Friday, January 29, 2010

Sally's Weekly Update for 01/29/10!

Here's the latest update.

Happy weekend to all.

Sally Owen
The Mysterious Bookshop

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 1/29/10


Friday, February 5th 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.

Wallace Stroby will read from and discuss his latest novel

Gone ‘til November

Copies will be available for signing and refreshments will be served.


Noah Boyd was here signing The Brick Layer, his first novel under this particular name. Boyd is a former FBI agent who worked on the Green River killings and is credited with solving the Highland Park Strangler case. I’m giving you no more clues to his identity. The Brick Layer introduces Steve Vail, an FBI agent, fired for insubordination, who is lured back to try and solve a deadly case. $24.99


Hardboiled Hollywood: The True Crime Stories Behind the Classic Noir Films by Max Decharne. $14.95

The films include Little Caesar, Kiss Me Deadly, Point Blank, and Psycho.

My Word is My Bond by Roger Moore. $14.99

The suavest of the Bonds, Sir Roger tells all in his inimitable style.

The Shadow of the Master: Classic Tales by Edgar Allan Poe, edited by Michael Connelly. $14.99

This popular anthology is now in paperback.


We now carry pens inscribed with our name, address, and telephone number - so you won’t forget! $1.49

These are probably best shipped out with your books but if you want a pen only, it will cost you $5.50 for the postage. We will ship any quantity of the pens for that shipping charge, so you may want to start stocking up your Valentine’s Day presents!!


The Splitting Image by Michael Avallone, Henry Holt, NY. 1953. First Edition. $75.00

Fine in dust jacket with small chip in front panel.

A Morning for Flamingos by James Lee Burke, Little Brown, Boston. 1990. First Edition. SIGNED. $45.00

Remainder mark on bottom page edges, else a fine copy in fine dust jacket.

The Orchids by Thomas H. Cook, Houghton Mifflin, Boston. 1982. First Edition. SIGNED. $85.00

Author’s scarce second book. Very fine in dust jacket.

Tabernacle by Thomas H. Cook, Houghton Mifflin, Boston. 1983. First Edition. $50.00

Fine in dust jacket, which is rubbed along top edge.

(Sue Grafton) "G" Is for Grafton: The World of Kinsey Milhone by Natalie Hevener Kaufman & Carol McGinnis Kay, Holt, NY. 1997. First Edition. SIGNED. $25.00

Fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. Signed by Grafton.

The Ghostway by Tony Hillerman, Harper, NY. 1984. First Trade Edition. $65.00

Bookplate, else very fine in dust jacket.

The Skull Beneath the Skin by P.D. James, Scribner, NY. 1982. First U.S. Edition. SIGNED. $35.00

Some light soiling on inside front cover and page edges, else fine in dust jacket.

Death in Ecstasy by Ngaio Marsh, Sheridan, NY. 1941. First U.S. Edition. $250.00

A fine, fresh copy in dust jacket, which is lightly worn at corners and spine ends. Scarce in dust jacket.

To Find a Killer by Lionel White, Dutton, NY. 1954. First Edition. $100.00

Fine in fine dust jacket.

69 Babylon Park by Harry Whittington, Avon, NY. 1962. First Edition. $45.00

PBO. About fine in wrappers with some light rubbing to extremities.

The Burnt Orange Heresy by Charles Willeford, Crown, NY. 1971. First Edition. $150.00

Fine in near fine dust jacket. 1" closed tear at top corner of front cover, three-quarter chip at top of back panel. All else fine, bright and tight.


Thursday, January 28, 2010

Otto Penzler on the Passing of Robert B. Parker

Otto Penzler on the passing of the great Robert B. Parker in Time.

CNN Talks Sherlock With Otto Penzler

CNN stopped by the store recently to talk Sherlock Holmes with Otto Penzler and members of The Baker Street Irregulars. Click here.

Paul Tremblay and Dave Zeltserman at The Mysterious Bookshop 02/09/10

The Mysterious Bookshop
is proud to present:

Paul Tremblay
discussing his new novel
No Sleep till Wonderland
Dave Zeltserman
discussing his new novel

Tuesday, February 9th
from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

Admission is free.

The Mysterious Bookshop
58 Warren Street (Between Church and West Broadway)
New York, NY 10007
(212) 587-1011

Friday, January 22, 2010

Sally's Weekly Update 01/22/10

Here's the latest update.

