Friday, May 27, 2011

Sally's Weekly Update for 05/27/11

Below is the latest update.

Have a good and extended weekend.

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 5/27/11


Not a mystery, but very exciting nevertheless. At least for Sally. Her vacation will be a 77 mile hike on the Tarka Trail which winds across the moors of North Devon in England towards the Bristol Channel. The trail is named for Tarka the Otter (a children’s book written by Henry Williamson in 1927) who fled across Exmoor to escape hunters. The story does not end well for Tarka. Why are so many children’s books heartbreaking?

But I digress. I will be away from the store from Sunday, June 5th, returning on Friday, June 17th.

I will be sending out a Weekly Update on Friday, June 3rd and you can catch me then or the next day, Saturday June 4th.

We will skip a Weekly Update on June 10th.

Normal service will resume on Friday, June 17th.

In my absence, please contact Ian, Dan, or Otto. If you are a Crime Club Member, please mention that fact, so that orders, changes, etc. can be put on your file and communicated to me.


Thursday, June 2nd 6.30p.m. - 8.00p.m.

Bill Loehfelm will discuss his new novel

The Devil She Knows $26.00

Friday, June 3rd 6.30p.m. - 8.00p.m.

H.T. Narea will discuss his debut novel, a financial thriller

The Fund $24.99

Events are free and refreshments are served.


Michael Koryta stopped by and signed copies of The Ridge, the author’s latest thriller which, like So Cold the River and The Cypress House, contains more than a dash of the supernatural. The on sale date of this thriller is June 7th, but please order your copies now. $24.99

In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson tells the story of William E. Dodd, who was America’s ambassador to Hitler’s Germany in 1933. Dodd is disturbed by what he witnesses in the Third Reich. Not so his daughter, Martha, who is entranced by the parties and the handsome young men dedicated to restoring Germany to a position of world prominence. Larson is a prominent chronicler of historical events whose bestsellers have included Isaac’s Storm and The Devil in the White City. $26.00

Eric Van Lustbader is signing even as I type! The ink is not yet dry on Blood Trust, a McClure/Carson thriller. When Alli Carson, FBI agent, becomes a murder suspect, she and National Security Adviser Jack McClure begin a treacherous journey that leads them into the heart of the international slave trade. $25.99

Edgar Award-winning author Stefanie Pintoff signed copies of her third book featuring Detective Simon Ziele. Secret of the White Rose is set in 1906 in New York City where Judge Hugo Jackson has been murdered. Since Jackson was presiding over the trial of Al Drayson, an anarchist who set off a bomb at a Carnegie family wedding, Ziele must steer the investigation past the rounding up of the usual suspects in order to look at all possible motives for the murder. $24.99


This Is Mr. Fortune by H.C. Bailey, Doubleday Crime Club, NY. 1938. First U.S. Edition. $85.00

Full red morocco; author’s copy, with his gilt-stamped initials at the foot of the spine; minor wear, else near fine. This is typically how Doubleday bound authors’ copies in this period.

(Raymond Chandler) Chandler Before Marlowe Edited by Matthew J. Broccoli, USC Press, Columbia. 1973. First Edition. $75.00

One of 499 numbered copies. Fine in a very slightly used publisher’s slipcase.

The Man Who Knew Too Much by G.K. Chesterton, Cassell, London. 1922. First Edition. $65.00

The title was borrowed for two Hitchcock films of the same title, originally produced in 1935 and remade in 1956. Very good.

The Corpse in the Constable’s Garden by G.D. H & M.I. Cole, Morrow, NY. 1931. First U.S. Edition. SIGNED. $75.00

Cloth soiling else very good. Signed by both authors.

Black Cypress by Frances Crane, Lippincott, PA. 1948. $40.00

Fine copy in dust jacket, which has sunned and chipped spine.

She Died a Lady by Carter Dickson, Morrow, NY. 1943. First Edition. $185.00

A Sir Henry Merrivale mystery. Bookplate, spine lightly sunned, else near fine in dust jacket with tape remains near lower spine area, causing partial lifting of the logo on spine, light wear at top of spine. In Adey.

Mr. Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman, Dodd, Mead, NY. 1940. First U.S. Edition. $175.00

Dr. Thorndyke. Very fine in dust jacket, which is rubbed on spine and front flap fold.

