Friday, April 30, 2010

Sally's Weekly Update for 04/30/10

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Weekly Update 4/30/10



We are all thrilled that Otto Penzler received an Edgar Award last night for The Lineup in the Best Critical/Biographical Category.

John Hart received Best Novel for The Last Child (three books, three nominations, two wins!)

Stefanie Pintoff received Best First Novel for In The Shadow of Gotham

Marc Strange received Best Paperback Original for Body Blows

For complete results, log on to The Mystery Writers of America website:


Edited by Jonathan Santlofer and S.J. Rozan

Published by The Mysterious Bookshop

Place your orders for this exceptional anthology. Limited to 250 numbered copies at $150.00 and 26 lettered copies at $275.00.

Stories written by the following contributors, and SIGNED by all:

Madison Smart Bell, Lawrence Block, Stephen L. Carter, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Lynn Freed, James Grady, Amy Hempel, Janice Lee, Jonathan Lethem, Laura Lippman, Patrick McCable, Val McDermid, Joyce Carol Oates, Francine Prose, Abraham Rodriguez Jr., S.J. Rozan, Jonathan Santlofer, and Edmund White.

We did run out of The Lineup and had to disappoint many of you. Just sayin...


We have received the Charles Todd profile of Ian Rutledge, signed by both authors. $60.00

There are extra copies for sale.

Don’t forget that when you order from The Mysterious Bookshop, you receive a FREE paperback copy of the profile.


Ace Atkins was among the many authors who were in town for the Edgar Awards. He stopped by to sign Infamous, his latest thriller. Set in 1933, this tells the story of the gangster known as George "Machine Gun" Kelly who staged the kidnapping-for-ransom of an Oklahoma oilman named Charles Urschel. He would live to regret it. $25.95

C.J. Box, last year’s Edgar Award winner, signed Nowhere to Run. Joe Pickett is in his last week as the temporary game warden in the town of Baggs, Wyoming. But strange things are happening, and Joe is reluctant to leave. $25.95

Reckless is the latest from bestselling author Andrew Gross. Ty Hauck is shattered when he learns that a friend has been brutally murdered along with her husband and daughter; a wealthy banker, seeing that his world is about to crumble, knows that his family is in unfathomable danger; and a U.S. government agent watches the sudden bank transfers of millions in cash and suspects that this is the first step in a plot to unleash a wave of global panic. $25.99

Our signed copies of This Body of Death by Elizabeth George are here. This is an Inspector Lynley novel. $28.99

We do have some copies of Crimes By Moonlight left after our very successful event. This anthology, edited by Charlaine Harris (who was not here and did not sign) is signed by eight of the contributors who did attend. $24.95

Delighted that Kelli Stanley was in town so that she could sign City of Dragons which is getting all kinds of terrific reviews. The story is set in San Francisco in 1940 and features Miranda Corbie, Spanish Civil War nurse, ex-escort, and private investigator. $24.99

Ilustrado is the first novel of Miguel Syjuco. This won the Man Asian Literary award even before it was published. The body of Crispin Salvador is pulled from the Hudson River. The lion of Philippine literature is gone and so is the only manuscript of his final book, a work meant to rescue him from obscurity by exposing the crimes of the Filipino ruling families. Miguel, his student and friend, sets out for Manila to investigate. An Unclassifiable Club Selection. $26.00

This is a P.S: The Executor by Jesse Kellerman received one of those rare raves from Marilyn Stasio in last week’s New York Times Book Review. $25.95


(African American), The Mind Reader by W. Adolphe Roberts, Macaulay, NY. 1929. $65.00

The second novel by the author of the first mystery written by a black writer (The Haunting Hand). A genuine detective story with occult overtones. Ends of spine worn, front flap affixed to free front endpaper, else about very good copy of a scarce book.

Mad Men’s Holiday by Fredric Brown, Dennis McMillan, HI. 1985. Limited Edition. $450.00

Limited to 350 copies SIGNED and numbered by Newton Baird who wrote the introduction to this edition.

