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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]... 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 cha... 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... 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 inc... 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] Co... 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.” Th... 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

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Money Men -and- One-Shot Deal

By: Petievich, Gerald

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich: (c.1981)

Edition: Later Printing

Seller ID: 6172

ISBN: 0-15-169892-9

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


[nice tight copy, but with a light brown stain across the bottom fore-edge (also affecting bottom corners of both endpapers, lower corner of the front jacket panel, and bottom edge of front cover); there is a similar, but smaller, stain on the bottom edge near the spine; better than it sounds, though--still a pretty nice-looking book]. The first published fiction by the author of "To Live and Die in L.A." The first of these two novels ("linked adventures,&... View more info

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Dover and the Unkindest Cut of All

By: Porter, Joyce

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Charles Scribner's Sons: (c.1967)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22581

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[nice clean book, minimal shelfwear; jacket shows a little wear along top and bottom edges and at a couple of corners]. Fourth in the series of comic mystery novels featuring Scotland Yard's Detective Chief Inspector Wilfred Dover, characterized by his "legendary inertia, foul manner, and striking ineptitude." The opening of Chapter Two describes a station sergeant's reaction to Dover's sudden appearance on the scene: "This great, fat, untidy yobbo didn't l... View more info

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Dover Three

By: Porter, Joyce

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Charles Scribner's Sons: (c.1967)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22582

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


(price-clipped) [nice clean book, slight wear to extremities; jacket bumped and very slightly torn at top front hinge, otherwise bright and attractive]. Third in the series of comic mystery novels featuring Scotland Yard's Detective Chief Inspector Wilfred Dover, with the title character "as dyspeptic, unappealing, and insensitive as ever." In this adventure he is "sent off to isolated Thornwich in bleak mid-winter to look into an epidemic of lewd poison-pe... View more info

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Blackeyes

By: Potter, Dennis

Price: $5.00

Publisher: New York, Vintage Books: 1988 (c.1987)

Edition: Book Club Edition

Seller ID: 14138

ISBN: 0-679-72047-2

Condition: Near Fine


[nice clean unread copy, just a bit of edgewear]. Trade PB Novel about a 77-year-old writer who unexpectedly produces a best-seller, with a heroine that suspiciously resembles his fashion-model niece. When she is found murdered, the plot, as they say, thickens -- in a way that only Potter can thicken it, "interweav[ing] genres and narrative levels in a brilliant mosaic that will delight fans of his distinctive, utterly compelling plays and scripts." [Note that... View more info

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No Weeds for the Widow

By: Raison, Milton M.

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Hollywood CA, Murray & Gee, Inc.: 1946

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 8608

Condition: Good in Poor dj


[book shows shelfwear, ffep torn out, minor soiling to top edge, some fraying to cloth at extremities, a couple of bent page corners; jacket is well-worn at all edges, a couple of surface-peeled patches, front flap detached (held in place by Brodart cover)]. The author's third (I think) mystery novel featuring drama critic-detective Tony Woolrich, this one set on the south shore of Long Island. View more info

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The Phantom of Forty-Second Street

By: Raison, Milton, and Jack Harvey

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, The Macaulay Company: (c.1936)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 19857

ISBN: NO

Condition: Fair


(no dust jacket) [ex-rental library book, well-worn all around, rear hinge cracked and front hinge weak; jacket flaps glued to pastedowns, vintage price sticker (from "Johnson's Bookstore," location unknown) on ffep; a previous owner/critic has pencilled an evaluation on the ffep, deeming it a "rather ribald mystery - not especially timeless but quick and lively"]. Murder mystery which introduced the character of Tony Woolrich, a drama critic and amateur ... View more info

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Blues for the Buffalo

By: Ramos, Manuel

Price: $12.00

Publisher: New York, St. Martin's Press: 1997

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 12698

ISBN: 0-312-15480-1

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice tight copy, appears unread, very light smudge on fore-edge; jacket shows just a trace of surface wear]. The fourth mystery novel featuring Denver attorney Luis Montez. "Physically fatigued, mentally exhausted, and severely banged up from his most recent misadventures, Luis accepts a friend's offer to relax on a Mexican beach. But things just don't work out they way he plans." View more info

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Roots of Evil

By: Rayne, Sarah

Price: $15.00

Publisher: London, Simon & Schuster: 2005

Edition: Book Club Edition

Seller ID: 19994

ISBN: 0739473417

Condition: Fine in Fine dj


[very nice clean copy, no discernible wear to either book or jacket]. The discovery of a dead body in an abandoned film studio leads a woman to investigate an unsavory family secret, linked to the mysterious death a half-century before of her grandmother, "the infamous silent-screen actress Lucretia von Wolff, whose lovers were legion, whose scandals were numerous, whose life ended abruptly in a bizarre double murder and suicide" at the same studio. [NOTE that ... View more info

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Home Sweet Homicide (An Inner Sanctum Mystery)

By: Rice, Craig (pseud. for Georgiana Ann Craig)

Price: $225.00

Publisher: New York, Simon and Schuster: 1944

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15381

Condition: Very Good in Good dj


[solid clean copy, generally nicer than most of these wartime S&S books, slight bumping/fraying at top corners, spine very slightly turned; jacket a bit on the tattered side,with tears at spine corners, a little paper loss at top of spine, several tiny tears and chips at edges of front panel, two-inch split at bottom front foldover, small chunk missing from upper corner of rear panel (no loss of text); OK, so it won't win any beauty contests, but it's still quite service... View more info

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Miss Pinkerton

By: Rinehart, Mary Roberts

Price: $75.00

Publisher: New York, Farrar & Rinehart: (c.1932)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18831

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[very light soiling to cloth at top and bottom edges of covers; jacket slightly darkened at spine, a couple of tiny edge-nicks, still colorful and attractive]. The first novel featuring Rinehart's nurse-detective character, Hilda Adams, which she had introduced in two short mystery stories published back in 1914. View more info

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The Haunting Hand

By: Roberts. W. Adolphe

Price: $75.00

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18631

Condition: Good


(no dust jacket) [Good only, a worn but intact book; spine turned, moderate wear with slight fraying to cloth at a few corners, top right-hand edge of front cover bumped, one-time owner's name on ffep, light staining to rear cover, spine lettering partially rubbed off]. New York-set mystery novel about a movie actress who sees a creepy disembodied arm and hand reaching out from under her bed one night, and spends the rest of the novel (with the help of many other charac... View more info