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The Destruction Committee

By: Coughlin, William J.

Price: $150.00

Publisher: London, Harrap: 1971

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 13284

ISBN: 0-245-50549-0

Condition: Very Good in Very Good+ dj


[solid copy, but with some slighly unsightly brown staining to bottom page edges, light dust-soiling to top edge, spine slightly turned; jacket sunned at spine, mild edgewear, faint stain on front panel, one tiny tear at bottom of rear panel]. Novel about "six Vietnam War veterans, graduates of the toughest kind of guerilla training. Every month they meet to select a target for assassination. The candidate for death must be socially undesirable, have no dependent ... View more info

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The Kneeling Bus [*SIGNED*]

By: Coyle, Beverly

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Ticknor & Fields: 1990

Edition: 2nd printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 8610

ISBN: 0-89919-932-1

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice tight clean unread copy, no discernible wear; jacket flawless except for tiny scrape near base of spine, small scuff mark on rear panel]. SIGNED by the author on the title page (signataure only). Not quite a "novel" (though the jacket copy calls it such), this is rather a series of eight interconnected stories depicting the narrator's coming- of-age in Florida in the 1950's. Whatever ... it's an absolutely terrific book, odd and off-center and sometimes lau... View more info

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The Kneeling Bus

By: Coyle, Beverly

Price: $6.00

Publisher: New York, Ticknor & Fields: 1990

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 12054

ISBN: 0-89919-932-1

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


(price-clipped) [nice clean tight copy, faint wear to spine ends; rear jacket panel scuffed and edgeworn]. Not quite a "novel" (though the jacket copy calls it such), this is rather a series of eight interconnected stories depicting the narrator's coming- of-age in Florida in the 1950's. Whatever ... it's an absolutely terrific book, odd and off-center and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny. One of the stories deals with a personal encounter, more or less, with Dr. ... View more info

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Taken In

By: Coyle, Beverly

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Viking: 1998

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17638

ISBN: 0-670-86398-X

Condition: Fine in Fine dj


[a lovely, fresh, as-new copy]. This wonderful writer's third book, a superb novel about a family with relatively ordinary problems of its own which become exponentially more complicated as they get involved, for the best of motives, with a runaway girl and her violent boyfriend. View more info

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The Mulching of America

By: Crews, Harry

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Simon & Schuster: (c.1995)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17642

ISBN: 0-684-80934-6

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice tight clean copy, essentially as new with no signficant wear to book; jacket shows just a trace of wear at bottom of rear panel, nothing to call the book police about]. Hilarious black comedy about a Miami-based door-to-door salesman for Soaps for Life, who's determined to win this year's annual sales contest -- "the Cadillac, the trip to Disney World, and the $2,000 in cash." Problem is, he has to beat "the Boss himself, who always outsells his own s... View more info

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Car [*SIGNED* twice]

By: Crews, Harry

Price: $250.00

Publisher: New York, William Morrow & Company: 1972

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 17176

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[solid clean copy, a couple of very shallow dents to bottom edges of boards, minor scrunching at fore-edge of a few pages; jacket shows a bit of wrinkling, no tears or chips]. SIGNED by the author, on a card affixed to the ffep, and SIGNED again on the title page. A gruesomely funny novel about a guy who agrees to eat a car (a 1971 Ford Maverick, if you must know), half an ounce at a time, in a hotel lobby, with a national TV hookup. Crews has his finger on the pulse ... View more info

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Naked in Garden Hills [*SIGNED* twice]

By: Crews, Harry

Price: $175.00

Publisher: New York, William Morrow and Company: 1969

Edition: 1st Edition (2nd state)

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 17180

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good in Good dj


[shelfwear to book covers at top and bottom edges, spine slightly turned; jacket moderately soiled, wrinkling and a few tiny tears at edges, two faint price-sticker shadows on front panel, rubbing/scuffing to spine]. SIGNED twice by the author, on a card affixed to the ffep and again on the title page. The author's second novel, set in "a corrupted paraside, the Florida-peninsula town of Garden Hills, which once flourished as the site of the world's largest phosphat... View more info

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Shoot!

