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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 creatio... 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... 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... 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 fi... View more info

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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

ISBN: NO

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 wh... 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

ISBN: NO

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 f... 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... View more info

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The Hammersmith Murders

By: Frome, David (pseud. for Zenith Jones Brown, aka "Leslie Ford")

Price: $300.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday, Doran & Company, for the Crime Club: 1930

Edition: Later Printing

Seller ID: 20963

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[good solid book, some light foxing/staining to bottom edge and fore-edge of text block; jacket soiled along edges of flaps, slight dog-earing at spine ends]. Brown's third novel under her "David Frome" pseudonym, the introductory mystery featuring "Mr. Pinkerton," and a Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone. The book itself bears the Crime Club imprint and endpaper logos, but no edition statement (hence a later printing), and the dust jacket is Grosset & Dunlap; ... 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... 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 tantalis... 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 ... View more info

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Double Jeopardy

By: Goldsmith, Martin M.

Price: $125.00

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 ... 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 whe... View more info