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Methinks the Lady...

By: Endore, Guy

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, Duell, Sloan and Pearce: (c.1945)

Edition: 3rd printing

Seller ID: 18794

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


(price-clipped) [light shelfwear, very slight bumping to a couple of corners; jacket slightly faded at spine, light wear to extremities]. Psychological mystery/suspense novel about "a lost soul, a woman bedevilled by her other, evil, self" (i.e. a distaff Jekyll & Hyde yarn). Basis for the 1949 Otto Preminger film noir WHIRLPOOL, starring Gene Tierney and Richard Conte. View more info

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Winter Kill

By: Fisher, Steve

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Dodd, Mead & Company: 1946

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 8270

Condition: Fair in Poor dj


[a reading copy only: ex-rental library, typical marks, heavy shelfwear; jacket heavily worn/rubbed, trimmed by about 1/4" at both top and bottom edges, flaps glued down, all in all pretty rough]. View more info

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The Night Before Murder (A Clue Club Mystery)

By: Fisher, Steve

Price: $125.00

Publisher: New York, Hillman-Curl, Inc.: 1939

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18514

ISBN: NO

Condition: Good in Fair dj


[solid book with not much actual wear, BUT: (a) its one-time owner went absolutely bonkers with his ownership rubber-stamp, using it on all endpapers, the bottom edge, and a couple of other places; and (b) the dust jacket, heavily worn, is firmly glued down at the flaps]. Early mystery novel by Fisher, as he was still clawing his way up out of the pulps (his breakthrough novel, "I Wake Up Screaming," was just two years in the future), about a washed-up actress whose life "had become dull, barren and incredibly stupid, and [who] had become obsessed with the idea of death. So she dec... View more info

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Winter Kill

By: Fisher, Steve

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Dodd, Mead & Company: 1946

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15213

Condition: Very Good+


(no dust jacket) [solid clean copy, moderate shelfwear, a couple of pages roughly opened]. The author's eighth novel under his name (his 11th if you count those done under pseudonyms). [If you are of a mind, a very nice facsimile of the original H. Lawrence Hoffman-designed dust jacket can be had for this book (not from us, but will supply details upon request), which will help it look very handsome on your shelves.] View more info

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All the Skeletons in All the Closets

By: Fowler, Keith

Price: $125.00

Publisher: New York, The Macaulay Company: (c.1934)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21148

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[light wear to binding at ends of spine, otherwise a clean and solid book; jacket edgeworn, with some chipping and minor paper loss in the vicinity of the spine ends, wrinkling and a bit of shallow chipping along top edge, ditto wrinkling at bottom of front panel]. Mystery novel centered around "New York's swankiest and most murderous scandal sheet" -- a magazine called "The Social Arbiter," essentially a not-too-subtle blackmail operation dedicated to fleecing the well-to-do. A contemporary reviewer observed that the book was "written in the frankest kind of Broadway idi... View more info

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Hell Street

By: Franklin, Max (pseud. for Richard Deming)

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Rinehart & Company Inc.: (c.1954)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 6212

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[solid, clean book, with minimal shelfwear, slight browning at page edges, small and very faint dampstain on top edge; jacket shows virtually no wear, with just a little browning around the edges of both flaps, and a tiny bit of what might be insect-chewing at the top corner of each flap]. A tale of an honest cop framed by organized crime, in order to protect the city's vice district. Supposedly set in a recognizable American city - - the jacket copy says that the author's previous novel was set in St. Louis, and that this one takes place in "another Mississippi Valley city." View more info

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The Dark Page

By: Fuller, Samuel Michael

Price: $400.00

Publisher: New York, Duell, Sloan and Pearce: (c.1944)

Edition: 2nd printing

Seller ID: 16826

Condition: Very Good in Good dj


[solid copy, very slight fraying to one top corner, small embossed previous owner's stamp on ffep and half-title page, fading to cloth at very top of spine, a handful of "puncture wounds" (small indentations) in spine; jacket shows general wear, and has been tape-repaired and -reinforced at several points, including a brown-paper-tape patching of half-inch paper loss at top of spine (partially affecting title)]. What might be called Fuller's "breakthrough" novel (after a couple of cheapie efforts in the 1930's), a slam-bang mystery set in the New York tabloid milieu where the ... View more info

