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Girl Hunt, Smith, Laurence Dwight
161 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.
162 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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A Three-Pipe Problem, Symons, Julian
163 Symons, Julian A Three-Pipe Problem
New York Avon Books 1976 (c.1975) 1st ptg. thus Softcover Very Good+ 
[tight/clean, some shelfwear/edgewear]. Mass Market PB 
Price: 4.00 USD
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Figure Away; an Asey Mayo mystery, Taylor, Phoebe Atwood
164 Taylor, Phoebe Atwood Figure Away; an Asey Mayo mystery
New York W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. [ca. 1969](c.1937) NO Reprint Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Robert Ritter 
[a little wear to spine ends and along top edge of rear cover, minor bumping to top corners; jacket shows some wear at top corners, a few tiny edge-tears in rear panel]. Mystery novel about the murder of an antique store owner, committed under cover of the fireworks celebrating Old Home Week in the fictional Cape Cod tourist town of Billingsgate. One of a group of Asey Mayo mysteries reissued by Norton in the 1960s, although the book itself bears no date other than the original 1937 copyright. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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An Eye for an Eye [*SIGNED*], Telushkin, Joseph
165 Telushkin, Joseph An Eye for an Eye [*SIGNED*]
New York Doubleday 1991 0-385-42116-8 / 9780385421164 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj) Rafal Olbinski Signed by Author
[very faint soiling to page edges, otherwise a solid clean copy; jacket lightly rubbed/scuffed]. INSCRIBED ("For _____, / With best wishes") and SIGNED by the author on the half-title page; also dated in the year of publication, in his hand. The author's third book featuring Rabbi Daniel Winter, in which the rabbi goes to court to defend a father who is on trial for killing his daughter's murderer, after the latter had received the lightest possible sentence due to his attorney's aggressive attack on the dead girl's reputation. Within the context of a murder/crime story, the book "confronts one of the most pressing moral questions of our time: Do people who deny others the right to live forfeit that right for themselves? Is the biblical demand 'an eye for an eye, a life for a life,' revenge or justice?" Signed by Author 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Dead Above Ground [*SIGNED*], Tervalon, Jervey
166 Tervalon, Jervey Dead Above Ground [*SIGNED*]
New York Pocket Books 2000 0-671-03468-5 / 9780671034689 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Jeanne M. Lee Signed by Author
[nice tight clean copy, just a trace of wear at spine ends; jacket shows some light surface scratching only]. INSCRIBED ("____ - I hope you enjoyed this New Orlean's [sic] novel!") and SIGNED by the author on the title page, additionally dated in his hand 11-17-2000. "A mesmerizing tale that shimmers with secrets of passion, muder, and vengeance, and with a family's veiled knowledge of the ties that can strengthen -- and destroy." The protagonist is "feisty young Lita Du Champ, [who] struggles to reconcile her loyalty to her mother with love for her restless, married sister Adela -- and tries to establish a life of her own in the face of crushing family responsibility." Signed by Author 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Mr. Guelpa, Thompson, Vance
167 Thompson, Vance Mr. Guelpa
Indianapolis The Bobbs-Merrill Company (c.1925) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj 
[moderately shelfworn, dust-soiling to page edges, spine slightly turned, one-time owner's signature on ffep; jacket edgeworn, with various tiny tears and nicks, minor paper loss at top of spine, one-inch tear and associated creasing along rear hinge (but folded back into place with no paper loss)]. The second (and final) "Mr. Guelpa" mystery, published a few months after the author's death in June of 1925. In this one, the brilliant French detective comes to America, intending "to meet various authorities in the many different branches of criminology," but (you just knew this) is also dragooned into helping solve a case of insurance fraud which turns out to involve (you knew this, too) some murder as well. Thompson was a literary critic and poet who turned his attention to mystery fiction for the first time with the first Mr. Guelpa book, "The Pointed Tower," published in 1923. (He turned out a couple of additional non-Guelpa novels between that one and this one.) (As of this writing, we also have a copy of "The Pointed Tower" in stock, possibly making ReadInk the only bookseller in the world to offer the entire "Mr. Guelpa" series!) 
