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Some Like 'em Shot, Malina, Fred
121 Malina, Fred Some Like 'em Shot
New York M. S. Mill/William Morrow 1949 First Edition Hardcover Good 
(beige paper-covered boards; no dust jacket) [spine turned, mild soiling, shelfwear at bottom, small tears in paper-covered boards at both ends of spine, previous owner's address label on front pastedown, a bit of tape residue near bottom of spine]. A lawyer is hired by the "Negro Anti-Discrimination Committee" to defend a black chauffeur accused of murdering a former U.S. Senator. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Murder Meets Mephisto, Mario, Queena
122 Mario, Queena Murder Meets Mephisto
New York E. P. Dutton & Co. 1942 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ 
(no dust jacket) [ex-lending library book, although the only marks are two stamps on the ffep; other than that, the book is only lightly worn, and is unblemished except for some minor staining to the endpapers and a previous owner's signature in pencil upside-down on the rear pastedown; (the scanned image makes the book look rather mottled for some reason, when in fact it's uniform in color and quite nice-looking)] The second of three opera-themed mystery novels by an author who was herself an operatic diva, having made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1922; she later became one of the nation' s premier voice teachers. The story is told in the first person -- the narrator/protagonist being a diminuitive (5-foot-3) long-time assistant at the Met, with frustrated dreams of becoming a composer -- and the backstage scenes definitely have the ring of truth. As the New York Times reviewer remarked, the author "knows the opera and its people as no outsider could know them." 
Price: 35.00 USD
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The Trip to Jerusalem, Marston, Edward
123 Marston, Edward The Trip to Jerusalem
New York St. Martin's Press 1990 0-312-05174-3 / 9780312051747 1st U.S. edition Hardcover Fine in Very Good+ dj 
[nice tight clean copy with no discernible wear; jacket lightly edgeworn, small surface-peel scar at top of rear panel, very slight moisture-rippling to rear panel]. The author's third "Elizabethan Whodunit," featuring Nicholas Bracewell and his troupe of thespians, embarking on a road tour in the North of England in order to avoid the Black Plague, which is ravaging London. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Seeds of Murder, Mason, Van Wyck
124 Mason, Van Wyck Seeds of Murder
Garden City NY Doubleday, Doran & Company, for the Crime Club 1930 NO Later Printing Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj 
(price-clipped) [very nice book, faint wear to extremities, vintage price sticker (from San Francisco department store The White House) on rear pastedown; jacket shows some wear along top and bottom edges, with various small tears and nicks, and some associated creasing]. Mason's first novel, also the first of his 26 books featuring U.S. Army Intelligence officer Captain (later Major) Hugh North. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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The Crime in the Boulevard Raspail, Massey, Ruth
125 Massey, Ruth The Crime in the Boulevard Raspail
London/Edinburgh/etc. Thomas Nelson & Sons, Ltd. 1932 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [moderate shelfwear, mild soiling to cloth, light fraying at several corners, previous owner's faint stamp on front pastedown, tiny bookseller's stamp on ffep]. Scarce mystery novel set in Paris; "a tale for those who know nothing about art, and for those who know too much." 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Devil on Two Sticks, Miller, Wade (pseud. for Bob Wade and Bill Miller)
126 Miller, Wade (pseud. for Bob Wade and Bill Miller) Devil on Two Sticks
New York Farrar Straus and Company (c.1949) NO First Edition Hardcover Good in Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Bill English 
[shelfwear to bottom edges and top corners, spine slightly turned, not in collectable condition but a perfectly decent copy; jacket edgeworn, soiling to rear panel, a few little nicks, and some chipping at spine ends]. Mystery-gangster novel, about the "underlord of San Diego," who has ambitious plans to "make the Mexican border towns look silly" by providing similar entertainments on the U.S. side of the border. But first he has to contend with figuring out who among his close associates is ratting about his plans to the Attorney General. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Salute Blue Mask!, Morton, Anthony [pseud. for John Creasey]