By: Cronley, Jay

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, St. Martin's Press: 1997

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 11763

ISBN: 0-312-15655-3

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice tight clean copy, appears unread, NO remainder or other marks, very tiny dent at right edge of front cover; jacket shows a little shopwear at edges (and a tiny bump/scrape matching aforementioned cover dent), light scuffing here and there]. A very funny novel by a very funny writer -- about a discontented married couple, each of whom simultaneously hits on the solution to their problems: hiring a professional killer to eliminate their (well-insured) other half. View more info

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Quick Change

By: Cronley, Jay

Price: $30.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday & Company, Inc.: 1981

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 13876

ISBN: 0-385-15180-2

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good- dj


[clean tight book, light remainder spray on bottom edge, otherwise only minor shelfwear; jacket edgeworn, moderately scuffed/soiled, a couple of unobtrusive closed tears]. Comic novel about "the Emmett Kelly of crime" -- a bank robber who pulls off his heists dressed in a fright wig and a polka-dotted clown suit. Basis for the somewhat underrated 1990 film directed by and starring Bill Murray (and also bearing at least a glancing resemblance to the 2006 Spike L... View more info

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The Twice-Born

By: Crowe, Cecily

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: (c.1972)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22532

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice clean book, minimal shelfwear; jacket shows a trace of scrunching at spine ends, slight fading to spine, minor edgewear to rear panel]. Uncommon novel about "a fine-bred, talented woman who, in the most ladylike way, slips into alcoholism -- and takes the reader with her." "The Lost Weekend" is evoked in the jacket blurb, and the book traces its heroine's descent "from the 'drink to dress with' to the gallon jug of sherry, from the 'non-addictiv... View more info

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Not Soldiers All [*SIGNED*]

By: Crowley, Robert T.

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday & Co.: 1967

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 7438

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[moderate wear at corners and spine ends, spine very slightly turned; jacket moderately worn/soiled, small tears and some chipping at top of spine, a couple of tiny edge-tears]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author opposite the title page. "An exciting and suspense-filled novel about an American army surgeon in the Italian campaign of World War II who risks his life to save a wounded fellow officer caught behind enemy lines -- and himself from a nagging guilt his consc... View more info

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A Home at the End of the World

By: Cunningham, Michael

Price: $18.00

Publisher: New York, Farrar Straus Giroux: 1990

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16167

ISBN: 0-374-17250-1

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


[clean copy, a bit of shelfwear, slight bump to bottom front corner, shallow dent at top of rear cover; jacket shows some surface wear, minor wrinkling along top edge of front panel, short diagonal creases in rear flap]. The author's second novel, the story of a modern-day love triangle that produces a child and various other complications. In the wake of the success of the 2002 movie adaptation of Cunningham's "The Hours," a film was made of this book, too (wi... View more info

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Golden States

By: Cunningham, Michael

Price: $65.00

Publisher: New York, Crown Publishers, Inc.: (c.1984)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18373

ISBN: 0-517-55279-5

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


(price-clipped, else Fine) [a very nice copy, the faintest finger-smudge and a couple of tiny pencil marks on top edge near spine, tiny diagonal crease at bottom of one page (due to accidentally turned-up corner); jacket is virtually flawless but for the price-clipping, and has been spared the sunning/yellowing that commonly afflicts this book]. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author's first novel, which he reportedly was determined to finish by the time he turned 30, whethe... View more info

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The Rise & Fall of Jake Sullivan

By: Davies, Hunter

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Boston, Little, Brown & Co.: (c.1970)

