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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: $40.00

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

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Thieves' Nights: The Chronicles of DeLancey, King of Thieves

By: Keeler, Harry Stephen

Price: $55.00

Publisher: New York, E.P. Dutton & Co.: 1929

Edition: 5th printing

Seller ID: 17027

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket, although the front panel of same has been trimmed and affixed to the ffep) [moderately worn copy, light bumping/fraying to bottom corners, portion of jacket text affixed to front pastedown, small stains on a couple of pages]. "This is Mr. Keeler's most breath-taking achievement....full of unexpected denouements in startling succession, so that the reader has the experience of waking up from dream within dream"; in amongst this fervid dreaminess unfolds "the legend of Bayard De Lancey, King of Thieves, whom lesser thieves feel honor to have known." "Here M... View more info

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The Amazing Web

By: Keeler, Harry Stephen

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, A.L. Burt Company: (c.1930)

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 18615

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [good sound book, slight fading to spine cloth, one-time owner's signature on front pastedown, 1931 gift inscription (non-authorial) on ffep, light soiling to top edge]. Was there ever a Harry Stephen Keeler book that wasn't an "amazing web" of one sort or another? He was infamous for his astoundingly complicated and convoluted plotlines, rife with unusual characters and connections and coincidences that often defy not just logic but time and space as well. (In this instance, although much of the action takes place in contemporary Chicago, the trouble can be traced ... View more info

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Counterfeit Gentleman

By: Kelland, Clarence Budington

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Dodd, Mead & Company: 1960 (c.1956)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 13340

ISBN: NO

Condition: Good in Very Good+ dj


[suspected ex-library book, although no marking as such; however, the ffep has been removed (always a suspicious sign) and none too neatly, resulting in the half-title page also being partially detached and the weakening of the front hinge; otherwise a decent enough copy, with small tape marks at top and bottom of both covers, spine slightly turned; the jacket is quite nice, clean and attractive despite having been a little bit irregularly trimmed along the top edge, and consequently a tiny bit shorter than the book itself]. "When Artemus Baldwin knelt beside the bullet-ridden corpse in t... View more info

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If I Die Before I Wake

By: King, Sherwood

Price: $250.00

Publisher: New York, Simon and Schuster: 1938

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20278

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [moderately shelfworn, bumping to spine ends, front hinge a little weak, small piece torn away from fore-edge of title page, vintage bookplate on front pastedown, small label on ffep from Junior League of Washington D.C. Circulating Library (but no other markings to indicate ex-library status), tiny dent in top of rear cover, gilt spine lettering a little rubbed but fully legible]. Mystery novel about a young sailor who gets mixed up in a murder plot. Basis for the delirious 1948 Orson Welles film THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI. View more info

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The Affair of the Heavenly Voice

By: Knight, Clifford

Price: $75.00

Publisher: New York, Grosset & Dunlap: (c.1937)

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 18657

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [a solid book, very light wear at extremities, slight fading to spine cloth, minor dampstaining to bottom edge, colorful vintage bookplate on front pastedown]. "A hair-raising tale, set on a lonely headland of California, and solved by the same Huntoon Rogers," the "amiable but colorless amateur sleuth" (per Jon L. Breen) who debuted in the author's previous, Red Badge Prize-winning novel "The Affair of the Scarlet Crab," and went on to solve sixteen more "Affair" mysteries, mostly set in the American West or Southwest. The plot of this one con... View more info

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The Ticket Out

By: Knode, Helen

Price: $12.00

Publisher: New York, Harcourt, Inc.: (c.2003)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20113

ISBN: 0-15-100184-7

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[lovely book, slight bump to base of spine, no other discernible wear; jacket shows just the tiniest traces of surface wear]. First novel by this ex-film critic, then-wife (now ex-wife) of James Ellroy, a crime novel about "a movie critic for a counterculture rag in Los Angeles" who gets involved with a murder, falls in love with the LAPD detective on the case, and ends up searching for "the victim's missing script [which] tells of another murder, yet another dead woman, in L.A. in 1944." Pretty meta-meta, I'd say. View more info

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The Sleeping House Party

By: Lambert, Elisabeth

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Coward-McCann, Inc.: (c.1951)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17996

