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Nightwork [*SIGNED*], Hansen, Joseph
81 Hansen, Joseph Nightwork [*SIGNED*]
London Peter Owen 1984 0-7206-0622-5 / 9780720606225 1st U.K. edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Keith Cunningham Signed by Author
[very nice copy, clean and tight with no discernible wear to book; jacket shows just faint surface handling wear]. SIGNED boldly by the author on the title page (signature only; no inscription). Nice copy of the seventh Dave Brandstetter mystery, in which the gay insurance investigator looks into the suspicious death of a moonlighting truck driver. Signed by Author 
Price: 30.00 USD
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The Man Everybody Was Afraid Of [*SIGNED*], Hansen, Joseph
82 Hansen, Joseph The Man Everybody Was Afraid Of [*SIGNED*]
London/Boston Faber & Faber 1978 0-571-11247-1 / 9780571112470 1st U.K. edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Signed by Author
[slight bump to base of spine, otherwise a nice clean copy; jacket shows just a trace of handling wear]. INSCRIBED ("To _______ / good wishes") and SIGNED by the author on the title page. The four Dave Brandstetter novel, in which the gay insurance investigator is called in after the police chief of a little California beach town is murdered, and a hot-tempered gay-activist nursery owner is accused of the crime. Signed by Author 
Price: 35.00 USD
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The Big Thaw, Harstad, Donald
83 Harstad, Donald The Big Thaw
New York Doubleday 2000 0-385-49569-2 / 9780385495691 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Timothy Hsu 
[spine slightly turned, base of spine bumped, very minor handling wear; jacket shows just a faint trace of wrinkling at top of rear panel]. Third novel by "Iowa's own answer to Michael Connelly," a writer who "writes the way Iowans live, with no-nonsense direction, an innate sense of right and wrong, and a dry Midwestern brand of humor. In today's urban-dominated thriller landscape, Harstad is working the rural crime beat to perfection." The plot here has to do with a mysterious rash of rural burglaries that leads a deputy sheriff to uncover a plot to knock over a floating casino on the Mississippi River. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Bad News Travels Fast [*SIGNED*], Haywood, Gar Anthony
84 Haywood, Gar Anthony Bad News Travels Fast [*SIGNED*]
New York G.P. Putnam's Sons (c.1995) 0-399-14017-4 / 9780399140174 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design & illustration) Paul Bacon Signed by Author
[nice tight copy, no significant wear but light tanning to page edges due to cheap paper; jacket has faint dampstain at top of rear panel, otherwise bright and clean]. INSCRIBED ("For ______ -- You are my hero! God bless you and keep you always! Love -- ") and SIGNED by the author on the title page. The author's second mystery to feature Joe and Dottie Loudermilk, a retired police detective and his wife, who in this book set off in their "beloved Airstream trailer" for Washington, D.C., "where their errant son involves them in all manner of political skulduggery." Signed by Author 
Price: 15.00 USD
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A Game for the Living, Highsmith, Patricia
85 Highsmith, Patricia A Game for the Living
New York Harper & Brothers (c.1958) First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ 
(no dust jacket) [solid copy, a bit of shelfwear to bottom edges of boards, very light soiling to top of text block]. Psychological suspense novel about the unlikely friendship between a Mexican furniture repairman and a German atheist, who both fall under suspicion when a woman they had each slept with is brutally raped and murdered. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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The Boy Who Followed Ripley, Highsmith, Patricia
86 Highsmith, Patricia The Boy Who Followed Ripley
New York Vintage Books 1993 0-679-74567-X / 9780679745679 6th printing Softcover Near Fine Illustrated by (cover design) Keith Sheridan Associates, Inc. 
[tiny bit of wear to bottom right corner of front cover, otherwise a tight clean copy that appears unread]. (Vintage Crime / Black Lizard) Series Trade PB "In this quietly terrifying exploration of trust and friendship, a troubled young runaway arrives in Villeperce. And when, on the boy's behalf, Tom Ripley is drawn from his lovely estate in the French countryside to Berlin's seamy underworld and into a kidnapping plot that rerquires the most bizarre methods -- and sinister acumen -- for intervention, the icily amoral Ripley is transformed into a generous and compassionate protector. With this psychologically intricate and hauntingly perverse mastework, Patricia Highsmith warps all notions of friendship, gender, and morality as she explores the relationship of a young man with a guilty conscience and an older one who has no conscience at all." 
