
New York Franklin Watts (c.1996) 0-531-11204-7 / 9780531112045 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) John D. Sparks 
[brand-new book, tight, clean and flawless except for some extremely light surface wear to the jacket]. Women Then -- Women Now Series (B&W photographs) "The phenomenon of women lawyers is as recent as the women's rights movement that began in the late 1960s, but the struggle of women to obtain equality before the bar is as old as the United States. Beginning with Abigail Adams, wife of President John Adams, the history of women and the law is recounted with narrative richness in this book. Women's efforts to gain a foothold in the law are considered in the context of the movements of the times, such as the abolitionist movement in the nineteenth century. Fascinating anecdotes about important though little-known women reveal their many-sided [efforts] to enter the legal profession. The contribution of African-American and Latina women are detailed." ("A Franklin Watts Library Edition," but NOT an ex-library book.) 
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Doomed Ship: The Autobiography of Judd Gray, Gray, Judd (prepared for publication by his sister, Margaret Gray)
14 Gray, Judd (prepared for publication by his sister, Margaret Gray) Doomed Ship: The Autobiography of Judd Gray
New York Horace Liveright 1928 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [a bit of wear to extremities, top corners bumped, light scuffing and minor soiling to covers]. (one facsimile manuscript page) Posthumously-published death-house autobiography by the former corset salesman who became the lover and reluctant accomplice of husband-killer Ruth Snyder, for which crime they were both fried in the electric chair at Sing Sing in 1928. "Prepared for publication by his sister Margaret Gray," per the title page, the genesis of the book is further discussed in a publisher's note: "This work in manuscript was written with a pencil on both sides of the sheets of an ordinary scratch pad. [It] was finished by Judd Gray on January 11, 1928, less than an hour before his execution. In preparing this extraordinary document for publication Mrs. Logan [the sister] has been careful not to add or delete any matter of the slightest meaning or importance. Unfortunately there was matter without meaning in the original, occasional hysterical religious expressions, repetitions, very obscure sentences, which if left in, would have made the work practically unreadable. This work is a unique document, and very likely the only one of its kind known in the annals of English or American criminal history." (The January 11th reference is a little curious, as it's well documented that both Ruth and Judd were executed on January 12th. She went first, and also earned the distinction of having her execution captured in a famous photograph, made by a reporter with a hidden camera strapped to his ankle.) The case was the inspiration for James M. Cain's "Double Indemnity," as well as other dramatized and fictionalized works. 
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The Compleat Swindler, Hancock, Ralph, with Henry Chafetz
15 Hancock, Ralph, with Henry Chafetz The Compleat Swindler
New York The Macmillan Company (c.1968) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Milton Glaser 
[very nice copy, clean and tight; book and jacket both slightly bumped at bottom rear corner, otherwise no significant wear to either, although the rear endpapers are discolored due to a laid-in contemporary newspaper ad for the book]. "A lively survey of the art of conmanship from the short-change gyp to the big-time securities swindle -- with case histories from official files." The cases are divided into the following categories: The Art of Deception; The Short-change Swindle; Playing for a Fast Buck; The $1,000 Touch; The Fifty-grand Gaff; The $100,000 Hustle; Sex and Salubrity Swindles; The $1,000,000 Hayride; No Limit. Also includes a "Swindlers' Glossary." 
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Our Lawless Police: A Study of the Unlawful Enforcement of the Law, Hopkins, Ernest Jerome
16 Hopkins, Ernest Jerome Our Lawless Police: A Study of the Unlawful Enforcement of the Law
New York The Viking Press 1931 NO Reprint Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [ex-private library, with three small "call numbers" written in white ink on the spine (keyed to some individualized cataloging methodology); the book itself is solid and clean, with a few interesting "extras" added by its one-time owner: his bookplate (Howard Hamilton Bliss, featuring a photo of himself out rock-climbing), several small summary reviews of the book affixed to the ffep, and a five-line pencilled critique of the book (apparently a quote from an "H.E. Barnes" at the bottom of the page)]. This exposť of police brutality grew out of the acknowledgment of government officials that Prohibition, instituted in 1919, had created huge enforcement problems, was widely evaded by the American public, and had contributed substantially to the rise of organized crime. In 1929, President Herbert Hoover in 1929 created the National Commission on Law Observance and Enforcement to look into the matter and come up with recommendations on how to address the problem through public policy. Generally known as the Wickersham Commission (after its head, former U.S. Attorney General George W. Wickersham), the 11-member group's investigations documented various negative effects of Prohibition on American society (including, surprise surprise, widespread public contempt for the law), but came down hardest of all on the police. On the one hand, they were heavily criticized for their failure to detect and apprehend the criminals (often due to corruption in their own ranks, and at various levels of government), and in addition they were hammered for being too rough on suspects when they DID detain them -- sort of a "damned if you don't and damned if you do" situation. It's this latter aspect that this book focuses on, going into great detail about brutal interrogation methods, the use of false arrest and prolonged detention, etc., and concluding (in the words of the pencil-quoted H.E. Barnes) that "the lawlessness of our law-enforcing officers is greater than that of our criminals." If you've been reading the news at all, much of what is "exposed" in this now-83-year-old book will sound shockingly contemporary, like this quote, picked at random from page 153: "First, a constabulary with too much petty authority over every class of the population will get an exalted notion of itself, [and] will be bound to develop the 'I'm the Law' attitude." Sound vaguely familiar? (It's worth noting that the book's preface is by Zechariah Chafee Jr., one of the authors of the Wickersham Commission's original report and later the author of the landmark 1941 book "Free Speech in the United States.") 
