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In a Lady's Service [*SIGNED*], Ardies, Tom
1 Ardies, Tom In a Lady's Service [*SIGNED*]
Garden City NY Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1976 0-385-04583-2 / 9780385045834 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) Lawrence Ratzkin Signed by Author
[moderate shelfwear, top corners slightly bumped, faint dust-soiling to top edge; jacket browned at spine and edges, lightly soiled, very minor paper loss at spine ends]. INSCRIBED (a long and affectionate inscription to a fellow writer) and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. Madcap novel about "an amiable but cowardly soldier of fortune" on the trail of a miraculous healing elixir in the wilds of Mexico. Others are after the prize as well, inclduing "an odd-looking couple on their second honeymoon, an irascible Vogue-looking model, a nervous young doctor, a mayor with too many cousins, a couple of ruthless drug company agents, a brace of inept policia, and more." Signed by Author 
Price: 25.00 USD
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The Ultimate Act [*SIGNED*], Bachmann, Lawrence P.
2 Bachmann, Lawrence P. The Ultimate Act [*SIGNED*]
London Collins 1972 0-00-221858-5 / 9780002218580 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good- dj Illustrated by (dj design) Richard Inglis Signed by Author
[no significant wear to book, a touch of soiling to top edge of text block, faint remnants of something that's been erased near bottom of ffep; jacket shows wear at extremities (particularly spine ends), 1-1/2" scrape mark at top right corner of front panel]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep: "For ____ and ___ -- / in the hope that / this might suggest / you visit France / and see us -- / Affection, / Larry / Cannes / May 1972." (Additionally, affixed to the front pastedown with a single piece of tape is the author's business card, which bears a color photo of him.) Novel, set in Paris, about the legal battle that ensues over the estate of a couple who has died in a murder-suicide pact. The author had been a screenwriter and Hollywood studio executive before relocating to Europe after World War II; he produced or executive-produced a number of films in England in the early 1960s, but his only production credit after 1965 was WHOSE LIFE IS IT, ANYWAY? in 1981. Signed by Author 
Price: 25.00 USD
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The Mommy Club, Bird, Sarah
3 Bird, Sarah The Mommy Club
New York Doubleday 1991 0-385-41123-5 / 9780385411233 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Randall Fleck 
[nice clean copy, mild shelfwear; jacket shows faint surface wear, very light soiling]. Comic novel about Trudy Herring, an "earth angel" and a "permanent temporary worker" in San Antonio, who "agrees to incubate a child for Hillary and Victor Goettler, glamorous, overachieving young residents of the famed Schier mansion. While Hillary basks in the knowledge that parenthood is simply a 'time management problem,' Trud is forced to consume noxiously healthful meals in a home where the decor changes faster than a Neiman-Marcus window display." (++) 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Good-bye, Chicago: 1928: End of an Era, Burnett, W.R.
4 Burnett, W.R. Good-bye, Chicago: 1928: End of an Era
New York St. Martin's Press (c.1981) 0-312-33851-1 / 9780312338510 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj painting) Carlo Basile 
[very nice copy, with just the slightest bumping to a couple of corners; jacket shows only light wear, but there are a couple of small surface flaws on the front panel]. Burnett's final novel (and his first since the 1968 paperback original "The Cool Man"). A gangster novel published the year before his death at the age of 82, it brought his career neatly full circle by returning to the topic and setting of his first book, "Little Caesar" (1929). 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Mr. Three, Butler, William
5 Butler, William Mr. Three
New York G. P. Putnam's Sons 1966 (c.1964) 1st U.S. ed Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) Ben Feder 
[good solid copy, lower rear corner bumped, bookstore stamp on ffep, library pocket on rear pastedown (but no other library markings of any kind); jacket rubbed, small tear at lower rear corner, sticker on front panel with one-word quote ("Hilarious") from The Spectator]. A novel "in the best 'Dr. Strangelove' tradition ... a taut, fast-moving spy story which shuttles in the undercover world of international espionage between Africa and the United States. You will encounter in [this book] one of the great fictional creations of all time, the fanatical, omnipotent super-secret United States Secret Enemy Agency which employs the most fabulous and original gimmicks imaginable -- including human machines -- in its pursuit of guilty persons." 