Delta Blues, Edited by Carolyn Haines, Tyrus Books, Madison, WI. 2010. First Edition. SIGNED. $150.00

Short stories. Signed by all contributors who include Ace Atkins, Bill Fitzhugh, Charlaine Harris, John Grisham. Also signed by Carolyn Haines and Morgan Freeman who wrote the Foreword. Fine in boards as issued. Carolyn Haines name misspelt on front board. Edges are gold-leafed.

Cat Chaser by Elmore Leonard, Arbor House, NY. 1982. First Edition. SIGNED. $65.00

Fine in dust jacket.

Embassytown by China Mieville, Macmillan, London. 2011. First Edition. SIGNED. $45.00

Fine in fine dust jacket.

Lady Molly of Scotland Yard by Baroness Orczy, Cassell, London. 1910. First Edition. $125.00

Some staining; a good copy

Unravelled Knots by Baroness Orczy, Doran, NY. 1926. First U.S. Edition. $375.00

Detective short stories. Very good in the scarce dust jacket.

Shame the Devil by George Pelecanos, Little Brown, Boston. 2000. First Edition. SIGNED. $25.00

Very fine in dust jacket.

Hell to Pay by George Pelecanos, Little Brown, Boston. 2002. First Edition. SIGNED. $25.00

Very fine in dust jacket.

Soul Circus by George Pelecanos, Little Brown, Boston. 2003. First Edition. SIGNED. $25.00

Very fine in dust jacket.

Hard Revolution by George Pelecanos, Little Brown, Boston. 2004. First Edition. SIGNED. $25.00

Very fine in dust jacket.

The Night Gardener by George Pelecanos, Little Brown, Boston. 2006. First Edition. SIGNED. $25.00

Very fine in dust jacket.

Bethlehem Road by Anne Perry, St. Martin’s, NY. 1990. First Edition. $45.00

Very good in dust jacket.

The Mind of Mr. J.G. Reeder, Hodder & Stoughton, London. 1925. First Edition. $75.00

Queen’s Quorum title. Neat name on front endpaper, pale blue cover soiled, else very good.


Erik Larson at The Mysterious Bookshop

Erik Larson stopped by The Mysterious Bookshop this week to sign copies of his new bestseller IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Otto Penzler Discusses Jo Nesbo

Another Scandinavian thriller, The Snowman by Jo Nesbo, is out. Nesbo's books are global bestsellers like those by Stieg Larsson and Henning Mankell. And like his predecessors, Nesbo's books are grim, violent and political. The World's Alex Gallafent went to The Mysterious Bookstore in NYC to speak with proprietor Otto Penzler.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Party for THE PACK by Jason Starr 06/08/11!

The Mysterious Bookshop
is proud to present:

Jason Starr
discussing his new novel
The Pack

Wednesday, June 8th.
from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

Admission is free.

The Mysterious Bookshop
58 Warren Street
New York, NY 10007
(212) 587-1011

Party for THE FUND by H. T. Narea 06/03/11!

The Mysterious Bookshop
is proud to present:

H. T. Narea
discussing his debut novel
The Fund

Friday, June 3rd
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

Friday, May 20, 2011

Sally's Weekly Update for 05/20/11

Here's the latest update from rainy ol' New York.

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 5/20/11


Chris Adrian, one of The New Yorker Magazine’s young gifted writers dubbed "20 under 40," signed copies of The Great Night. On Midsummer’s Eve in 2008, three people are trapped in San Francisco’s Buena Vista Park. Here, Adrian will weave their stories with those of Titania, Oberon, and their court, as he retells Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. $26.00

Lawrence Block, who is a seriously funny man, was here signing copies of his new Matthew Scudder book, A Drop of the Hard Stuff. Those of you who asked for signed first editions (we thought we might run out) will be getting them. We also have a few signed firsts left! A Crime Collectors’ Club Main Selection. $25.99

A Conflict of Interest by Adam Mitzner is picking up some stunning reviews. This first novel is a legal thriller, is being compared by some to Turow’s Presumed Innocent. A First Mystery Club Main Selection. $25.00

Jo Nesbo, one of the hottest writers at work today, dropped by the store to sign copies of The Snowman. Although this thriller features Harry Hole, it can be read as a stand-alone. A customer remarked to me "...a serial killer, lots of blood, well-written. I think you’ll like it Sally." Yes, I think I will. A Hard Boiled Club Main Selection. $25.95


