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Double Jeopardy, Goldsmith, Martin M.
61 Goldsmith, Martin M. Double Jeopardy
New York The Macaulay Company (c.1938) First Edition Hardcover Good+ 
(no dust jacket) [decent copy, front hinge cracked but not separated, light dampstaining and a few small white marks at bottom of front cover (interior of book not affected), slight fraying at bottom front corner]. Very scarce first novel by the author of "Detour," exploring the question of whether "it is possible in this day of enlightened justice for a man to be punished twice for the same crime." (A very nice facsimile dust jacket can be had for this book, from another source.) 
Price: 125.00 USD
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Double Jeopardy, Goldsmith, Martin M.
62 Goldsmith, Martin M. Double Jeopardy
New York The Macaulay Company (c.1938) First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) "Sargent" 
[nice square copy, a few tiny nicks to cloth at edges, a little wear at spine ends, long-ago seller's price lightly rubber-stamped on rear endpaper; jacket shows a bit of edgewear, teensy paper loss at a couple of bottom corners, one-inch closed tear at top front hinge]. Very scarce first novel by the author of "Detour," exploring the question of whether "it is possible in this day of enlightened justice for a man to be punished twice for the same crime." 
Price: 600.00 USD
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A Person Shouldn't Die Like That, Goldstein, Arthur
63 Goldstein, Arthur A Person Shouldn't Die Like That
New York Random House (c.1972) 0-394-47230-6 / 9780394472300 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) David F. Holzman 
[spine turned, some spotting to page edges, mild wear to bottom edge and spine extremities; jacket faintly soiled, one tiny closed tear at top of front panel]. A mystery "in which seventy-two-year-old Max Guttman, a Lower East Side Jew, finds a body." This was the first of several Max Guttman mysteries. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Nobody's Sorry He Got Killed, Goldstein, Arthur D.
64 Goldstein, Arthur D. Nobody's Sorry He Got Killed
New York Random House (c.1976) 0-394-40028-3 / 9780394400280 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Honi Werner 
[nice clean copy, minimal shelfwear, page edges lightly browned; jacket shows a little surface wear, no tears or chips]. Senior citizen and reluctant detective Max Guttman gets involved again (this being his third adventure), when the granddaughter of one of his fellow residents at the Golden Valley Senior Citizens' Center is accused of murder. 
Price: 8.00 USD
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The Thirteenth Apostle [*SIGNED*], Gonzalez, Gloria
65 Gonzalez, Gloria The Thirteenth Apostle [*SIGNED*]
New York St. Martin's Press 1993 0-312-08909-0 / 9780312089092 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj) Earl Keleny Signed by Author
[nice tight copy, faint dust-soiling to top edge, no significant wear; jacket shows some rubbing/scuffing, mostly to rear panel]. INSCRIBED humorously and SIGNED by the author on the title page. The author's first adult novel, a mystery, centering around "newpaper reporter and Susan Hayward lookalike" Geraldine St. Claire, who's attempting to finish an investigative story about random Tylenol poisonings that her best friend and sometime lover was working on when he was murdered. Signed by Author 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Dark Passage, Goodis, David
66 Goodis, David Dark Passage
New York Julian Messner, Inc. (c.1946) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good dj 
[moderately worn book, light spotting to covers, spine lettering somewhat rubbed; jacket is on the rough side, heavily edgeworn with a bit of paper loss at both ends of spine (taking away part of author's name at top), slightly ragged tear across middle of spine, small chip at top of rear panel]. Probably the author's best-known novel; basis for the 1947 film starring Humphrey Bogart, written and directed by Delmer Daves. 
Price: 450.00 USD
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Murder of the Admiral, Gould, Stephen (pseud. for Steve Fisher)
67 Gould, Stephen (pseud. for Steve Fisher) Murder of the Admiral
New York The Macaulay Company (c.1936) First Edition Hardcover Good 
(no dust jacket) [worn but intact copy, apparently ex-rental library but with un-obnoxious traces (inked call number and label remnant on rear pastedown, faint stamping on top and bottom edges); text from front jacket flap is affixed to front pastedown]. Early novel by this former pulpster, the first of two to feature Sheridan Doome, "ace of the Naval Intelligence," who is notable (I guess) for having been badly disfigured in the explosion of a ship during the first World War, requiring the permanent placement of "huge steel plates over his entire chest and back." As the narrator describes him: "His face was just one ugly scar. For eyes he had only black blotches, crazy shaped; his ears were tiny pieces of things that hugged his bony white head. His mouth was without lips. .... His nose was a grotesque stump. If you think that Frankenstein looked horrible on the screen, you cannot imagine Doome." There's more -- but of course he also had "a brain so cunning, so astute, that there was not a man in the service who could match it," not to mention a "warm, sympathetic heart." 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Murder of the Admiral, Gould, Stephen (pseud. for Steve Fisher)
68 Gould, Stephen (pseud. for Steve Fisher) Murder of the Admiral
New York The Macaulay Company (c.1936) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine 
(no dust jacket) [nice-looking copy, tight and square, with just a trace of wear to the extremities, minor soiling to cloth at front joint]. Early novel by this former pulpster, the first of two to feature Sheridan Doome, "ace of the Naval Intelligence," who is notable (I guess) for having been badly disfigured in the explosion of a ship during the first World War, requiring the permanent placement of "huge steel plates over his entire chest and back." As the narrator describes him: "His face was just one ugly scar. For eyes he had only black blotches, crazy shaped; his ears were tiny pieces of things that hugged his bony white head. His mouth was without lips. .... His nose was a grotesque stump. If you think that Frankenstein looked horrible on the screen, you cannot imagine Doome." There's more -- but of course he also had "a brain so cunning, so astute, that there was not a man in the service who could match it," not to mention a "warm, sympathetic heart." 
