Friday, February 4, 2011

Sally's Weekly Update for 02/04/11

The latest update appears below.

Hope your weekend is a good one.

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 2/4/11

Thanks for all your responses to last week’s update pre-ordering the new James Bond novel by Jeffery Deaver (tentatively titled Carte Blanche) and The Troubled Man by Henning Mankell. Please note that the Henning Mankell will not be available until the end of April and the Deaver until the end of May. We have a note of all of your orders and these titles will be sent to you automatically when theyarrive. Both books will of course be signed.

We are unable to get any more first editions of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Franklin.


Thursday, February 10th. 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.

Alex Berenson will be here to discuss his new thriller

The Secret Soldier $25.95

Friday, February 11th. 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.

Brad Parks will discuss

Eyes of the Innocent $24.99

Brad’s first novel, Faces of the Gone, won both the Nero and the Shamus Awards.

Admission is Free.


The Cypress House by Michael Koryta is here. Koryta, who began by writing a series featuring PI Lincoln Perry, has begun a new career with a series of mysteries containing more than a touch of the paranormal. The weather and train travel feature prominently in both So Cold the River and The Cypress House but that is the only common thread. Arlen Wagner has a gift. He can see when somebody is going to die. It is also his curse. Waking up on a train to Florida he sees that his companions, all on their way to the Florida Keys to work, are marked for death. Unable to convince anybody else to leave the train at the next stop, Arlen and Paul Brickhill find themselves in a remote part of Florida and stranded at The Cypress House, an isolated boardinghouse on the Gulf Coast. Set between two world wars, this is an atmospheric read. $25.99

The Fates Will Find Their Way by Hannah Pittard is a stunning debut. When sixteen-year old Nora Lindell goes missing, her classmates, especially the neighborhood boys, are caught up in her absence and, as the years pass, the mystery of her disappearance grows for those left behind. The disembodied plural voice of the boys makes this a haunting tale of lust, friendship, reverence and regret that echoes down the years. A favorite of Ian and Sally. A First Mystery Club Main Selection. $22.99

When we described The Death Instinct by Jed Rubenfeld a couple of weeks ago nobody here had read this extremely well written historical. Now, we are getting calls because of the rave review it received in The New York Times this week. Here’s a link:

What also adds to the allure of this book, for no apparent reason, is that Rubenfeld is married to Amy Chua, bestselling author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. $26.95

Swamplandia! by Karen Russell is getting an enormous amount of attention from reviewers (there will be a review in this weekend’s New York Times Review of Books). The debut novel by this talented author has been called the first "must read" of the year. The Bigtree alligator-wrestling dynasty known as Swamplandia!, for years a popular theme park attraction in the Florida Everglades, is in decline. When her mother dies, thirteen-year-old Ava is left to manage ninety-eight gators and her own grief. "Brilliant, funny, original..." Stephen King. An Unclassifiable Club Main Selection. $24.95

The Anatomy of Ghosts is the latest from Andrew Taylor. Set in Jerusalem College in Cambridge in 1786, John Holdsworth, author of The Anatomy of Ghosts, is employed by Lady Anne Oldershaw to investigate when her son, Frank, who claims to have seen a dead woman prowling the grounds of the college, is locked up because of his violent reaction to these visions. Holdsworth, who believes that ghosts are mere delusion, will find himself haunted by more than ghosts. This is the U.S. edition and Taylor’s signature is on a laid in bookplate. $25.99


We have only five copies of Snowdrops by A.D. Miller. This first novel is set in Moscow over the course of one winter when a young Englishman’s moral compass is spun by the seductive opportunities revealed to him by a new Russia. This tale about the slide from innocent to amorality is a big hit in the U.K. $33.00


The Alarming Clock by Michael Avallone, Curtis Books, NY. 1961. First Edition. SIGNED. $75.00

Paperback original. Fine.

The Dramatist by Ken Bruen, Brandon, Dingle, Ireland. 2004. First Edition. $25.00

Fourth Jack Taylor mystery. Very fine in trade paperback format.

