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The Story of a Prison [*Stacy Keach's prison library copy*], Southerton, Peter
21 Southerton, Peter The Story of a Prison [*Stacy Keach's prison library copy*]
Reading, Berkshire (U.K.) Osprey Publishing Ltd. 1975 0-85045-260-0 / 9780850452600 First Edition Hardcover Good in Near Fine dj 
(price-clipped) [book is only lightly worn, but with tape marks on both pastedowns and endpapers, numerous notes in ink on rear fep; jacket is in almost perfect condition, with just a smidge of surface wear]. Beginning with a history of Reading Gaol, a "rather horrific account of cruelties practised upon the criminal," the book examines the history of penal practice in Britain from the 16th century to the present day. The jacket blurb declares it to be "of great interest to workers in the prisoner and probation services, magistrates, [and] students in social studies and social history," but neglects to mention one other group which might be expected to take an especially keen interest in such matters: the convicts themselves. In the case of this particular book, it was indeed of special interest to one particular convict: the American actor Stacy Keach, who spent nine months in Reading Prison following his conviction on a drug possession charge in London in late 1984. Laid in is a blue slip of paper with the official date-stamp of H.M.P. Reading Library (9 Feb 85), on which is written "L55200 Keach / The Story of a Prison / His Personal Copy"; additionally, at the top of the ffep is written (in red ink) "Property of Stacy Keach, L55200," and (in black ink) "11 Feb. 1985." (These dates were approximately two months into Keach's sentence.) 
Price: 125.00 USD
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The Sewers of Gold, Spaggiari, Albert (translated by Martin Sokolinsky)
22 Spaggiari, Albert (translated by Martin Sokolinsky) The Sewers of Gold
London Granada Publishing Limited 1979 0-246-11131-3 / 9780246111319 1st U.K. edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj 
[bottom corners moderately bumped, otherwise a nice clean book with minimal wear; jacket shows some wear at extremities, particularly some rubbing and dog-earing to the top corners]. (B&W photographs, map) True-crime account of "the most audacious bank robbery of the century," perpetrated on a Société Générale bank in Nice, France, in July 1976. The author was "the mastermind behind the caper, [an] adventurer and dreamer, who pulled it off and got away." He was briefly captured later that year, but soon escaped from jail; although eventually sentenced to life in prison in absentia, Spaggiari remained at large until his death, reportedly "under mysterious circumstances," in 1989. Three feature films (two French, one British) have been inspired by the robbery. The original title of the book, published in France in 1978, was "Les égouts du paradis." 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Max D. Steuer, Trial Lawyer, Steuer, Aron
23 Steuer, Aron Max D. Steuer, Trial Lawyer
New York Random House (c.1950 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Hollis Holland 
(price-clipped) [light age-toning to fore-edge, minimal shelfwear to bottom edges of covers, faint remnants of some erased pencil underlining in the introductory chapter; jacket shows a little wear at extremities, light soiling and a couple of short creases to rear panel]. (B&W photo frontispiece) Sort of a portrait-in-action of this "master of cross-examination," assembled by his son, who opens his introductory chapter with a disclaimer: "This is not a biography." Although he does provide some sketchy biographical details of his father, the bulk of the book is made up of summaries of five of the elder Steuer's most important and challenging cases, each of which includes lengthy excerpts from court transcripts. One of the five cases discussed is considered the most famous of Steuer's career: People v. Harris and Blanck, the prosecution for manslaughter brought against the owners of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in the wake of the deadly 1911 fire that killed nearly 150 of its workers; another is People v. Rickard, in which Steuer acted as counsel for famed sports promoter Tex Rickard, who was accused of having had sex with a 14-year-old girl. (In the Triangle case, Steuer got the owners off by discrediting the testimony of a key prosecution witness, Kate Alterman, one of the factory workers who had survived the fire; in the Rickard case, he managed to transform the victim into (in his son's words) "a little tart" in the eyes of the jury, and Rickard was acquitted. Effective tactics, obviously -- although perhaps less than admirable.) Fairly little has been written about Steuer, who left behind no writings pertaining to his legal philosophies or strategies. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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24 Stevens, Robert Law School: Legal Education in America from the 1850s to the 1980s (Studies in Legal History)
Chapel Hill NC/London University of North Carolina Press (c.1983) 0-8078-1537-3 / 9780807815373 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ 
(no dust jacket) [solid copy, minor wear at extremities, a couple of light spots on front cover, some traces of erased (by me!) pencil underlining]. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Al Capone -- The Hawk -- Prohibition [*SIGNED*], Tashjian, Leon H
25 Tashjian, Leon H Al Capone -- The Hawk -- Prohibition [*SIGNED*]
New York Vantage Press (c.1989) 0-533-08095-9 / 9780533080953 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dj Signed by Author
