Friday, March 12, 2010

Sally's Weekly Update for 03/12/10

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Weekly Update 3/12/10


Edited by Otto Penzler

A New Limited Edition

Last week I told you about this anthology of original espionage stories.

The Lettered Edition, 26 copies at $275.00 has sold out!

We are rapidly selling copies of the numbered editions, 250 copies at $150.00. If you have not reserved your copy, please do so soon.

Agents of Treachery contains 14 never-before-published stories by Lee Child, Dan Fesperman, Joseph Finder, James Grady, Stephen Hunter, Andrew Klavan, John Lawton, Gayle Lynds, Charles McCarry, David Morrell, Stella Rimington, Olen Steinhauer, John Weisman, and Robert Wilson. All copies are signed by all contributors.

In June, Random House, under its Vintage Books imprint, will publish a trade paperback edition of this important anthology. There will be no hardcover trade edition!

Don’t miss out on this high quality deluxe edition. Shipping will be charged at $10.00 per copy.

We have also been able to find a few first editions of The Lineup, edited by Otto Penzler. This trade edition is now in its second printing. Otto will be happy to sign your copy. $24.99


Please note that in all cases, we have very few copies. In the case of a Crime Club Selection, those folks in that particular crime club will receive the book automatically. All other sales will be on a first-come-first-served basis. If you have pre-ordered titles and have received a confirmation, a copy has been put aside for you.

Linda Fairstein’s latest, Hell Gate, finds Alexandra Cooper dividing her attention between investigating a shipwreck - one that has contraband cargo, humancargo - and the political sex scandal of a promising New York congressman. $26.95

Arcadia Falls by Carol Goodman is set in a hamlet in upstate New York where Meg Rosenthal has accepted a teaching position at a boarding school. When a student is killed, the local sheriff finds the death suspicious and Meg is soon dealing with long-buried secrets as well as her own demons. A Soft-Boiled Club Selection. $25.00

The Serialist by David Gordon is an original Trade Paperback which tells the story of Harry Block, a writer who agrees to ghostwrite the memoir of Darian Clay, New York City’s infamous Photo Killer. It’s a decision that will offer proof that the truth really can be stranger than fiction. $15.00

Drink the Tea by Thomas Kaufman won the PWA Best First Private Eye Novel Competition. It introduces Willis Gidney, a PI working the streets of Washington, DC. When his closest friend, jazz saxophonist Steps Jackson, asks him to find his missing daughter, Willis is compelled to say yes, even though she’s been missing for twenty-five years. $24.99

Black Hills by Dan Simmons is set in 1876 amid the chaos and bloodshed of the Little Big Horn battlefield. Simmons, an extraordinary storyteller, tells the tale of Paha Sapa who lays his hands on General George Armstrong Custer at the precise instant of his death and is haunted by his ghost-voice. Simmons weaves together the stories of Paha Sapa, Custer, the American West, and the "Natural Free Human Beings" known as the Sioux. An Unclassifiable Club Selection. $25.99


We offer some of the finest books from the UK and, again, we never seem to have enough copies. Not always our fault. The print runs in the UK are small and getting any signed copies in large quantities is difficult.

Blacklands by Belinda Bauer is a first novel attracting much attention. I read it over the last couple of days and it is dark and disturbing and very well done. Young Steve Lamb is obsessed with finding the body of his young uncle who, years ago, was murdered by a serial killer. He digs holes on Exmoor where the killer is reputed to have buried the bodies. Finally, he figures that the best way to find out where his uncle is buried is to go to the source: he writes to the serial killer now serving a life sentence. Then it really begins to get creepy.... Sorry about the price, these signed and lined editions are like gold dust right now. $75.00

Agatha Christie: An Autobiography was first published in 1977. It has now been reissued for a very good reason: in 2008 Christie’s grandson made a remarkable discovery. While clearing out his grandmother’s old house, he came across a box of old reels containing recordings of Agatha dictating her Autobiography to her typist. A CD has been made of those recordings and is included with this version of the Autobiography. This is, of course, not signed. $50.00

Michael Dobbs writes terrific thrillers. His four-volume fictionalized (sort of) account of Churchill during WWII a few years ago is a classic. Now with The Reluctant Hero he updates our conflicts. Zac Kravitz is being tortured in a prison somewhere in the republic of Ta’argistant, which is ringed by high mountains. But he has a friend who has not forgotten him. Harry Jones, along with American-born MP, Martha Riley, is going to get him out. If he can. Signed and dated by Dobbs. $45.00

Heresy by S.J. Parris is a first novel, an historical, getting all kinds of buzz. It is set in Elizabethan times and features Giordano Bruno who has fled the Inquisition to England where he attracts the attention of Francis Walsingham, chief spymaster and sworn enemy of Catholic plotters. The US Edition is the true first, and we have those, but they are unsigned. We have managed to get some of the UK edition which is signed and dated. The author is English. $33.00


The First Rule by Robert Crais, The Mysterious Bookshop, NY. 2010. Limited Edition. SIGNED. $275.00

The true first edition of this Joe Pike novel. One of 26 lettered copies. Fine in marbled boards as issued.

The Case of the Black-Eyed Blonde by Erle Stanley Gardner, Morrow, NY. 1944. First Edition. $65.00

A fine, fresh copy in dust jacket with light chips and staining along top edge. Light wear to spine ends.

Masters of Crime Edited by Michael Johnson, Scorpion Press, Gladestry. 2006. SIGNED. $150.00

Discusses the life and work of Lionel Davidson and Dick Francis, limited to 250 copies signed by Davidson and Francis. Fine in boards as issued.

Headed for a Hearse by Jonathan Latimer, Gregg, Boston. 1980. $35.00

First of this edition, which has a new introduction by two-time Edgar-winner William L. DeAndrea. Fine in a near-fine dust jacket.

Death on My Left by Philip MacDonald, Doubleday Crime Club, NY. 1933. First US Edition. $85.00

Front flap cut out and affixed to inside front cover, else a fine, bright, fresh copy of a very scarce title by one of the greatest of the Golden Age writers.

Rogue’s March by Maxwell March (pseudonym of Margery Allingham), Doubleday Crime Club, NY. 1935. First Edition. $65.00

The very scarce pseudonymous novel. Ex-library copy, with the front panel of the dust jacket affixed to the front cover.

Crimson Joy by Robert B. Parker, Delacorte Press, NY. 1988. Limited Edition. SIGNED. $100.00

Limited to 250 signed and numbered copies. Fine in slipcase.

No Weeds for the Widow by Milton M. Raison, Murray & Gees, Hollywood. 1946. First Edition. $75.00

Features Tony Woolrich, a drama critic/detective. A fine, fresh copy in the scarce dust jacket, which is lightly sunned at the spine and with minor wear at foot of spine.

Death Out of Thin Air by Stuart Towne (pseudonym of Clayton Rawson), Coward-McCann, NY. 1941. First Editiion. $100.00

Two novellas about the magician detective Don Diavolo. A very scarce book. Good/very good reading copy.


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