Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Sally's Weekly Update for 09/17/10

Here's the latest Update.

Sally Owen
The Mysterious Bookshop

The Mysterious Bookshop

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New York, NY 10007

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Weekly Update 9/17/10


Cristina Garcia was here signing The Lady Matador’s Hotel. Garcia, who was nominated for the National Book Award for Dreaming in Cuban, has written a beautiful novel about the intertwining lives of the denizens of a luxurious hotel in an unnamed Central American capital in the midst of political turmoil. An Unclassifiable Club Selection. $24.00

A note about the signature of James Ellroy

Ellroy was here last week signing copies of his books (see below), but those of you who know his signature also know that it can disintegrate into a decipherable slash. We wanted you to be assured that he was here (with Otto) and we can vouch for his sometimes crazy scribble.

Best American Noir of the Century was edited by James Ellroy and Otto Penzler. It is a beautiful volume, and an important one, so we are thrilled that it arrived in time to offer you copies with both editors’ signatures. $30.00

James Ellroy also signed the first trade edition of The Hilliker Curse: My Pursuit of Women, his memoir. The true first is, of course, the limited edition published by The Mysterious Bookshop. We still have a few copies of that one left. Trade Edition: $24.95. Limited Edition: $150.00

Kevin Guilfoile’s second thriller, The Thousand, features a young woman’s race to find her father’s killer and to free herself from the cross fire of a centuries-old civil war in which she has unknowingly become ensnared. What convinced us to pursue signed copies of this thriller was the extraordinary review it received in the New York Times from Michiko Kakutani (not known for giving many glowing reviews). A well-written thriller sure to appeal to the fans of Dan Brown. $24.95

Crystal Death by Charles Kipps is the second mystery featuring homicide detective Conor Bard who is working the streets of New York City’s Diamond District when he becomes involved in a deadly game of international intrigue. $27.00

Tom McCarthy was here signing copies of C, his National Book Award-nominated book. It is the story of Serge Carrefax who, following his odd childhood, serves in WWI, escapes from a German prisoner of war camp and then is recruited for a mission to Cairo. This is not a mystery, more a post-modern thriller, and we don’t have many copies. This is the First U.S. Edition, and we expect them to go fast. $25.95

It is never too early to think about Christmas presents, and this is a must for fans of The Mysterious Bookshop! For seventeen years we have published a Christmas booklet given free to our customers around the holidays. Now Otto has gathered those seventeen stories into one hardcover volume. Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop contains stories from early contributors, no longer with us: Donald E. Westlake, George Baxt, Ed Hoch, and Ed McBain as well as later contributors such as S.J. Rozan, Mary Higgins Clark, and Andrew Klavan. This will be signed by editor Otto Penzler only. $24.95

Charles Todd (mere et fils) have signed the second in the Bess Crawford mystery, An Impartial Witness. Murder draws WWI nurse Crawford into the sights of a cunning killer. A Soft Boiled Club Selection. $24.99


The Poisoned Chocolate Case by Anthony Berkeley, Crime Club, Garden City. 1929. First U.S. Edition. $500.00

Very good to fine in a very good dust jacket with some minor chipping and a waterstain on the front panel. Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone.

Open Season by C.J. Box, Putnam, NY. 2001. First Edition. SIGNED. $60.00

Author’s first book and the first Joe Pickett novel. Absolutely as new in dust jacket.

Priest by Ken Bruen, Bantam, London. 2006. First Edition. SIGNED. $35.00

Reportedly only 750 copies printed in hardcover. As new in dust jacket.

Cross by Ken Bruen, Bantam, London. 2007. First Edition. SIGNED. $35.00

As new in dust jacket.


A Morning for Flamingoes, Little Brown, Boston. 1990. First Edition. SIGNED. $45.00

Author’s fourth mystery. Remainder mark on bottom edge, else very fine in dust jacket.

A Morning for Flamingoes, Little Brown, Boston. 1990. First Edition. $65.00

Very fine in dust jacket. Not signed.

A Stained White Radiance, Hyperion, NY. 1992. First Edition. SIGNED. $35.00

As new in dust jacket.

Burning Angel, Hyperion, NY. 1995. First Edition. SIGNED. $35.00

As new in dust jacket.

Purple Cane Road, Doubleday, NY. 2000. First Edition. SIGNED. $35.00

As new in dust jacket.

Jolie Blon’s Bounce, Simon & Schuster, NY. 2002. First Edition. SIGNED. $35.00

As new in dust jacket.

Last Car to Elysian Fields, Simon & Schuster, NY. 2003. First Edition. SIGNED. $35.00

As new in dust jacket.

Crusader’s Cross, Simon & Schuster, NY. 2005. First Edition. SIGNED. $25.95

As new in dust jacket.

In the Moon of Red Ponies, Simon & Schuster, NY. 2006. First Edition. SIGNED. $24.95

As new in dust jacket.

Pegasus Descending, Simon & Schuster, NY. 2006. First Edition. SIGNED. $26.00

As new in dust jacket.

Blood on the Moon by James Ellroy, Mysterious Press, NY. 1984. First Edition. SIGNED. $100.00

Very fine in price-clipped dust jacket, which is lightly rubbed. Signed "Slash! Slash! Slash!"

Suicide Hill by James Ellroy, Mysterious Press, NY. 1986. First Edition. SIGNED. $125.00

Very fine in dust jacket. Signed "Dear Reader - And Death was a thrill on Suicide Hill."

The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy, Mysterious Press. 1987. First Edition. SIGNED. $200.00

Very fine in dust jacket. Signed: "Dear Reader - She is Alive."

Brown’s Requiem by James Ellroy, Armchair Detective Library, NY. 1994. First U.S. Hardcover. SIGNED. $45.00

First American hardcover of a 1981 paperback original. With a new introduction by the author. Signed on the title page: "This book rages!" Very fine in dust jacket

Badge of Evil by Whit Masterson, Dodd, Mead, NY. 1956. First Edition. $450.00

Type stains on endpapers, covers and dust jacket flaps, else a near fine copy of this astonishingly scarce book. Except for very light wear at the top of the spine, the dust jacket looks fine. The tape stains are a serious flaw, but a very nice-looking volume otherwise (Apart from that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?). The basis for the noir classic, Touch of Evil, starring Orson Welles and Charlton Heston.

Easy Street by T. Jefferson Parker, A.S.A.P. Press, CA. 2000. First Edition. SIGNED. $100.00

Limited to 250 copies, numbered and signed by Parker, Elizabeth George, who wrote the introduction, Robert Crais, who wrote the afterword, and Phil Parks,, who illustrated the book. This copy is not numbered, stating that this is a copy of Edward D. Hoch. Very fine in pictorial boards without dust jacket, as issued.

(Cornell Woolrich). Phantom Lady by William Irish, Lippincott, PA. 1942. First Edition. $1750.00

A very good or better copy in a very good dust jacket with some chips and tears. Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone.


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