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Lamaar Ransom, Private Eye

By: Galloway, David

Price: $15.00

Publisher: London/Dallas, John Calder/Riverrun Press: 1979

Edition: 1st (unstated)

Seller ID: 15883

ISBN: 0-7145-3686-5

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[a very nice copy, tight and clean with no discernible wear; jacket shows just a tiny bit of surface wear]. Chandler-esque detective yarn with a gender-twist: the title character is a lesbian, who "runs her detective agency -- an agency with a difference -- from a run-down office in the Cahuenga Building of Los Angeles, keeping the wolf from the door with $25 expenses and a sharp line in wisecracks." According to the jacket blurb, the book "has more tantalising false leads than 'The Big Sleep,' a more involved plot than 'Farewell My Lovely,' and a private eye with more wit and wit... View more info

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The Canvas Coffin

By: Gault, William Campbell

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, E. P. Dutton & Co.: 1953

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 12513

Condition: Very Good in Good dj


[ex-lending library book, stamped on endpapers but no other markings; book is mildly shelfworn but still a solid copy; jacket is attractive but with two problems: one, the flaps have been firmly glued down; two, the jacket was trimmed by about 1/8" at the top and 3/16" at the bottom, to fit inside one of those old-style jacket protectors; that jacket cover has now been removed and replaced with a mylar wrap-around, which makes the volume quite presentable, since the jacket itself is quite clean, albeit a bit wrinkled due to the presence of the paper backing (which couldn't be removed),... View more info

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Double Jeopardy

By: Goldsmith, Martin M.

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York, The Macaulay Company: (c.1938)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 12624

Condition: Good+


(no dust jacket) [decent copy, front hinge cracked but not separated, light dampstaining and a few small white marks at bottom of front cover (interior of book not affected), slight fraying at bottom front corner]. Very scarce first novel by the author of "Detour," exploring the question of whether "it is possible in this day of enlightened justice for a man to be punished twice for the same crime." (A very nice facsimile dust jacket can be had for this book, from another source.) View more info

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Double Jeopardy

By: Goldsmith, Martin M.

Price: $600.00

Publisher: New York, The Macaulay Company: (c.1938)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18873

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


[nice square copy, a few tiny nicks to cloth at edges, a little wear at spine ends, long-ago seller's price lightly rubber-stamped on rear endpaper; jacket shows a bit of edgewear, teensy paper loss at a couple of bottom corners, one-inch closed tear at top front hinge]. Very scarce first novel by the author of "Detour," exploring the question of whether "it is possible in this day of enlightened justice for a man to be punished twice for the same crime." View more info

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A Person Shouldn't Die Like That

By: Goldstein, Arthur

Price: $20.00

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

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 6988

ISBN: 0-394-47230-6

Condition: Very Good in Very Good+ dj


[spine turned, some spotting to page edges, mild wear to bottom edge and spine extremities; jacket faintly soiled, one tiny closed tear at top of front panel]. A mystery "in which seventy-two-year-old Max Guttman, a Lower East Side Jew, finds a body." This was the first of several Max Guttman mysteries. View more info

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The Thirteenth Apostle [*SIGNED*]

By: Gonzalez, Gloria

Price: $25.00

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

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 16065

ISBN: 0-312-08909-0

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[nice tight copy, faint dust-soiling to top edge, no significant wear; jacket shows some rubbing/scuffing, mostly to rear panel]. INSCRIBED humorously and SIGNED by the author on the title page. The author's first adult novel, a mystery, centering around "newpaper reporter and Susan Hayward lookalike" Geraldine St. Claire, who's attempting to finish an investigative story about random Tylenol poisonings that her best friend and sometime lover was working on when he was murdered. Signed by Author View more info

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Dark Passage

By: Goodis, David

Price: $350.00

Publisher: New York, Julian Messner, Inc.: (c.1946)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18970

Condition: Very Good in Good dj


[moderately worn book, light spotting to covers, spine lettering somewhat rubbed; jacket is on the rough side, heavily edgeworn with a bit of paper loss at both ends of spine (taking away part of author's name at top), slightly ragged tear across middle of spine, small chip at top of rear panel]. Probably the author's best-known novel; basis for the 1947 film starring Humphrey Bogart, written and directed by Delmer Daves. View more info

