Friday, October 2, 2009

Sally's Weekly Update for 10/02/09

The Mysterious Bookshop

58 Warren Street

New York, NY 10007

Ph: 212-587-1011

Fax: 212-587-1126

Open Seven Days, 11.00 a.m. - 7.00 p.m.

Weekly Update 10/2/09


Tuesday, October 6th 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.

Devil’s Trill

Gerald Elias

Violinist, composer, and conductor Elias will discuss his new book

Light refreshments will be served.


The Death of Bunny Munro has been signed by performer and writer Nick Cave. When his wife commits suicide, Bunny Munro hits the road with his son. But I hesitate to describe the plot further when author Irvine Welsh puts it so well: "Put Cormac McCarthy, Franz Kafka and Benny Hill together in a Brighton seaside guesthouse and they might just come up with Bunny Munro." $25.00

Reed Farrel Coleman was here helping us celebrate the publication of his new book (penned with Ken Bruen). Tower tells the story of Nick and Todd, Brooklyn boys with a friendship that stands the test of crushing loss, blood, and betrayal. Signed by Coleman only. A paperback original. $15.00

Rizzo’s War is Lou Manfredo’s first novel in which a rookie cop teams up with a seasoned veteran as they work the mean streets of Bensonhurst in Brooklyn. A First Mystery Club Selection. $24.99

The Twelve by Stuart Neville is the original name of The Ghosts of Belfast, which will be signed later in the year. A limited edition of 50 copies were produced and signed by Neville and the book’s illustrator, Julie Chalmers. Needless to say, we have very few copies. In boards as issued and boxed. $175.00

Little Bird of Heaven by Joyce Carol Oates is set in the mythical small city of Sparta in upstate New York. Oates once again explores the territory for which she is known: the mysterious conjunction of erotic romance with tragic violence. $25.99

The Best American Mystery Stories 2009 by series editor Otto Penzler is here. The best of the best are here with contributions by James Lee Burke, Michael Connelly, Chuck Hogan, and Alice Munro etc. Jeffery Deaver guest-edited this edition, but only Otto will sign. A paperback original. $14.00


To the Bright and Shining Sun by James Lee Burke, Cahill, Huntington Beach, CA. 1992. First of this Edition. SIGNED. $100.00

Limited to 400 copies, numbered and signed by Burke. Very fine in slipcase, which is white cloth and slightly soiled.

The Baby Blue Rip-Off by Max Allan Collins, Walker, NY. 1983. First Edition. INSCRIBED. $85.00

Author’s first hardcover book. Inscribed: "To Don (Westlake) and Abby - another baby from ol’ daddy Collins" and dated Jan. 14, ‘83. Also signed in full on title page. Fine in dust jacket.

No Cure for Death by Max Allan Collins, Walker, NY. 1983. First Edition. INSCRIBED. $75.00

An interesting association copy, inscribed "To Don Westlake - with thanks for helping me save this one...Al" Dated May 22, ‘83, and signed in full on title page. Fine in dust jacket with a sunned spine.

Midnight Hand by Max Allan Collins, Foul Play Woodstock, VT. 1986. First Edition. INSCRIBED. $45.00

Inscribed: "To Don and Abby – with a midnight hello! Christmas 1986. Al." Signed in full on title page. Very fine in dust jacket.

The Million-Dollar Wound by Max Allan Collins, St. Martin’s, NY. 1986. First Edition. INSCRIBED. $50.00

A Nate Heller novel. Inscribed: "To Donald E. Westlake – Whose blurb was finally used! Thank you...Al." Also signed in full on title page. Fine in dust jacket with two tiny closed tears.

Spree by Max Allan Collins, Tor, NY. 1987. First Edition. INSCRIBED. $50.00

Inscribed: "To Don Westlake – whose writing made me want to write...and with best regards to Parker from Nolan. Hi Abby! Al." Signed in full on title page. Fine in dust jacket.

The Road to Gandolfo by Robert Ludlum (writing as Michael Shepherd), Dial. NY. 1975. First Edition. $275.00

Fine in all three dust jackets as issued. The top jacket has a chip out of the top front panel, and the other two have matching closed tears. With a remarkable inscription from the king of the thriller to the greatest comic mystery writer of all time: "For Don – Since somewhere along the line someone said–in large print– that this was...’Somewhere between Donald Westlake and...’ I thought you ought to see what you get blamed for! This ‘genre’ will never see my likes again!! I’m back to ...’suddenly’...’and then...’ the muted spit came; the forehead exploded! I hope Abby gets a few chuckles, (I think you’ll vomit.) Ever, Robert" Dated 8/28/75.

First Blood by David Morell, Evans, NY. 1972. First Edition. $250.00

Author’s first book, introducing the iconic Rambo to the world. An important association copy inscribed to Donald E. Westlake and wife: "To Don and Abby. In friendship. David. March 29, 1982." Very fine copy in dust jacket, which is a bit sunned on the spine as is common.

Comeback by Richard Stark, Mysterious Press, NY. 1997. First Edition. SIGNED. $60.00

A Parker novel. Fine in fine dust jacket.

(Donald Westlake) Donald Westlake 1933-2008 A Celebration. $15.00

A festschrift prepared for Westlake’s memorial service, with contributions by Abby Westlake, Lawrence Block, Simon Brett, Stephen King, Michael Ondaatje, Otto Penzler, Justin Scott, Peter Straub and others. Very fine in wrappers. $15.00


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