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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

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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 -- an... View more info

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Aloha, Mr. Lucky [*SIGNED*]

By: Hirschfeld, Corson

Price: $12.00

Publisher: New York, Forge/Tom Doherty Associates: 2000

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 10779

ISBN: 0-312-87002-7

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice copy, tight and clean with very light shelfwear; jacket lightly rubbed, mostly to rear panel]. SIGNED by the author on the title page. The author's first novel, a mystery set in Hawaii. The protagonist is "a cash-hungry surfer and free-spirited journalist," whose interviews with beautiful and lonely women (for an article he's writing) get him involved with "a bizarre conspiracy that [involves] an ex-military sadist, two brawny but dim-witted Appalachi... 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 ... 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 ... 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... 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 Woo... 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 f... 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 conne... 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... 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 Blind Pig

By: Jackson, Jon A.

Price: $70.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: (c.1978)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 12146

ISBN: 0-394-42613-4

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice tight copy, faint soiling to fore-edge, top front corner slightly bumped and a teensy bit split; jacket shows just minor surface wear, short diagonal crease at bottom corner of front flap]. The author's second mystery featuring Sergeant "Fang" Mulheisen of the Detroit Police Department View more info

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Exercise in Terror

By: Kaminsky, Stuart M.

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, St. Martin's Press: (c.1985)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 6513

ISBN: 0-312-27480-7

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[book tight and flawless; jacket bright and clean, only flaw is a tiny tear and associated wrinkling at base of spine]. Suspense novel about a woman who, following a nervous breakdown and years of psychotherapy in the wake of her husband's murder, discovers that she is apparently being stalked by the psychopathic killers who killed her husband. 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," ... 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 ... 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 s... 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... View more info