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The Phantom of Forty-Second Street, Raison, Milton, and Jack Harvey
141 Raison, Milton, and Jack Harvey The Phantom of Forty-Second Street
New York The Macaulay Company (c.1936) NO First Edition Hardcover Fair 
(no dust jacket) [ex-rental library book, well-worn all around, rear hinge cracked and front hinge weak; jacket flaps glued to pastedowns, vintage price sticker (from "Johnson's Bookstore," location unknown) on ffep; a previous owner/critic has pencilled an evaluation on the ffep, deeming it a "rather ribald mystery - not especially timeless but quick and lively"]. Murder mystery which introduced the character of Tony Woolrich, a drama critic and amateur sleuth, who here solves a string of murders committed by a homicidal maniac in various costumed guises (Napoleon, Nero and Captain Kidd). Co-author Raison certainly knew the theatrical milieu, having served as a publicity agent for several Broadway producers in the 1920s and early 1930s, before heading West and eventually settling into a prolific but fairly undistinguished career as a screenwriter, toiling exclusively on "B" fare -- including a 1945 adaptation of this very novel, produced by Poverty Row studio PRC. He also turned out a handful of additional mystery novels featuring Tony Woolrich during the 1940s, and ended his career as a TV writer. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Blues for the Buffalo, Ramos, Manuel
142 Ramos, Manuel Blues for the Buffalo
New York St. Martin's Press 1997 0-312-15480-1 / 9780312154806 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Earl Keleny 
[nice tight copy, appears unread, very light smudge on fore-edge; jacket shows just a trace of surface wear]. The fourth mystery novel featuring Denver attorney Luis Montez. "Physically fatigued, mentally exhausted, and severely banged up from his most recent misadventures, Luis accepts a friend's offer to relax on a Mexican beach. But things just don't work out they way he plans." 
Price: 13.50 USD
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Roots of Evil, Rayne, Sarah
143 Rayne, Sarah Roots of Evil
London Simon & Schuster 2005 0739473417 / 9780739473412 Book Club Edition Hardcover Fine in Fine dj 
[very nice clean copy, no discernible wear to either book or jacket]. The discovery of a dead body in an abandoned film studio leads a woman to investigate an unsavory family secret, linked to the mysterious death a half-century before of her grandmother, "the infamous silent-screen actress Lucretia von Wolff, whose lovers were legion, whose scandals were numerous, whose life ended abruptly in a bizarre double murder and suicide" at the same studio. [NOTE that this is presumed to be a book club edition due to the absence of a printed price on the (unclipped) dust jacket.] 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Home Sweet Homicide (An Inner Sanctum Mystery), Rice, Craig (pseud. for Georgiana Ann Craig)
144 Rice, Craig (pseud. for Georgiana Ann Craig) Home Sweet Homicide (An Inner Sanctum Mystery)
New York Simon and Schuster 1944 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good dj 
[solid clean copy, generally nicer than most of these wartime S&S books, slight bumping/fraying at top corners, spine very slightly turned; jacket a bit on the tattered side,with tears at spine corners, a little paper loss at top of spine, several tiny tears and chips at edges of front panel, two-inch split at bottom front foldover, small chunk missing from upper corner of rear panel (no loss of text); OK, so it won't win any beauty contests, but it's still quite serviceable]. Light-hearted domestic mystery novel about three children who decide to solve the murder of their next-door neighbor, as a means of publicizing the work of their mystery-novelist mother. Filmed by 20th Century-Fox in 1946, with Peggy Ann Garner. 
