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Plot Twist [*SIGNED*]

By: Adams, Eric

Price: $15.00

Publisher: London, Hodder & Stoughton: 1995

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 7789


[browning to page edges, slight waviness in pages; jacket mildly worn, some wrinkling along top/bottom edges]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the title page. The author's first novel, about a true crime writer whose son is kidnapped -- and whose kidnappers demand the writer's severed hands as a ransom payment! Signed by Author View more info

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The Tamarind Seed

By: Anthony, Evelyn

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, Coward, McCann & Geoghegan: 1971

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 22394


[boards bowed slightly outward, small light stain on top edge of text block; jacket has some unobtrusive surface insect-nibbling (mostly to rear panel) but still presents very well]. Cold War-era suspense novel about "a beautiful woman who falls in love with a Russian and finds herself trapped in a web of suspicion, violence, and international espionage." Basis for the 1974 film of the same name, starring Omar Sharif and Julie Andrews, written and directed by th... View more info

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The Adventures of Romney Pringle

By: Ashdown, Clifford (pseud. for R. Austin Freeman and John J. Pitcairn)

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Philadelphia, Oswald Train: Publisher: 1972

Edition: 2nd printing

Seller ID: 18825


(price-clipped) [nice clean book, minor wear to extremities; jacket a little browned along edges and spine Reprint edition of this renowed collection of Victorian-era detective stories, originally published in book form in 1903. The earliest fiction by R. Austin Freeman, "soon to be acknowledged as one of the great masters of the field, in collaboration with his close friend, Dr. John James Pitcairn." The First American Edition of this reprint (got that?) app... View more info

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The Further Adventures of Romney Pringle

By: Ashdown, Clifford (pseud. for R. Austin Freeman and John J. Pitcairn)

Price: $45.00

Publisher: Philadelphia, Oswald Train, Publisher: (c.1969)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18826


[nice and clean, no discernible wear to book; jacket has a teensy-tiny nick at top of front panel, faint soiling/browning to spine]. Half a dozen Victorian-era detective stories, co-authored by R. Austin Freeman in collaboration with his close friend, Dr. John James Pitcairn. Unlike the preceding volume of Pringle stories (which was a reprint of a collection originally published in 1903), this volume is the first book printing of six previously-uncollected tales. As t... View more info

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The Santa Ana Wind [*SIGNED*]

By: Ashton, Sharon (pseud. for Helen Van Slyke)

Price: $30.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday & Company, Inc. for The Crime Club: 1974

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 20673


[nice tight clean copy, faint wear to top and bottom edges of book; jacket slightly faded at spine, tiny tears at top corners of spine, one-inch closed tear at bottom of rear panel, light soiling to rear panel]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author (using her real name) on the half-title page: "To Robert Lewine -- / from an unknown admirer named / Helen Van Slyke / Sept, 1974." Romantic suspense/mystery novel about a woman who marries a doctor and moves to his lux... View more info

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The Pyramid of Lead

By: Atkey, Bertram

Price: $150.00

Publisher: New York, D. Appleton and Company: (c.1925)

Edition: 2nd printing

Seller ID: 19479


[very nice clean copy, firm and tight with just a touch of wear at the extremities; jacket a bit scuffed on the front panel, a couple of tiny edge-tears, long vertical scrape to top half of rear panel, minor soiling at spine and rear panel]. The first of three mysteries by this author, all quite uncommon, featuring his character "Prosper Fair," an upper-class Englishman "whose identity is itself a mystery [at least until the end of this first adventure],"... View more info

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The Cool Cottontail [*SIGNED*]

By: Ball, John

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Harper & Row: (c.1966)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 16816


(price-clipped) [nice clean copy, light wear to cloth at spine ends; jacket also very nice, downgraded from Near Fine only because of the price-clipping]. INSCRIBED briefly and SIGNED by the author on the title page. The second Virgil Tibbs novel, this one involving a murder at a California nudist resort. Signed by Author View more info

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Like a Hole in the Head

By: Banbury, Jen

Price: $8.00

Publisher: Boston, Little, Brown and Company: (c.1998)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 8706


[spine slightly turned, otherwise nice and tight, appears unread; very slight scuffing to front jacket panel, spine lettering faded to near-unreadability, small black smudge on spine]. The author's debut novel, a sort of hard-boiled bibliomystery with an engaging female protagonist. (This is the true first edition (first printing, with number line ending in 1), so please don't e-mail me asking "is this REALLY the first edition?" It is, it is. And it doesn't have ... View more info

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Like a Hole in the Head [*SIGNED*]

By: Banbury, Jen

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Boston, Little, Brown and Company: (c.1998)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 12757


[nice tight copy, no significant wear; faint soiling to front panel of jacket, spine lettering (orange on yellow) faded to near-unreadability]. INSCRIBED ("To __________ / Thank you for coming / to my virgin reading") and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. Her debut novel, a bibliomystery with a "wickedly hard-boiled female protagonist -- a part-time bookseller and full-time wise-ass, [who] buys a first edition Jack London from a slippery-looking dwarf." ... View more info

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Death in the Virgins

By: Barbour, R[alph]. H[enry].