Price: 10.00 USD
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The Glass Cell, Highsmith, Patricia
87 Highsmith, Patricia The Glass Cell
Harmondsworth, England Penguin Books 1980 (c.1964) Softcover Very Good Illustrated by (cover photo) Ray Massey 
[moderate edgewear, otherwise tight and clean]. Mass Market PB Novel about a man released after serving six years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. Basis for a German film version (1978) directed by Hans W. Geissendorfer. [This series of evocative Penguin photo-covers are my favorite editions by far of Highsmith's books.] 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The Two Faces of January, Highsmith, Patricia
88 Highsmith, Patricia The Two Faces of January
London Heinemann 1964 NO 2nd printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) John Bance 
[minor shelfwear, spine slightly turned, very light tea-stain on bottom edge of text block, gift inscription (non-authorial) on ffep; jacket slightly faded at spine, otherwise shows only minor edgewear and faint soiling]. Suspense novel about a young footloose American in Europe who gets involved with a wealthy American businessman who has killed a Greek policemen. According to Highsmith biography Andrew Wilson, the author was asked to cut 32 pages from the book for its American edition -- but he doesn't say why. (Thanks for nothing.) Hence, this British edition (albeit here in its second printing) would seem to be the most desirable for the Highsmith collector (if for no other reason than the rear-jacket photo of the smiling author holding up a goat that appears to be tethered to a chain). I suppose I'm obligated to at least mention the rather tepid and instantly forgettable movie that was made from this book in 2014, starring Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen and Oscar Isaac. Free advice: don't bother; the book will satisfy, the film does not. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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Aloha, Mr. Lucky [*SIGNED*], Hirschfeld, Corson
89 Hirschfeld, Corson Aloha, Mr. Lucky [*SIGNED*]
New York Forge/Tom Doherty Associates 2000 0-312-87002-7 / 9780312870027 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Stephen de las Heras Signed by Author
[nice copy, tight and clean with very light shelfwear; jacket lightly rubbed, mostly to rear panel]. SIGNED by the author on the title page. The author's first novel, a mystery set in Hawaii. The protagonist is "a cash-hungry surfer and free-spirited journalist," whose interviews with beautiful and lonely women (for an article he's writing) get him involved with "a bizarre conspiracy that [involves] an ex-military sadist, two brawny but dim-witted Appalachian twins, and an unscrupulous financier with dreams of turning an earthly paradise into the ultimate golf resort." Signed by Author 
Price: 16.00 USD
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Down a Dark Alley, Holden, Genevieve (pseud. for Genevieve Long Pou)
90 Holden, Genevieve (pseud. for Genevieve Long Pou) Down a Dark Alley
Garden City NY Doubleday/The Crime Club 1976 0-385-11188-6 / 9780385111881 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj) Carl Berkowitz 
[solid clean copy, mild wear to top/bottom edges, light remainder spray on bottom edge; mostly-white jacket shows some light soiling, no tears or chips]. "It all began on a peaceful Saturday morning on Atlanta's Mimosa Way -- as peaceful as could be expected in that colorfully run-down neighborhood where a cross section of society, including bankers, professors, a colony of winos, a rock group, and an unsavory motorcycle gang, the Desperadoes, coexisted in relative harmony. Life on Mimosa Way was always a little unpredictable, but this was to be a weekend of unprecedented violence and alarming revelations." The last book of this Mississippi-born author, who published seven mystery novels, beginning in 1953. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Fallen Angel, Holland, Marty (pseud. for Mary Holland)
91 Holland, Marty (pseud. for Mary Holland) Fallen Angel
New York E.P. Dutton & Company, Inc. 1945 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj 