Price: 7.00 USD
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Malloy's Subway [*SIGNED*], Campbell, R. Wright
6 Campbell, R. Wright Malloy's Subway [*SIGNED*]
New York Atheneum 1981 0-689-11181-9 / 9780689111815 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Bill Tinker Signed by Author
[nice book, just the faintest signs of wear to the page edges, previous owner's embossed ownership seal on ffep; jacket lightly surface-worn, short diagonal crease at bottom corner of front flap]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the half-title page. Suspense novel about a killer on the loose in the subways of New York; "a story of urban terror and obsession that hits with all the power of an express train." The author was a screen and TV writer whose credits included TEENAGE CAVEMAN and THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH; he was Oscar-nominated for the Lon Chaney biopic MAN OF A THOUSAND FACES in 1957. He turned to fiction in the 1970s, ultimately publishing a total of 27 novels. Signed by Author 
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The Mysterious Maid-Servant [*SIGNED*], Cartland, Barbara
7 Cartland, Barbara The Mysterious Maid-Servant [*SIGNED*]
London Hutchinson & Co. 1977 0-09-128230-6 / 9780091282301 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj) Francis Marshall Signed by Author
[nice clean tight copy, tiny dent in bottom edge of rear cover; jacket shows a little wear along top edge of rear panel, a couple of infinitesimal nicks elsewhere, some surface-scratching to front panel]. INSCRIBED briefly ("To ______ / with love") and SIGNED ("Barbara"); also dated 1977 in her hand. The Earl of Lyndhurst, recovering from a wound suffered at the Battle of Waterloo, engages a maidservant as his nurse. "How he becomes aware that the maid-servant is not what she appears -- how she mystifies and perplexes him -- and how he fails to discover her secret is told in this thrilling and exciting drama -- the 191st book by Barbara Cartland." (But who's counting?) Seems to be one of the author's scarcer titles in hardcover. Signed by Author 
Price: 80.00 USD
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Don't Mind Dying, Chapple, Steve
8 Chapple, Steve Don't Mind Dying
Garden City NY Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1980 0-385-14934-4 / 9780385149341 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj) Amanda Bereny 
[nice tight clean copy, slight bumping at base of spine but no other significant wear; jacket shows light wear at extremities, one tiny chip at base of spine]. "A novel of country lust and urban decay," about a 77-year-old man who hitchhikes from Montana to San Francisco, hooking up along the way with a lovely young lady from Brooklyn. "Together they hopscotch the generations, outwitting the forces of evil in an America rife with the leavings of such dubious enterprises as carcinogenic television, $3-a-gallon gasoline, and disco." 
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The Miser of Mayfair, Chesney, Marion
9 Chesney, Marion The Miser of Mayfair
New York St. Martin's Press (c.1986) 0-312-53443-4 / 9780312534431 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Michael Sabonash 
[nice tight clean copy, with no discernible wear; jacket has the teensiest bit of edgewear, one tiny closed tear at bottom of rear panel]. (A House for the Season, Volume 1) Series A novel of Regency England, being the beginning of the series "A House for the Season," about a town house in London's fashionable West End that mysteriously remains vacant season after season. "The home of numerous families in the past to whom ill luck -- and even death -- has befallen, Number 67 has been damned as unlucky. And even unluckier for the servants who staff the house, for no tenants means no parties, tips, food, or new clothes. In [this book], salvation seems to come at last in the form of a Mr. Roderick Sinclair, who has confirmed his intentions to let the house for the Season. The staff are overjoyed -- until they find that Mr. Sinclair is a terrible miser and is planning no parties." 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Gascoyne, Crawford, Stanley
10 Crawford, Stanley Gascoyne
New York G.P. Putnam's Sons (c.1966) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Ben Feder 
[moderately shelfworn, some soiling/spotting to top edge of text block; jacket edgeworn, severely faded at spine, small closed tear and associated creasing at top of rear panel]. Comic novel about the title character, "a man who spends whole weeks in his car, eats there, sleeps there and conducts his business by mobile telephone. His business is making money." The book seems to waver between being remarkably prescient about the direction in which modern American life was heading at the time, and just plain wacky-zany for its own sake -- the latter aspect obviously having driven the jacket-blurb writer to this rather frenzied effort: "Out of an amalgam of Perry Mason, Alfred Hitchcock, jungle war novels, science fiction, mad doctor movies, Westerns, James Bond, 18th-century mock epics, Greek tragedy and hardboiled detective stories, a product all its own has emerged, one that will leave readers [but not this guy!] grasping for comparisons. A fifth dimension of the Marx Brothers? Eliot Paul updated? The Loved One gone wild? Dashiell Hammett as performed by the inmates of the asylum of Charenton?" Yeeks, enough, make it stop! 