Price: $150.00

Publisher: New York/London, D. Appleton-Century Company: 1940

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20316


[light wear to spine ends; jacket edgeworn, with some soiling/staining at internal edges of flaps]. Mystery novel set in the Virgin Islands. The main character is a writer "who has been living on St. Thomas for many years and who knows all about the permanent residents there, the natives, the tourists from the States, and the island's history and traditions." The author was a prolific writer of (mostly) juvenile fiction, often with sports-related themes, and oft... View more info

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The Redman Cave Murder

By: Barker, Elsa

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York, Sears Publishing Company, Inc.: (c.1930)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 19303


[book slightly bumped at top rear corner, otherwise tight and clean and about as nice as you could want; jacket has short closed tears at the top spine corners, with some moderate edgewear and a few tiny nicks and tears]. The third (and last) of the "superdetective Dexter Drake" mystery novels, all of which are rather uncommon in jacket. This one commences with the discovery of a dead body in (you guessed it) a cave. View more info

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Topsy and Evil (an Inner Sanctum Mystery)

By: Baxt, George

Price: $8.00

Publisher: New York, Simon and Schuster: (c.1968)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 3381


[ex-library book, well-worn with typical markings (incl pocket on ffep, stamping on top edge, tape markings on covers), spine turned; jacket edgeworn, a few tiny tears, vertical crease up left side of front panel, spine very faded]. The author's third novel featuring "hip Negro detective Pharoah Love." View more info

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A Queer Kind of Umbrella: A Pharoah Love Mystery

By: Baxt, George

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Simon & Schuster: (c.1995)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 9415


[nice copy, no discernible wear, would be Fine but for some minor white smudging (chalk?) on black ffep; jacket has one tiny closed tear at top of front panel, minor wrinkling along top edge]. View more info

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The Body in the Volvo [*SIGNED*]

By: Beck, K.K.

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Walker and Company: (c.1987)

Edition: 2nd printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 6903


[minor spotting to top edge, otherwise nice and tight, appears unread; jacket looks like it's been in a protective cover since Day One]. SIGNED by the author on the title page (signature only). Signed by Author View more info

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Catacombs

By: Bennett, Jay

Price: $40.00

Publisher: London/New York, Abelard-Schuman: (c.1959)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 13314


[solid copy, light shelfwear, bottom corners very lightly bumped, a couple of small white spots on front cover; jacket shows wear at corners and edges, moderate soiling/rubbing, various small tears and associated creasing, slight paper loss at spine ends] "Alice Taylor, gifted young painter, is an orphan. She has been reared by her beloved aunt, a woman of executive ability as well as profound personal courage, a woman who overcame eighteen years of physical pain i... View more info

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The McGuffin

By: Bowen, John

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Boston/New York, The Atlantic Monthly Press: (c.1984)

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 15460


[nice tight clean unread book, with no discernible wear; jacket shows very light wear at extremities, faint rubbing/soiling]. Mystery novel about a middle-aged, divorced film reviewer who finds himself involved in what seems to be "a real-life replay of Alfred Hitchcock's 'Rear Window'." According to the jacket blurb, the book "is both a potent psychological thriller and a game -- it offers the experience of a Hitchcock movie, not from outside, which is the ... View more info

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Search for the New Land [*SIGNED*]

By: Bowman, Earle

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Vantage Press: (c.1970)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 7332


Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj [good solid copy, mild soiling to top edge, minor shelfwear to bottom edge; jacket mildly edgeworn, considerable wear at spine ends/extremities]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. Thank goodness for Vantage Press and its ilk -- how else, back in those low-tech days, could your average ex-taxi driver-fry cook-window dresser-hobo-drug clerk-mailman-high school teacher-probation officer-ladies sportswear salesman-security guard have... View more info

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Murder a la Stroganoff

By: Brahms, Caryl, and S.J. Simon

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, Doubleday, Doran & Co.: 1938

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 7917


(no dust jacket) [solid, square copy, with some fading to black cloth along edges, mild browning to page edges]. View more info

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The Darker the Night

By: Brean, Herbert

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, William Morrow & Co.: 1949

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16316


[light shelfwear, minor spotting to top page edges; jacket shows wear along top and bottom edges, a few teensy tears and slight creasing along top edge]. The author's second novel, and one of four featuring freelance magazine writer/photographer Reynold Frame, whose investigations always seem to get him mixed up with murder cases. Brean had been a newspaperman who eventually turned to pulp fictioneering. View more info

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Loose Lips; A Jerry Brogan Mystery [*SIGNED* advance uncorrected reader's proof]

By: Breen, Jon L.

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, Simon and Schuster: (c.1990)

Edition: Advance Uncorrected Reader's Proof

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 15642


(printed wraps) [light external soiling, publication date and list price written in ink at bottom of front cover]. SIGNED by the author on the title page. The author's third Jerry Brogan racetrack mystery, set against the backdrop of the Santa Anita Handicap. Signed by Author View more info