The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler is the latest Scandinavian crime thriller to make big news. Set in Sweden, it introduces Detective Inspector Joona Linna who is investigating a triple murder, all the same family. The killer is at large but it looks as if the eldest sister escaped the carnage. The son has also survived but he has shut down, comatose with shock. Linna calls on a disgraced hypnotist to help. Lars Kepler is the name of a husband and wife team and, having just read it, I can tell you that this is one of best constructed, goriest, well-translated thrillers I’ve read lately. $35.00


The James Bond Dossier by Kingsley Amis, Cape, London. 1965. First Edition. $75.00

One of the first studies of the Bond phenomenon. A very fine copy in a largely black dust jacket with the merest trace of white showing at the spine tips.

Heart to Heart by Boileau-Narcejac, Hamish Hamilton, London. 1959. First English Edition. $125.00

Authors whose books were the basis for Diabolique, Vertigo, and other great suspense films including Meurtres en 45 Tours, based on this novel. A very fine, fresh copy in dust jacket, on which the red on the spine has faded but is otherwise fine and fresh.

Very fine in dust jacket with minor wear at spine ends.

Poison Jasmine by Clyde B. Clason, Doubleday Crime Club, NY. 1940. First Edition. $65.00

Very good. Scarce locked room mystery.

Tainted Power by Carroll John Daly, Edward Clode, NY. 1931. First Edition. $1,750.00

Fine in very good dust jacket. Some light foxing to endpapers, chips at top and bottom of spine/extremities, rubbing and creasing to spine and front panel. Still a scarce copy of this title in dust jacket.

Ready to Burn by Carroll John Daly, Museum Press, London. 1951. First Edition. $2,000.00

No American edition. Near fine in dust jacket. Very light water marks to back cover/boards, back panel and spine, crease at bottom edge, small chips at top edge of front panel. Front panel still attractive, bright and colorful. Rare in dust jacket.

John Thorndyke’s Cases by R. Austin Freeman, Chatto & Windus, London. 1909. First Edition. $850.00

Important Queen’s Quorum title, the second appearance of Dr. Thorndyke. A bookplate is inside the front cover and two corners are lightly bumped, otherwise an exceptionally fine, bright, copy. In a cloth slipcase.

Dark Passage by David Goodis, Messner, NY. 1946. First Edition. $375.00

The basis for the film noir starring Humphrey Bogart. Gold lettering on spine partially rubbed off, as usual, else a very good near-fine, tight copy in dust jacket, which is chipped at top of spine and sunned; occasional nicks and a small closed tear. Overall about a very good copy.

Behold This Woman by David Goodis, Appleton, NY. 1947. First Edition. $200.00

Scarce noir novel, one of Goodis’ few hardcover titles. A bit of rubbing at the base of the spine, otherwise a near fine copy in a facsimile dust jacket.

The Blessing Way by Tony Hillerman, Harper, NY. 1973. Fourth Printing. SIGNED. $175.00

Author’s Edgar award-winning third novel. About fine in a near fine dust jacket which is the same as the jacket for the first printing; with a closed tear at base of spine, slightly soiled.

Death of an Expert Witness by P.D. James, Faber, London. 1977. First Edition. SIGNED. $175.00

Very fine copy in dust jacket and becoming scarcer in this exemplary condition.

Death and the Black Pyramid by Deryn Lake, Severn House, London. 2009. First Edition. SIGNED. $45.00

A first-rate Georgian detective novel. Very fine in dust jacket.

Los Angeles Times Magazine: Noir Issue, April 3,2011. $3.95

Contains "Sunset on Sunset" an original graphic story by Don Winslow and Sean Phillips; "Dark Passages," the 10 best lines in film noir by Otto Penzler, "Pretty Tough," the female protagonists in mystery fiction by Megan Abbott, etc. As new in original wrappers. SIGNED by Otto if you wish.

Note: a copy of this magazine will be sent free if you order any of the following, all edited by Otto and signed - of course! The Best American Noir of the Century ($35.00), Pulp Fiction: The Villains, U.K. trade paperback ($9.95); Pulp Fiction: The Dames, U.K. trade paperback ($15.99), The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps ($25.00); The Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories ($25.00).