Neon Rain by James Lee Burke, Henry Holt, NY. 1987. First Edition. SIGNED. $375.00

Fine in fine dust jacket.

Heaven’s Prisoners by James Lee Burke, Henry Holt, NY. 1988. First Edition. SIGNED. $200.00

Fine in fine dust jacket.

A Morning for Flamingos by James Lee Burke, Little Brown, NY. 1990. First Edition. SIGNED. $100.00

Fine in fine dust jacket.

In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead by James Lee Burke, Hyperion, NY. 1993. First Edition. SIGNED. $35.00

Fine in fine dust jacket.

Burning Angel by James Lee Burke, Hyperion, NY. 1995. First Edition. SIGNED. $35.00

Fine in fine dust jacket.

The Little Sister by Raymond Chandler, Houghton Mifflin, Boston. 1949. First U.S. Edition. $150.00

The dust jacket flaps had been pasted down, so the endpapers show the result. The bright dust jacket has been trimmed about 1/4" to ½" inch.

The Wrong Case by James Crumley, Random House, NY. 1975. First Edition. SIGNED. $650.00

Fine in dust jacket with slight crease at top.

The Last Good Kiss by James Crumley, Random Hose, NY. 1978. First Edition. SIGNED. $150.00

Fine in fine dust jacket with the publisher’s famous remainder mark showing faintly on the bottom edges.

The Mexican Pig Bandit by James Crumley, ASAP, CA. 1998. First Edition. SIGNED. $75.00

Story limited to 300 copies. Also signed by Lise McClendon who wrote the introduction and Phil Parks who designed the front cover and did interior illustrations. Fine in boards as issued.

This is Murder, Mr. Jones by Timothy Fuller, Little Brown, Boston. 1943. First Edition. $75.00

The third novel featuring Harvard professor Jupiter Jones. Fine in dust jacket, which has light wear at spine ends and the red lettering of the word "Murder" on the spine has faded. Scarce in nice condition.

By Hook or By Crook, Edited by Ed Gorman and Martin H. Greenberg, Tyrus Books, WI. 2011. Limited Edition. SIGNED. $250.00

These stories represent the finest short stories gathered together in one volume. Signed by all authors who include Dennis Lehane, Mary Higgins Clark, S.J. Rozan, and Laura Lippman. Fine in fine dust jacket. Limited to 100 signed and numbered copies.

Delta Blues by Carolyn Haines, Editor, Tyrus Books, WI. 2011. Limited Edition. SIGNED. $275.00

These original short stories are signed by all the authors who include Ace Atkins, Charlaine Harris, and John Grisham as well as the actor Morgan Freeman who wrote the introduction. Fine in boards with gold lettering and gold leaf edges. Unfortunately, there is a misspelling on the front board. This cannot be corrected by the publisher since the limitation is 100 signed and numbered copies. This error will, in no way, affect the value of the book, since there is no "correct" copy.

The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith, Coward-McCann, NY. 1955. First Edition. $650.00

A trace of rubbing at tips of spine, else a near fine copy in dust jacket, which is rubbed along edges and back panel, which is also lightly chipped along lower edge. There are also two barely noticeable tape ghosts. Still, a very presentable copy of a notoriously rare (and commensurately expensive) book.

The Butcher’s Boy by Thomas Perry, Scribner, NY. 1982. First Edition. SIGNED. $275.00

Author’s Edgar-winning first book. Bookplate removed from front endpaper, else a fine copy in dust jacket, which is sharp and bright with two tiny chips on rear hinge.

Rebus: The Lost Years by Ian Rankin, Orion, London. 2003. First Edition Thus. SIGNED. $45.00

Rebus omnibus containing Let It Bleed, Black & Blue, and The Hanging Garden. Fine in fine dust jacket.

Fleshmarket Close by Ian Rankin, Orion, London. 2004. First Edition. SIGNED. $45.00

Fine in fine dust jacket.

The Heartbreak Lounge by Wallace Stroby, Minotaur, 2005. First Edition. SIGNED. $22.95

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


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