Sally Owen
The Mysterious Bookshop

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 1/22/10

We are all very saddened by the sudden death of Robert B. Parker. He was a personal friend of Otto’s and a great supporter of The Mysterious Bookshop, signing many copies of his books for us. We shall miss him very much.

I recently asked you to pre-order Parker’s latest book, Split Image. I am going to cancel all orders for that title since, if you ordered, you were assuming a signing. Please let us know if you want to order a first edition of this book - from us.

There are, as far as we know, two more Robert B. Parker manuscripts at his publisher: another in his Western series, due out in the Spring, and one scheduled for the Fall - probably a Spenser.


The paperback editions of Thomas Perry’s profile of Jane Whitefield are here. Can the hardcovers be far behind?

We will start sending out the paperback editions, free, with your packages.

Crime Club members will receive paperback editions with your February selections. If some of you also receive them with your January selections, don’t fret, we can’t always control the flow out of the mailroom.


The Edgar Award nominees have been announced. We’re happy to report that Otto Penzler received a nom for The Lineup. Click on the link below to see nominees in all categories:


Gutshot Straight by Lou Berney is a crime caper in the tradition of Elmore Leonard. "Shake" Bouchon is fresh out of prison and ready for the straight and narrow - after just one more job! A First Mystery Club Selection. $24.99

Sinner’s Ball by Ira Berkowitz is the third in the Jackson Steeg PI series. This time out, Jackson’s mobster brother, Dave, is in deep trouble after a warehouse fire leaves half a dozen charred corpses in its wake. A paperback original. $14.00

The Parisian Prodigal is the eighth installment in the Fool’s Guild series by Alan Gordon. Alan was here for an event this week and we have a few of this title still available. $25.99

Elizabeth Kostova signed copies of her long awaited second novel (after The Historian) The Swan Thieves. An Unclassifiable Club Selection. $26.99

The Red Door by Charles Todd is the latest Ian Rutledge mystery. Signed by both authors. This is a Soft Boiled Club Selection. $24.99


The Blue Demon by David Hewson features Nic Costa who must deal with murder while the leaders of the G8 are meeting in Rome. This is the February Selection of The British Crime Club. $33.00


The Root of His Evil by William Ard, Rinehart, NY. 1957. First Edition. $65.00

Fine in dust jacket.

Fortune’s World by Michael Collins, Crippen & Landru, Virginia. 2000. SIGNED. $40.00

Limited edition with separate pamphlet, #113 or 200. Fine in dust jacket.

From Russian with Love by Ian Fleming, Jonathan Cape, London. 1957. First Edition. $1,500.00

Fifth James Bond book. Aside from initials and a date on the front endpaper and dusty page top edges, this is a stunning, fresh copy in an excellent price-clipped dust jacket with a little of the usual darkening to the spine and very light wear to the top of the spine.

Thunderball by Ian Fleming, Jonathan Cape, London. 1961. $1,000.00

An absolutely stunning, virtually as-new copy in an immaculate dust jacket.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, HarperCollins, NY. 2008. First Edition. SIGNED. $125.00

Precedes the UK edition by three weeks. Winner of a Hugo Award and Newbery Prize. A fine copy in dust jacket. Signed by the much loved and talented author, who has also drawn a sketch of a gravestone on the title page.

The Dead are Discreet by Arthur Lyons, Mason & Lipscomb, NY. 1974. First Edition. $450.00

Fine in fine dust jacket.

Odds Against Tomorrow by William McGivern, Dodd, Mead, NY. 1957. First Edition. $300.00

The basis for the 1959 film starring Harry Belafonte, the first film noir of the classic era to feature a black actor. Very good in a slightly chipped and soiled dust jacket. Scarce. With a long inscription on the front endpaper by the author.

Cockfighter by Charles Willeford, Chicago Paperback, Chicago. 1962. First Edition. $125.00

PBO. Tiny bit of rubbing to one corner, initials on first page, else an exceptional copy of the true first of this uncommon book.

A Guide for the Underhemorrhoided by Charles Willeford, Star Publishing, Florida. 1977. SIGNED. $350.00

Limited to 1,000 copies, privately printed by the author. Fine in dust jacket. Signed on front end paper. An unusual memoir from this popular noir author.

Poontang and Other Poems by Charles Willeford, Atheneum Press, Florida. 1966. First Edition. SIGNED. $3,000.00

First in stiff, gray wrappers. Fine with a small bump to bottom corner. By far the rarest of Willeford’s works.

The Way We Die Now by Charles Willeford, Ultramarine Press. 1988. First Edition. SIGNED. $250.00

Limited to only 99 signed and numbered copies. Fine without dust jacket, as issued. A very handsome edition.