Price: 18.00 USD
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Cheap Shot, Cronley, Jay
11 Cronley, Jay Cheap Shot
New York Atheneum 1984 0-689-11445-1 / 9780689114458 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Paul Bacon 
[minor shelfwear to bottom edge, slight bump to base of spine, otherwise a tight clean book; jacket shows a little wear at top of spine, a couple of tiny scrape marks on front panel]. A comic novel about "four would-be thieves with rich fantasy lives and borderline incomes [who] come up with a scheme that is devilishly clever and astounding in its simplicity. They will rob one of the world's richest museums, whose state-of-the-art alarm system is hooked directly into the local police headquarters. All they must do to ensure their success is to capture the entire night shift, pack the cops into the back of a van, and take them along to the scene of the crime, where they'll be out of harm's way." Basis for the 2004 French film NOS AMIS LES FLICS, directed and co-written by Bob Swaim, which as far as I know was never released in the U.S. 
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By the Rivers of Babylon, De Mille, Nelson
12 De Mille, Nelson By the Rivers of Babylon
New York/London Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (c.1978) 0-15-115278-0 / 9780151152780 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Paul Bacon 
[lovely copy, tight, clean and apparently unread; jacket shows just a trace of wrinkling along the top edge, one tiny spot on spine, minor soiling at edge of rear panel]. The author's first hardcover book, a thriller about a group of Israelis whose two planes, en route to a peace mission at the U.N., are forced to crash-land, and who must then defend themselves against an army of Palestinian commandos, as the Israeli authorities desperately try to organize a rescue mission. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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The Brink, Gallery, Dan
13 Gallery, Dan The Brink
Garden City NY Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1968 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj 
(price-clipped) [clean and solid, mild bumping to bottom corners, slight wear at spine extremities; jacket shows wear at edges/corners, rubbing, a couple of tiny tears, a couple of little scrape marks on the front panel, light soiling to rear panel]. Cold War novel about a potentially catastrophic cat-and-mouse game between an American nuclear submarine and a Russian destroyer, which runs the risk of starting World War III. 
Price: 18.00 USD
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Relentless [*SIGNED*], Garfield, Brian
14 Garfield, Brian Relentless [*SIGNED*]
New York World Publishing 1972 0-529-04549-4 / 9780529045492 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design/photo) Milton Charles Signed by Author
[spine slightly turned, a bit of spotting and light soiling to top edge, a couple of tiny stains on ffep; jacket moderately rubbed, a couple of surface-scratches on front panel, a bit of wear at corners, half-inch closed tear at top front hinge]. SIGNED by the author on top of his printed name on the title page. "A desperate manhunt pits a Navajo cop against a military murderer," the Navajo cop in question being one Sam Watchman, "a man of our time [who] must measure himself and decide whether to disclaim his own heritage or affirm it." After turning out one more "Sam Watchman" book ("The Threepersons Hunt," in 1974), the author apparently decided to cede the Navajo-cop-fiction field to Tony Hillerman, who had published his first "Joe Leaphorn" book in 1970, and who would eventually double-down with the introduction of "Jim Chee" a decade later. The Garfield character won the movie (well, TV-movie) sweepstakes, though, with "Relentless" being adapted for a CBS telefilm in 1977, starring Native American actor Will Sampson (best remembered for his role as the Chief in ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST). Signed by Author 
Price: 60.00 USD
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15 Golub, Aaron Richard The Big Cut [*SIGNED*]
New York St. Martin's Press 2000 0-312-24538-6 / 9780312245382 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Henry Sene Yee Signed by Author
[nice tight copy, slight wear from an apparent careful reading; jacket has just a bit of surface wear]. SIGNED and dated (April 21, 2000) by the author on the title page. His first novel + he's a lawyer = it's a "legal thriller." The author's work "echoes the work of Scott Turow and Carl Hiassen, but with a darker, sharper edge," sez Nicholas Gage in a jacket blurb. Signed by Author 
Price: 14.50 USD
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Them That Glitter and Them That Don't, Greene, Bette
16 Greene, Bette Them That Glitter and Them That Don't
New York Alfred A. Knopf (c.1983) 0-394-84692-3 / 9780394846927 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj photo) Kathleen Creighton 