[good solid copy, light wear at spine ends; jacket is dampstained across bottom of rear panel, but book itself does not appear to have been affected, except for a stain at top of rear pastedown]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the rear pastedown (slightly affected by noted dampstain). The author, "popularly known as 'the Hawk,' takes us back to the days of Prohibition and such big-name gangsters as Al Capone, Yellow Kid Weil, John Dillinger, and others. This is the Hawk's own story of how, as a U.S. deputy marshal, he went after and brought in men known to the public and the government as dangerous and often desperate criminals, some of whom forged vast networks of crime, drawing into their syndicates not only the blatantly criminal but many of those charged with upholding the law as well. But there was another side to these men, too, and here we meet an Al Capone who 'did more to help the common people than all the government agencies and charity places put together.' These were gentlemanly men who, though their henchmen may have been killers, were themselves often beguilingly polite, responding to warrants for their arrest with an elegance of style Emily Post might have envied." The book "dramatize[s] the ills of a system that, in the end, was to bring about the Hawk's own fall from grace." (++) Signed by Author 
Price: 20.00 USD
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No Answer from Foxtrot Eleven, Tullett, Tom
26 Tullett, Tom No Answer from Foxtrot Eleven
London Michael Joseph 1967 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good- dj Illustrated by (dj design) M. Mohan 
(price-clipped) [minimal shelfwear to book; jacket lightly stained on spine, short closed tear and associated creasing at top right corner of front panel, a bit of wear along bottom edge]. (B&W photographs) True-crime reportage, about the cold-blooded murder of three British policemen in August 1966 and its aftermath, covering the intensive manhunt that led to the capture of the killers, as well as their trial and conviction. The author, an ex-Scotland Yard investigator who later became one of Fleet Street's most renowned crime reporters, "was in on [the case] from the beginning, talked to the families of the murderers and their victims, [and] was in close contact with the police throughout." The case, known as the Shepherd's Bush murders (and also as the Massacre of Braybrook Street), sparked a great deal of outrage in the U.K., including calls for the then-recently-abolished death penalty. Of the three men who were ultimately convicted of the murders, one died in prison, another was released but was later beaten to death by a flatmate, and the third (Harry Roberts) was finally released in November 2014. A very scarce book. 
Price: 85.00 USD
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Life and Limb: An Account of the Career of Melvin M. Belli, Personal-Injury Trial Lawyer [*SIGNED* by Belli], Wallace, Robert
27 Wallace, Robert Life and Limb: An Account of the Career of Melvin M. Belli, Personal-Injury Trial Lawyer [*SIGNED* by Belli]
Garden City NY Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1955 NO First Edition Hardcover Good in Fair dj 
[book only moderately worn, but front hinge split and front cover hanging on by webbing only; jacket is worn, internally damp-stained, various tears and chips, paper loss at spine extremities]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by Melvin Belli on the ffep. Signed by Biographee 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Criminal Evidence for Police, Weston, Paul B., and Kenneth M. Wells
28 Weston, Paul B., and Kenneth M. Wells Criminal Evidence for Police
Englewood Cliffs NJ Prentice-Hall, Inc. (c.1971) 0-13-193003-6 / 9780131930032 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj 
[good solid copy, very light soiling to page edges; jacket worn at edges/corners, moderately rubbed/soiled, a couple of tiny tears]. (Prentice-Hall Series in Law Enforcement) Series The book "examines the nature and admissibility of evidence and its role in determining guilt or innocence in the prosecution of offenders in criminal courts. It presents a functional analysis of evidence and its use, oriented to the day-to-day needs of police offices and criminal investigators." 
Price: 12.00 USD
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With Confidence and Pride: Policing the Wellington Region 1840-1992, Young, Sherwood, ed.
29 Young, Sherwood, ed. With Confidence and Pride: Policing the Wellington Region 1840-1992
[Wellington, New Zealand] Wellington Police Trust [1994] 0-473-02782-8 / 9780473027827 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Lauren Pyne 
[nice clean copy with light wear at bottom extremities; jacket shows minor wrinkling, some surface-scratching to rear panel]. (B&W photographs, maps) "In this fascinating volume you can read about the large-scale enquiries and homicides that have occurred in the region, as well as the commissions of enquiry that have been held into the Police itself. The police have assembled experts in their field to contribute to this book -- historians, trainers, educators, administrators, journalists and frontline police -- to produce an attractive and thoroughly researched record of the policing of a most important part of New Zealand. [The book includes] more than 600 photographs [and a roster of] over 2500 men and women who have served in the region since 1840." 
Price: 65.00 USD
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