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.


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