Seeing is Believe by Carter Dickson, Morrow, NY. 1941. $450.00

A fine copy in a dust jacket that is creased down the spine and lightly frayed at both ends.

Kyd for Hire by Hyde Harris, Gollancz, London. 1977. First Edition. SIGNED. $60.00

A brilliant hard-boiled writer, later using the name "Timothy Harris" who went to Hollywood and wrote very few books, all of which are excellent. This is the true first, the American edition being published later as a paperback original. Very fine in a very fine dust jacket. Inscribed and signed.

The Black House by Patricia Highsmith, Heinemann, London. 1981. First Edition. $45.00

Eleven short stories, nine of them previously unpublished. Fine with slight tanning at edges as usual. In fine dust jacket with slight sunning to spine.

Mermaids on the Golf Course by Patricia Highsmith, Heinemann, London. 1985. First Edition. $50.00

Short stories. Fine with slight tanning at edges as usual. In fine dust jacket.

The Black Tower by P.D. James, Faber, London. 1975. First Edition. SIGNED. $300.00

Fine in like dust jacket showing slight rubbing to top of spine. Signed, with a later-than-publication date.

The Disentanglers by Andrew Lang, Longmans, London. 1902. First Edition. $100.00

A scarce short story collection. Pale beige covers slightly soiled, some foxing, still a better than very good copy.

The Barbarous Coast by Ross MacDonald, Knopf, NY. 1956. First Edition. $250.00

One of the most distinguished of the Lew Archer novels. Apart from a small darkened part at the top of the spine, a fine fresh copy in dust jacket, which has a chip at the top of the spine and light soiling to the back panel, but otherwise fine.

Nemesis by Jo Nesbo, HarperCollins, NY. 2008. First U.S. Edition. $65.00

Scarce second book to be translated into English. Fine in fine dust jacket.

Fer-De-Lance by Rex Stout, The Mysterious Bookshop. Facsimile of First Edition. $200.00

Fine in fine dust jacket.


Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Ace Atkins drop-in signing of INFAMOUS

Bestselling novelist Ace Atkins stopped by the store today. Here he is with Otto Penzler, signing his new novel INFAMOUS!


The Mysterious Bookshop teamed with the MWA to host a lively book party for the new anthology CRIMES BY MOONLIGHT edited by Charlaine Harris with contributors Dana Cameron, Parnell Hall, S. W. Hubbard, Toni L. P. Kelner, Martin Meyers, Terrie Farley Moran, Jeffrey Somers and Mike Wiecek!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Sally's Weekly Update for 04/23/10!

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Weekly Update 4/23/10


The Edgar Awards Banquet takes place next Thursday, April 29th. To kick off this very important event:

Tuesday, April 27th.

6.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.

The Mysterious Bookshop and The Mystery Writers of America will host a party celebrating the release of


Edited by Charlaine Harris.

Many of the contributors will be attending and will sign copies of the anthology.

Admission is free and light refreshments will be served.



Edited by Jonathan Santlofer and S.J. Rozan

The Mysterious Bookshop is publishing a special limited edition of this exceptional anthology, signed by every contributor.

The vision of the editors was to produce a collection of dark tales, half written by mystery writers, the other half by mainstream literary writers, in which it is clear that the lines between the two camps have blurred. Some of the world’s most distinguished authors have written original, never previously published, stories for this landmark volume.

The contributors to this collection are Madison Smart Bell, Lawrence Block, Stephen L. Carter, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Lynn Freed, James Grady, Amy Hempel, Janice Lee, Jonathan Lethem, Laura Lippman, Patrick McCabe, Val McDermid, Joyce Carol Oates, Francine Prose, Abraham Rodriguez Jr., S.J. Rozan, Jonathan Santlofer, and Edmund White.

Those of you who have purchased our previous limited editions know how beautiful these volumes are. This edition is limited to 250 copies, numbered and signed by all contributors. Bound in marbled boards with a leather spine. The price is $150.00. There are also 26 lettered copies available at $275.00

Reserve your copy today.

We have received Memory by Donald E. Westlake. This limited hardcover edition is $29.95. If you have not already ordered your copy, now would be a good time.


