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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

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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 alphabet of letters after his name." In a 1935 essay, Grierson stated that the Professor was "founded on a very disti... 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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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 [*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 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: $75.00

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