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17 Hyde, H. Montgomery, with John H. Kisch An International Casebook of Crime
London Barrie and Rockliff 1962 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj 
[moderate wear, mild edge-soiling; jacket worn/torn at top of spine, a little wear and some slight insect-chewing evident along top edge of rear panel, rear panel a bit soiled]. Accounts, "from a number of countries [of] ten of the most remarkable criminal cases that have occurred since the last war." Chapters deal with Caryl Chessman (U.S.); Gordon Lonsdale and the Navy spies (England); Soviet spy Rudolf Ivanovich Abel (U.S.); murderer Brian Donald Hume (tried for murder in both England and Switzerland); Dr. Richard Muller (Germany); the Moscow trial of U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers (Soviet Union); the Dominicis and the Drummond family (France); pimp Alfredo Messina (England); pimp Micke Jelke (U.S.); Mazurkiewicz, "playboy of Cracow" (Poland). 
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The Armed Robbery Orgasm: A Lovemap Autobiography of Masochism, Keyes, Ronald W., and John Money
18 Keyes, Ronald W., and John Money The Armed Robbery Orgasm: A Lovemap Autobiography of Masochism
Buffalo NY Prometheus Books 1993 0-87975-856-2 / 9780879758561 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) JJ Chrystal 
[nice copy, as-new with no discernible wear; jacket similarly nice, only slight blemish being some light creasing to the rear flap]. "In this unusual autobiographical work, imprisoned paraphiliac Ronald Keyes reveals the psychological and societal factors that contributed to his masochistic tendencies and criminal life." Under the spell of his dominatrix "Connie," who could only achieve orgasm by committing crimes, the author participated in nearly two dozen armed robberies in the Baltimore area during a two-month period in 1984 -- until, "as the final act of their sadomasochistic relationship," Connie turned him in to the cops. (Thanks, mistress!) "Caught and imprisoned, Keyes sought to understand the nature of his sexual drives. What led a successful businessman with a wife and child to abandon his family, take up with a prostitute, and go on a bizarre crime spree that wrecked his life?" This book, I guess, is the answer. (Sounds to me like just an extreme manifestation of the same old story -- i.e., guy-with-brains-in-pants.) 
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Murder in the Synagogue, LoCicero, T.V.
19 LoCicero, T.V. Murder in the Synagogue
Englewood Cliffs NJ Prentice-Hall, Inc. (c.1970) 0-13-606590-2 / 9780136065906 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Good+ dj 
(price-clipped) [good solid copy, light soiling to page edges, minor shelfwear; jacket shows some wear at extremities, ragged tear at top of spine with associated wrinkling/creasing, uneven browning to rear panel, light markings on spine]. The story of a shocking murder-suicide that took place in Detroit in 1966, in front of the congregation Shaarey Zedek, when Rabbi Morris Adler was assassinated by a young man (who was known to be a devoted admirer of the Rabbi) who then took his own life. "A tape recorder that was being used to record the Rabbi's sermon captured the episode in all its appalling detail [and] the tape was reproduced on news broadcasts coast-to-coast." The book, based on hundreds of interviews with those who had known both Rabbi Adler and his killer, Richard Wishnetsky, is "an insightful, dramatic, and remarkable double portrait of murderer and victim." (++) 
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FBI Girl, Marlowe, March
20 Marlowe, March FBI Girl
New York Arcadia House (c.1959) 1st Edition (see note) Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Herbstman 
[nice copy, spine a little turned but virtually no significant shelfwear, the only blemishes being small strips of black residue at bottom of front pastedown and rear fep (remnants of old jacket protector, now removed and replaced); jacket itself is bright and attractive, looks almost brand-new except for some slight fading to narrow strips along the top and the right-hand side of the front panel]. "The thrilling story of a career girl in government service." Mary Casey is a only a secretary in a Midwestern field office of the FBI, but for some reason or another she gets teamed up with a visiting special agent (they "meet cute" via a fender-bender), and together they're assigned to rescue a kidnapped 4-year-old boy. [Edition note: the numeral "5" appears on the copyright page, just beneath the copyright notice; I've found no evidence to indicate that this actually means anything -- but if you think it means it's a 5th printing, and it matters to you that it's not a first, then I suggest you don't buy it.] 
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