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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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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

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Too Busy to Die [*SIGNED*]

By: Roden, H.W.

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, William Morrow & Co.: 1944

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 9746

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+


(no dust jacket) [mild exterior wear, slight darkening & waviness to top page edges, spine cloth a bit faded but lettering still strong]. SIGNED by the author on a large printed label affixed to the ffep, proclaiming this to be the "Autographed Edition / To / W.D. Rorrex / with the kindest personal regards / of the author:". Signed by Author View more info

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The Return of Dr. Fu-Manchu

By: Rohmer, Sax

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, A.L. Burt Company: 1918 (c.1916)

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 19566

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Good dj


[solid clean book with light bumping to base of spine, vintage bookseller's label (Paul Elder & Co., San Francisco) on rear pastedown; jacket shows quite a bit of wear at edges and corners, a bit of paper loss at spine extremities, numerous tiny nicks and tears, etc.]. The second Fu-Manchu book, originally published in 1916; the copyright page of this book states "Third Printing, November, 1918," but in fact it dates from roughly the mid-1920s. (One could fix t... View more info

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Cat and Candle; a lively tale

By: Rosenkrantz, [Baron] Palle [Adam Vilhelm] (translated by M. Guiterman)

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday, Page & Company: 1926

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 23582

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[light wear to book at spine ends, vintage price sticket (J.W. Robinson Co.) on rear pastedown; jacket a little faded at edges and spine, tiny chip at bottom of front panel, about 1/2" paper loss at top of spine, a couple of other small nicks and tears]. One of several of this Danish attorney-writer's novels (many of them mysteries) to be published in the United States, this is the tale of a young man who discovers after the death of his father that "his only in... View more info

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Fago

By: Roueche, Berton

Price: $12.00

Publisher: New York, Harper & Row: (c.1977)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15205

ISBN: 0-06-013689-8

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[sharp-looking book, only the tiniest bit of shelfwear to bottom edge; jacket very clean, no significant wear but with some very minor wrinkling]. Suspense novel about a retired middle-class Long Island couple who plot a murder in order to improve their lot in life. View more info

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Lazarus #7 (An Inner Sanctum Mystery)

By: Sale, Richard

Price: $125.00

Publisher: New York, Simon and Schuster: 1942

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 7574

Condition: Very Good+ in Good dj


[solid, square copy, a couple of mildly bumped corners, very faint beverage ring stain on front cover; jacket heavily worn at extremities (a bit of paper loss at all corners), a few small edge-tears, wrinkling]. Excellent Hollywood mystery novel with elements of the fantastic, revolving around a quack doctor's experimental raising of dogs from the dead. The author was a pulp writer turned novelist/screenwriter, who later turned to directing as well. View more info

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Wall of Glass

By: Satterthwait, Walter

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, St. Martin's Press: (c.1987)

Edition: 2nd printing

Seller ID: 21491

ISBN: 0-312-01530-5

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice tight clean copy (NO remainder mark), appears unread; no significant wear to either book; jacket has tiny abrasion at top front hinge, otherwise flawless]. The author's first novel, set in Santa Fe, New Mexico, introduced the character of P.I. Jonathan Croft, who featured in five subsequent books. View more info

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No Human Involved [*SIGNED*]

By: Seranella, Barbara

Price: $25.00

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

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 14409

ISBN: 0-312-15614-6

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[spine turned, but only significant wear is minor bumping at base of spine; jacket shows a little handling wear]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the title page. The author's debut novel, set in Venice Beach, California, in the 1970s, and involving "a cast of delightfully unique characters whose lives intertwine during one of America's most colorful decades." Signed by Author View more info

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City of Angels

By: Shagan, Steve

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, G.P. Putnam's Sons: (c.1975)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 9150

ISBN: 0-399-11478-5

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[mild shelfwear, spine slightly turned, small smudge on rear cover; jacket has small tears at all top corners, other quite decent]. Detective novel set in Los Angeles, by the producer/screenwriter best known for the 1973 film SAVE THE TIGER; apparently the source for the 1975 film HUSTLE with Burt Reynolds and Catherine Deneuve (screenplay by Shagan), although not credited as such in the reference source I checked. View more info

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The Puzzling Adventures of Dr. Ecco

By: Shasha, Dennis

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, W. H. Freeman and Company: (c.1988)

Edition: 2nd printing?

Seller ID: 12853

ISBN: 0-7167-1958-4

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice tight clean copy, no discernible wear; jacket shows minor wrinkling at top/bottom edges of front panel]. "A book about puzzles and problem solving, entertainingly disguised as the fictional tale of Dr. Jacob Ecco. We first meet Dr. Ecco at home in Greenwich Village, New York, where he is visited by his diverse clientele: government leaders and shadowy double agents, corporate giants and eccentric millionaires. Each client presents Dr. Ecco with an intriguing ... View more info

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Girl Hunt

By: Smith, Laurence Dwight

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Philadelphia, J.B. Lippincott Company: (c.1937)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21157

ISBN: NO

Condition: Poor in Poor dj


[well-worn ex-rental library book with the usual depredations (multiple stamps on endpapers, additional stamps on top and bottom edges, etc.), front hinge cracked with webbing fully exposed; jacket is similarly well-worn and (surprise!) firmly glued down at the flaps in that typical 1930s-era rental-library manner)]. "A fast-moving detective story in which Earl Standish, who has an international reputation in police circles for ferreting out secrets, devotes some si... View more info

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Bowery Murder

By: Smith, Willard K.

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday, Doran & Co. , for the Crime Club: 1929

Edition: Later Printing

Seller ID: 4610

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [solid copy, spine slightly turned, mild soiling/browning to page edges, light staining to covers]. Fictional account -- presented as a "compilation" of contemporary newspaper stories (all phoney, but very believable) -- of a sensation murder in New York's Bowery in April 1928. Quite clever, and darn near post-modern: the Foreword is dated 1938, and is described as a "new foreword," although it's an integral part of the work, which is bo... View more info