Friday, August 21, 2009

Sally's Weekly Update for 08/14/09

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Weekly Update 8/14/09

Just arrived in the store to your emails! We’re very gratified that you continue to order and pre-order books from our newsletters and Weekly Updates and we thank you for continuing to support us in the way that you do.

However, it is going to take a little time to wade through them all. I will get to them in the order they were received and I’ll be putting your pre-orders on your respective files. So if it takes a couple of days to confirm with you, please bear with me.


Tuesday, August 18th

6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.

Celebrating the Life and Works of Donald E. Westlake.

Readings and Reminiscences by

Lawrence Block, Justin Scott, Megan Abbott, Jason Starr, Lorenzo Carcaterra, Alafair Burke, Parnell Hall, and Abigail Westlake.

Donald Westlake’s final Dortmunder novel, Get Real, was published in July and will available for sale.

Thursday, August 20th

6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.

Michael Atkinson

discusses his first novl

Hemingway Deadlights

A note about THE LINEUP, edited by Otto Penzler.

This is going much faster than we dared hope, and we do urge you to reserve your copy if you have not done so. We have only two lettered copies remaining (limited to 26 copies), but we still have a healthy number of numbered editions (limited to 250 copies).

Don’t put off ordering your copy....


Rain Gods by James Lee Burke introduces a new character, Hackberry Holland, sheriff of a small town in Texas near the Mexican border. His first case involves the grisly discovery of nine illegal aliens shot to death and buried in a shallow grave behind a church. $25.99

Gabriel Cohen signed his new Jack Leightner novel, Neptune Avenue. Set in the Russian emigre community of Brighton Beach and the racially charged neighborhood of Crown Heights, Leightner investigates the killings of young women which are being posed as suicides – and the murder of an old friend. $24.95

Edgar Award winner, Jonathon King has written a novel close to his heart. The Styx tells the story of Florida in the 19th century when the destruction of the black community on the new island of Palm Beach made way for the uncommon wealth and privilege that came to the wilderness of Florida. $24.95


Joseph Finder will be stopping by at the beginning of next week to sign his latest thriller, Vanished. This introduces Nick Heller who specializes in digging up secrets that people would rather keep hidden. When his brother, Roger, and his wife are attacked, and Roger disappears, Nick must figure out what happened. $25.99


Free Agent, a first espionage novel by Jeremy Duns, is getting all kinds of positive buzz. Maybe that’s because of the jaw-dropping first chapter! We tried to get signed copies, but were only able to get four copies of the limited edition which is signed across a red "Top Secret" stamp. This edition is also dated. Sorry we can only offer four. $75.00

Bryant & May on the Loose by Christopher Fowler is the seventh in this quirky series featuring the curmudgeonly duo from the Peculiar Crimes Unit. This time out they are investigating a series of murders involving corpses with missing heads. $43.00


Dead Liberty by Catherine Aird, Collins Crime Club, London. 1986. First Edition. $35.00

A very fine copy in dust jacket of a curiously uncommon title.

Track of the Cat by Nevada Barr, Putnam, NY. 1993. First Edition. $150.00

Author’s first mystery. Very fine, as new copy in like dust jacket.

Eight Million Ways to Die by Lawrence Block, Arbor House, NY. 1982. First Edition. $350.00

Second Matt Scudder in hard cover. Very fine in a fine, fresh dust jacket.

The Last Gallows by John Dickson Carr, Harper, NY. 1931. First Edition. SIGNED. $425.00

Author’s very scarce second book. Cover soiled, label removed from rear endpaper, else very good. Inscribed with a wonderful poem (in French) about blondes, signed in full.

The Finger Man by Raymond Chandler, Avon, NY. 1946. $600.00

Paperback original in the Avon Murder Mystery Monthly series. A very fine copy and very scarce title thus. There are lots of cheaper copies out there, but this is the one if you really care about condition - twice the price but 10 times rarer than ordinary copies.

The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler, Otto Penzler Books, 1994. Facsimile of First Edition. $125.00

An exact facsimile of the first edition. Very fine, as new copy in pristine dust jacket.

The Little Sister by Raymond Chandler, Otto Penzler Books, 1996. Facsimile of First Edition. $50.00

An exact facsimile of the first edition. Very fine, as new copy in pristine dust jacket.

The Cavalier’s Cup by Carter Dickson, Morrow, NY. 1953. First Edition. $75.00

A Sir Henry Merrivale mystery. A fine copy in a price-clipped dust jacket, which is lightly chipped at spine ends.

Numbered Account by Christopher Reich, Delacorte Press, NY. 1998. First Edition. SIGNED. $30.00

Author’s first book. Near fine in fine dust jacket.

Slayground by Richard Stark, Allison & Busby, London. 1984. First U.K. Hardcover Edition. SIGNED. $75.00

Trifle dust-soiled on page tops, else very fine in dust jacket. Signed as both Stark and Donald E. Westlake.

The Man with the Getaway Face by Richard Stark, Allison & Busby, London. 1984. First U.K. Hardcover Edition. SIGNED. $75.00

Top corner a bit bumped, light dust soiling to top of page edges, else fine and fresh in dust jacket. Signed as both Stark and Donald E. Westlake.


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