[lightly worn copy, with some faint staining to the front cover, short closed tear at bottom of title page; jacket edgeworn, a few small tears, some minor paper loss at both ends of spine (all text on spine still present), internally tape-repaired (with modern tape, at least) at front foldover]. Very scarce novel which served as the basis for one of the best of Otto Preminger's early films (and a worthy follow-up to his classic LAURA). The first of five novels by this author, who apparently also dabbled in screenwriting without any notable success. (The only other film credit I've been able to uncover for her was a story credit for the 1950 noir THE FILE ON THELMA JORDON.) Interestingly, the front jacket flap bears a boxed notice to "WATCH FOR THE MOVIE," indicating that the book was "snapped up hot off the typewriter by Twentieth Century-Fox." Dana Andrews was already announced as the star of the forthcoming film version in late September 1944, about seven months before the book hit the shelves, with the finished film finally going into release in December. Andrews' co-stars were Linda Darnell (sexy girl) and Alice Faye (nice girl), the latter making a sort of "comeback" (as well as a change of pace, in a non-musical role) after being absent from the screen for nearly two years. Ironically, however, it ended up being Faye's swan song as a major star after she got into a dispute with studio head Darryl Zanuck over his decision to cut down her role in the picture in favor of Darnell's. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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Fallen Angel, Holland, Marty (pseud. for Mary Holland)
92 Holland, Marty (pseud. for Mary Holland) Fallen Angel
Cleveland/New York The World Publishing Company 1945 NO Forum Books Motion Picture Edition Hardcover First Printing Fair in Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Leo Manso 
[beware: the book's covers are extensively dampstained, although there appears to have been no associated damage done to the inside; as usual, however, with these cheap wartime editions the paper is quite browned; the jacket is heavily edgeworn, with numerous nicks and tiny tears but very little actual paper loss; in summary, keep the jacket on and this will serve as a reasonably presentable copy of a scarce edition]. (B&W photographs) Murder mystery which served as the basis for one of the best of Otto Preminger's early films (and a worthy follow-up to his classic LAURA). The first of five novels by this author, who apparently also dabbled in screenwriting without any notable success. (The only other film credit I've been able to uncover for her was a story credit for the 1950 noir THE FILE ON THELMA JORDON.) This is the Forum Books Motion Picture Edition, with the dust jacket and endpapers illustrated with scenes from the movie, and four additional stills (on two double-sided plates) bound into the book. Dana Andrews starred in the film, with co-stars Linda Darnell (sexy girl) and Alice Faye (nice girl), the latter making a sort of "comeback" (as well as a change of pace, in a non-musical role) after being absent from the screen for nearly two years. Ironically, however, it ended up being Faye's swan song as a major star after she got into a dispute with studio head Darryl Zanuck over his decision to cut down her role in the picture in favor of Darnell's. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Fright, Hopley, George (pseud. for Cornell Woolrich)
93 Hopley, George (pseud. for Cornell Woolrich) Fright
New York Rinehart and Company, Inc. (c.1950) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Peter Hollander; photo by Fred Stein 
(price-clipped) [bottom of book shelfworn (thin paper covering of boards worn through at numerous points), bottom front corner lightly bumped; jacket edgeworn, some shallow chipping along top edge (no loss of text or graphics), various other small tears, etc. The second (and last) novel published by Woolrich under the "George Hopley" pseudonym, which actually derived from his full name, Cornell George Hopley-Woolrich. The action is set, rather unusually for Woolrich, in 1915. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Ride the Pink Horse, Hughes, Dorothy B.
94 Hughes, Dorothy B. Ride the Pink Horse
New York Duell, Sloan and Pearce (c.1946) First Edition Hardcover Good 
(no dust jacket) [worn book, a decent reading copy but no more; some deterioration to cloth at spine and hinges, general browning/yellowing of pages due to use of cheap paper stock (typical with this book)]. Hard-boiled suspense yarn about a Chicago tough guy who comes to Santa Fe, New Mexico, seeking revenge for a double-cross. One of this underrated author's most notable works, in large measure because of the stylish film noir made from it by Robert Montgomery (who both directed and starred) in 1947. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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The Cross-Eyed Bear, Hughes, Dorothy B.