Price: 225.00 USD
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Miss Pinkerton, Rinehart, Mary Roberts
145 Rinehart, Mary Roberts Miss Pinkerton
New York Farrar & Rinehart (c.1932) NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
[very light soiling to cloth at top and bottom edges of covers; jacket slightly darkened at spine, a couple of tiny edge-nicks, still colorful and attractive]. The first novel featuring Rinehart's nurse-detective character, Hilda Adams, which she had introduced in two short mystery stories published back in 1914. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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The Haunting Hand, Roberts. W. Adolphe
146 Roberts. W. Adolphe The Haunting Hand
First Edition Hardcover Good Illustrated by (frontispiece) George W. Gage 
(no dust jacket) [Good only, a worn but intact book; spine turned, moderate wear with slight fraying to cloth at a few corners, top right-hand edge of front cover bumped, one-time owner's name on ffep, light staining to rear cover, spine lettering partially rubbed off]. New York-set mystery novel about a movie actress who sees a creepy disembodied arm and hand reaching out from under her bed one night, and spends the rest of the novel (with the help of many other characters) trying to figure out what the heck it was -- spook, burglar, figment of her imagination? By some definitions this could be considered a "Hollywood novel," insofar as it takes place partially against a film studio background -- the studio in question, the "Superfilm Company," being located in Astoria, N.Y. -- and is peopled with standard-issue stock characters of the genre: the egotistical and sexually aggressive director, the jealous star actress, the young love-struck cameraman, etc., all involved in making a film called "A Toreador's Love." It's also been claimed as the first mystery novel written by an African-American author, although the problem there seems to be that Mr. Roberts was neither African-American (he was born in Jamaica, of substantially-creole parentage) nor even especially dark-skinned, let alone "black" (as he's also been called). Oddly, too, it's not usually mentioned as being his first novel, although all evidence indicates that it was. (He had, however, already been professionally active as a poet and journalist for several decades prior to its publication, and had also written quite a bit of magazine fiction.) 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Too Busy to Die [*SIGNED*], Roden, H.W.
147 Roden, H.W. Too Busy to Die [*SIGNED*]
New York William Morrow & Co. 1944 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ Signed by Author
(no dust jacket) [mild exterior wear, slight darkening & waviness to top page edges, spine cloth a bit faded but lettering still strong]. SIGNED by the author on a large printed label affixed to the ffep, proclaiming this to be the "Autographed Edition / To / W.D. Rorrex / with the kindest personal regards / of the author:". Signed by Author 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Fago, Roueche, Berton
148 Roueche, Berton Fago
New York Harper & Row (c.1977) 0-06-013689-8 / 9780060136895 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Geoffrey Moss 
[sharp-looking book, only the tiniest bit of shelfwear to bottom edge; jacket very clean, no significant wear but with some very minor wrinkling]. Suspense novel about a retired middle-class Long Island couple who plot a murder in order to improve their lot in life. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Lazarus #7 (An Inner Sanctum Mystery), Sale, Richard
149 Sale, Richard Lazarus #7 (An Inner Sanctum Mystery)
New York Simon and Schuster 1942 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dj 
[solid, square copy, a couple of mildly bumped corners, very faint beverage ring stain on front cover; jacket heavily worn at extremities (a bit of paper loss at all corners), a few small edge-tears, wrinkling]. Excellent Hollywood mystery novel with elements of the fantastic, revolving around a quack doctor's experimental raising of dogs from the dead. The author was a pulp writer turned novelist/screenwriter, who later turned to directing as well. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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Wall of Glass, Satterthwait, Walter
150 Satterthwait, Walter Wall of Glass
New York St. Martin's Press (c.1987) 0-312-01530-5 / 9780312015305 2nd printing Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Bob Newman 
[nice tight clean copy (NO remainder mark), appears unread; no significant wear to either book; jacket has tiny abrasion at top front hinge, otherwise flawless]. The author's first novel, set in Santa Fe, New Mexico, introduced the character of P.I. Jonathan Croft, who featured in five subsequent books. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Crime Hound, Scott, Mary Semple
151 Scott, Mary Semple Crime Hound
New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1940 Later Printing (no "A") Hardcover Very Good+ 
(no dust jacket) [nice solid copy, mild shelfwear, minor soiling to page edges]. 
Price: 13.00 USD
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No Human Involved [*SIGNED*], Seranella, Barbara
152 Seranella, Barbara No Human Involved [*SIGNED*]
New York St. Martin's Press 1997 0-312-15614-6 / 9780312156145 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Ariana Grabec Signed by Author
[spine turned, but only significant wear is minor bumping at base of spine; jacket shows a little handling wear]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the title page. The author's debut novel, set in Venice Beach, California, in the 1970s, and involving "a cast of delightfully unique characters whose lives intertwine during one of America's most colorful decades." Signed by Author 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Wilkes on Trial, Sevilla, Charles
153 Sevilla, Charles Wilkes on Trial
New York Ballantine Books 1993 0-345-37564-5 / 9780345375643 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Peter DeSeve 
[nice tight copy, no discernible shelfwear, just a faint bit of spotting on top edge; jacket shows the teensiest bit of surface rubbing, if you squint]. The author's second novel about the "hotheaded, brash, merciless, sharp John Wilkes, a legendary defense attorney with a notorious reputation for unconventional tactics in the courtroom." 