Because of the the recent eruption in Iceland of a volcano, the name of which nobody but Icelanders can pronounce, travel was disrupted for several of our authors.

We are sorry to say that our May Soft-Boiled Selection will have to be changed because Alexander McCall-Smith was unable to get here. Luckily we have a great substitute: Laurie King’s book, The God of the Hive. We do think we will be able to get tipped in signatures from McCall-Smith, so let’s start again: if you’d like a copy of The Double Comfort Safari Club with a tipped-in signature, let us know.

In addition, we were hoping to have signed copies of Elegy for April by Benjamin Black. This is not going to happen.


The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag by Alan Bradley is the second mystery to feature Flavia de Luce. When beloved puppeteer, Rupert Porson, has a deadly rendezvous with electricity, Flavia puts aside her chemistry experiments and schemes of vengeance against her big sisters, and investigates. This is a Soft Boiled Club Main Selection. $24.00

CBS News anchor, Don Dahler, has written a golf mystery, Water Hazard. Huck Doyle, former Tour Pro, gets a Sponsor exemption and finds himself playing in the Sony Open in Hawaii. When his benefactor dies of a gunshot wound, Huck feels obligated to find out who killed the millionaire banker. $24.99

American Subversive by David Goodwillie is a political thriller set in New York City. Goodwillie is being hailed as a major new voice in American fiction, and this title has already gone into a third printing, so order while supplies last. This is a First Mystery Club Main Selection. $25.00

David Grann finally stopped by to sign The Devil and Sherlock Holmes, his non-fiction pieces sub-titled Tales of Murder, Madness and Obsession. The title story is familiar to Sherlockians: A renowned Sherlock Holmes scholar, on the trail of long-lost Arthur Conan Doyle papers, is found garroted.. All these true cime essays prove that Sherlock Holmes was correct when he said "life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent." $26.95

The Third Rail is Michael Harvey’s third thriller set in Chicago. A woman is shot as she waits for her train to work. An hour later, a second woman is gunned down as she rides an elevated train through The Loop. Then a church is attacked and it becomes clear that the city of Chicago is under siege. Michael Kelly, cop turned investigator, is drawn into the case by the killers themselves. This is a Hard Boiled Crime Club Selection. $24.95

The November Criminals is a first mystery by Sam Munson. High School Senior, Addison Schacht is applying to the University of Chicago. His essay question is What are your best and worst qualities? He has a lot to say about that: he sells drugs to his classmates, he has a complicated relationship with his best friend, his classmate is murdered, and he’s obsessively investigating that death. A novel of teenage maladjustment! $24.95


Blood Harvest is S.J. Bolton’s third mystery - she writes stand-alones. Set in a small town perched on the moors of England, this darker than dark story features the newly-arrived Fletcher family whose children are seeing a mysterious child, and the newly-arrived Vicar who is dealing with strange events at his church. But then the town has been there a long time, and harbors some terrifying secrets. $33.00

We have received some signed copies of Solar by Ian McEwan from England. We did offer the US edition a few weeks ago, but for those of you who want a true first... $48.00

American Devil is Oliver Stark’s first novel. Like many UK authors, Stark sets his story in the US. Tom Harper, NYPD’s star homicide detective, is on the verge of losing his shield for striking a superior officer when New York is left reeling by a series of brutal murders. $50.00


We have a run of Fredric Brown titles. These are the uniform editions published by Dennis McMillan, and they are first editions, but NOT the signed limited editions that we have offered in the past. An opportunity to add an important author to your collection at a reasonable price.

All are first editions, fine in fine dust jacket. And all are $35.00.

Thirty Corpses Every Thursday

Before She Kills

Happy Ending

Who Was That Blonde I Saw You Kill Last Night?