Badge of Evil by Whit Masterson, Dodd, Mead, NY. 1056. First Edition. $450.00

The basis for the great film noir, Touch of Evil, which starred Charlton Heston, Orson Welles and Marlene Dietrich. One of the scarcest classic mystery novels of the past half-century or so. Tape residue on the endpapers and covers where flaps had been taped down, leaving small stains on the flaps as well. Apart from a tiny chip at top of front hinge, a gorgeous-looking copy externally.

Ashenden, or the British Agent by W. Somerset Maugham, Heinemann, London. 1928. First Edition. $150.00

Important spy novel; a Hayrcraft-Queen Cornerstone and a Queen’s Quorum title. Apart from very light rubbing to the hinges, a near fine, bright copy.

Down by the River where the Dead Men Go by George Pelecanos, St. Martin’s, NY. 1995. First Edition. $150.00Very fine in dust jacket.

The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart, Bobbs-Merrill, Indianapolis. First Edition. 1908. First Edition. $75.00

Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone. One page has a short tear and the front hinge is cracked at the top, else a very good copy.

One Was a Soldier by Julia Spencer-Fleming, Minotaur, NY. 2011. First Edition. SIGNED. $24.99

We have two copies of this author’s latest title. As new.

The Given Day by Robert Van Gulik, Art Printing Works, Kuala Lumpur. 1964. First Edition. $295.00

Very scarce book. Stiff wrappers. One ding near the top of the spine, else a fine copy.

Beau Geste by P.C. Wren, Grosset & Dunlap, NY. 1926. Photoplay Edition. $45.00

Has scenes from the Ronald Colman film version. A fine copy in dust jacket, which has a chip at the top of the spine.


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Jo Nesbo at The Mysterious Bookshop

Norwegian crime writing sensation Jo Nesbo stopped by The Mysterious Bookshop to sign copies of his new bestseller THE SNOWMAN this afternoon!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Party for THE DEVIL SHE KNOWS by Bill Loehfelm 06/02/11

The Mysterious Bookshop
is proud to present:

Bill Loehfelm
discussing his new novel
The Devil She Knows

Thursday, June 2nd
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

Friday, May 13, 2011

Sally's Weekly Update for 05/13/11!

I was going to tell you how lucky Friday 13th is for The Mysterious Bookshop (we opened on that date) ...and then my printer went kaflooey.

Now I'm going to see if the Update can be sent out.

If you get this, have a wonderful weekend. And even if you don't...

Sally Owen

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 5/13/11


The White Devil by Justin Evans is set at The Harrow School in London where American Andrew Taylor is enrolled.. When one of his schoolmates dies mysteriously Andrew is blamed and becomes an outcast. He becomes obsessed with Lord Byron, who attended Harrow two centuries before, and finds himself trying to solve a two-hundred-year-old literary mystery that threatens his life and the lives of his schoolmates. An Unclassifiable Club Main Selection. $24.99

The Burning Lake is Brent Ghelfi’s fourth novel featuring Alexei Volkovoy (Volk) who investigates the murder of a journalist in Putin’s Russia. We have very few of this title. $24.95

Tabloid City by Pete Hamill tells of one fateful day in New York City. A wealthy socialite and her secretary are murdered setting off a storm of activity: The editor of the city’s late afternoon tabloid stops the presses; the NYPD gears up for a high profile case; a disgraced hedge fund manager tries to flee the country; and an angry extremist plots a deadly attack. A Thriller/Espionage Club Main Selection. $26.99

The Big Book of Adventure Stories is the latest mammoth book edited by Otto Penzler. Stories are set on the open seas, on desert islands, and in lush and dangerous jungles. Authors include Jack London, H. Rider Haggard, Alistair MacLean, O. Henry, Rudyard Kipling, and Cornell Woolrich. The complete novel of Tarzan the Terrible by Edgar Rice Burroughs is here, as is the story that introduced The Cisco Kid. It will be Otto’s joy to sign this for you. $25.00


This is a new feature - a once-a-month look at some noteworthy paperbacks.

Once again - noteworthy paperbacks. Unsigned.

Akashic is publishing three titles in their Noir series this month: $15.95 each

Pittsburgh Noir features original stories by Stewart O’Nan, K.C. Constantine, Nancy Martin, Terrance Hayes, Kathleen George, etc.