Saturday, January 16, 2010

Baker Street Irregulars After Party 01/15/10

Here's a photo taken after the Baker Street Irregulars banquet of (left to right) Les Klinger, editor of The Annotated Sherlock Holmes, actor Curtis Armstrong, author Neil Gaiman, his fiancee, singer Amanda Palmer, Otto Penzler, and Sherlockian expert Dr. Richard Sveum.

Party for GONE 'TIL NOVEMBER by Wallace Stroby

The Mysterious Bookshop
will host a party
celebrating the release of

Gone 'til November
by Wallace Stroby

Join us in celebrating the new novel Gone 'Til November (St. Martin's Minotaur)
Mr. Stroby will discuss and read from his book and answer questions. Copies will be available for autographs.
Light refreshments will be served.

Friday, February 5th
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm.

Admission is Free

The Mysterious Bookshop
58 Warren Street (Between Church and West Broadway)
New York, NY 10007
(201) 587-1011

Sally's Weekly Update for 01/15/10

This should have gone out yesterday, but we were gratifyingly busy with the Baker Street Irregulars who stopped by.


Sally Owen
The Mysterious Bookshop

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 1/15/10

The Baker Street Irregulars are in town for their yearly banquet celebrating all things Sherlockian!

Many of them are here today - and so is CNN. The word is that a segment, shot in the store and probably containing an interview with Otto, will air on Monday or Tuesday, probably in the afternoon. If you miss it, you will be able to find it on line - google CNN and Sherlock Holmes

UK First Editions!!!

The U.S. editions of the following two titles will be signed here in the store. However, the true first editions will be the British. Please let us know if you want a UK edition, so we can order a copy for you:

Lee Child - 61 Hours

Henning Mankell - The Man From Beijing

Do not forget to pre-order Split Image by Robert B. Parker if you would like a signed first edition. This won’t happen until the Fall, but we want to have enough first editions here in the store when Parker stops by. Split Image is a Jesse Stone AND Sunny Randall mystery.


Tuesday, January 19th 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.

Alan Gordon reading from and discussing

The Parisian Prodigal

Wednesday, January 20th 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.

Ira Berkowitz reading from and discussing

Sinner’s Ball

Admission is free


Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin is a very unusual historical literary mystery featuring Alice Liddell - she of In Wonderland fame. As Alice reaches the end of her life, she tells of her magical 10th year when she urged a grown-up friend to write down one of his fanciful stories. $25.00

Robert Crais features Joe Pike in the latest thriller, The First Rule. Elvis Cole is there for back-up but the case, involving organized criminal gangs of the former Soviet Union, is personal for Pike. A Crime Collectors Club Main Selection. $26.95

Among Thieves by David Hosp is fiction inspired by the true story of the biggest art theft of the twentieth century. In 1990, two men dressed as policemen entered the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and escaped with 500 million dollars worth of paintings. The mystery remained unsolved but now the case may just break wide open. $24.99

Sleepless is Charlie Huston’s latest thriller and features LAPD undercover cop Parker Hass. Hass is working as a drug dealer trying to cut off the illegal trade in Dreamer, the only drug that can give a population infected with insomnia the one thing they crave - sleep. A Hard Boiled Club Main Selection. $25.00


John Burdett, who doesn’t write nearly fast enough for his legion of fans, has a new one: The Godfather of Kathmandu. Sonchai Jitpleecheep of the Royal Thai Police is summoned to the most shocking and intriguing crime scene of his career. The author will not be visiting these shores so no signed copies. $25.95

A Whisper to the Living by the late Stuart M. Kaminsky is the last Inspector Rostnikov mystery. $23.99

Our authors don’t often hit the culture pages of Entertainment Weekly, but The Chill by Jason Starr, a graphic novel, made THE MUST LIST of that magazine. A serial killer is on the loose in New York City. There is a suspect but every witness provides a different description of her. Shrinkwrapped, so not signed. $19.99


Long Time Coming by Robert Goddard tells the story of Eldritch Swan who, after being incarcerated in an Irish prison for thirty-six years, is released and finds himself on a journey with his nephew that takes them back to the Second World War and the secret of Swan’s imprisonment. A British Crime Club Selection. $38.00

Bequest by A.K. Shevchenko is a first novel which begins when an ambitious lieutenant of the Russian Security Service stumbles across file N1247. Three crucial documents are missing which, if found, could change the balance of power in Europe. $50.00

FOR COLLECTORS (to honor the birthday of Sherlock Holmes - a Capricorn)

The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, edited by John Joseph Adams, Night Shade Books, San Francisco, 2009. First Edition. $15.95

New stories about Holmes by Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Laurie R. King, Michael Moorcock, Naomi Novik, Anne Perry, etc. Paperback original. Fine.