Price: 60.00 USD
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"A" is for Alibi; A Kinsey Millhone Mystery, Grafton, Sue
69 Grafton, Sue "A" is for Alibi; A Kinsey Millhone Mystery
New York Henry Holt and Company (c.1982) 0-8050-1334-2 / 9780805013344 2nd printing Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj photo) Kathie A. McGinty 
[lovely copy, tight and square and apparently unread, absolutely clean inside and out (no marks, names, etc.), with no significant shelfwear, falling a hair short of "Fine" only because of some light age-toning to the page edges; the unclipped jacket (priced $16.95) is similarly nice, with only some light surface wear, no tears or other flaws]. The author's first Kinsey Milhone mystery, and the alphabetic progenitor of an immensely popular series. This is the 2nd printing of the original trade edition (number line 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2), thus as close as you can get to a "true first" edition without spending many hundreds more of your dollars. And since it's the same format as the first (as opposed to, say, the book club edition which is notably thinner and altogether crappier), it's a pretty decent substitute if all you're trying to do is fill out a nice-looking "A"-to-whatever-she's-up-to-now set of the Millhone books. (Anyway, at least you know what you're getting -- and I'll say it again, it's a SECOND PRINTING.) 
Price: 200.00 USD
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"E" is for Evidence, Grafton, Sue
70 Grafton, Sue "E" is for Evidence
New York Henry Holt and Company (c.1988) 0-8050-0459-9 / 9780805004595 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Abby Kagan 
[very nice copy, no significant wear, just some very VERY light soiling to the page edges, trace evidence of a single careful reading by a singularly careful reader, and a couple of tiny abrasions of mysterious origin on the rear pastedown; the jacket is darn near perfect, with just a teensy bit of surface wear (many would call it Fine without blinking, but a bit of yellowing on the jacket flaps made me blink)]. The fifth -- wait, wait (A, B, C, D, E...) -- yep, fifth in the author's immensely popular and long-running Kinsey Millhone series. An awfully nice copy at an awfully nice price. (No marks of any kind, no spine lean, full number line, it's the real thing; if this one doesn't make you happy, you're clearly the "glass half empty" type.) 
Price: 60.00 USD
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"E" is for Evidence, Grafton, Sue
71 Grafton, Sue "E" is for Evidence
New York Henry Holt and Company (c.1988) 0-8050-0459-9 / 9780805004595 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Abby Kagan 
[nice copy, a single tiny dent in the bottom edge of each cover, light age-toning to edges of text block, faint trace of foxing to top edge; jacket shows very light surface wear only]. The fifth -- wait, wait (A, B, C, D, E...) -- yep, fifth in the author's immensely popular and long-running Kinsey Millhone series. (No marks, full number line.) 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Bino, Gray, A.W.
72 Gray, A.W. Bino
New York E. P. Dutton (c.1988) 0-525-24590- First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Michael Flannagan 
[nice clean copy, minimal wear, extremely shallow chipping at top edge of half-title page and title page; jacket bright and clean, appears to have been protected from Day One (good thing, too, since it's mostly white)] A hard-boiled novel set in Dallas, introducing Bino, a tough, mean, white-haired lawyer, "the lawyer everybody in jail would like to have, but never will be able to find." 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Rotten Apples [*SIGNED*], Green, Edith Pinero
73 Green, Edith Pinero Rotten Apples [*SIGNED*]
New York E. P. Dutton (c.1977) 0-525-19415-0 / 9780525194156 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Jim Aplin Signed by Author
[bottom corners bumped, light soiling to page edges; jacket shows some edgewear, a couple of insignificant tears]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED ("To ______ / Love & Kisses / Edie / 11/28/77") on the half-title page. Mystery novel centering around The Rotten Apple Corps, a secret society formed in the 1930s. "They only met to socialize and as the decades passed the members went their separate ways -- forgetting the folly of their youth. Forgetting, that is, until someone begins to murder them one by one." This book introduced the septuagenarian sleuth, Dearborn V. Pinch, who has featured in several subsequent novels by Ms. Green. Signed by Author 
Price: 35.00 USD
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The Devil's Hatband [*SIGNED*], Greer, Robert O.