Price: 125.00 USD
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The Pointed Tower, Thompson, Vance
168 Thompson, Vance The Pointed Tower
Indianapolis The Bobbs-Merrill Company (c.1923, 1922) NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by Gerald Leake 
[tight clean book with just the teensiest trace of shelfwear, remnants of old price sticker on rear pastedown; jacket lightly soiled, with a handful of tiny edge-tears, no paper loss]. (B&W frontispiece, 3 B&W plates) Monsieur Guelpa, in solving "the most baffling murder mystery Paris had ever known ... goes deeply into the lives of the great French family involved, lays bare their romances, their relations with one another and with the public, the sources of their wealth, the reasons for financial embarrassment, the count's rich marriage in America, his wife's early love affair, the intrigues of domestics." (Wow, who does this Guelpa guy think he is, Lew Archer?) Thompson, primarily a literary critic and poet, turned his attention to mystery fiction for the first time with this late-career novel introducing Mr. Guelpa, "the famous French detective" (with no first name, it would appear). Thompson did a couple of other books in the genre, but the only other "Mr. Guelpa" novel (and that was its title) was published in late 1925, a few months after the author's death in June of that year -- hence the "series," if you can call it that, consists of just two books. (We also have a copy of that second and final installment for sale as of this writing, making ReadInk perhaps the only bookseller in the world to be offering the entire "Mr. Guelpa" series!) 
Price: 200.00 USD
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Murder Incidental, Trask, Keith
169 Trask, Keith Murder Incidental
New York Farrar & Rinehart (c.1931) NO First Edition Hardcover Fair in Good+ dj 
(in Grosset & Dunlap dj) [covers are worn and faded (due to dampness) along bottom edge and at top of rear cover, but the inside of the book is not affected; jacket internally dampstained (bleed-off from covers) and with some internal tape repair, but externally attractive with just a bit of wear at edges and spine ends, one small closed tear and associated creasing at bottom of front panel]. "A triple murder story in which the small world of a ship, the S.S. El Dictador, sailing from Costaragua to New York City, becomes the tense scene of the attempt to catch the murderers. There is not only a mystery -- there is also the rapid unfolding of a psychological murder story and the character of the voluptuous and strange lady, Senora Alvarado." [NOTE again that this is a Grosset & Dunlap (reprint) dust jacket, not the F&R original.] 
Price: 30.00 USD
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The Morgue the Merrier, Truesdell, June
170 Truesdell, June The Morgue the Merrier
New York Dodd, Mead & Company 1945 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj 
[book is solid, lightly worn, several pieces of tape on each pastedown, from where dust jacket was once taped down; jacket has matching tape-pieces on flaps, otherwise just moderately edgeworn, with some light scuffing to front panel]. The first of two mystery novels by this former journalist. (The other, "Be Still, My Love," was the basis for the 1949 film "The Accused.") During World War II, while her husband, John Truesdell, was serving in the Army Air Corps, she wrote his daily and Sunday syndicated newspaper column under his by-line. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Detective, Vance, Louis Joseph
171 Vance, Louis Joseph Detective
Philadelphia/London J.B. Lippincott Company 1932 NO First Edition Hardcover Good 
(no dust jacket) [decent reading copy, external wear and soiling but binding intact, spine slightly turned; vintage bookplate on front pastedown, one-time owner's signature (matching name on bookplate) and annotation about source of book on ffep Late mystery novel by the creator of "the Lone Wolf." (He died the year following its publication.) 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The Ghost Man, Verner, Gerald
172 Verner, Gerald The Ghost Man
New York The Macaulay Company 1936 1st (U.S.) edition Hardcover Good in Good dj 
[ex-lending library book (American Lending Library Inc., "Never Sold / Only Loaned"), related stamping on endpapers only; well-worn but still solidly bound and internally clean; jacket flaps are securely glued to pastedowns, and the jacket itself is backed with brown paper, edgeworn, stained at spine, soiled on rear cover, etc.--and yet the front panel art is relatively unblemished and quite attractive]. "Who was the man called Conner, bank robber and murderer, who was hanged at Wandsworth Prison? What connections did he have with the murderer of the Shabby Peddler in the garden of Janet Lacey's country cottage? Why did he search the place so thoroughly before he was killed? And what was the significance of the stanza from the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam?" These questions (and no doubt a few more) are posed and answered in this vintage thriller, from a prolific British writer who was once called "the new Edgar Wallace," no doubt after Wallace himself was safely dead. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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17 and Black, Waer, Jack
173 Waer, Jack 17 and Black
New York The Viking Press 1954 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good- dj Illustrated by (dj design) Bill English 
[minor shelfwear, spine a little turned; jacket edgeworn, small tears at several corners, minor paper loss at base of spine]. "Jim Foster, manager of gambling casinos and an honest man in a dubious profession, transfers his curious talents to Mexico City and immediately finds himself involved with several matters not precisely routine. The irregularities happen to include two murders, an international crime ring, various beautiful women, none of whom could ever be accused of innocence, a bewitched roulette wheel, and any number of operatives from the police and underworld." 