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Murder of the Admiral

By: Gould, Stephen (pseud. for Steve Fisher)

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, The Macaulay Company: (c.1936)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17035

Condition: Good


(no dust jacket) [worn but intact copy, apparently ex-rental library but with un-obnoxious traces (inked call number and label remnant on rear pastedown, faint stamping on top and bottom edges); text from front jacket flap is affixed to front pastedown]. Early novel by this former pulpster, the first of two to feature Sheridan Doome, "ace of the Naval Intelligence," who is notable (I guess) for having been badly disfigured in the explosion of a ship during the first World War, requiring the permanent placement of "huge steel plates over his entire chest and back." As the narrat... View more info

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Murder of the Admiral

By: Gould, Stephen (pseud. for Steve Fisher)

Price: $60.00

Publisher: New York, The Macaulay Company: (c.1936)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18865

Condition: Near Fine


(no dust jacket) [nice-looking copy, tight and square, with just a trace of wear to the extremities, minor soiling to cloth at front joint]. Early novel by this former pulpster, the first of two to feature Sheridan Doome, "ace of the Naval Intelligence," who is notable (I guess) for having been badly disfigured in the explosion of a ship during the first World War, requiring the permanent placement of "huge steel plates over his entire chest and back." As the narrator describes him: "His face was just one ugly scar. For eyes he had only black blotches, crazy shaped; his e... View more info

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"E" is for Evidence

By: Grafton, Sue

Price: $60.00

Publisher: New York, Henry Holt and Company: (c.1988)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16037

ISBN: 0-8050-0459-9

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[very nice copy, no significant wear, just some very VERY light soiling to the page edges, trace evidence of a single careful reading by a singularly careful reader, and a couple of tiny abrasions of mysterious origin on the rear pastedown; the jacket is darn near perfect, with just a teensy bit of surface wear (many would call it Fine without blinking, but a bit of yellowing on the jacket flaps made me blink)]. The fifth -- wait, wait (A, B, C, D, E...) -- yep, fifth in the author's immensely popular and long-running Kinsey Millhone series. An awfully nice copy at an awfully nice price. (No... View more info

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"E" is for Evidence

By: Grafton, Sue

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Henry Holt and Company: (c.1988)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23262

ISBN: 0-8050-0459-9

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice copy, a single tiny dent in the bottom edge of each cover, light age-toning to edges of text block, faint trace of foxing to top edge; jacket shows very light surface wear only]. The fifth -- wait, wait (A, B, C, D, E...) -- yep, fifth in the author's immensely popular and long-running Kinsey Millhone series. (No marks, full number line.) View more info

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Rotten Apples [*SIGNED*]

By: Green, Edith Pinero

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, E. P. Dutton: (c.1977)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 14198

ISBN: 0-525-19415-0

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


[bottom corners bumped, light soiling to page edges; jacket shows some edgewear, a couple of insignificant tears]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED ("To ______ / Love & Kisses / Edie / 11/28/77") on the half-title page. Mystery novel centering around The Rotten Apple Corps, a secret society formed in the 1930s. "They only met to socialize and as the decades passed the members went their separate ways -- forgetting the folly of their youth. Forgetting, that is, until someone begins to murder them one by one." This book introduced the septuagenarian sleuth, Dearborn V. Pinch, who has fea... View more info

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The Devil's Hatband [*SIGNED*]

By: Greer, Robert O.

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, The Mysterious Press: 1996

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 13379

ISBN: 0-89296-634-3

Condition: Fine in Fine dj


[very nice copy -- as new, tight, clean and unread, NO remainder or other marks]. SIGNED and dated by the author on the title page (in year and month of publication). The author's first novel, introducing Denver-based bail bondsman and sometime bounty hunter CJ Floyd. The story takes place "against a backdrop of the American West and the high-stakes world of modern scientific research," as Floyd is engaged to track down a killer virus that has fallen into the wrong hands. The jacket blurb likens the author to Walter Mosley and Terry MacMillan as "a fresh new African-American li... View more info