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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

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 Tale of the Land of Green Ginger

By: Langley, Noel

Price: $300.00

Publisher: New York, William Morrow & Co.: 1938

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 24318

Condition: Near Fine


(no dust jacket, but now fitted with a custom-cut mylar protector) [just a bit of wear to cloth at spine ends, otherwise a nice clean book]. (frontispiece, color illustrations) Very nice clean copy of this scarce, beautifully-illustrated children's fantasy tale -- alas, lacking the even more scarce dustjacket. 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

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The List of Adrian Messenger

By: MacDonald, Philip

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday & Company, Inc. for The Crime Club: 1959

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18559

ISBN: NO

Condition: Good in Very Good+ dj


[an ex-rental library copy, with library stamps on ffep somewhat "whitewashed" over, the page additionally adorned with orange-marker scribble of ex-owner's name and a large semi-circle, the rear endpaper also containing an orange-marker drawing of a box and a couple of light tape-stains; other than these imprecations, however, the book is only slightly worn and quite presentable; jacket shows just a bit of wear at extremities and very minor surface rubbing, suggesting that it was covered by a jacket protector for most of its life]. Suspense/crime novel, about a series of murders linke... View more info

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The Noose

By: MacDonald, Philip

Price: $150.00

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

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 19298

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[slight bump to top rear corner, scrunching to bottom corners of last ten pages or so, light age-toning to page edges; jacket moderately worn, with small tears and occasional slight paper loss at several corners]. Reprint edition of this early MacDonald title, featuring Anthony Gethryn, "a detective of the nonchalant, super-dangerous sort who gives the reader a thrill with every drawl." Vintage printings of this book in any kind of jacket are scarce; the design here replicates that of the first American edition, albeit with a slightly different color scheme. View more info

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Trouble Follows Me

By: Macdonald, Ross (pseud. for Kenneth Millar)

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Bantam Books (N7189): 1972 (c.1946)

Edition: 1st Bantam edition

Seller ID: 18545

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine


[nice tight copy, minimal edgewear, light rubbing to rear cover]. Mass Market PB The author's second novel (originally published under his real name, Kenneth Millar), in which a Navy Ensign (and ex-newspaperman) on leave tracks a spy ring from Hawaii to Detroit, where he also gets involved in investigating a black supremacist group known as "Black Israel"; the plot eventually winds up in California (San Diego and Tijuana). View more info

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The Galton Case

By: Macdonald, Ross (pseud. for Kenneth Millar)

Price: $15.00

Publisher: London, Fontana Books: 1972 (c.1959)

Edition: 1st printing thus

Seller ID: 18546

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine


[minor edgewear, slight creasing to rear cover]. Mass Market PB Regarded as Millar/Macdonald's second breakthrough novel -- the first had been "The Moving Target," the first Lew Archer book -- the writing of this book followed a year the author spent in psychotherapy, which "freed him to confront his childhood" (per biographer Matthew Bruccoli) in this densely-plotted variation on the Oedipal theme, as Archer is hired to trace the long-lost son of a wealthy woman, which leads to his investigation of the family's dark and complicated history. View more info

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Some Like 'em Shot

By: Malina, Fred

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, M. S. Mill/William Morrow: 1949

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 4551

Condition: Good


(beige paper-covered boards; no dust jacket) [spine turned, mild soiling, shelfwear at bottom, small tears in paper-covered boards at both ends of spine, previous owner's address label on front pastedown, a bit of tape residue near bottom of spine]. A lawyer is hired by the "Negro Anti-Discrimination Committee" to defend a black chauffeur accused of murdering a former U.S. Senator. View more info

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Murder Meets Mephisto

By: Mario, Queena

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, E. P. Dutton & Co.: 1942

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14508

Condition: Very Good+


(no dust jacket) [ex-lending library book, although the only marks are two stamps on the ffep; other than that, the book is only lightly worn, and is unblemished except for some minor staining to the endpapers and a previous owner's signature in pencil upside-down on the rear pastedown; (the scanned image makes the book look rather mottled for some reason, when in fact it's uniform in color and quite nice-looking)] The second of three opera-themed mystery novels by an author who was herself an operatic diva, having made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1922; she later became one of the nation'... View more info

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The Trip to Jerusalem

By: Marston, Edward

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, St. Martin's Press: 1990

Edition: 1st U.S. edition

Seller ID: 17553

ISBN: 0-312-05174-3

Condition: Fine in Very Good+ dj


[nice tight clean copy with no discernible wear; jacket lightly edgeworn, small surface-peel scar at top of rear panel, very slight moisture-rippling to rear panel]. The author's third "Elizabethan Whodunit," featuring Nicholas Bracewell and his troupe of thespians, embarking on a road tour in the North of England in order to avoid the Black Plague, which is ravaging London. View more info

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Seeds of Murder

By: Mason, Van Wyck

Price: $300.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday, Doran & Company, for the Crime Club: 1930

Edition: Later Printing

Seller ID: 19401

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


(price-clipped) [very nice book, faint wear to extremities, vintage price sticker (from San Francisco department store The White House) on rear pastedown; jacket shows some wear along top and bottom edges, with various small tears and nicks, and some associated creasing]. Mason's first novel, also the first of his 26 books featuring U.S. Army Intelligence officer Captain (later Major) Hugh North. View more info

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The Crime in the Boulevard Raspail

By: Massey, Ruth

Price: $75.00

Publisher: London/Edinburgh/etc., Thomas Nelson & Sons, Ltd.: 1932

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 10719

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [moderate shelfwear, mild soiling to cloth, light fraying at several corners, previous owner's faint stamp on front pastedown, tiny bookseller's stamp on ffep]. Scarce mystery novel set in Paris; "a tale for those who know nothing about art, and for those who know too much." View more info