Price: 15.00 USD
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City of Angels, Shagan, Steve
154 Shagan, Steve City of Angels
New York G.P. Putnam's Sons (c.1975) 0-399-11478-5 / 9780399114786 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) Fujita Design 
[mild shelfwear, spine slightly turned, small smudge on rear cover; jacket has small tears at all top corners, other quite decent]. Detective novel set in Los Angeles, by the producer/screenwriter best known for the 1973 film SAVE THE TIGER; apparently the source for the 1975 film HUSTLE with Burt Reynolds and Catherine Deneuve (screenplay by Shagan), although not credited as such in the reference source I checked. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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The Puzzling Adventures of Dr. Ecco, Shasha, Dennis
155 Shasha, Dennis The Puzzling Adventures of Dr. Ecco
New York W. H. Freeman and Company (c.1988) 0-7167-1958-4 / 9780716719588 2nd printing? Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Thomas Sperling 
[nice tight clean copy, no discernible wear; jacket shows minor wrinkling at top/bottom edges of front panel]. "A book about puzzles and problem solving, entertainingly disguised as the fictional tale of Dr. Jacob Ecco. We first meet Dr. Ecco at home in Greenwich Village, New York, where he is visited by his diverse clientele: government leaders and shadowy double agents, corporate giants and eccentric millionaires. Each client presents Dr. Ecco with an intriguing puzzle and is willing to pay handsomely for its solution. And so Dr. Ecco earns his living. Nearly 40 well-known combinatorial puzzles are posed in this lively and exciting narratie, each one beginning a new episode in Dr. Ecco's enigmatic life. The real fun is that we are asked to try and solve each puzzle as it is introduced in the story." 
Price: 13.50 USD
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Murder at Heartbreak Hospital, Slesar, Henry
156 Slesar, Henry Murder at Heartbreak Hospital
London Souvenir Press Ltd. 1993 0-285-63128-4 / 9780285631281 1st ed. thus Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[nice tight copy, minimal handling wear]. Murder mystery set behind the scenes of a TV soap opera. 
Price: 8.00 USD
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North of Montana [*SIGNED*], Smith, April
157 Smith, April North of Montana [*SIGNED*]
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1994 0-679-43197-7 / 9780679431978 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Chip Kidd Signed by Author
(price-clipped) [nice tight copy, no discernible wear; jacket shows very slight surface wear on front panel]. SIGNED by the author on the title page. Signed by Author 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Girl Hunt, Smith, Laurence Dwight
158 Smith, Laurence Dwight Girl Hunt
Philadelphia J.B. Lippincott Company (c.1937) NO First Edition Hardcover Poor in Poor dj Illustrated by (dj) Galdone 
[well-worn ex-rental library book with the usual depredations (multiple stamps on endpapers, additional stamps on top and bottom edges, etc.), front hinge cracked with webbing fully exposed; jacket is similarly well-worn and (surprise!) firmly glued down at the flaps in that typical 1930s-era rental-library manner)]. "A fast-moving detective story in which Earl Standish, who has an international reputation in police circles for ferreting out secrets, devotes some six months in the search of 20-year-old Ruth Boynton who has disappeared while on a shopping tour." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Bowery Murder, Smith, Willard K.
159 Smith, Willard K. Bowery Murder
Garden City NY Doubleday, Doran & Co. , for the Crime Club 1929 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [solid copy, spine slightly turned, mild soiling/browning to page edges, light staining to covers]. Fictional account -- presented as a "compilation" of contemporary newspaper stories (all phoney, but very believable) -- of a sensation murder in New York's Bowery in April 1928. Quite clever, and darn near post-modern: the Foreword is dated 1938, and is described as a "new foreword," although it's an integral part of the work, which is book-ended by the revelation that the author (an intrepid reporter who had investigated the original crime) has been happily married for eight years to one of the key figures in the case. I doubt that most of the people into whose hands this book comes are immediately aware that it's not non-fiction. Note that a facsimile dust jacket is available for this book (not from me) if you're of a mind to dress it up. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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The Rare Coin Score, Stark, Richard (pseud. for Donald E. Westlake)
160 Stark, Richard (pseud. for Donald E. Westlake) The Rare Coin Score
Greenwich CT Fawcett Publications, Inc. (Gold Medal d1803) (c.1967) First Edition Softcover Very Good Illustrated by (cover) Robert McGinnis 
[slight spine roll, light edgewear to covers, a touch of browning to page edges]. Mass Market PB The ninth entry in the "Parker" series, in which he gets embroiled in the world of high-end numismatics. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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