Friday, March 25, 2011

Sally's Weekly Update for 03/25/11

Just like to remind you of my hours. I'm here Monday and Tuesday, out Wednesday and Thursday, and back on Friday and Saturday.

I mention this because if you write to me late Tuesday or early Wednesday, you do not get a reply from me until Friday earliest. I answer emails in the order they are received.

This age of technology has taught us to expect instant communication, so apologies to those of you who think I'm ignoring you. Not true.

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Weekly Update 3/25/11


Cold Wind is the latest Joe Pickett thriller from C.J. Box. When Earl Alden is found hanging from a wind turbine, his wife Missy is arrested for murder. Unfortunately for Pickett, Missy is his mother-in-law and he heartily dislikes her. But then things happen that make him wonder if she is being set up. $25.95

The Savage City by T.J. English is a fascinating account of New York City during a troubled decade beginning in the early 1960s. From the Black Panther movement and the Career Girls Murder case through the Knapp Commission hearings on police corruption, English describes a city always on the edge. This non-fiction account reads like a thriller. $27.99

The Silent Land by Graham Joyce tells the story of Zoe and Jake Bennett on vacation in a French ski resort who are buried in an avalanche but who dig their way out. What awaits them is a completely silent world; their hotel is empty and the town is empty, apparently evacuated. This is a real page turner; you’ll think you can figure out what has happened, but you’ll probably be wrong. $23.95

Twice a Spy is Keith Thomson’s second thriller featuring retired CIA officer Drummond Clark and his son Charlie who are on the lam in Switzerland. While NSA operative Alice Rutherford works to exonerate them from criminal charges, Charlie helps Drummond undergo an experimental treatment for Alzheimer’s. Then Alice is kidnapped and Charlie and Drummond must find her - and one of them can no longer trust his own mind. $25.95

Moondogs is a first novel by Alexander Yates. Benicio travels to the Philippines to meet with his father, Howard, from whom he’s been estranged, but Howard is missing. The search for Howard uncovers the truth about his womanizing and suspicious business deals. Helping Benicio with his search are a variety of colorful characters including Reynato Ocampo, the local celebrity-hero policeman, slippery politicians, a scheming lady-of-the-night, and a handful of harried diplomats. $25.95


The Hanging Shed is a thriller from first-time author Gordon Ferris. This came to my attention because it is number one on the Amazon list in the UK. So why all the fuss? It is set in Glasgow in 1946 - a dark time in a dark city - the war is over and Douglas Brodie is back home. But the war was not kind to his friend Hugh Donovan who is mutilated and horribly burned. So when a local boy is found raped and murdered, there is only one suspect... And Brodie is determined to save him from the gallows. $40.00

Prophecy by S.J.Parris is the second in the series set in the time of Elizabeth 1 and featuring Giordano Bruno, the maverick and charismatic agent of Sir Francis Walsingham, spymaster to the Queen. His mission is to secure the evidence that will allow the execution of Mary Stuart and her cohorts for treason. Meanwhile, a maid of honor to the Queen has been murdered. This is a terrific series and a must for fans of C.J. Sansom. $33.00

Little Girl Lost is a stand alone from Brian McGilloway. A child is found wandering, her hands covered in blood which is not her own. The only person she seems to trust is Detective Sergeant Lucy Black, the officer who rescued her, but DS Black is baffled when she is removed from a high-profile case involving the kidnapping of a prominent businessman’s teenage daughter. This crime thriller about corruption, greed, and vengeance is limited to 300 signed and numbered hard cover editions. $43.00


There are a couple of very exciting titles being published in the U.K. this Spring and Summer. They will not be selections of the British Crime Club, so we’d like to ask you to pre-order them in order to get as close as possible to the number we need:

Bad Signs by R.J. Ellory

One of our most popular UK writers has a new thriller set in the 1960s.

The Stranger’s Child by Alan Hollinghurst

This is the author’s first novel in seven years - his last, The Line of Beauty, won the Man Booker Prize in 2004. Although not a mystery, The Stranger’s Child tells the story of two families spanning the 20th century written by one of the most talented writers working today.


The Crime of the Century by Kingley Amis, Mysterious Press, NY. 1989. First U.S. Edition. SIGNED. $125.00

Limited to only 26 copies, lettered and signed by Amis. Fine in slipcase

The Eyes of Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah, Doran, NY. 1924. First U.S. Edition. $25.00

Front hinge cracked, name, soiled; good only.

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

Burke’s first Dave Robicheaux mystery. Fine in fine dust jacket.

The Cool Man by W.R. Burnett, Fawcett Gold Medal, 1968. First Edition. $40.00

A paperback original. Fine.

The Butterfly by James M. Cain, Knopf, NY. 1947. First Edition. $125.00

Review copy with publisher’s slip laid in. Fine in dust jacket with just a hint of rubbing at the bottom of the spine.

Career in C Major & Other Fiction by James M. Cain, McGraw-Hill, NY. 1986. First Edition Thus. $30.00

An anthology of previously uncollected work. Fine in fine dust jacket.

The Dead Sleep Lightly by John Dickson Carr, Doubleday Crime Club, NY. 1983. First Edition. $45.00

Very fine in dust jacket.

Mermaids on the Golf Course by Paticia Highsmith, Penzler Books, NY. 1988. First U.S. Edition. $25.00

Fine in fine dust jacket.

The Blackbirder by Dorothy B. Hughes, Duell, NY. 1943. First Edition. INSCRIBED. $200.00

A near fine copy in dust jacket with chip at top and bottom of spine. Inscribed by Hughes to her Aunt Mary.

The Blind Pig by Jon A. Jackson, Random House, NY. 1978. First Edition. $150.00

A Detective Sergeant Mulheisen mystery. Fine in fine dust jacket.

Savage Season by Joe R. Lansdale, Mark V. Ziesing, CA., First Edition. 1990. $45.00

Fine in fine dust jacket.

The Canary Murder Case by S.S. Van Dine, Scribners, NY. 1927. First Edition. $85.00


The Winter Murder Case by S.S. Van Dine, Scribners, NY. 1940. $35.00

Glue residue showing on inside front and back board, else fine.

The Dragon Murder Case by S.S. Van Dine, Facsimile. $40.00

Facsimile of the first edition. Fine in fine dust jacket.

(Westlake) Lemons Never Lie by Richard Stark, World, NY. 1971. First Edition. SIGNED. $250.00

Fine in fine dust jacket.


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