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Murder Without Death

By: Birge, Jack E., M.D.

Price: $50.00

Publisher: (n.p.), Jack E. Birge: (c.1981)

Edition: Unstated edition

Seller ID: 14199

Condition: Very Good


[light exterior wear, tiny tear at top of spine; binding solid, internally clean]. Trade PB Self-published account of some miscarriage of justice done unto the author, although in the absence of a summarizing cover blurb, it's a little hard to figure out exactly what it was without actually reading the book. Apparently he ran afoul of the powers that be in Carrollton, Georgia (his introduction refers obliquely -- or is it metaphorically? -- to the "shark" who ran the town and unleashed his "destructive powers" on the good doctor, railroading him and at least one other fellow i... View more info

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After Prison -- What?

By: Booth, Maud Ballington

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, Fleming H. Revell Company: (c.1903)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14293

Condition: Good


(no dust jacket) [worn but still solid copy, some exterior soiling, white lettering on spine and front cover rubbed but still readable, rear hinge cracked but not separated; school library property label (see description) on front pastedown, unused circulation slip affixed to rear pastedown, no other library markings]. (B&W photo frontispiece) An impassioned plea for the humane treatment and rehabilitation of prisoner inmates, the author's attitude pretty much summed up by her dedication: "Lovingly dedicated to our boys in prison by their Little Mother who believes in them and looks with ... View more info

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Convicting the Innocent: Sixty-Five Actual Errors of Criminal Justice

By: Borchard, Edwin M.

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Garden City Publishing Co. , Inc.: (c.1932)

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 13908

Condition: Very Good+


(no dust jacket) [good solid copy, moderate shelfwear, some spotting/scuffing to rear cover]. (B&W photographs) "The sixty-five cases, although susceptible of dramatic presentation, are set forth in simple narrative form to indicate how the error occurred and how it was later discovered and unraveled. The cases were taken somewhat at random, for cases of this type are not systematically reported. The research was usually begun from a clue often afforded by a governor's pardon, by the report of a trial, or by a newspaper item, and was then pursued by an examination of the record and by c... View more info

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Portraits of Guilt: The Woman Who Profiles the Faces of America's Deadliest Criminals [*SIGNED*]

By: Boylan, Jeanne

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Pocket Books: 2000

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 5545

ISBN: 0-671-03485-5

Condition: Fine in Fine dj


[tight, lovely, as-new copy]. (B&W photographs, drawings) SIGNED boldly on the title page by the author, a "facial identification specialist" described in the jacket copy as "the investigative world's secret weapon." Among the cases which her uncannily accurate sketches have helped to solve have been the Polly Klaas kidnapping, Susan Smith's drownings of her own children, the Oklahoma City bombing, and the Unabomber case. Signed by Author View more info

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Deathman Pass Me By: Two Years on Death Row

By: Brasfield, Philip, with Jeffrey M. Elliot

Price: $15.00

Publisher: San Bernardino CA, Borgo Press: 1983

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 4228

ISBN: 0893702641

Condition: Near Fine


[a tight, clean, unread copy, with just a trace of edgewear]. (Borgo Bioviews, No. 3) Series Trade PB (B&W photographs) First-person narrative by a man convicted of first degree murder and kidnapping in Wichita County, Texas, in 1978, and sentenced to death by lethal injection -- despite no hard evidence (and what evidence there was containing obvious irregularities), court-appointed attorneys who mounted no defense, witnesses who either refused to testify or could not be positive in their identification, etc. He spent two years on Death Row before his conviction was overturned, during which t... View more info

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Off the Straight and Narrow

By: Colgate, Caroline Bayard

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York, Lee Furman, Inc.: (c.1937)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15590

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


[good solid clean copy, light shelfwear, tiny tear in binding at top of spine; jacket a bit scuffed, with moderate soiling and light edgewear, vertical crease down middle of spine]. This is "the story of one woman's adventures on the other side of the track." A woman of "wealth and social position," Mrs. Colgate decided to devote her efforts to "befriending some who scoffed at friendship -- wayward men, delinquent children, prisoners, and inmates of various institutions." Her field work, which took her to "juvenile courts, houses of correction, reformatories, sta... View more info

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Ten Thousand Public Enemies

By: Cooper, Courtney Ryley

Price: $75.00

Publisher: New York, Blue Ribbon Books: (c.1935)

Edition: 4th printing

Seller ID: 17465

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[nice tight copy with only minimal wear, small piece torn away at top corner of one page (no text affected); jacket a bit worn along top and bottom edges, small tear at bottom corner of front panel, a little bit of scuffing to spine]. (B&W photographs) "An inside picture of the underground workings of crime in the United States and a description, with hundreds of hitherto unknown details, of the workings of the forces of law and order seeking to detect and capture our 10,000 public enemies." And of course the anointed head of said "forces of law and order" at the time was FBI... View more info

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An International Casebook of Crime

By: Hyde, H. Montgomery, with John H. Kisch

Price: $12.00

Publisher: London, Barrie and Rockliff: 1962

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 5363

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good in Very Good dj


[moderate wear, mild edge-soiling; jacket worn/torn at top of spine, a little wear and some slight insect-chewing evident along top edge of rear panel, rear panel a bit soiled]. Accounts, "from a number of countries [of] ten of the most remarkable criminal cases that have occurred since the last war." Chapters deal with Caryl Chessman (U.S.); Gordon Lonsdale and the Navy spies (England); Soviet spy Rudolf Ivanovich Abel (U.S.); murderer Brian Donald Hume (tried for murder in both England and Switzerland); Dr. Richard Muller (Germany); the Moscow trial of U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers ... View more info

