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Dark Passage

By: Goodis, David

Price: $450.00

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

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18970

ISBN: NO

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 fi... 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." A... 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... 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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Bino

By: Gray, A.W.

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, E. P. Dutton: (c.1988)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 11888

ISBN: 0-525-24590-

Condition: Near Fine in Fine dj


[nice clean copy, minimal wear, extremely shallow chipping at top edge of half-title page and title page; jacket bright and clean, appears to have been protected from Day One (good thing, too, since it's mostly white)] A hard-boiled novel set in Dallas, introducing Bino, a tough, mean, white-haired lawyer, "the lawyer everybody in jail would like to have, but never will be able to find." 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 s... 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 ... View more info

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The Limping Man

By: Grierson, Francis D.

Price: $75.00

Publisher: New York, Grosset & Dunlap: (c.1926)

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 19418

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[nice clean copy, bottom corners a bit bumped but no other discernible wear, vintage price sticker from the noted San Francisco department store The White House on rear pastedown; jacket shows a bit of dog-earing and minor creasing along top edge, light soiling to rear panel The first of the author's thirteen mystery novels featuring the duo of Detective-Inspector Sims, a Scotland Yard man, and Professor Wells, "a scientist of international celebrity, with half an a... View more info

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The Silver Tombstone [*SIGNED*]

By: Gruber, Frank

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, Farrar & Rinehart: (c.1945)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 7432

Condition: Very Good+ in Fair dj


[good solid copy, a bit of wear to bottom edge; jacket missing one approx. 1"x1" irregular chunk at top left front panel, another shallow piece there, some paper loss at both ends of spine, various other small tears, edgewear]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the half-title page. A Johnny Fletcher mystery. Signed by Author View more info

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Bohannon's Country: Mystery Stories

By: Hansen, Joseph

Price: $8.00

Publisher: New York, Viking: 1993

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 11777

ISBN: 0-670-84942-1

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice tight clean copy, appears unread, no discernible wear, NO remainder or other marks; jacket shows a tiny bit of surface wear, still very attractive]. "Five superb sotries of detection, all set on the rugged California central coast, where death is as dramatic and unpredictable as the landscape. Here Hack Bohannon, an ex-sheriff, keeps horses he owns, as well as some for other people, and solves crimes on the side. The inspiration for Bohannon came to Hansen, ... View more info

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The Man Everybody Was Afraid Of [*SIGNED*]

By: Hansen, Joseph

Price: $35.00

Publisher: London/Boston, Faber & Faber: 1978

Edition: 1st U.K. edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 17172

ISBN: 0-571-11247-1

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[slight bump to base of spine, otherwise a nice clean copy; jacket shows just a trace of handling wear]. INSCRIBED ("To _______ / good wishes") and SIGNED by the author on the title page. The four Dave Brandstetter novel, in which the gay insurance investigator is called in after the police chief of a little California beach town is murdered, and a hot-tempered gay-activist nursery owner is accused of the crime. Signed by Author View more info

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Nightwork [*SIGNED*]

By: Hansen, Joseph

Price: $30.00

Publisher: London, Peter Owen: 1984

Edition: 1st U.K. edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 17171

ISBN: 0-7206-0622-5

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[very nice copy, clean and tight with no discernible wear to book; jacket shows just faint surface handling wear]. SIGNED boldly by the author on the title page (signature only; no inscription). Nice copy of the seventh Dave Brandstetter mystery, in which the gay insurance investigator looks into the suspicious death of a moonlighting truck driver. Signed by Author View more info

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Gravedigger [*SIGNED*]

By: Hansen, Joseph

Price: $25.00

Publisher: London, Peter Owen: 1982

Edition: 1st U.K. edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 17182

ISBN: 0-7206-0591-1

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[a very nice tight clean copy, no discernible wear to book; jacket shows the slightest bit of surface rubbing, plenty of others would call it Fine without blinking, but I'm a blinker]. SIGNED by the author on the title page (signature only, no inscription). Another in the Dave Brandstetter series, "set against vivid Southern California backgrounds of expensive seaside suburbs and snowy mountain camps, shacky desert towns and wilderness canyons," as the gay insu... View more info

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Fadeout [*SIGNED*]

By: Hansen, Joseph

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York, Harper & Row: (c.1970)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 18913

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[light shelfwear to bottom edge, bumping and very slight cracks to bottom corners, small bookseller's label on rear pastedown (Charlotte Newbegin/Tillman Place Bookshop, San Francisco); jacket lightly age-toned, spine slightly faded, minor wrinkling at top of spine, ]. SIGNED by the author (no inscription) at top of title page. Hansen's first novel under his own name, and also the first Dave Brandstetter book. Signed by Author View more info

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Fadeout

By: Hansen, Joseph

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, Harper & Row: (c.1970)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20108

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


[a bit of wear at spine ends, very tiny tear in cloth at base of spine, light foxing to top edge and fore-edge; jacket shows light soiling to front panel, slight fading to spine]. Hansen's first novel under his own name, and also the first Dave Brandstetter book. View more info

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The Big Thaw

By: Harstad, Donald

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Doubleday: 2000

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17854

ISBN: 0-385-49569-2

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[spine slightly turned, base of spine bumped, very minor handling wear; jacket shows just a faint trace of wrinkling at top of rear panel]. Third novel by "Iowa's own answer to Michael Connelly," a writer who "writes the way Iowans live, with no-nonsense direction, an innate sense of right and wrong, and a dry Midwestern brand of humor. In today's urban-dominated thriller landscape, Harstad is working the rural crime beat to perfection." The plot here h... View more info

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Bad News Travels Fast [*SIGNED*]

By: Haywood, Gar Anthony

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, G.P. Putnam's Sons: (c.1995)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 18340

ISBN: 0-399-14017-4

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice tight copy, no significant wear but light tanning to page edges due to cheap paper; jacket has faint dampstain at top of rear panel, otherwise bright and clean]. INSCRIBED ("For ______ -- You are my hero! God bless you and keep you always! Love -- ") and SIGNED by the author on the title page. The author's second mystery to feature Joe and Dottie Loudermilk, a retired police detective and his wife, who in this book set off in their "beloved Airstream ... View more info

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The Glass Cell

By: Highsmith, Patricia

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Harmondsworth, England, Penguin Books: 1980 (c.1964)

Seller ID: 10175

Condition: Very Good


[moderate edgewear, otherwise tight and clean]. Mass Market PB Novel about a man released after serving six years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. Basis for a German film version (1978) directed by Hans W. Geissendorfer. [This series of evocative Penguin photo-covers are my favorite editions by far of Highsmith's books.] View more info

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A Game for the Living

By: Highsmith, Patricia

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, Harper & Brothers: (c.1958)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21957

Condition: Very Good+


(no dust jacket) [solid copy, a bit of shelfwear to bottom edges of boards, very light soiling to top of text block]. Psychological suspense novel about the unlikely friendship between a Mexican furniture repairman and a German atheist, who both fall under suspicion when a woman they had each slept with is brutally raped and murdered. View more info