Nightmare in Darkness

Red is the Hue of Hell

Whispering Death

The Pickled Punks

The Water Walker


Thursday, April 22, 2010

Andrew Grant at The Mysterious Bookshop 05/17/10

The Mysterious Bookshop
is proud to present:

Andrew Grant
discussing his new novel
Die Twice

Monday, May 17th
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

Author of the Week: Sax Rohmer


The author of nearly 50 books, Arthur Sarsfield Ward (1883-1959) wrote as Sax Rohmer and is remembered today mainly for his creation of the ultimate Yellow Peril villain, the insidious Dr. Fu Manchu. Most of his novels and short stories involve life among the criminal elements of the Chinese or Egyptian underworld and frequently have suggestions of occult or supernatural events and powers. Although his work is not politically correct, Rohmer ranks among the half-dozen greatest and most popular writers of mystery and adventure fiction.

The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu, N.Y., Burt, 1920. 5th printing (originally published in 1913). The first Fu Manchu book and a Haycraft-Queen cornerstone. Name inside front cover, top edge soiled, else near fine in a bright pictorial dust jacket, which has two chips on front panel, small chips at spine ends, and several small closed tears. $75.00

The Quest of the Sacred Slipper, N.Y., Burt, 1914. Reprint. Fine in dust jacket which, apart from light soiling of the white spine, is fine. $85.00

The Quest of the Sacred Slipper, N.Y., Burt, 1914. Reprint. Faint stains on rear cover, else fine in a bright dust jacket with a tiny chip at bottom of rear hinge. $65.00

The Quest of the Sacred Slipper, N.Y., Burt, 1914. Reprint. Name inside front cover, else very good in dust jacket, which is chipped at spine ends and on rear panel, with wear along front hinge. $45.00

The Yellow Claw, N.Y., Burt, 1920. Third printing (originally published in 1915). Name and bookplate, else about fine in a stunning, fine, pictorial dust jacket. $75.00

The Return of Fu Manchu, N.Y., McBride, 1916. First U.S. edition. Covers soiled and rubbed at edges, else good-very good. $25.00

The Return of Fu Manchu, N.Y., Burt, 1916. Third printing. Front hinge broken, preliminary pages torn; good reading copy only. $12.50

The Orchard of Tears, London, Methuen, 1936. 7th edition (originally published in 1918. Page edges a trifle foxed, else a fine copy in dust jacket, which has light wear to spine ends. An handsome early vintage edition in a scarce dust jacket. $125.00

Fire-Tongue, N.Y., Burt, 1922. Reprint. Frontispiece loose, hinge cracked, else a good-very good reading copy. $15.00

The Dream Detective, N.Y., Doubleday, 1925. First U.S. edition, which has one story not in the U.K. edition. Features Moris Klaw, an occult detective. A Queen’s Quorum title. Very good. $45.00

The Daughter of Fu Manchu, N.Y., Burt, 1931. Reprint. Good copy. $17.50

Tales of East and West, London, Cassell, 1932. First edition. Gift inscription, else very good. $100.00

Hangover House, N.Y., Black, 1949. Reprint. Good. $10.00

(Rohmer, Sax) The Fires of Fu Manchu by Cay Van Ash, N.Y., Harper, 1987. First edition. A Fu Manchu novel by the biographer of Rohmer. Fine in dust jacket. $20.00

Chris Grabenstein at The Mysterious Bookshop 05/13/10

The Mysterious Bookshop
is proud to present:

Chris Grabenstein
discussing his new novel
Rolling Thunder

Thursday, May 13th
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

Thomas Perry at The Mysterious Bookshop 05/12/10

The Mysterious Bookshop
is proud to present:

Thomas Perry
discussing his new novel

Wednesday, May 12th
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

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Ken Mercer on SLOW FIRE

Ken Mercer discussed his new novel SLOW FIRE with Ian Kern this week at The Mysterious Bookshop. Her Ken describes the real town that inspired his novel!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Sally's Weekly Update for 04/16/10!

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Weekly Update 4/16/10


Edited by Otto Penzler

As some of you already know, the limited editions of Agents of Treachery have started to ship!

If you ordered a copy, you should be receiving it very soon.

If you did not order a copy, well, why not? The lettered edition is sold out, but we still have a few numbered editions left at $150.00

This beautifully produced edition is limited to 250 copies and contains 14 never-before-published stories by many of the world’s best-selling and most distinguished writers of international intrigue: 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.

