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Green Wood Burns Slow

By: Brice, Monica

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Boston/New York, Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Company: 1938

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20538

Condition: Good


(no dust jacket) [ex-library (marked as such only by presence of diagonal card holder on rear pastedown and "FIC" stamped on top edge; otherwise a solid enough copy, actually quite clean overall but with some deterioration (nibbling?) to the cloth at the right edge of the front cover, and a few small rubber-stamps (bookseller and one-time owner, not library) inside the front cover]. Mystery novel -- apparently the author's only book -- about a couple of guys who pull off a jewel robbery; set primarily in New York City and Providence, Rhode Island. A contemporary reviewer felt that th... View more info

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The Paper Gun: A Paul Pine Mystery [*SIGNED*]

By: Browne, Howard

Price: $100.00

Publisher: Belen NM, Dennis McMillan Publications: 1985

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 12135

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice copy, tight and unworn, just a trace of dust-smudging on top edge; jacket shows extremely light surface handling wear]. Limited/numbered edition of 350 copies, this being no. 83, and SIGNED on the limitation page by both the author and his son (the jacket artist); this copy additionally SIGNED by the publisher, Dennis McMillan, on the copyright page. The author, in his foreword, explains that "The Paper Gun" is "a story complete in itself," but more in the nature of "a completely detailed synopsis on paper" than a fully-realized novel; he attributes this to the... View more info

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Nobody Lives Forever

By: Burnett, W.R.

Price: $45.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1943

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 7433

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [solid copy, moderate edgewear, slight fraying of cloth at top of spine, spine cloth darkened, small red mark on bottom page edges]. View more info

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Nobody Lives Forever

By: Burnett, W.R.

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1943

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21867

Condition: Very Good in Good dj


[light soiling to top and bottom edges of covers, flowery gift inscription (non-authorial) on ffep, bookplate on front pastedown; jacket is trimmed roughly 1/8"-1/4" along top and bottom edges, small stain at upper right corner of rear panel]. "The adventures of a big-time swindler, who starts a carefully organized campaign to swindle a rich, unworldly widow and becomes entangled in a tragic situation impossible to foresee." Basis for the 1946 Warner Bros. film of the same name, starring John Garfield and Geraldine Fitzgerald. The film had a long gestation period: an origina... View more info

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Nobody Lives Forever

By: Burnett, W.R.

Price: $175.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1943

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21909

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


[attractive copy with light shelfwear to bottom edge, vintage price sticker on rear pastedown; jacket shows some wear at spine ends, short closed tear and associated diagonal crease at bottom of rear panel]. "The adventures of a big-time swindler, who starts a carefully organized campaign to swindle a rich, unworldly widow and becomes entangled in a tragic situation impossible to foresee." Basis for the 1946 Warner Bros. film of the same name, starring John Garfield and Geraldine Fitzgerald. The film had a long gestation period: an original Burnett story by that title (although it's n... View more info

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Killer in the Rain

By: Chandler, Raymond

Price: $85.00

Publisher: London, Hamish Hamilton: 1964

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 12157

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[nice clean copy, minimal shelfwear, spine the slightest bit turned; jacket lightly browned at spine and at inside edges of flaps, very slight wear at corners, some soiling to rear panel but otherwise very attractive, NO tears or chips]. Good-looking copy of the true first edition of this title (preceding the Houghton, Mifflin American edition), a posthumous collection of eight early stories that the author referred to as his "cannibalized" work, by which he meant "that in later life he sometimes used episodes and characters from them in the full-length novels which made him famou... View more info

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Twelve Chinks and a Woman

By: Chase, James Hadley

Price: $25.00

Publisher: [no place stated], Howell, Soskin: (c.1941)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22452

Condition: Fair


(no dust jacket) [ex-rental library book, intact but quite shelfworn, with considerable paper residue/remnants on front cover and both pastedowns, fading to spine cloth, some kind of white stain along rear hinge, etc.; a reading copy, nothing more]. Typical Chase pulp, with a classic politically-incorrect title (changed for most later editions to the more benign "Twelve Chinamen and a Woman"). Quote from the tiny portion of the jacket text that remains on the front pastedown: "This is no book for the faint-hearted. It is for mystery fans who like explosive action." View more info

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The Riot War [*SIGNED*]

By: Cluff, Buster L.