127 Morton, Anthony [pseud. for John Creasey] Salute Blue Mask!
Philadelphia/New York J.B. Lippincott Company (c.1938) First American Edition Hardcover Very Good 
(gray decorated cloth; no dust jacket) [good solid copy, slight fraying to cloth at spine ends, light stain at top of fore-edge]. Third novel in the long-running "Baron" series, which eventually spanned nearly fifty books and inspired a short-lived 1960s TV series. According to the copyright page the original British title of the book was "Salute the Baron!" (and it was indeed published years later, in various editions, as "Salute for the Baron"), but in this instance the publisher made an error: it was actually first published in the U.K. as "The Baron Again" (this title confirmed through a search of the British Library catalogue). 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned [*SIGNED*], Mosley, Walter
128 Mosley, Walter Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned [*SIGNED*]
New York W. W. Norton & Co. (c.1998) 0-393-04539-0 / 9780393045390 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Debra Morton Hoyt Signed by Author
[nice tight copy, top rear corner bumped; jacket a bit rubbed]. SIGNED by the author on the title page, where he has also written "The Socrates Crew Edition." The first of three (so far) novels featuring Socrates Fortlow, "a tough, brooding ex-convict determined to challenge and understand the violence and anarchy in his world -- and in himself." Signed by Author 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Trophies and Dead Things [*SIGNED* uncorrected page proofs], Muller, Marcia
129 Muller, Marcia Trophies and Dead Things [*SIGNED* uncorrected page proofs]
New York The Mysterious Press 1990 NO Uncorrected Page Proofs Softcover Very Good- Signed by Author
(printed wraps) [moderate soiling to covers and page edges, dampstaining to rear cover, small pencil notes on spine, "Berkeley setting" in ink on front cover]. SIGNED by the author on the title page, below her printed name. Signed by Author 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The Man in the Moon [*SIGNED*], Norwood, Frank
130 Norwood, Frank The Man in the Moon [*SIGNED*]
New York St. Martin's Press (c.1989) 0-312-03393-1 / 9780312033934 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Doris Borowsky Signed by Author
[tight, clean, unread copy, no discernible wear; jacket shows mild creasing/wrinkling along top edge, paper clip mark at bottom of rear panel, minor scratching on front panel, diagonal crease in rear flap]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the half-title page. "Chandleresque" novel about a former boxer who gets involved in murder. According to the jacket blurb, the author "has published one previous novel, in paperback, but prefers to think of [this one] as his first" -- sort of a literary mulligan, I guess. Signed by Author 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The Ugly Woman, O'Farrell, William
131 O'Farrell, William The Ugly Woman
New York Duell, Sloan and Pearce (c.1948) First Edition Hardcover Good 
(no dust jacket) [shelfworn copy, several tiny tears in cloth at top of spine, small puncture tear in middle of spine, spine cloth a bit faded, some discoloration on endpapers, small bookseller stamp on front pastedown]. The author's somewhat elusive third novel, a psychological murder mystery with a Greenwich Village setting. "After reading a few chapters of this book," commented the N.Y. Times reviewer, "one begins to wonder whether any of the leading characters in it are in full possession of their mental faculties. It is evident that at least one of them is mad and that some of the others are not far from it." 
Price: 25.00 USD
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The Affair of Jolie Madame, O'Malley, Patrick
132 O'Malley, Patrick The Affair of Jolie Madame
New York M. S. Mill Company / William Morrow & Co. 1963 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) Isadore Seltzer 
(price-clipped) [good solid copy, mild shelfwear, light browning to page edges; mostly-white jacket shows a bit of soiling, minor chipping/dog-earing at top of spine, one-inch split (closed) at bottom rear fold]. One in the author's series of adventure-suspense yarns featuring counterintelligence agents Harrigan and Hoeffler. This time their assignment takes them to Southern California, where "the sudden disappearance of noted scientist and developer of the 'memory bank' computer, Dr. Ronald Jarrell, baffles security agents." 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Murder for the Millions: A Harvest of Horror and Homicide, Owen, Frank, ed.
133 Owen, Frank, ed. Murder for the Millions: A Harvest of Horror and Homicide
New York Frederick Fell 1946 First Edition Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [good sound copy, some external soiling (mostly to rear cover), top rear corner bumped, very slight fraying at bottom front corner]. Anthology of 37 short stories, "the ultimate in murder. No mere morsel of blood is this, but a veritable banquet, for between the covers of this large volume lurk murderers who have performed their evil deeds in every field -- regicide, parricide, fratricide, homicide or simple strangulations. Authors represented include Dashiell Hammett, Cornell Woolrich, Nicholas Blake, Damon Runyon, Ellery Queen, Sax Rohmer, John Collier, C.S. Forester, James M. Cain, George Harmon Coxe, Leslie T. White, and Vincent Starrett. The last piece in the book (and singled out in the introduction) is "Mind Over Murder" by Nelson Bond, claimed to be "the first appearance of a radio script in a collection of mystery stories." 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The Detective and Mr. Dickens, Palmer, William J.
