Category: Fiction: Mystery/Detective


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The Pointed Tower

By: Thompson, Vance

Price: $200.00

Publisher: Indianapolis, The Bobbs-Merrill Company: (c.1923, 1922)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 19353


Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj

[tight clean book with just the teensiest trace of shelfwear, remnants of old price sticker on rear pastedown; jacket lightly soiled, with a handful of tiny edge-tears, no paper loss]. (B&W frontispiece, 3 B&W plates) Monsieur Guelpa, in solving "the most baffling murder mystery Paris had ever known ... goes deeply into the lives of the great French family involved, lays bare their romances, their relations with one another and with the public, the sources of their wealth, the reasons for financial embarrassment, the count's rich marriage in America, his wife's early love affair, the intr... View more info

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Mr. Guelpa

By: Thompson, Vance

Price: $125.00

Publisher: Indianapolis, The Bobbs-Merrill Company: (c.1925)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20338


Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj

[moderately shelfworn, dust-soiling to page edges, spine slightly turned, one-time owner's signature on ffep; jacket edgeworn, with various tiny tears and nicks, minor paper loss at top of spine, one-inch tear and associated creasing along rear hinge (but folded back into place with no paper loss)]. The second (and final) "Mr. Guelpa" mystery, published a few months after the author's death in June of 1925. In this one, the brilliant French detective comes to America, intending "to meet various authorities in the many different branches of criminology," but (you just knew thi... View more info

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Murder Incidental

By: Trask, Keith

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, Farrar & Rinehart: (c.1931)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20653


Condition: Fair in Good+ dj

(in Grosset & Dunlap dj) [covers are worn and faded (due to dampness) along bottom edge and at top of rear cover, but the inside of the book is not affected; jacket internally dampstained (bleed-off from covers) and with some internal tape repair, but externally attractive with just a bit of wear at edges and spine ends, one small closed tear and associated creasing at bottom of front panel]. "A triple murder story in which the small world of a ship, the S.S. El Dictador, sailing from Costaragua to New York City, becomes the tense scene of the attempt to catch the murderers. There is no... View more info

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The Morgue the Merrier

By: Truesdell, June

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Dodd, Mead & Company: 1945

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16454


Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj

[book is solid, lightly worn, several pieces of tape on each pastedown, from where dust jacket was once taped down; jacket has matching tape-pieces on flaps, otherwise just moderately edgeworn, with some light scuffing to front panel]. The first of two mystery novels by this former journalist. (The other, "Be Still, My Love," was the basis for the 1949 film "The Accused.") During World War II, while her husband, John Truesdell, was serving in the Army Air Corps, she wrote his daily and Sunday syndicated newspaper column under his by-line. View more info

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By: Vance, Louis Joseph

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Philadelphia/London, J.B. Lippincott Company: 1932

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 19858


Condition: Good

(no dust jacket) [decent reading copy, external wear and soiling but binding intact, spine slightly turned; vintage bookplate on front pastedown, one-time owner's signature (matching name on bookplate) and annotation about source of book on ffep Late mystery novel by the creator of "the Lone Wolf." (He died the year following its publication.) View more info

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The Ghost Man

By: Verner, Gerald

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, The Macaulay Company: 1936

Edition: 1st (U.S.) edition

Seller ID: 15822

Condition: Good in Good dj

[ex-lending library book (American Lending Library Inc., "Never Sold / Only Loaned"), related stamping on endpapers only; well-worn but still solidly bound and internally clean; jacket flaps are securely glued to pastedowns, and the jacket itself is backed with brown paper, edgeworn, stained at spine, soiled on rear cover, etc.--and yet the front panel art is relatively unblemished and quite attractive]. "Who was the man called Conner, bank robber and murderer, who was hanged at Wandsworth Prison? What connections did he have with the murderer of the Shabby Peddler in the garden o... View more info

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Pool of Tears

By: Wainwright, John

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, St. Martin's Press: 1977

Edition: 1st U.S. edition

Seller ID: 4985

ISBN: 0-312-63008-5

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj

[very mild wear to bottom of book; jacket rubbed but still clean and attractive, a couple of small edge-tears in rear panel]. View more info

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A Talent for Murder

By: Wells, Anna Mary

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1942

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17652

Condition: Very Good in Good dj

[spine slightly turned, small stain on top edge, some discoloration to pastedowns and endpapers; jacket is heavily edgeworn, little bits of paper loss at spine ends and several corners, shallow chip at upper left-hand corner of front panel]. A psychoanalytical murder mystery, in which the accused murderess doesn't actually know if she's guilty or not. Although she testifies to her innocence in court and is acquitted, every night "she dreamed an altogether different story of what had happened, until at last she did not know which version was true and whether the truth might not be still an... View more info

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Pursuit of a Parcel

By: Wentworth, Patricia

Price: $125.00

Publisher: Philadelphia/New York, J.B. Lippincott Company: 1942

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17199

Condition: Very Good+

(no dust jacket) [lightly worn copy, minor spotting to covers, spine cloth a little bit faded, slight bumping at spine ends and several corners]. The third and last of the author's "Inspector Lamb" mysteries. View more info

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She Faded into Air

By: White, Ethel Lina

Price: $250.00

Publisher: New York, Harper & Brothers: (c.1941)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16280


Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj

[solid copy with minor shelfwear, light age-toning to page edges, very light stain on top edge, old price-sticker shadow on ffep; jacket shows minor paper loss at a few corners, slight wrinkling and minor wear along top and bottom edges, minor paper loss at spine ends (no text loss)]. Another variation on the "vanishing woman" theme by this author, whose best-known book, "The Wheel Spins," served as the basis for Alfred Hitchcock's 1938 film "The Lady Vanishes." In this instance, she doubles up: two girls vanish mysteriously in the course of the story, from the same ro... View more info

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Torch Town Boogie

By: Womack, Steven

Price: $15.00

Publisher: London, Headline Book Publishing: 1995 (c.1993)

Edition: 1st U.K. ed

Seller ID: 4144

ISBN: 0747214271

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj

[mild rubbing to rear panel of DJ]. View more info

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The Black Path of Fear

By: Woolrich, Cornell

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday, Doran & Co. , for the Crime Club: 1944

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14298

Condition: Fair

(no dust jacket) [ex-lending library book (label and various stamps on front pastedown), heavily worn (especially at bottom corners), hinges tender although not cracked; should be considered a READING COPY only]. Dark suspense yarn set in Havana. Filmed, somewhat, as a B-noir (THE CHASE) in 1946, with uninspired direction (by Arthur Ripley) and Bob Cummings (who was no Bob Mitchum) in the lead. Too bad this copy isn't prettier, but I can't help that. If you're so inclined, you could dress it up with a facsimile dust jacket, and as long as it stayed on the shelf nobody would be the wiser. View more info

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The Man I Killed (A Cock Robin Mystery)

By: York, Jeremy (pseud. for John Creasey)

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, The Macmillan Company: 1963 (c.1961)

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 4724

Condition: Good+ in Very Good- dj

[moderate shelfwear, top corners bumped, a few spots on top edge, ffep torn out, vintage bookseller's label on rear pastedown (Paul Elder's Books, San Francisco); jacket worn at edges and extremities, diagonal creasing at bottom right front panel]. Suspense novel about an insurance man who appraises jewelry, advises his clients on how to safely store them (what kind of safe, etc.) -- then burgles them. A lucrative setup, until he commits a murder when he's caught in the act. View more info