Every copy is signed by every contributor.

This is the only hardcover edition of this book (a trade paperback edition will be published in June) and because of the high quality of the paper and other materials used in the production of this deluxe edition, it is unusually heavy, so shipping will be charged at $10 per copy.

* The book received a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly.


We have also received our Mysterious Profile for April. Charles Todd’s profile of Ian Rutledge is signed by both authors (Charles and Caroline Todd, both sign as Charles).

Numbered copies are limited to 100 copies and cost $60.00

If you have not yet ordered your copy, please let us know as soon as you can.


Mary Higgins Clark sent us signed copies of The Shadow of Your Smile. The queen of suspense is always generous about providing signed copies of her books although sometimes we’ve had to wait. Not this time. $25.99

The Executor is the third dark thriller from Jesse Kellerman. A young student takes a job as a "conversationalist" with an elderly woman. He is so comfortable living in her big house that he would do anything, anything to stay there forever! $25.95

The Spellmans Strike Again is the fourth book by Lisa Lutz featuring Izzy Spellman, who has now taken over the family business. This transition will not be a smooth one! $25.00

Carol McCleary’s first book, The Alchemy of Murder, has now been published in the U.S. This historical takes place at the Paris World’s Fair in 1889 and features Nelly Bly who is tracking a killer. She is helped by Jules Verne, Oscar Wilde, and Louis Pasteur. First in a series. $24.99

Beatrice and Virgil is the new novel from Man Booker Prize winner Yann Martel. This allegorical novel is not a mystery, but anything from the author of Life of Pi deserves attention. $24.00

Ken Mercer was here reading from his first novel, Slow Fire. Will Magowan is offered a job as police chief of Haydenville, a tiny town in rural California. Out of options, Will accepts the job but finds that this small town is being corrupted by a criminal influence that threatens to destroy it. $25.99

Cornelia Read is getting much attention these days for her powerful novels featuring Madeline Dare. Invisible Boy finds Madeline investigating the death of a small boy after she finds his skeleton in her own family cemetery. Dark stuff. $24.99

Beautiful Assassin by Michael White tells the story of Tat’yana Levchenko , a Soviet sniper and hero, who went missing at the peak of her fame. A Thriller/Espionage Club Selection. $24.99


Clues for Dr. Coffee by Lawrence G. Blochman, Lippincott, PA. 1964. $75.00

Short story collection. Very fine in very fine, price-clipped dust jacket.

The Case of the Crumpled Knave by Anthony Boucher, Simon & Schuster, NY. 1939. First Edition. $65.00

Library stamp and label removed from front endpaper, else near fine in rubbed dust jacket which has tears and creases on spine.

Cross by Ken Bruen, Scorpion Press, Gladestry. 2007. Limited Edition. SIGNED. $160.00

Limited to 77 numbered and signed copies. With an appreciation by Denise Mina and Michael Johnson. Fine in marbled boards as issued.

Murder at the New York World’s Fair by Freeman Dana, Random House, NY. 1938. First Edition. $50.00

A surprisingly scarce book by Phoebe Atwood Taylor under this pseudonym, published the year before the famous World’s Fair opened. Lower portion of spine scuffed, front endpaper lacking, else near fine copy.

Fatal Descent by Carter Dickson (with John Rhode), Dodd, Mead, NY. 1939. First US 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.

American Gigolo by Timothy Harris, Delacorte, NY. 1979. First Edition. $125.00

Novelization of a screenplay by Paul Schrader. An exceptionally fine copy in a white dust jacket which has one ½" tear at the rear hinge.

Deeper than the Dead by Tami Hoag, Dutton, NY. 2010. First Edition. SIGNED. $50.00

Fine in fine dust jacket.

Storm Cycle by Iris and Roy Johansen, St. Martin’s Press, NY. 2009. First Edition SIGNED. $65.00

Signed by both authors. Fine in fine dust jacket.

Murder, Ancient and Modern by Edward Marston, Crippen & Landru, VA. 2005. Limited Edition. SIGNED. $43.00

Limited to 225 numbered and signed copies. Contains an original story, The End of the Line, in pamphlet form. Fine in fine dust jacket.