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FBI Girl

By: Marlowe, March

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York, Arcadia House: (c.1959)

Edition: 1st Edition (see note)

Seller ID: 15397

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice copy, spine a little turned but virtually no significant shelfwear, the only blemishes being small strips of black residue at bottom of front pastedown and rear fep (remnants of old jacket protector, now removed and replaced); jacket itself is bright and attractive, looks almost brand-new except for some slight fading to narrow strips along the top and the right-hand side of the front panel]. "The thrilling story of a career girl in government service." Mary Casey is a only a secretary in a Midwestern field office of the FBI, but for some reason or another she gets teamed up wit... View more info

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The Genteel Murderer [Dorothy B. Hughes's copy, signed]

By: Norman, Charles

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, The Macmillan Company: 1956

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15425

Condition: Near Fine


(no dust jacket) [nice clean copy, minimal handling wear, very slight bumping at top front corner; review copy, with publisher's slip laid in; see note about signature]. (B&W frontispiece) An account of the life and crimes of Thomas Griffiths Wainewright, artist, writer, and poisoner. This copy of the book is distinguished by bearing the SIGNATURE of underappreciated crime novelist Dorothy B. Hughes on the ffep; no doubt she received this review copy in her capacity as mystery-book reviewer for the Los Angeles Times and other newspapers, a job which she began doing in 1940, and continued for ... View more info

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Blye, Private Eye

By: Pileggi, Nicholas

Price: $30.00

Publisher: Chicago, Playboy Press: (c.1976)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22585

ISBN: 0-87223-475-4

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice tight clean book, a little shelfwear to bottom edge and top of spine but apparently unread; jacket is clean and flawless except for a small and almost-invisible closed tear at the top of the rear panel]. A journalistic examination of "The Real World of the Private Detective," who sees his main job as being "to ease his clients through a system that's so extraordinarily indifferent, so corrupt, and characterized by such sloppy paperwork that even the bank robbers, Mafia bosses, crooked congressmen, porno queens, and cops-on-the-take that he has occasionally represented can le... View more info

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Murder of a Mafia Daughter: The Life and Tragic Death of Susan Berman

By: Scott, Cathy

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Fort Lee NJ, Barricade Books Inc.: (c.2002)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 19132

ISBN: 1-56980-238-6

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[bottom front corner of book bumped, no other significant wear; jacket shows light surface rubbing only]. (B&W photographs) The subject of this book, writer Susan Berman, was "reared in the lap of Las Vegas luxury as the daughter of Dave Berman, a notorious casino mogul and mafia leader. It wasn't until college -- well after her father's death -- that she learned what he really did. She ultimately dedicated her life to learning about Vegas and its underworld chiefs, publishing two acclaimed books on the subject." On Christmas Eve 2000, however, Susan Berman became the victim of a ho... View more info

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John Marshall's Law: Interpretation, Ideology, and Interest

By: Shevory, Thomas C.

Price: $85.00

Publisher: Westport CT/London, Greenwood Press: 1994

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21431

ISBN: 0-313-26804-5

Condition: Fine


(no dust jacket, as issued) [nice clean book with no discernible wear; essentially as new]. (Contributions in Legal Studies, No. 77) Series An examination of the legal career of John Marshall, the fourth Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, and his influence in various areas of American law. Chapter titles are: "Law and Language in Anglo-Saxon Jurisprudence"; "John Marshall and the Interpretive Enterprise"; "John Marshall as Republican"; "Property, Contracts, and the Politics of Interest"; "Dilemmas of Liberal Constitutionalism: Joseph Story and John Ma... View more info

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The Story of a Prison [*Stacy Keach's prison library copy*]

By: Southerton, Peter

Price: $125.00

Publisher: Reading, Berkshire (U.K.), Osprey Publishing Ltd.: 1975

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15401

ISBN: 0-85045-260-0

Condition: 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 hi... View more info

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The Sewers of Gold

By: Spaggiari, Albert (translated by Martin Sokolinsky)

Price: $50.00

Publisher: London, Granada Publishing Limited: 1979

Edition: 1st U.K. edition

Seller ID: 22444

ISBN: 0-246-11131-3

Condition: 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 i... View more info

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Max D. Steuer, Trial Lawyer

By: Steuer, Aron

Price: $200.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: (c.1950

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21429

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


(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 sum... View more info

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Law School: Legal Education in America from the 1850s to the 1980s (Studies in Legal History)

By: Stevens, Robert

Price: $30.00

Publisher: Chapel Hill NC/London, University of North Carolina Press: (c.1983)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 8646

ISBN: 0-8078-1537-3

Condition: 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]. View more info

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No Answer from Foxtrot Eleven

By: Tullett, Tom

Price: $85.00

Publisher: London, Michael Joseph: 1967

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22522

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good- dj


(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 ... View more info

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Life and Limb: An Account of the Career of Melvin M. Belli, Personal-Injury Trial Lawyer [*SIGNED* by Belli]

By: Wallace, Robert

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday & Company, Inc.: 1955

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 7713

ISBN: NO

Condition: 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 View more info