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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 anothe... 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 Christ... 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 gi... View more info

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Prayers for Rain

By: Lehane, Dennis

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, William Morrow & Co.: (c.1999)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 10599

ISBN: 0-688-15333-X

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice tight clean copy, very light shelfwear to bottom edge, NO remainder or other marks; a little surface-scratching to jacket]. 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 ... 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 gan... 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... View more info

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The Last One Left

By: MacDonald, John D.

Price: $18.00

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 wh... 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, sugg... 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

ISBN: NO

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... 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 weal... 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 a... 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

ISBN: NO

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

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Devil on Two Sticks

By: Miller, Wade (pseud. for Bob Wade and Bill Miller)

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Farrar Straus and Company: (c.1949)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21021

ISBN: NO

Condition: Good in Good dj


[shelfwear to bottom edges and top corners, spine slightly turned, not in collectable condition but a perfectly decent copy; jacket edgeworn, soiling to rear panel, a few little nicks, and some chipping at spine ends]. Mystery-gangster novel, about the "underlord of San Diego," who has ambitious plans to "make the Mexican border towns look silly" by providing similar entertainments on the U.S. side of the border. But first he has to contend with figuring... View more info

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Salute Blue Mask!

By: Morton, Anthony [pseud. for John Creasey]

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Philadelphia/New York, J.B. Lippincott Company: (c.1938)

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 20117

Condition: Very Good


(gray decorated cloth; no dust jacket) [good solid copy, slight fraying to cloth at spine ends, light stain at top of fore-edge]. Third novel in the long-running "Baron" series, which eventually spanned nearly fifty books and inspired a short-lived 1960s TV series. According to the copyright page the original British title of the book was "Salute the Baron!" (and it was indeed published years later, in various editions, as "Salute for the Baron"... View more info