[mild shelfwear to bottom edge; jacket has 1/2" tear and associated creasing at lower left of front panel, 3/4" triangular piece missing at upper left front panel, wear at both spine ends, small tears at top corners of spine]. Novel, set in Arkansas, about the daughter of a Gypsy fortune-teller, whose secret dream is to become a country music singer. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The Desperate Hours [*SIGNED*], Hayes, Joseph
17 Hayes, Joseph The Desperate Hours [*SIGNED*]
New York Random House (c.1954) NO 2nd printing Hardcover Very Good in Good dj Signed by Author
[binding slightly shaken, light age-browning to top- and fore-edge; jacket edgeworn, with a few surface-nicks and very shallow chipping at top of spine; note also that the jacket is somewhat unevenly faded due to laminate removal (much had peeled away over time on its own; the remaining bits were carefully removed by us)]. INSCRIBED ("To _______ / with best wishes --") and SIGNED by the author on the ffep, where the book is additionally stamped "Return to Story Dept. / Paramount Pictures Corporation." Suspense novel about a group of escaped convicts who terrorize a suburban family in their home -- a plot that in retrospect seems to have mainlined a certain kind of 50s suburban paranoia: "Even HERE we're not safe!" It was a multimedia hit, with the author also rendering the book for the stage (it had a respectable 212-performance run on Broadway in 1955) and the motion picture screen. The film version, released less than two months after the curtain came down on the initial stage run, starred Humphrey Bogart as the alpha convict and Fredric March as the head of the terrorized family; the roles on Broadway had been played respectively by Paul Newman and Karl Malden. (Malden to March wasn't so much of a stretch -- but Newman to Bogart!) Signed by Author 
Price: 65.00 USD
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110 Shanghai Road [*SIGNED*], Highland, Monica [pseud. for Carolyn See, Lisa See, and John Espey]
18 Highland, Monica [pseud. for Carolyn See, Lisa See, and John Espey] 110 Shanghai Road [*SIGNED*]
New York McGraw-Hill Book Company (c.1986) 0-07-028792-9 / 9780070287921 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Paul Henry 
[nice clean book with just the faintest bit of handling wear; jacket shows very light surface wear, minor scrunching at top of front flap]. (endpaper maps) INSCRIBED briefly and SIGNED on the title page by co-author Carolyn See, who has added "1/3 of M.H.!" beneath her signature. "Sweeping from the chaos of the Chinese Civil War [in 1926], to Washington during World War II and the McCarthy era, to Hollywood, and onward to London today, [this novel] captures sixty drama-filled years in the world's history and in the lives of the men and women who shaped it: American missionaries and Chinese revolutionaries, Rhodes scholars and rock stars, British colonials and idealistic terrorists." The second (and last) "Monica Highland" novel. Signed by One Author 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Foxes on the Hill [*SIGNED*], Hilsinger, Serena Sue
19 Hilsinger, Serena Sue Foxes on the Hill [*SIGNED*]
Boston Gambit Incorporated 1969 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good- dj Illustrated by (dj) Walter H. Lorraine Signed by Author
[spine turned, some water-staining on top edge, mild shelfwear; jacket has a little wear at corners, a couple of small chips at top of spine]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep: "to ______ - / an old, old friend / with affectionate best wishes -- Sue (the author)." The author's first novel, about "that time in several marriages when the patterns of the past foretell the future." Set during a weekend gathering on Cape Ann, it follows "each individual mind by mind, each couple and each group meal by meal, day by day, and night by night. From bitterness to love, from love to breakfast, from morning coffee to midnight highball --- " --- (Oh, just stop! I already want to go home, and it 's only Saturday afternoon.) Signed by Author 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The Sisgruder Conspiracy, Hobson, John
20 Hobson, John The Sisgruder Conspiracy
Glendale CA Great Western Publishing Co. (c.1980) 0866660305 / 9780866660303 First Edition Softcover Very Good 
[moderate overall wear]. Trade PB Satirical novel about a day in the life of an IRS agent -- the cover design has "IRS" crossed out and "Incredibly Ridiculous System" scrawled in its place. The book is described as "a stream-of-unconsciousness satirical view of our country's most unloved bureaucracy," with a protagonist who is "a sort of pathetic Americanized Cloisseau [I think they mean "Clouseau," as in Inspector] [who] stumbles in and out of one moronic misadventure after another." (Someday somebody should do a bibliography of self-published angry-man rage-against-the-system novels, of which this is a primo example.) 
Price: 35.00 USD
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