Edition: 1st U.S. ed

Seller ID: 7089

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[nice solid copy, mild wear to bottom edge; jacket moderately edgeworn, a bit soiled, some chipping/wrinkling at spine ends, short tear at bottom corner of rear panel (at foldover)]. "A Big Money Novel" about a one-time Teddy Boy -- "a crude-talking, double-dealing school dropout who wasn't afraid to get in on the big action" -- and his meteoric rise to the top in 1960's London. View more info

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Six Black Horses

By: Davis, Nolan

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, G.P. Putnam's Sons: (c.1971)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17921

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[solid copy, minimal shelfwear, light age-toning to page edges, faint tape marks (from what?) at top and bottom edges of endpapers; jacket nice and white, with just a trace of soiling, minor wear at top of spine]. The Kansas City-born author's first book (and alas, to date his only novel), an absurdist comic tale set at the nexus of KC's funeral services industry and its African-American community. The protagonist, a young man named Lawrence Xavier Jordan -- obviously a... View more info

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Derby Dugan's Depression Funnies

By: De Haven, Tom

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Metropolitan Bks/Henry Holt: 1996

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2680

ISBN: 0805044450

Condition: Very Good+ in Near Fine dj


[remainder mark on top edge, a couple of tiny dents at top and bottom of boards, otherwise a clean, tight, unread book; jacket shows minimal handling wear]. Another comic-strip homage from De Haven; this one does for the 1930's what his earlier book, Funny Papers, did for the 1890's. The book was designed by Art Spiegelman with Kelly Soong, and features a color frontispiece, a full-page Sunday "Derby Dugan" strip by "Walter Geebus," the book's protagonist... View more info

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The Satyr

By: DeMaria, Robert

Price: $12.00

Publisher: Indianapolis/New York, The Bobbs-Merrill Company: (c.1972)

Edition: 1st (U.S.) edition

Seller ID: 14038

ISBN: 0491001290

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[nice tight copy, minimal shelfwear, marred only by some light spotting to fore-edge; jacket somewhat rubbed and scuffed, a few small edge-tears]. Darkly comic novel about a 35-year-old textbook editor (described as "a sensualist on a grand scale") with two objectives in life: (1) to marry a virgin, e.g. his 20-year-old girlfriend; and (2) to avoid being disinherited by his mother, who can't stand his fiancee. He decides, therefore, "that the only logical th... View more info

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Doctor on Trial

By: Denker, Henry

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, William Morrow & Co.: (c.1992)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 8233

ISBN: 0-688-11388-5

Condition: Very Good in Very Good+ dj


[some shelfwear to bottom edge, mild soiling at page edges, shows evidence of having been read, but still quite a decent copy; jacket shows minor surface wear, a bit of wrinkling along top edge, no tears or chips]. When the daughter of the most powerful man in New York City dies in the emergency room of a city hospital, "beautiful, dedicated young doctor" Kate Forrester finds herself charged with malpractice and manslaughter. Although "her innocence is clear... View more info

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The Next-to-Last Train Ride

By: Dennis, Charles

Price: $5.50

Publisher: New York, St. Martin's Press: 1974

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 13450

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good- dj


[good solid copy, top front corner very lightly bumped, light dust-soiling to top edge; jacket has a pinky-tip-size chunk missing at top of front panel, dog-earing at top of spine]. "You cast the movie," begins the jacket blurb -- but alas, despite the author's (or at least the blurb writer's) strenuous-to-the-point-of-tedious suggestions ("Al Pacino? (or Dustin Hoffman?) as Michael Rangeloff, the hapless all-American con-man..." etc.), no movie has ever... View more info

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The Beach Road

By: Diamond, Sarah

Price: $50.00

Publisher: London, Orion: 2000

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14314

ISBN: 0-75283-784-2

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[lovely, as-new copy, with just the faintest bit of surface rubbing to rear panel of dust jacket]. The author's highly praised debut novel, a psychological thriller about two teenage girls who are drawn together by their personal troubles, despite being seemingly of quite opposite personalities. View more info