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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 insurance investigator looks into the case of a disbarred lawyer who files a claim on the alleged death of his runaway daughter (... 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 has to do with a mysterious rash of rural burglaries that leads a deputy sheriff to uncover a plot to knock over a floating ca... 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 trailer" for Washington, D.C., "where their errant son involves them in all manner of political skulduggery." Sig... View more info

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The Glass Cell

By: Highsmith, Patricia

Price: $10.00

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

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The Boy Who Followed Ripley

By: Highsmith, Patricia

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Vintage Books: 1993

Edition: 6th printing

Seller ID: 23070

ISBN: 0-679-74567-X

Condition: Near Fine


[tiny bit of wear to bottom right corner of front cover, otherwise a tight clean copy that appears unread]. (Vintage Crime / Black Lizard) Series Trade PB "In this quietly terrifying exploration of trust and friendship, a troubled young runaway arrives in Villeperce. And when, on the boy's behalf, Tom Ripley is drawn from his lovely estate in the French countryside to Berlin's seamy underworld and into a kidnapping plot that rerquires the most bizarre methods -- and sinister acumen -- for intervention, the icily amoral Ripley is transformed into a generous and compassionate protector. W... View more info

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Down a Dark Alley

By: Holden, Genevieve (pseud. for Genevieve Long Pou)

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday/The Crime Club: 1976

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 13013

ISBN: 0-385-11188-6

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


[solid clean copy, mild wear to top/bottom edges, light remainder spray on bottom edge; mostly-white jacket shows some light soiling, no tears or chips]. "It all began on a peaceful Saturday morning on Atlanta's Mimosa Way -- as peaceful as could be expected in that colorfully run-down neighborhood where a cross section of society, including bankers, professors, a colony of winos, a rock group, and an unsavory motorcycle gang, the Desperadoes, coexisted in relative harmony. Life on Mimosa Way was always a little unpredictable, but this was to be a weekend of unprecedented violence and al... View more info

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Fallen Angel

By: Holland, Marty (pseud. for Mary Holland)

Price: $300.00

Publisher: New York, E.P. Dutton & Company, Inc.: 1945

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14897

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[lightly worn copy, with some faint staining to the front cover, short closed tear at bottom of title page; jacket edgeworn, a few small tears, some minor paper loss at both ends of spine (all text on spine still present), internally tape-repaired (with modern tape, at least) at front foldover]. Very scarce novel which served as the basis for one of the best of Otto Preminger's early films (and a worthy follow-up to his classic LAURA). The first of five novels by this author, who apparently also dabbled in screenwriting without any notable success. (The only other film credit I've been able... View more info

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Fallen Angel

By: Holland, Marty (pseud. for Mary Holland)

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Cleveland/New York, The World Publishing Company: 1945

Edition: Forum Books Motion Picture Edition

Seller ID: 21103

ISBN: NO

Condition: Fair in Good dj


[beware: the book's covers are extensively dampstained, although there appears to have been no associated damage done to the inside; as usual, however, with these cheap wartime editions the paper is quite browned; the jacket is heavily edgeworn, with numerous nicks and tiny tears but very little actual paper loss; in summary, keep the jacket on and this will serve as a reasonably presentable copy of a scarce edition]. (B&W photographs) Murder mystery which served as the basis for one of the best of Otto Preminger's early films (and a worthy follow-up to his classic LAURA). The first of five ... View more info

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Fright

By: Hopley, George (pseud. for Cornell Woolrich)

Price: $65.00

Publisher: New York, Rinehart and Company, Inc.: (c.1950)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16835

Condition: Very Good in Good dj


(price-clipped) [bottom of book shelfworn (thin paper covering of boards worn through at numerous points), bottom front corner lightly bumped; jacket edgeworn, some shallow chipping along top edge (no loss of text or graphics), various other small tears, etc. The second (and last) novel published by Woolrich under the "George Hopley" pseudonym, which actually derived from his full name, Cornell George Hopley-Woolrich. The action is set, rather unusually for Woolrich, in 1915. View more info

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The Cross-Eyed Bear

By: Hughes, Dorothy B.