Maigret Triumphant by Georges Simenon, Hamilton, London. 1969. First Edition. $75.00

Surprisingly scarce omnibus, containing Maigret and the Burglar’s Wife, Maigret’s Revolver, My Friend Maigret, Maigret in Court, and Maigret Afraid. Fine in a price-clipped dust jacket with light wear at head of spine.

Ultimate Punishment by Scott Turow, Farrar, Straus, Giroux, NY. 2003. First Edition. SIGNED. $45.00

Subtitled "A Lawyer’s Reflections on Dealing with the Death Penalty." Fine in fine dust jacket.


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Author of the Week: Jonathan Latimer


Of the hard-boiled writers of the 1930s, one of the closest in style, mood and characterization to Dashiell Hammett was Jonathan Latimer (1906- especially in the five humorous novels about Bill Crane, an alcoholic private eye. In a successful Hollywood career, Latimer wrote the screenplay for Hammett’s The Glass Key (1942), Kenneth Fearing’s The Big Clock (1948) and Cornell Woolrich’s The Night Has a Thousand Eyes (1948), as well as numerous scripts for the Perry Mason TV series.

Headed for a Hearse, N.Y., Sun Dial, 1937 (originally published in 1937). Movie edition, with The Westland Case on the title page, with photos of Preston Foster as Bill Crane and the other stars. Very good. $20.00

Headed for a Hearse, Boston, Gregg, 1980. Contains a new introduction by two-time Edgar-winner William DeAndrea. Fine in dust jacket, which has very light wear at lower edge. $35.00

Headed for a Hearse, N.Y., IPL, 1990. Trade paperback edition. $7.50

The Search for My Great-Uncle’s Head, N.Y., IPL, 1989. Originally published under the pseudonym Peter Coffin. Page edges a bit foxed, else fine in dust jacket. $20.00

The Dead Don’t Care, N.Y., Doubleday Crime Club, 1938. First edition. The 4th Bill Crane novel. Covers stained, else very good, tight copy. $30.00

The Fifth Grave, N.Y., Popular Library, 1950. First U.S. edition. Originally published in the U.K. in 1941with the title Solomon’s Vineyard. The U.S. edition was edited to eliminate some controversial language. Last page loose, but attached’ cover crease, else very good in original pictorial wrappers. $25.00

Solomon’s Vineyard, Santa Barbara, CA, Neville, 1982. First U.S. edition of the un-Bowdlerized version and the first U.S. hardcover edition, limited to 300 numbered copies in cloth and 26 lettered copies in full leather, signed by Latimer. This is lettered copy W. Very fine in original glassine dust jacket. $300.00

Sinners and Shrouds, N.Y., Random House, 1955. Ex-library reading copy only. $7.50

Black is the Fashion for Dying, N.Y., Random House, 1959. First edition. Name, else fine in a lightly soiled dust jacket with a closed tear at lower front hinge. A locked room mystery. $25.00

The Mink-Lined Coffin, London, Methuen, 1960. First U.K. edition. Fine in dust jacket. $45.00

Sally's Weekly Update for 04/09/10

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Weekly Update 4/9/10


MEMORY by Donald E. Westlake

This is the first publication ever of Memory, a novel by Donald E. Westlake, discovered after the author’s death on January 1, 2009.

Hospitalized after a liaison with another man’s wife ends in violence, Paul Cole has just one goal: to rebuild his shattered life. But with his memory damaged, the police hounding him, and no way even to get home, Paul’s facing steep odds — and a bleak fate if he fails...

This final novel by three-time Edgar Award winner Donald E. Westlake is a noir masterpiece, a dark and painful portrait of a man’s struggle against merciless forces that threaten to strip him of his very identity.

The Mysterious Bookshop will publish a small hardcover edition of 200 copies in a full-cloth binding without a dust jacket.