A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle, Facsimile Edition. $250.00

Facsimile of first Sherlock Holmes adventure. Limited to 100 copies. Boxed.

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle, George Newnes, London. 1902. First Hardcover Edition. $2,500.00

Beautiful copy. Previous owner’s name in fep with raised stamp

The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle, George Newnes, London. 1905. First Hardcover Edition. $1,250.00

Rubbing at top of spine. Owner’s bookplate on inside. Lovely copy

Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle, John Murray, London. 1924. First Edition Thus. $45.00

Near fine with author’s initials engraved on front board and engraving on spine.

The Penguin Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Penguin, London. 2009. $75.00

New edition of the complete Holmes. Fine in boards.

Sherlock Holmes Volume 1: The Trial of Sherlock Homes by Leah Moore and John Reppion, Dynamite Entertainment, 2009. First Edition. $24.99

Graphic novel illustrated by Aaron Campbell. Fine in fine dust jacket.

The Vampire Archives edited by Otto Penzler, Vintage Crime, New York. 2009. First Edition. SIGNED. $25.00

NEIL GAIMAN, who wrote the preface, stopped by and we have a couple of copies with his signature as well as that of Otto Penzler.

The Baker Street Letters by Michael Robertson, Minotaur, New York. 2009. First Edition. $24.95

Two lawyers lease offices on London’s Baker Street and begin to receive mail addressed to Sherlock Holmes. Fine in fine dust jacket.


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Author of the Week: Christiana Brand


Although no longer one of the most famous practitioners of the classic English detective story, Christianna Brand (1907-1985) had few equals when it came to producing perfectly plotted mysteries, especially those about Inspector Cockrill. The noted critic Anthony Boucher wrote of her: "You have to reach for the greatest of the Great Names (Agatha Christie, John Dickson Carr, Ellery Queen) to find Brand’s rivals in the subtleties of the trade: the precise knowledge of how to plant a clue so that it is completely fair and apparently meaningless, the ability to construct an entire series of legitimate false clues to lead the over-confident reader up the garden path, the power to produce an astonishing Least Suspected Person whose guilt is as convincing as it is surprising."

Brand, Christianna, The Crooked Wreath, N.Y., Dodd, Mead, 1946. First edition. Inspector Cockrill. Very good. $15.00

Brand, Christianna, London Particular, London, Joseph, 1952. First edition of this outstanding Inspector Cockrill mystery, one of the great fair-play detective novels, the equal of Brand’s Green for Danger. A bit of foxing, else about fine in dust jacket with light wear along edges and a couple of creases. A scarce book. $100.00

Brand, Christianna, Fog of Doubt, N.Y., Scribners, 1953. First U.S. edition of London Particular and a superb Inspector Cockrill detective novel. Edges rubbed, else near fine in heavily chipped dust jacket with a long closed tear on front panel. $35.00

Another copy. First U.S. edition. Very good. $17.50

Brand, Christianna, Tour de Force, London, Joseph, 1955. First edition. Cockrill. Worn ex-library reading copy only. $12.50

Brand, Christianna, The Three-Cornered Halo, London, Joseph, 1957. First edition. Fine in dust jacket, which has a bit of foxing on rear flap. $45.00

Brand, Christianna, The Three-Cornered Halo, N.Y., Scribners, 1957. First U.S. edition. Fine in a dust jacket, which has a lightly soiled spine and is rubbed at spine tips. $35.00

Brand, Christianna, Starrbelow, Los Angeles, Brooke House, 1958. Book club edition. Fine in dust jacket with light wear at top of spine. $12.50

Brand, Christianna, Heaven Knows Who, N.Y., Scribners, 1960. First U.S. edition of this true crime recreation. Near fine in dust jacket with light chipping at spine ends. $40.00

Brand, Christianna, What Dread Hand?, London, Ian Henry, 1977 (originally 1968). Reprint. Fine in lightly rubbed dust jacket. Short stories. $17.50

Brand, Christianna, Court of Foxes, London, Joseph, 1969. First edition. About fine in dust jacket. $35.00

Another copy. London, Joseph, 1969. Book Club edition. Very good in dust jacket. $15.00