San Diego Noir features original stories by T. Jefferson Parker, Don Winslow, Gar Anthony Haywood, Luis Alberto Urrea, Lisa Brackmann, etc.

Cape Code Noir features original stories by Paul Tremblay, Dave Zeltserman, Jedediah Berry, Dana Cameron, etc.

Butcher’s Moon, a Parker novel by Richard Stark has been reprinted by the University of Chicago. $15.00

Darkside is Belinda Bauer’s follow-up to her Gold Dagger-winning first novel, Blacklands. $15.00

Room by Emma Donoghue was nominated for a number of awards and is a New York Times Book Review Best Book of the Year. $14.99

Two titles by Ira Levin have been reissued: Sliver, which has been long out of print. $14.95. And A Kiss Before Dying which has a new introduction by Otto Penzler. $14.95

The best vampire book ever written? Anno Dracula by Kim Newman always makes that list and it is available once again. $9.99

Oscar Wilde and the Vampire Murders is the latest in Gyles Brandreth’s series. Wilde investigates a murder in the house of the Duke and Duchess of Albemarle, a murder which threatens to destroy the very heart of the Royal Family. Can’t have that, can we? This has been published in the U.S. simultaneously in hardcover and paperback. $15.00

Stark House has reprinted Gang Girl and Sex Bum by Don Elliott in their Erotic Classics series. Don Elliott is Robert Silverberg and, unlike some of his contemporaries, he is not embarrassed about his early years writing "adult" paperbacks. Silverberg writes the introduction here. $19.95

Please note that in our May Newsletter online we have created a Classic Reprints category.There is also a listing of Doc Savage, The Shadow, The Whisperer, and The Avenger stories now available in large paperback format. We have just received The Shadow # 48, Doc Savage #47 and The Avenger #5 And of course, there is a complete listing of ALL May/June paperbacks


The Devil’s Edge by Stephen Booth finds DC Ben Cooper and DS Diane Fry investigating when a band of home invaders who have been terrorising a community leave a dead body behind them. $45.00

Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson is a first novel causing much excitement in the U.K. That excitement is beginning to catch on here. What if you lost your memory every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past? And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story? Welcome to Christine’s life. After we put aside the copies for the British Crime Club, we only have a few left. First come first served. A British Crime Club Main Selection. $35.00


Incredible Ink by Howard Browne, McMillan, Tucson, 1997. First Edition. SIGNED. $100.00

Limited to 350 signed and numbered copies. Fine in fine dust jacket. Boxed.

The Devil by Ken Bruen, Mysterious Bookshop, NY. 2010. First Edition. SIGNED. $150.00

Limited to 100 copies. Fine in boards as issued.

Devil May Care by Sebastian Faulks, Penguin, London. 2008. First Edition. $54.00

A James Bond novel set in the Cold War. Written by Faulks to celebrate the centenary of Ian Fleming’s birth on May 28th 2008. Fine in fine dust jacket.

The Thinking Machine by Jacques Futrelle, Dodd Mead, NY. 1907. First Edition. $375.00

Illustrations by The Kinneys. Shelfwear top and bottom of spine, else near fine.

Jade Woman by Jonathan Gash, Collins Crime Club, London. 1988. First Edition. SIGNED. $60.00

A Lovejoy novel. A flawless copy in dust jacket.

A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth George, Bantam, NY. 1988. First Edition. $75.00

Author’s first novel. Slight shelfwear top and bottom of spine, else fine in fine dust jacket.

Amateur in Violence by Michael Gilbert, Davis, NY. 1973. First Edition. $60.00

One complete short novel and ten short stories. Edited and with an introduction by Ellery Queen. A paperback original. Fine.

M is for Malice by Sue Grafton, Holt, NY. 1996. First Edition. SIGNED. $25.00

Kinsey Milhone. Dust top edges, else fine in like dust jacket.

The Columbo Collection by William Link, Crippen & Landru, VA. 2010. First Edition. SIGNED. $45.00

Twelve original stories featuring the disheveled and unflappable Lieutenant Columbo. Just one more thing....a Bonus Story, Columbo’s Mistake, in pamphlet form, is included.

Death in Ecstasy by Ngaio Marsh, Sheridan, NY. 1941. First Edition. $250.00

Near fine in bright dust jacket with slight rubbing on creases and tiny chips top of spine.