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Port Washington NY, Ashley Books, Inc.: (c.1977)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 13470

ISBN: 0-87949-073-X

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


(price-clipped) [solid copy, minimal shelfwear, light dust-soiling to top edge; jacket shows a little surface wear (mostly to rear panel), two short diagonal creases at top corner of rear flap]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. "A novel about the white ghetto, as gang-infested and crime-ridden as any. This is a hard-boiled, suspenseful story, but it's also a serious indictment of our society of rich and poor. Rod Shane returns from Viet Nam determined to leave the ghetto, but he quickly becomes embroiled in the old neighborhood where the gangs have turned to internationa... View more info

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Ashes

By: Coe, Charles Francis

Price: $8.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: (c.1952)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14027

Condition: Very Good+


(no dust jacket) [good solid book, light shelfwear, lower rear corner slightly bumped, spine somewhat faded, a couple of tiny dark stains on spine near front hinge, whitish stain along top of rear cover]. Novel about a woman political reformer who runs afoul of organized crime. View more info

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Ransom

By: Coe, Charles Francis

Price: $65.00

Publisher: New York, A.L. Burt Company: (c.1934)

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 21140

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


[minor soiling to edges of text block; jacket shows a bit of wear at corners and spine ends]. Crime novel about a thief who executes a "perfect" kidnapping of an infant girl, one element of which involves stashing her with an unsuspecting family while he begins a two-year campaign to extract ransom money from the girl's father. Unfortunately for all concerned, however, he gets pinched (while visiting Canada) for a previously-committed crime, is convicted, and sentenced to twenty years in a Canadian prison. When he's released in 1933, he's faced with two immediate problems: (1) how t... View more info

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Heir Apparent [*SIGNED*]

By: Coscarelli, Kate

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, St. Martin's Press: 1993

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18072

ISBN: 0-312-09305-5

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[very nice copy, with a couple of teeny-tiny dents in top edge of front cover; jacket very slightly wrinkled along top edge]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED/DATED (in the year of publication) by the author on the ffep. "A snappy, fast-breaking mystery/suspense in which a daughter and deposed heir to a California food consortium survives a brace of murders, heavy police suspicion, the terror of a stalker, and a final calamitous showdown." -- Kirkus Reviews, as quoted on a promotional postcard for the book, laid in to this copy. View more info

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Dancing Bear [*SIGNED*]

By: Crumley, James

Price: $65.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: (c.1983)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 16822

ISBN: 0394521951

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


[a little wear to cloth at bottom edges, light dust-soiling to top page edges; jacket lightly soiled on rear panel]. SIGNED by the author on the title page. His fourth novel, and the second Milo Milodragovitch mystery. The second state of the first edition (with "First Edition" stated on the copyright page). Signed by Author View more info

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The Cabana Murders; a Sergeant Cass Harty Detective Story

By: Dane, Joel Y.

Price: $12.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday, Doran & Co., for The Crime Club: 1937

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21003

ISBN: NO

Condition: Fair


(no dust jacket) [spine turned, binding a little weak (but intact), bumping and slight fraying to all corners, one-time owner's name on ffep, some deterioration to cloth at rear joint; internally clean, a perfectly OK reading copy]. The author's second mystery novel, also the second to feature Sergeant Cass Harty, "wisecracking member of the New York Homicide Squad, and his skeptical little stooge, Barney Stauffer." The pair investigate a group of violent murders at a small Long Island beach resort, with one of the mysteries encountered along the way being: "How did a Button Gwin... View more info

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Kill 'Em With Kindness

By: Dickenson, Fred

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Drexel Hill PA, Bell Publishing Company:

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16758

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Good+ dj


(price-clipped) [moderate shelfwear/scuffing to bottom edges of boards, light dust-soiling to top page edges; jacket edgeworn, with minor paper loss at spine ends, various small closed tears, creases, etc.]. Hard-drinking reporter helps out a private detective trying to solve the murder of the about-to-be-7th wife of a millionaire playboy. A "fast-moving tale of pub-crawling Gotham where a woman is only a woman but a good cigar is a clue." View more info