Brand, Christianna, The Honey Harlot, London, Allen, 1978. Large print edition. Fine. $10.00

Brand, Christianna, The Brides of Aberdar, London, Joseph, 1982. First edition. Very good copy with library stamps in an unmarked dust jacket. $17.50

Brand, Christianna, Buffet for Unwelcome Guests, Carbondale, IL, Southern Illinois U. Press, 1983. First edition of this collection of Brand’s best short stories, including several about Cockrill. Very fine in dust jacket with a sunned spine. $25.00

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Ira Berkowitz discusses SINNER'S BALL 01/20/10

The Mysterious Bookshop
is proud to present:

Ira Berkowitz
discussing his new novel
Sinner's Ball

Wednesday, January 20th
from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

Admission is free.

The Mysterious Bookshop
58 Warren Street (Between Church and West Broadway)
New York, NY 10007
(212) 587-1011

Friday, January 8, 2010

Sally's Weekly Update for 01/08/10!

Here we are, back on schedule again with a Friday update.

...and authors stopping by.

Happy reading.

Sally Owen
The Mysterious Bookshop

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 1/8/10


The 13th Hour by Richard Doetsch is a thriller told in reverse. Nick Quinn, accused of murdering his wife, is visited in the police interrogation room by a white-haired gentleman who asks Nick if he would save his wife if he could go back in time. Nick, being innocent, jumps at the chance and finds himself able to go back one hour at a time for a total of twelve hours. This original page-turner is a Thriller/Espionage Club Selection. $25.99

Terrific to see Jasper Fforde again who popped in to sign copies of Shades of Grey. He has not given up on Thursday Next or his Nursery Crimes, but here’s a new premise from the creative Mr. Fforde: Chromatica has long been ruled by a Colortocracy a social hierarchy based on one’s limited color perception. The story centers around Eddie Russett who has a better-than-average red perception and his upcoming engagement to Constance Oxblood which is put in jeopardy when he meets the intriguing Jane Grey and realizes that his life may be as illusory a color itself. A four-color postcard is enclosed. This U.S. Edition is the true first, although we have ordered just a few of the U.K. Edition for those of you who want to "follow the flag." $25.95

Steve Hamilton, Edgar-award winner of the Alex McKnight series, has written a stand alone thriller, The Lock Artist. Michael can do something better than anybody else: open anything, from a locked door to a padlocked safe, and this makes him a hot commodity, especially for the wrong kind of people. A Hard-Boiled Club Selection. $24.99

We have signed copies of Joyce Carol Oates’ first book of the decade! The Fair Maiden tells the story of sixteen-year-old Katya Spivak and sixty-eight-year old Marcus Kidder. This story does not go where you might expect as Oates builds suspense to a horrific climax. $22.00

The U.K. edition of The Vampire Archive (not Archives) by Otto Penzler is here. This original, oversized paperback edition is a slightly smaller in size that the U.S. edition and does not employ the two-column format of that edition. Otto will be delighted to sign this edition for you, as will our own Daniel Seitler who compiled the comprehensive bibliography. $25.00


Death of a Ghost by Margery Allingham, Doubleday Crime Club, NY. 1934. First U.S. Edition. $25.00

Haycraft-Queen cornerstone. Very good.

The Invisible Host by Gwen Bristow and Bruce Manning, Mystery League, NY. 1930. First Edition. $45.00

This novel has a plot extremely reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, written a decade later. Near fine in dust jacket, which is chipped at spine ends.

What Beckoning Ghost by Douglas G. Browne, MacDonald, London. 1947. First Edition. $45.00

A very fine, crisp copy in dust jacket with a trace of rubbing at spine tips.

The Red Widow Murders by Carter Dickson, Heinemann., Reprint.1937. $45.00

First published in 1935. Fine.

Fatal Descent by Carter Dickson (with John Rhode), Dodd Mead, NY. 1939. First U.S. Edition. $450.00

A sliver of darkening at top of spine, else an exceptionally fine and bright copy in a price-clipped dust jacket that is quite chipped at top and bottom of spine. Very scarce in jacket.

Death Wish by Brian Garfield, McKay, NY. 1972. First Edition. $250.00

Basis for the film of the same name starring Charles Bronson. Tiny bit of soiling on the fragile white dust jacket, else very fine.

Uncle Abner by Melville Davisson Post, Appleton, NY. 1918. First Edition. $200.00

Queen’s Quorum title and Haycraft-Queen cornerstone. Spine ends worn, name, else very good.

