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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

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 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

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 out who among his close associates is ratting about his plans to the Attorney General. 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"), but in this instance the publisher made an error: it was actually first published in the U.K. as "The Baron Again"... View more info

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Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned [*SIGNED*]

By: Mosley, Walter

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, W. W. Norton & Co.: (c.1998)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 3700

ISBN: 0-393-04539-0

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice tight copy, top rear corner bumped; jacket a bit rubbed]. SIGNED by the author on the title page, where he has also written "The Socrates Crew Edition." The first of three (so far) novels featuring Socrates Fortlow, "a tough, brooding ex-convict determined to challenge and understand the violence and anarchy in his world -- and in himself." Signed by Author View more info

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Trophies and Dead Things [*SIGNED* uncorrected page proofs]

By: Muller, Marcia

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, The Mysterious Press: 1990

Edition: Uncorrected Page Proofs

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 15641

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good-


(printed wraps) [moderate soiling to covers and page edges, dampstaining to rear cover, small pencil notes on spine, "Berkeley setting" in ink on front cover]. SIGNED by the author on the title page, below her printed name. Signed by Author View more info

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The Man in the Moon [*SIGNED*]

By: Norwood, Frank

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, St. Martin's Press: (c.1989)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 8788

ISBN: 0-312-03393-1

Condition: Fine in Very Good+ dj


[tight, clean, unread copy, no discernible wear; jacket shows mild creasing/wrinkling along top edge, paper clip mark at bottom of rear panel, minor scratching on front panel, diagonal crease in rear flap]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the half-title page. "Chandleresque" novel about a former boxer who gets involved in murder. According to the jacket blurb, the author "has published one previous novel, in paperback, but prefers to think of [this one] as his first" -- sort of a literary mulligan, I guess. Signed by Author View more info

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The Ugly Woman

By: O'Farrell, William

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Duell, Sloan and Pearce: (c.1948)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15473

Condition: Good


(no dust jacket) [shelfworn copy, several tiny tears in cloth at top of spine, small puncture tear in middle of spine, spine cloth a bit faded, some discoloration on endpapers, small bookseller stamp on front pastedown]. The author's somewhat elusive third novel, a psychological murder mystery with a Greenwich Village setting. "After reading a few chapters of this book," commented the N.Y. Times reviewer, "one begins to wonder whether any of the leading characters in it are in full possession of their mental faculties. It is evident that at least one of them is mad and that some... View more info

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The Affair of Jolie Madame

By: O'Malley, Patrick

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, M. S. Mill Company / William Morrow & Co.: 1963

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 10409

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


(price-clipped) [good solid copy, mild shelfwear, light browning to page edges; mostly-white jacket shows a bit of soiling, minor chipping/dog-earing at top of spine, one-inch split (closed) at bottom rear fold]. One in the author's series of adventure-suspense yarns featuring counterintelligence agents Harrigan and Hoeffler. This time their assignment takes them to Southern California, where "the sudden disappearance of noted scientist and developer of the 'memory bank' computer, Dr. Ronald Jarrell, baffles security agents." View more info

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Murder for the Millions: A Harvest of Horror and Homicide

By: Owen, Frank, ed.

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Frederick Fell: 1946

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22484

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [good sound copy, some external soiling (mostly to rear cover), top rear corner bumped, very slight fraying at bottom front corner]. Anthology of 37 short stories, "the ultimate in murder. No mere morsel of blood is this, but a veritable banquet, for between the covers of this large volume lurk murderers who have performed their evil deeds in every field -- regicide, parricide, fratricide, homicide or simple strangulations. Authors represented include Dashiell Hammett, Cornell Woolrich, Nicholas Blake, Damon Runyon, Ellery Queen, Sax Rohmer, John Collier, C.S. Forester,... View more info

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The Detective and Mr. Dickens

By: Palmer, William J.

Price: $15.00

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 9437

ISBN: 0-312-05073-9

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice tight clean copy, appears unread, no discernible wear; jacket a tiny bit worn at spine ends, faint soiling here and there]. Subtitled "Being an Account of the Macbeth Murders and the Strange Events Surrounding Them; A Secret Victorian Journal, Attributed to Wilkie Collins, Discovered and Edited by William J. Palmer." The author's first novel, a literary/detective pastiche set in 1851 and exploring "the relationship of [Charles] Dickens and [Wilkie] Collins with Inspector William Field of the Metropolitan Protectives of London, one of the first professional detectives. Seam... View more info

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Mayhem in B-Flat (A Homer Evans Murder Mystery)

By: Paul, Elliot

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: (c.1940)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 8522

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+


(no dust jacket) [nice solid copy, minor edgewear, some darkening to cloth along edges of spine, tiny bookseller's label on ffep]. The third Homer Evans tale, in a genre we might call "screwball mystery" -- or as critic William DeAndrea described the Evans books, "absurdist, almost surreal farces, populated by likable loonies somehow involved in murder cases that didn’t have to make much sense [but] just had to serve as a framework for the craziness.” This one, set in Paris, involves Homer and his girlfriend/sidekick Miriam trying to solve the mystery of a stolen violin (altho... View more info

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Final Cut

By: Perry, Max

Price: $5.00

Publisher: New York, Fawcett Gold Medal (14372): 1980

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2800

ISBN: 0-449-14372-4

Condition: Near Fine


[tight and unread; traces of wear at edges and corners, tiny and unobtrusive surface-scrape on front cover]. Mass Market PB Paperback original about the investigation of a murder in Greenwich Village, during the filming of a movie about a homosexual killer; seems like a riff on William Friedkin's notorious film CRUISING, released the same year. View more info