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Shear the Black Sheep [*SIGNED*]

By: Dodge, David

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, The Macmillan Company: 1942

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 19928

ISBN: NO

Condition: Fair in Fair dj


[ex-rental library book (with large informational stamp of Guild Libraries, Hollywood CA, on ffep), well worn, front hinge starting, etc.; jacket trimmed slightly along top and bottom edges (making it a little bit shorter than the book itself), plus it has a weird horizontal wrinkle/crease all the way across the middle]. Rather weirdly (since it's a rental library book) SIGNED by the author on the ffep. His second novel, also the second to feature his detective creation, James (Whit) Whitney. In this adventure, the San Francisco-based Whitney takes a job in Los Angeles "in a weak moment... View more info

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The House with the Green Shutters [SIGNED and annotated by novelist Reginald Wright Kauffman]

By: Douglas, George [pseud. for George Douglas Brown]

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Thomas Seltzer: 1924 (c.1901)

Edition: Later Printing

Seller ID: 20882

ISBN: NO

Condition: Good


(no dust jacket) [a worn but fundamentally sound book; bookplate on front pastedown, biography of author (probably from the jacket flaps) affixed to rear pastedown along with a small vintage bookseller's label (Brentano's, New York); see notes regarding annotations]. The Scottish author's first and only novel, a mystery (listed in Hubin) originally published in 1901, a year before his death at age 33. An influential realist work, it has remained in print for most of the intervening time. While by no means a rare book, this copy is of special interest due to the interesting and informative an... View more info

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The Gambler, the Minstrel, and the Dance Hall Queen [*SIGNED*]

By: Downing, Warwick

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, E. P. Dutton & Co.: (c.1976)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 9093

ISBN: 0-8415-0439-3

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[nice tight clean copy, just the faintest trace of wear to bottom edge; jacket shows mild surface wear, one tiny tear at bottom front corner]. SIGNED by the author (signature only) on the title page. His second novel to feature Joe Reddman, a Denver-based private investigator. Signed by Author View more info

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The Bookman's Wake

By: Dunning, John

Price: $8.00

Publisher: New York, Scribner: (c.1995)

Edition: 4th printing

Seller ID: 13008

ISBN: 0-684-80003-9

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


(NOT a book club edition) [mild shelfwear, spine slightly turned, light soiling to page edges; jacket shows a little edgewear, minor rubbing, slight wrinkling at spine ends]. "The rare-book angle gets to Janeway every time." Nuff said. View more info

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American Tabloid [*SIGNED*]

By: Ellroy, James

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1995

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 15801

ISBN: 0-679-40391-4

Condition: Very Good+ in Near Fine dj


[good solid copy, light soiling to page edges, one turned-down top page corner (short diagonal crease); jacket shows only some insignificant handling wear]. INSCRIBED with a typical scrawled Ellroyan epithet ("Blood Blast!" or, possibly, "Blood B lust!") and SIGNED by the author, on the second half-title page, additionally dated in the year of publication. Ellroy broadens his canvas, getting outside of L.A. to write a novel set "behind, and below, the scenes of JFK's Presidential election, the Bay of Pigs, the assassination -- in the underworld that connects Miami, Los Ange... View more info

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Detour at Night; an Inner Sanctum Mystery

By: Endore, Guy

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Simon and Schuster: 1959

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 19019

Condition: Very Good+ in Near Fine dj


[pages browned as typical with S&S books of this era, otherwise just minimally shelfworn, with very slight bumping to top corners; jacket shows just a trace of soiling to the rear panel, very shallow chipping at top of spine]. Mystery/suspense novel about a hitchhiking former linguistics professor (now an accused murderer on the lam) who finds himself back in the very town -- Devon, Indiana (not its real name) -- where his troubles began. The novel is written in the first person, and while I won't be so bold as to call it "Nabokovian," I can't help but think that V.N. would have reco... View more info