95 Hughes, Dorothy B. The Cross-Eyed Bear
New York Duell, Sloan and Pearce (c.1940) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good dj 
(price-clipped) [spine turned, dampstain and minor surface scraping to rear cover, light dust-soiling to top edge, internally quite clean; jacket is decent-looking, but with two strange problems: #1, it seems to have been deliberately clipped just a tiny bit at all corners, and #2, there is a single strip of old clear tape (now somewhat yellowed) running horizontally from one flap all the way across both panels to the other flap; I guess this was intended as some weird form of reinforcement but in any case it probably can't be removed without doing serious damage to the jacket, so there it stays]. This underrated mystery writer's second novel, "the story of the billionaire known as The Cross-Eyed Bear, of the three sons he hated and of the three wives they didn't want. Although he had been dead for some years, before the events in this story took place The Bear -- so known because he was big and shaggy and cross-eyed -- was behind everything that happened. He had fashioned his will in a most peculiar form because -- he said -- of his three sons he wanted two to be murdered and one to hang." (Decidedly *not* the basis for that popular TV show of the 1960s starring Fred MacMurray.) 
Price: 125.00 USD
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Strangler's Serenade, Irish, William (pseud. for Cornell Woolrich)
96 Irish, William (pseud. for Cornell Woolrich) Strangler's Serenade
New York Walter J. Black (c.1951) Book Club Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) "Feder" 
[light bumping to spine ends, otherwise a nice clean copy; jacket shows moderate wear at edges and extremities, slight paper loss at top of spine (just nicking the first "S" in the title a bit), split along top rear foldover, front panel a little rubbed]. A New York detective who's supposed to be taking it easy, on vacation at "Joseph's Vineyard," runs into a murder case, in that way that vacationing detectives invariably do. "What could be the connection between an quiet, elderly male boarder, an indolent, middle-aged toper, a dim-witted youth who lived on the beach and whistled Yankee Doodle over and over, and the town's wealthiest spinster?" (I dunno, but judging from that jacket blurb Woolrich was only about two characters short of a Harry Stephen Keeler plot.) [This is the Detective Book Club issue (unpriced jacket with a blurb for the Club on the rear panel), but NOTE that the imprint at the base of the jacket spine reads "Rinehart" (the trade publisher), even though the binding of the book itself is stamped "Black".] 
Price: 40.00 USD
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97 Irish, William (pseud. of Cornell Woolrich) Phantom Lady
Philadelphia/New York J. B. Lippincott Company (c.1942) NO 3rd printing Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [solid copy with moderate overall wear, some fading to spine cloth; ffep torn out, which has left the front hinge exposed but not separated]. Irish/Woolrich classic, which starts out with both a great dedication ("To Apartment 605, Hotel M----- / in unmitigated thankfulness (at not being in it any more") and a terrific first chapter title ("The Hundred and Fiftieth Day Before the Execution"). A terrific yarn, and the basis for the highly-regarded 1944 movie of the same name, directed by Robert Siodmak and produced by Joan Harrison, who cut her teeth as an assistant/screenwriter to Alfred Hitchcock, and subsequently returned to his fold as producer of his 1955-1965 TV series ( for which she continued to mine the rich vein of Woolrich story material). 
Price: 12.50 USD
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The Take, Izzi, Eugene
98 Izzi, Eugene The Take
New York St. Martin's Press (c.1987) 0-312-01038-9 / 9780312010386 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) George Corsillo 
[solid copy, very slight wear to heel of spine, top rear corner bumped; jacket shows a little wear along top and bottom edges, a couple of tiny scrape marks on front panel, surface-scratching & rubbing to rear panel, spine a bit faded]. The Chicago author's first novel, which established him immediately as a modern master of the hard-boiled idiom. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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The Blind Pig, Jackson, Jon A.
99 Jackson, Jon A. The Blind Pig
New York Random House (c.1978) 0-394-42613-4 / 9780394426136 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Bob Shein & Dick Adelson 
[nice tight copy, faint soiling to fore-edge, top front corner slightly bumped and a teensy bit split; jacket shows just minor surface wear, short diagonal crease at bottom corner of front flap]. The author's second mystery featuring Sergeant "Fang" Mulheisen of the Detroit Police Department 
Price: 70.00 USD
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100 Kaminsky, Stuart M. Exercise in Terror
New York St. Martin's Press (c.1985) 0-312-27480-7 / 9780312274801 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) John Clarke 
[book tight and flawless; jacket bright and clean, only flaw is a tiny tear and associated wrinkling at base of spine]. Suspense novel about a woman who, following a nervous breakdown and years of psychotherapy in the wake of her husband's murder, discovers that she is apparently being stalked by the psychopathic killers who killed her husband. 
Price: 14.50 USD
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