134 Palmer, William J. The Detective and Mr. Dickens
0-312-05073-9 / 9780312050733 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj 
[nice tight clean copy, appears unread, no discernible wear; jacket a tiny bit worn at spine ends, faint soiling here and there]. Subtitled "Being an Account of the Macbeth Murders and the Strange Events Surrounding Them; A Secret Victorian Journal, Attributed to Wilkie Collins, Discovered and Edited by William J. Palmer." The author's first novel, a literary/detective pastiche set in 1851 and exploring "the relationship of [Charles] Dickens and [Wilkie] Collins with Inspector William Field of the Metropolitan Protectives of London, one of the first professional detectives. Seamlessly interweaving fact with fancy, what did happen with what could have happened, the plot draws Dickens, Collins, and Field together to solve a brutal murder -- a murder that has its roots in the Covent Garden production of 'Macbeth.'" 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Mayhem in B-Flat (A Homer Evans Murder Mystery), Paul, Elliot
135 Paul, Elliot Mayhem in B-Flat (A Homer Evans Murder Mystery)
New York Random House (c.1940) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ 
(no dust jacket) [nice solid copy, minor edgewear, some darkening to cloth along edges of spine, tiny bookseller's label on ffep]. The third Homer Evans tale, in a genre we might call "screwball mystery" -- or as critic William DeAndrea described the Evans books, "absurdist, almost surreal farces, populated by likable loonies somehow involved in murder cases that didnít have to make much sense [but] just had to serve as a framework for the craziness.Ē This one, set in Paris, involves Homer and his girlfriend/sidekick Miriam trying to solve the mystery of a stolen violin (although "solving the mystery" is never really the central concern in an Evans book); various and sundry gangsters and other crooks are involved, as well as girls, girls, and more girls, and lots and lots of alcohol. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Final Cut, Perry, Max
136 Perry, Max Final Cut
New York Fawcett Gold Medal (14372) 1980 0-449-14372-4 / 9780449143728 First Edition Softcover Near Fine 
[tight and unread; traces of wear at edges and corners, tiny and unobtrusive surface-scrape on front cover]. Mass Market PB Paperback original about the investigation of a murder in Greenwich Village, during the filming of a movie about a homosexual killer; seems like a riff on William Friedkin's notorious film CRUISING, released the same year. 
Price: 5.00 USD
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Money Men -and- One-Shot Deal, Petievich, Gerald
137 Petievich, Gerald Money Men -and- One-Shot Deal
New York Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (c.1981) 0-15-169892-9 / 9780151698929 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj 
[nice tight copy, but with a light brown stain across the bottom fore-edge (also affecting bottom corners of both endpapers, lower corner of the front jacket panel, and bottom edge of front cover); there is a similar, but smaller, stain on the bottom edge near the spine; better than it sounds, though--still a pretty nice-looking book]. The first published fiction by the author of "To Live and Die in L.A." The first of these two novels ("linked adventures," per the jacket blurb) was adapted, unmemorably, for the 1993 cop thriller BOILING POINT, with Wesley Snipes and Dennis Hopper. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Blackeyes, Potter, Dennis
138 Potter, Dennis Blackeyes
New York Vintage Books 1988 (c.1987) 0-679-72047-2 / 9780679720478 Book Club Edition Softcover Near Fine 
[nice clean unread copy, just a bit of edgewear]. Trade PB Novel about a 77-year-old writer who unexpectedly produces a best-seller, with a heroine that suspiciously resembles his fashion-model niece. When she is found murdered, the plot, as they say, thickens -- in a way that only Potter can thicken it, "interweav[ing] genres and narrative levels in a brilliant mosaic that will delight fans of his distinctive, utterly compelling plays and scripts." [Note that this is the book club edition, not the trade paperback edition, although for all intents and purposes they are identical.] 
Price: 5.00 USD
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The American Gun Mystery [Death at the Rodeo], Queen, Ellery
139 Queen, Ellery The American Gun Mystery [Death at the Rodeo]
New York Frederick A. Stokes Company 1933 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ 
(red cloth w/lettering & gun illustration in black; no dust jacket) [nice clean copy, cloth bright and lettering strong, light fraying at corners and slight bumping at spine ends, small triangular black mark on bottom edge next to spine; the book's only serious flaw, really, is that the top one-third or so of the ffep has been cut away] . 
Price: 50.00 USD
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No Weeds for the Widow, Raison, Milton M.
140 Raison, Milton M. No Weeds for the Widow
Hollywood CA Murray & Gee, Inc. 1946 First Edition Hardcover Good in Poor dj 
[book shows shelfwear, ffep torn out, minor soiling to top edge, some fraying to cloth at extremities, a couple of bent page corners; jacket is well-worn at all edges, a couple of surface-peeled patches, front flap detached (held in place by Brodart cover)]. The author's third (I think) mystery novel featuring drama critic-detective Tony Woolrich, this one set on the south shore of Long Island. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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