The Devil’s Mantle by Frank L. Packard, Doran, NY. 1927. First Edition. $250.00

Library stamp on front endpaper, else fine in dust jacket showing slight wear top and bottom of spine.

Heresy by S.J. Parris, HarperCollins, London. 2010. First Edition. SIGNED. $33.00

Authors first novel. Set in England in 1583 and introducing Giordano Bruno, a radical monk who has fled the Inquisition for the court of Elizabeth I. Francis Walsingham, Elizabeth’s chief spymaster, sends Bruno to Oxford University rumored to be a hotbed of Catholic dissent, where Bruno finds himself not only drawn into college intrigues, but also stalking a cunning and determined killer through the cloisters of Oxford.

Cardington Crescent by Anne Perry, St. Martin’s, NY. 1987. First Edition. $100.00

Very fine, as new copy in dust jacket.

In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming, St. Martin’s, NY. 2002. First Edition. SIGNED. $200.00

Author’s first novel. Introduces Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alysteyne. Fine in fine dust jacket.

Trouble in Triplicate by Rex Stout, Viking, NY. 1949. First Edition. $100.00

Three stories featuring Nero Wolfe: Before I Die; Help Wanted, Male; and Instead of Evidence. Near fine in dust jacket showing wear at the extremities.

The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Little Brown, NY. 2010. First U.S. Edition. SIGNED. $24.99

It’s wartime, and the Carver family leave the capital and move to a small coastal village where they’ve recently bought a home. But from the minute they cross the threshold, strange things begin to happen. For all ages.


Saturday, May 7, 2011

Jessica Speart on WINGED OBSESSION

Author Jessica Speart dropped by last month to discuss her fascinating new book WINGED OBSESSION!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Sally's Weekly Update for 05/06/11

Thanks to all of you who weighed in on the hats worn at the Royal Wedding :)

Here's the latest update.

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 5/6/11

Many of you have asked to be on a list to automatically receive any future Robert B. Parker books. .

As I’ve mentioned to some of you, the Parker franchise will continue - but with new authors.

We do know that Ace Atkins will continue the Spenser series.

There may be no more books written by Parker, although there is a possibility that he was working on a novel when he died and that novel will be completed by another author.

Let’s deal with this on a case by case basis. We’ll let you know as future "Robert B. Parker" books are published, give you as much information as we can, and you can make the decision then whether or not you want them. We will send you nothing automatically.


Cara Black signed copies of Murder in Passy featuring Aimee Leduc who tries to clear her father of murder charges and battle police corruption. A Soft Boiled Crime Club Main Selection. $25.00

After a very successful event last night, we have only five signed copies left of The Serial Killer’s Daughter by Heywood Gould. Peter Vogel, a college senior, is obsessed with Hannah Seeley, a classmate. Their relationship continues after graduation when Hannah finally confesses that someone is stalking her; someone would like to see her dead. Possibly because she is the daughter of the infamous Robbinsgate Killer, now sitting on California’s death row. $25.00

Lisa Lutz has teamed up with her ex, David Hayward, to write a tag-team novel which looks to be as much about them as about their creations, Paul and Lacey Hansen. In Heads You Lose, Paul and Lacey are pot-growing siblings eking out a living in Northern California. When they discover a headless corpse on their property, they move the body and wait for somebody else to find it. But it reappears a few days later and two amateur sleuths are born. However, the authors begin to disagree about how the story should unfold; the body count rises, victims and suspects develop surprising characteristics and the rivalry between the siblings and between the authors reaches homicidal intensity. The authors clearly survived this ordeal. Both have signed! $24.95

Jan Merete Weiss joined Cara Black at the store to introduce her investigator Captain Natalia Monte of the Naples Carabinieri. In These Dark Things, Monte is called in to investigate the death of a college student and discovers links between the dead girl and the Camorra, a brutal Napali criminal organization that predates the Mafia. $24.00

Please pre-order the following titles:

Chris Adrian, another of The New Yorker’s 20-Under-40, will be signing The Great Night, an enchanting tale set in San Francisco’s Buena Vista Park. When three people become inexplicably lost in the park, it sets the stage for a retelling of A Midsummer Night’s Dream as well as the release of an ancient menace bent on causing chaos in the city. $26.00