Condition: Good in Good dj


[general shelfwear, spine a bit turned, some soiling to page edges; jacket edgeworn, internally reinforced with brown paper tape at most folding points, a bit of paper loss at top corners, a couple of tiny chips at bottom of front panel, one large chip at bottom of rear panel]. (A Gargoyle Mystery) Series "A racy story of crime in Australia," involving several couples with homes in a beach colony fifty miles from Sydney, and a murder that takes place at a Christmas party. The first mystery novel by this British-born writer, derived from her own radio play of the same name, written se... View more info

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Headed for a Hearse

By: Latimer, Jonathan

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday, Doran & Company, for The Crime Club: 1935

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18647

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [good solid book, very slight fraying at a couple of corners, a couple of light water-spots on front cover; originally from the Twentieth Century-Fox Research Library (stamped as such on endpapers and title page)]. "With the aid of a lime squeezer, a monkey wrench, a stop watch, and a deep-sea diver, Bill Crane saves an innocent man from the gallows" (all while seldom drawing a sober breath, they might have added). You gotta love Latimer -- he gives it to you straight up, no chaser. The hard-boiled author's second novel (and second Bill Crane exploit), and the first o... View more info

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Eye of the Shadow

By: Lexander, Ren

Price: $8.00

Publisher: Ringwood, Vict., Australia, Penguin Books Australia Ltd.: 1993

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 5873

ISBN: 0-14-013419-0

Condition: Very Good+


[nice and tight, some rubbing to covers, paper-clip indentatation at top of front cover, a couple of pages scrunched at bottom]. Trade PB Paperback original. "Michael Trentham regains consciousness in hospital, blind and with no memory of who he is or how he comes to be there. Is his mind trying to blank out some terrible memory? What sort of person is he? He learns he is the author of an unfinished mystery based on the real-life murder of his publisher. How much of this book is fact and how much fiction? Is the killer really behind bars?" View more info

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Blondie Iscariot

By: Lustgarten, Edgar

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Charles Scribner's Sons: 1948

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 3386

Condition: Good in Poor dj


Good in Fair dj [book well-worn all around, bumped corners, paper-covered boards frayed at top of spine; jacket similarly worn, missing top 1-1/2" of spine, 1-1/2" x 2" section of surface peeled away on front panel]. The author's second novel, "a grim, sardonic story of London's underworld, of gang rivalry for control of such profitable enterprises as dope-peddling, the dogs, and 'protection.' [The author] takes the reader to police headquarters, to a gang ruler's trial, to barrooms and nightclubs, into hoodlums' conferences, and into the night streets of London where violence ... View more info

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Sweet Deals [*SIGNED*]

By: Lysaght, Brian

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, St. Martin's Press: (c.1984)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 12935

ISBN: 0-312-78081-8

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[nice tight copy, faint soiling to top edge; jacket bright and clean but faded at spine, with a couple of itsy-bitsy tears and associated wrinkling at top of spine]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED ("To my client / _____ -- / Love, / Brian") by the author, inscription dated in year of publication. The author's second novel featuring "streetwise, maverick lawyer" Ben O'Malley, who returns to L.A. from a self-imposed exile in San Francisco, and with his partner gets involved in the search for a wealthy woman's missing husband, and "while bulling his way from the high-powered circles o... View more info

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The Last One Left

By: MacDonald, John D.

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday & Company, Inc.: 1967

Edition: Later Printing

Seller ID: 12267

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[nice solid copy, minor shelfwear, very light browning to fore-edge; jacket shows a little wear along top/bottom edges, minor scuffing/soiling]. "Texas money had gone to the Bahamas by pleasure boat for a dirty purpose. Enough unrecorded cash to change a dozen lives, or end them, and the scent of it was carried on the hot tropic winds. This is a novel about the half-people, the twisted ones who caught that scent and devised a merciless plan, and it is about the whole people, the compassionate ones who find themselves in the way of the brutal mechanisms of greed and are either destroyed ... View more info

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Three for McGee [containing: Nightmare in Pink; A Purple Place for Dying; The Deep Blue Good-by]

By: MacDonald, John D.

Price: $100.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday & Company, Inc.: 1967

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22448

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[good solid copy, light wear to extremities; jacket shows some wear at edges and spine ends, tiny tear and associated creasing along top edge of front panel, a few small scuff marks on spine, light surface wear elsewhere]. "Three novels about Travis McGee, slayer of dragons and savior of lily-white maidens"; the first hardcover appearance of these three books, all of which were published as paperback originals. View more info