74 Greer, Robert O. The Devil's Hatband [*SIGNED*]
New York The Mysterious Press 1996 0-89296-634-3 / 9780892966349 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Ken Joudrey Signed by Author
[very nice copy -- as new, tight, clean and unread, NO remainder or other marks]. SIGNED and dated by the author on the title page (in year and month of publication). The author's first novel, introducing Denver-based bail bondsman and sometime bounty hunter CJ Floyd. The story takes place "against a backdrop of the American West and the high-stakes world of modern scientific research," as Floyd is engaged to track down a killer virus that has fallen into the wrong hands. The jacket blurb likens the author to Walter Mosley and Terry MacMillan as "a fresh new African-American literary voice." Signed by Author 
Price: 10.00 USD
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The Limping Man, Grierson, Francis D.
75 Grierson, Francis D. The Limping Man
New York Grosset & Dunlap (c.1926) NO Reprint Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj) Edward C. Caswell 
[nice clean copy, bottom corners a bit bumped but no other discernible wear, vintage price sticker from the noted San Francisco department store The White House on rear pastedown; jacket shows a bit of dog-earing and minor creasing along top edge, light soiling to rear panel The first of the author's thirteen mystery novels featuring the duo of Detective-Inspector Sims, a Scotland Yard man, and Professor Wells, "a scientist of international celebrity, with half an alphabet of letters after his name." In a 1935 essay, Grierson stated that the Professor was "founded on a very distinguished scientist who is now dead [and who] was, I must admit, an acid critic of my work," and claimed that he tried to depict his fictional crime-fighters "as human beings rather than demi-gods of criminology. They enjoy their creature comforts and discuss their cases with a touch of humour, for crime is a drab affair, and only those who have participated in its detection know how welcome even the smallest touch of light relief can be." [The jacket design and illustration on this reprint are identical to those of the first edition, published by Edward D. Clode.] 
Price: 75.00 USD
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The Silver Tombstone [*SIGNED*], Gruber, Frank
76 Gruber, Frank The Silver Tombstone [*SIGNED*]
New York Farrar & Rinehart (c.1945) First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Fair dj Illustrated by (dj design) Sol Immerman Signed by Author
[good solid copy, a bit of wear to bottom edge; jacket missing one approx. 1"x1" irregular chunk at top left front panel, another shallow piece there, some paper loss at both ends of spine, various other small tears, edgewear]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the half-title page. A Johnny Fletcher mystery. Signed by Author 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Bohannon's Country: Mystery Stories, Hansen, Joseph
77 Hansen, Joseph Bohannon's Country: Mystery Stories
New York Viking 1993 0-670-84942-1 / 9780670849420 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) James Steinberg 
[nice tight clean copy, appears unread, no discernible wear, NO remainder or other marks; jacket shows a tiny bit of surface wear, still very attractive]. "Five superb sotries of detection, all set on the rugged California central coast, where death is as dramatic and unpredictable as the landscape. Here Hack Bohannon, an ex-sheriff, keeps horses he owns, as well as some for other people, and solves crimes on the side. The inspiration for Bohannon came to Hansen, as he says in his graceful introduction to this voluem, from his boyhood admiration of such Hollywood cowboys as Ken Maynard, Buck Jones, and Hoot Gibson." 
Price: 9.50 USD
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Fadeout, Hansen, Joseph
78 Hansen, Joseph Fadeout
New York Harper & Row (c.1970) First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Peter Schaumann 
[a bit of wear at spine ends, very tiny tear in cloth at base of spine, light foxing to top edge and fore-edge; jacket shows light soiling to front panel, slight fading to spine]. Hansen's first novel under his own name, and also the first Dave Brandstetter book. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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Fadeout [*SIGNED*], Hansen, Joseph
79 Hansen, Joseph Fadeout [*SIGNED*]
New York Harper & Row (c.1970) First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Peter Schaumann Signed by Author
[light shelfwear to bottom edge, bumping and very slight cracks to bottom corners, small bookseller's label on rear pastedown (Charlotte Newbegin/Tillman Place Bookshop, San Francisco); jacket lightly age-toned, spine slightly faded, minor wrinkling at top of spine, ]. SIGNED by the author (no inscription) at top of title page. Hansen's first novel under his own name, and also the first Dave Brandstetter book. Signed by Author 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Gravedigger [*SIGNED*], Hansen, Joseph
80 Hansen, Joseph Gravedigger [*SIGNED*]
London Peter Owen 1982 0-7206-0591-1 / 9780720605914 1st U.K. edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Kathy Staico Schorr Signed by Author
[a very nice tight clean copy, no discernible wear to book; jacket shows the slightest bit of surface rubbing, plenty of others would call it Fine without blinking, but I'm a blinker]. SIGNED by the author on the title page (signature only, no inscription). Another in the Dave Brandstetter series, "set against vivid Southern California backgrounds of expensive seaside suburbs and snowy mountain camps, shacky desert towns and wilderness canyons," as the gay insurance investigator looks into the case of a disbarred lawyer who files a claim on the alleged death of his runaway daughter (possibly the victim of a Charles Manson-like sex-cult guru), but disappears before he can collect. Signed by Author 
Price: 25.00 USD
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