Price: $125.00

Publisher: New York, Duell, Sloan and Pearce: (c.1940)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15879

Condition: Very Good in Good dj


(price-clipped) [spine turned, dampstain and minor surface scraping to rear cover, light dust-soiling to top edge, internally quite clean; jacket is decent-looking, but with two strange problems: #1, it seems to have been deliberately clipped just a tiny bit at all corners, and #2, there is a single strip of old clear tape (now somewhat yellowed) running horizontally from one flap all the way across both panels to the other flap; I guess this was intended as some weird form of reinforcement but in any case it probably can't be removed without doing serious damage to the jacket, so there it sta... View more info

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Strangler's Serenade

By: Irish, William (pseud. for Cornell Woolrich)

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Walter J. Black: (c.1951)

Edition: Book Club Edition

Seller ID: 14245

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[light bumping to spine ends, otherwise a nice clean copy; jacket shows moderate wear at edges and extremities, slight paper loss at top of spine (just nicking the first "S" in the title a bit), split along top rear foldover, front panel a little rubbed]. A New York detective who's supposed to be taking it easy, on vacation at "Joseph's Vineyard," runs into a murder case, in that way that vacationing detectives invariably do. "What could be the connection between an quiet, elderly male boarder, an indolent, middle-aged toper, a dim-witted youth who lived on the beach and w... View more info

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Phantom Lady

By: Irish, William (pseud. of Cornell Woolrich)

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Philadelphia/New York, J. B. Lippincott Company: (c.1942)

Edition: 3rd printing

Seller ID: 6144

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [solid copy with moderate overall wear, some fading to spine cloth; ffep torn out, which has left the front hinge exposed but not separated]. Irish/Woolrich classic, which starts out with both a great dedication ("To Apartment 605, Hotel M----- / in unmitigated thankfulness (at not being in it any more") and a terrific first chapter title ("The Hundred and Fiftieth Day Before the Execution"). A terrific yarn, and the basis for the highly-regarded 1944 movie of the same name, directed by Robert Siodmak and produced by Joan Harrison, who cut her teeth as an assi... View more info

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The Take

By: Izzi, Eugene

Price: $12.00

Publisher: New York, St. Martin's Press: (c.1987)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17030

ISBN: 0-312-01038-9

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[solid copy, very slight wear to heel of spine, top rear corner bumped; jacket shows a little wear along top and bottom edges, a couple of tiny scrape marks on front panel, surface-scratching & rubbing to rear panel, spine a bit faded]. The Chicago author's first novel, which established him immediately as a modern master of the hard-boiled idiom. View more info

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The Booster [*SIGNED*]

By: Izzi, Eugene

Price: $18.00

Publisher: New York, St. Martin's Press: (c.1989)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 22443

ISBN: 0-312-02550-5

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice clean book, slight bumping to base of spine, no other discernible wear; jacket a little bit scuffed on the rear panel]. SIGNED by the author (signature only) on the half-title page. Crime novel about a booster, "a top-notch thief who's always prided himself on his independence from the Mafia," and who takes on the job of stealing some mob-incriminating audio tapes from a vault in a 90th-floor suite in Chicago's Sears Tower. Signed by Author View more info

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The Dark House in Florissant

By: Kauffman, Reginald Wright

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Philadelphia, Henry Altemus Company: (c.1927)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18764

Condition: Very Good in Very Good dj


[binding solid, moderate wear to book at extremities, tiny vintage bookseller's label on rear pastedown; jacket has tiny tears and a bit of paper loss at most corners (Popular Fiction Series) Series Murder mystery set in Geneva, Switzerland; issued in this publisher's "Popular Fiction Series." Kauffman was a prolific author of all sorts of fiction, from serious social-issue material to magazine fluff. View more info

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The Box from Japan

By: Keeler, Harry Stephen

Price: $75.00

Publisher: New York, E. P. Dutton & Co.: 1932

Edition: 3rd printing

Seller ID: 14036

Condition: Fair


(no dust jacket) [ex-lending library book, considerable shelfwear (fraying to cloth at extremities, external soiling, etc.), library label on front pastedown, jacket flap text glued to ffep, "MAY CO." in white letters on spine; hinges are a little weak but NOT cracked or split; soiling to page edges but generally clean inside]. Typically whacked-out Keeler classic, this one a whopping LXXII chapters (with titles like "The Gentleman in Cannibal Land," "Televisic Claret vs. Televisic Cardinal," "Oley Olson Does a Yob!", etc.) in 765 pages . A New York Times criti... View more info