The price is $29.95. Hard Case Crime is publishing a mass market paperback at $7.95


We are excited to be carrying signed first editions of Noir by Robert Coover. This original writer has turned his considerable writing talent to the classic detective story - and turned it inside out. An Unclassifiable Club Selection. $24.95

We have only a few copies of A River in the Sky by Elizabeth Peters, the latest Amelia Peabody mystery. First come, first served..... $25.99

Hazard by Gardiner Harris is, unfortunately, a timely thriller. Harris sets his story in a Kentucky coal mine where an apparently straightforward accident comes under suspicion by the mine inspector. The author’s reporting in Kentucky led to broad changes in laws governing coal mine safety. $25.99

Expiration Date by Duane Swierczynski features Mickey Wade who is out of work, out of time, and quite possibly out of his mind. A Trade Paperback original. $13.99

The Mapping of Love and Death by Jacqueline Winspear is the seventh novel featuring popular sleuth Maisie Dobbs. $25.99


We have some copies of Horns by Joe Hill from the U.K. This is not the first edition (the U.S. edition is) but it is signed by Hill who has also drawn cartoons. It also boasts a wonderful dust jacket which is almost reason enough to add this to your collection. $38.00


(Bibliomystery) Enter Sir John by Clemence Dane and Helen Simpson, Cosmopolitan, NY. 1928. First U.S. Edition. $125.00

A murder in a London theater is solved by means of a neatly rewritten play. The basis for the 1930 Alfred Hitchcock film, Murder!, which starred Herbert Marshall. Cloth soiled, else near fine in dust jacket that is also near fine except for one-inch closed tear at front hinge.

Clues for Dr. Coffee by Lawrence G. Blochman, Lippincott, Philadelphia. 1964. $75.00

Short story collection. Very fine in very fine, price-clipped dust jacket.

Sheriff Olsen by M.G. Chute, Appleton, NY. 1942. First Edition. SIGNED. $150.00

Exceptionally scarce short story collection. The spine is minutely sunned, else very fine in dust jacket, with light wear at spine ends and along edges. Inscribed and signed.

The Peril Ahead by John Creasey, Stanley Paul, London. 1946. First Edition. $45.00

A Department "Z" thriller. Near fine in the very scarce dust jacket, which is chipped.

Lincoln Rhyme by Jeffery Deaver, Mysterious Bookshop, NY. 2007. First and only Edition. $60.00

A profile in the format of a previously unpublished story by the six-time Edgar nominee. Limited to only 100 hardcover copies, numbered and signed. As new without dust jacket, as issued.

Hypnotic Tales by James L. Ford, Puck, NY. 1891. First Edition. $100.00

Illustrated. A scarce mixed collection which contains "The Detective’s Tale." About fine.

The Looking-Glass War by John Le Carre, Heinemann, London. 1965. First Edition. $100.00

Fine in a price-clipped dust jacket with just slight fading to the spine, much less than usual for this title.

Through a Glass Darkly by Helen McCloy, Random House, NY. 1950. First Edition. SIGNED. $100.00

Under-rated suspense novel. About fine in a price-clipped, rubbed and slightly chipped dust jacket. Inscribed and signed, "To Allen J. Hubin – This my favorite of all my books."

The Midnight Club by James Patterson, Little Brown, Boston. 1989. First Edition. $45.00

Early title. Fine in dust jacket.

The Brownstone House of Nero Wolfe (Rex Stout) by Ken Darby, Little Brown, Boston. 1983. First Edition. $85.00

A very fine copy in a crisp dust jacket with some toning to rear panel.

The Money Trap by Lionel White, Dutton, NY. 1963. First Edition. $150.00

Tiny date at top of front endpaper, else a very fine, crisp copy in dust jacket, which is lightly rubbed at edges. The basis for the 1963 film noir of the same title which starred Glenn Ford and Rita Hayworth. Very scarce.