Eva Gabrielsson has written about her life with one of the most popular authors of the past couple of years. There Are Things I Want You to Know About Stieg Larsson and Me is being published in June. Gabrielsson will be in New York and, although we cannot guarantee it, we are hoping she will stop by to sign copies of this memoir. $23.95

We have just learned that Erik Larson will sign copies of In The Garden of Beasts. This portrait of Berlin during the first years of Hitler’s Chancellorship is told through the stories of two people: William E. Dodd, who became America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s regime and Dodd’s daughter, Martha, who was mesmerized by the glamor of Berlin’s salon society. Larson gives us a stunning history of the Third Reich and its leaders. $26.00

Jo Nesbo will sign the U.S. edition of The Snowman. With the first snow of the season falling, a young woman goes missing. Then another. And another. Detective Harry Hole is called in the solve what looks to be a serial killer loose on the streets of Oslo. A Hard Boiled Club Main Selection. $25.95


Average Jones by Samuel Hopkins Adams, Bobbs-Merrill, IN. 1911. First Edition. $75.00

Queen’s Quorum. A very good copy.

A Dance at the Slaughterhouse by Lawrence Block, Morrow, NY. 1991. First Edition. SIGNED. $35.00

A Matthew Scudder novel. Slight shelf wear top and bottom of spine in like dustjacket.

A Walk Among the Tombstones by Lawrence Block, Morrow, NY. 1992. First Edition. SIGNED. $20.00

A Matthew Scudder novel. Previous owner’s raised library stamp on half-title page, else fine in like dust jacket.

Dead Man Twice by Christopher Bush, Doubleday Crime Club, NY. 1930. First U.S. Edition. $100.00

Name, else about fine in an unusually nice dust jacket with only light wear at top of spine.

Poison in Jest by John Dickson Carr, Harper, NY. 1932. First Edition. $150.00

Slight wear top and bottom of spine and previous owner’s name on front endpaper, else about fine.

And So to Murder by Carter Dickson, Morrow, NY. 1940. First Edition. $400.00

About fine in like dust jacket.

She Died a Lady by Carter Dickson, Morrow, NY. 1943. First Edition. $185.00

Previous owner’s bookplate on inside board, else about fine in dust jacket rubbed top and bottom of spine.

The Big Nowhere by James Ellroy, Mysterious Press, NY. 1988. SIGNED. $20.00

Chapter one, produced in advance of the first book publication for promotional purposes. Twenty pages, stapled. Very scarce. Inscribed and Signed by Ellroy.

Odds Against by Dick Francis, Harper & Row, NY. 1965. First U.S. Edition. SIGNED. $400.00

Author’s fourth book. Top and bottom of spine scuffed, else near fine in like dust jacket.

Hammett by Joe Gores, Putnam, NY. 1975. First Edition. $65.00

Near fine in dust jacket with slight rubbing top and bottom of spine.

A Cold Red Sunrise by Stuart M. Kaminsky, Scribners, NY. 1988. First Edition. $75.00

Edgar-winning Best Novel of the Year. Inspector Rostnikov. A very fine, pristine copy.

Mildred Pierced by Stuart M. Kaminsky, Carroll & Graf/Otto Penzler, NY. 2003. $10.00

Advance proof copy. Toby Peters. A trifle dust on the top of the front cover, else very fine in wrappers.

The Far Side of the Dollar by Ross Macdonald, Knopf, NY. 1965. First Edition. $300.00

A very fine fresh copy.

Blue City by Kenneth Millar, Knopf, NY. 1947. First Edition. $375.00

Date and small rubber stamp on front endpaper, else near fine in dust jacket, which has a darkened spine, light chips at top of spine, and a closed tear at the top corner of the front panel. The author’s third (of four) crime novels before he began to use the pseudonym John Ross Macdonald and, later, Ross Macdonald.

Stolen Woman by Wade Miller, Gold Medal, NY. 1950. First Edition. $45.00

One of the past hard-boiled authors of mainly paperback originals. Fine and scarce thus.

The Gracie Allen Murder Case by S.S. Van Dine, Scribners, NY. 1935. First Edition. $175.00

A fine, bright copy in a price-clipped dust jacket which is lightly rubbed.

A Brother’s Blood by Michael C. White, Harper, NY. 1996. First Edition. SIGNED. $100.00

Author’s first novel. Edgar Award Nominee. Fine in fine dust jacket.