The Silent Bullet by Robert B. Reeve, Dodd Mead, NY. 1912. First Edition. $150.00

Queen’s Quorum title # 48. "The American Sherlock Holmes." Neat leather bookplate, spine ends rubbed, else fine in a pictorial binding.

The Listening House by Mabel Seeley, Doubleday Crime Club, NY. 1938. First Edition. $100.00

Inexplicably, one of the most elusive of all Crime Club titles. Haycraft-Queen cornerstone. Corners bumped; very good.

Tucker’s People by Ira Wolfert, Fischer, NY. 1943. First Edition. $1,250.00

Basis for the famous noir film, Force of Evil, directed by Abraham Polonsky and starring John Garfield. A fine copy in the scarce second issue dust jacket, which is price-clipped, chipped at the head of the spine, and has tan stains on rear panel.


Thursday, January 7, 2010

Alan Gordon discusses THE PARISIAN PRODIGAL 01/19/10

The Mysterious Bookshop
is proud to present:

Alan Gordon
discussing his new novel
The Parisian Prodigal

Tuesday, January 19th
from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

Admission is free.

The Mysterious Bookshop
58 Warren Street (Between Church and West Broadway)
New York, NY 10007
(212) 587-1011

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Sally's Weekly Update for 01/02/10!

Happy New Year. Hope this one is a happy, healthy, and prosperous one for us all.

I've been out of touch for nearly a week because of dire problems with my computer. All is well now, but for those of you who sent an email to me in the last week, hold on, I'm getting to them in the order they were received.

What's the first book you'll be reading this year? Under the Dome by Stephen King for me!

Sally Owen
The Mysterious Bookshop

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 1/2/10

Happy New Year!


Stephen Hunter traveled up from Maryland to sign copies of I, Sniper. We appreciate that. This Bob Lee Swagger novel is a Crime Collector’s Club selection. $26.00


Rupture by Simon Lelic is a first novel about a school shooting - the perpetrator is a teacher, rather than a student. When Lucia May, the policewoman dealing with the case, asks students and teachers questions about the days leading up to the shooting, she discovers that this case is not as simple as she first thought. One of 250 signed and numbered copies. $33.00


Even the Wicked by Lawrence Block, Wm, Morrow, NY. 1997. First Edition. SIGNED. $23.00

Matthew Scudder. Fine in fine dust jacket.

The Mardi Gras Murders by Bristow and Manning, Mystery League, NY. 1932. First Edition. $35.00

About fine in a chipped and torn dust jacket.

No Beast So Fierce by Edward Bunker, Norton, NY. 1973. First Edition. $750.00

Basis for the film Straight Time, directed by Ulu Grosbard and starring Dustin Hoffman. Very scarce. Previous owner’s name, else an exceptional copy.

The Asphalt Jungle by W.R. Burnett, Knopf, NY. 1949. First Edition. $1,000.00

Basis for the legendary film directed by John Huston starring Sterling Hayden. Very fine in dust jacket.

The Innocence of Father Brown by G.K. Chesterton, John Lane, NY. First U.S. Edition. 1911. $100.00

Queen’s Quorum title. About fine with no wear.

A Simple Act of Violence by R.J. Ellory, Orion, London. 2008. First Edition. SIGNED. $54.00

Fine in fine dust jacket.

Flying Finish by Dick Francis, Armchair Detective Library, NY. 1991. SIGNED. $125.00

Originally published in 1965. Limited to 26 lettered copies. Very fine, in slipcase.

Spend Game by Jonathan Gash, Ticknor, NY. 1981. First U.S. Edition. $30.00

A Lovejoy novel. Fine in lightly rubbed dust jacket.

Act of God by Jeremiah Healy, Pocket Books, NY. 1994. First Edition. SIGNED. $20.00

John Cuddy. Fine in fine dust jacket.

Death in Ecstasy by Ngaio Marsh, Sheridan, NY. 1941. First U.S. Edition. $250.00

A fine, fresh copy in dust jacket, which is lightly worn at corners and spine ends. Scarce in dust jacket.

Shaft by Ernest Tidyman, Macmillan, NY. 1960. First Edition. $100.00

Basis for the Blackploitation film. Tiny remainder dot on top edge, else fine in dust jacket. Scare in collector’s condition.

The Scold’s Bridle by Minette Walters, St. Martin’s, NY. 1994. First U.S. Edition. SIGNED. $25.00

Author’s third book. Fine in fine dust jacket.