Friday, April 2, 2010

Sally's Weekly Update for 04/02/10

The Mysterious Bookshop

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Weekly Update 4/2/10


31 Bond Street by Ellen Horan is a first novel based on a famous nineteenth-century murder case. When the stabbed and neatly decapitated body of a dentist is found in his town house in lower Manhattan, the identity of the killer consumes national interest in the days preceding the Civil War. Horan sets this story against a tumultuous era characterized by a sensationalist press, aggressive new wealth, a booming real-estate market, racial conflict, and the erosion of old codes of behavior. A First Mystery Club Selection. $25.99

We have signed copies of the U.S. Edition of Solar by Ian McEwan. Michael Beard is a Nobel Prize-winning physicist whose best work is behind him. When Beard’s professional and personal worlds collide in a freak accident, an opportunity arises for him to extricate himself from his marital mess, reinvigorate his career, and save the world from environmental disaster. McEwan signed these books in the publisher’s warehouse on an already tipped in page. $26.95

The Sheen on the Silk is a stand alone from Anne Perry. Set in thirteenth-century Constantinople, this story features physician Anna Zarides who wants to prove the innocence of her twin brother, Justinian, who has been exiled to the desert for conspiring to kill Bessarion, a nobleman. $27.00


61 Hours by Lee Child is here. This edition precedes the US edition by two months. We wrote about this a couple of months ago, and those of you who pre-ordered will receive your copies. However, we have a couple of copies left. $48.00


The Specimen Case by Ernest Bramah, Doran, NY. 1925. First U.S. Edition. $200.00

Contains a Max Carrados story. Top of spine rubbed, else a near fine copy in the scarce dust jacket, which is chipped at top and bottom of spine, has a closed tear on rear panel, and interior tape has bled through to be visible at spine ends.

The Life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle by John Dickson Carr, Harper, NY. 1949. First Edition. SIGNED. $175.00

Fine in a price-clipped dust jacket with wear at spine ends. Signed "In Baker Street Fellowship. John Dickson Carr"

The Killing Floor by Lee Child, Putnam, NY. 1997. First Edition. SIGNED. $125.00

Author’s first novel. Fine in fine dust jacket.

Black Notice by Patricia Cornwell, Putnam, NY. 1999. Limited Edition. SIGNED. $150.00

Limited to 200 signed and numbered copies. Fine in slipcase.

The Primitive by Chester Himes, Signet, NY. 1956. First Edition. $125.00

A very fine, unread copy of this uncommon paperback original and rare in this condition.

Beneath the Bleeding by Val McDermid, HarperCollins, London. 2007. First Edition. SIGNED. $85.00

A Tony Hill/Carol Jordan mystery. Scarce.

The Man Who Smiled by Henning Mankell, Scorpion Press, Gladestry. Limited Edition, 2005. SIGNED. $285.00.

Limited to 15 lettered deluxe copies and signed by Mankell and John Harvey, who wrote the appreciation. Fine in marbled boards as issued.

Week End to Kill by Frederick Nebel, Century, Chicago. 1945. First Edition. $100.00

This digest-sized paperback original also includes Hugh Pentecost’s Secret Corridors. Creasing to covers, else a near fine copy of this very scarce book.

My Adventure in the Flying Scotsman by Eden Phillpotts, James Hogg, London. 1988. First Edition. $2,000.00

Early Queen’s Quorum title. Even in 1948, when Ellery Queen compiled his list of the 106 most important short story collections in the history of detective fiction, he described this title as "rare" and he was right. The rainbow-colored board are rubbed, as with most copies, else a very good copy.

Look Your Last by John Stephen Strange, Doubleday Crime Club, NY. 1943. First Edition. $100.00

Fine in dust jacket, which has trivial wear at spine ends and barely noticeable closed tears and a crease on the rear panel.


Thursday, April 1, 2010

MWA Party for CRIMES BY MOONLIGHT at The Mysterious Bookshop 04/27/10

The Mysterious Bookshop
The Mystery Writers of America
will host a party
celebrating the release of

Crimes by Moonlight
edited by Charlaine Harris
with contributors
Dana Cameron, Parnell Hall,
S. W. Hubbard,
Toni L. P. Kelner,
Martin Meyers,
Terrie Farley Moran,
Jeffrey Somers and Mike Wiecek

Join us in celebrating the publication of
Crimes by Midnight ($24.95 Berkley)
with a greeting and reception. Copies will be available for autographs.
Light refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, April 27th
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm.

Admission is Free.

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