Price: 8.00 USD
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Pool of Tears, Wainwright, John
174 Wainwright, John Pool of Tears
New York St. Martin's Press 1977 0-312-63008-5 / 9780312630089 1st U.S. edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
[very mild wear to bottom of book; jacket rubbed but still clean and attractive, a couple of small edge-tears in rear panel]. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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A Talent for Murder, Wells, Anna Mary
175 Wells, Anna Mary A Talent for Murder
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1942 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good dj Illustrated by (dj) Martinot 
[spine slightly turned, small stain on top edge, some discoloration to pastedowns and endpapers; jacket is heavily edgeworn, little bits of paper loss at spine ends and several corners, shallow chip at upper left-hand corner of front panel]. A psychoanalytical murder mystery, in which the accused murderess doesn't actually know if she's guilty or not. Although she testifies to her innocence in court and is acquitted, every night "she dreamed an altogether different story of what had happened, until at last she did not know which version was true and whether the truth might not be still another story." She consults a psychiatrist, Dr. Hillis Owen, who attempts to penetrate "the shadows of [her] twisted mind" and figure it all out. (When published in paperback, this was billed as "A Dr. Hillis Owen Detective Story," like there had been others, but I don't believe there were; Hubin lists four additional titles by this author, but none of them appear to have featured this character.) 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Pursuit of a Parcel, Wentworth, Patricia
176 Wentworth, Patricia Pursuit of a Parcel
Philadelphia/New York J.B. Lippincott Company 1942 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ 
(no dust jacket) [lightly worn copy, minor spotting to covers, spine cloth a little bit faded, slight bumping at spine ends and several corners]. The third and last of the author's "Inspector Lamb" mysteries. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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She Faded into Air, White, Ethel Lina
177 White, Ethel Lina She Faded into Air
New York Harper & Brothers (c.1941) NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj) "Manso" 
[solid copy with minor shelfwear, light age-toning to page edges, very light stain on top edge, old price-sticker shadow on ffep; jacket shows minor paper loss at a few corners, slight wrinkling and minor wear along top and bottom edges, minor paper loss at spine ends (no text loss)]. Another variation on the "vanishing woman" theme by this author, whose best-known book, "The Wheel Spins," served as the basis for Alfred Hitchcock's 1938 film "The Lady Vanishes." In this instance, she doubles up: two girls vanish mysteriously in the course of the story, from the same room in a very ordinary apartment. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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178 Willeford, Charles Sideswipe
New York St. Martin's Press (c.1987) 0-312-00188-6 / 9780312001889 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Walter Harper 
[spine turned, previous owner's name on front pastedown along with several additional names/initials (I guess this book was passed around a little), a bit of edge-soiling; jacket a bit rubbed, mild edgewear]. The author's third Hoke Moseley mystery. 
Price: 6.00 USD
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Torch Town Boogie, Womack, Steven
179 Womack, Steven Torch Town Boogie
London Headline Book Publishing 1995 (c.1993) 0747214271 / 9780747214274 1st U.K. ed Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Lee Gibbons 
[mild rubbing to rear panel of DJ]. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The Black Path of Fear, Woolrich, Cornell
180 Woolrich, Cornell The Black Path of Fear
Garden City NY Doubleday, Doran & Co. , for the Crime Club 1944 First Edition Hardcover Fair 
(no dust jacket) [ex-lending library book (label and various stamps on front pastedown), heavily worn (especially at bottom corners), hinges tender although not cracked; should be considered a READING COPY only]. Dark suspense yarn set in Havana. Filmed, somewhat, as a B-noir (THE CHASE) in 1946, with uninspired direction (by Arthur Ripley) and Bob Cummings (who was no Bob Mitchum) in the lead. Too bad this copy isn't prettier, but I can't help that. If you're so inclined, you could dress it up with a facsimile dust jacket, and as long as it stayed on the shelf nobody would be the wiser. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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