Friday, July 29, 2011

Sally's Weekly Update 07/29/11

The latest update appears below.

Have a great weekend.

Sally Owen
The Mysterious Bookshop

The Mysterious Bookshop

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New York, NY 10007

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Weekly Update 7/29/11


Very Bad Men is Harry Dolan’s second thriller. David Loogan, introduced in Bad Things Happen, is now living with Detective Elizabeth Waishkey and her daughter, Sarah. He’s the editor of the mystery magazine, Gray Streets, and when he finds a manuscript outside his office door with the hook "I killed Henry Kormoran" he is drawn into the deadly world of Anthony Lark. $25.95

John Hart signed Iron House, his fourth mystery. For two decades Michael has been an enforcer in New York’s world of organized crime. But the life he craves is back in North Carolina where he was born and where he lost the brother he loved. When he meets Elena and falls in love, he takes her there and encounters a world of deceit and violence that leads to the one place he’s been running from his whole life: Iron House. Hart’s previous three books were all nominated for Edgar Awards and two of them won. Expect more of the same. A Crime Collectors Club Main Selection. $25.99

A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin

We don’t carry this series, but do have several SIGNED first editions of this collectable title, Book Five of A Song of Ice and Fire. Martin has been called "the American Tolkien" by Time magazine. A very scarce offering from us. $75.00

One Dog Night by David Rosenfelt is the ninth mystery to feature Andy Carpenter. When Noah Galloway is arrested for the arson murder of twenty-six people, he needs a defense lawyer. Andy Carpenter is not in the market for a new client but Noah was the first owner of Andy’s golden retriever Tara; he rescued her and made sure she was placed in a good home - Andy’s. So how can Andy refuse? $24.99

Peter Spiegelman stopped by to sign his latest thriller Thick as Thieves. Carr - ex CIA - is the leader of an elite crew planning a robbery of such extraordinary proportions that it will leave them all set for life. However, most of his crew are not what they seem, not even Carr whose own past will turn out to be built on a lie. $24.95


The Stranger’s Child by Alan Hollinghurst has been long-listed for the Man-Booker prize. Hollinghurst won that prestigious prize from the UK with his last book, The Line of Beauty. We still have some signed first editions. $50.00


The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht won the UK Orange Prize, which celebrates excellence in women’s writing. We have one signed copy of the UK edition (the true first) for $50.00 and two signed copies of the US edition for $35.00 each.


Dirty Story by Eric Ambler, Atheneum, NY. 1967. $20.00

Fine in dust jacket, which has a trace of rubbing at corners.

The Intercom Conspiracy by Eric Ambler, Atheneum, NY. 1969. $25.00

Fine in dust jacket.

Situation Vacant by Mile Burton, Collins Crime Club, London. 1946. First Edition. $45.00

Free front endpaper excised, spine sunned, else very good.

(Catalogue) $35.00

The famous, seminal catalogue #15 from J&S Graphics with 4561 first editions of mystery fiction in a 340-page illustrated catalogue. A great reference source, though the 30-year old prices no longer apply, or I would buy the first edition of Dracula for $125. And the nice letter by Doyle about bookselling for $145. Fine in wrappers.

Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford In the Reducing Business by George Randolph Chester, Winthrop Press, NY. 1914. $20.00

First separate printing of this single short story about the American con man. Issued as a miniature book by Hearst to promote the series running in Cosmopolitan Magazine. Color illustration. Uncommon. Rubbed, else good.

Shot in the Heart by Mikal Gilmore, Doubleday, NY. 1994. $45.00

Special preview edition printed for Booksellers. This is a 105-page proposal for the book, which went on to become a huge bestseller. Very fine hardcover in a very fine slipcase.

The Lonesome Badger by Frank Gruber, Rinehart, NY. 1954. First Edition. $75.00

Fine in dust jacket with light foxing to endpapers.

Falling Angel by William Hjortsberg, Harcourt, NY. 1978. First Edition. $75.00

A modern classic and the basis for a first-rate motion picture, Angel Eyes. Very fine in dust jacket which is, as usual for the glossy metallic ink used, slightly rubbed.

Murder by Scripture by Amelia Reynolds Long, Phoenix, NY. 1942. First Edition. $35.00

The first mystery involving Peter Piper, female mystery author; set in New Orleans and featuring voodoo and other weird occurrences. Ex-library copy with the great surreal dust jacket taped to the covers. Very scarce.

Weep for Me by John D. MacDonald, Gold Medal, NY. 1951. First Edition. $125.00

Early paperback original; the author’s fourth book. Small tears at base of spine, else near fine. Scarce in collectable condition.

Having Wonderful Crime by Craig Rice, Simon & Schuster, NY. 1943. $175.00

The gold lettering on the spine is a trifle faded, else a fine, fresh copy in dust jacket, which has light wear at spine ends and has the usual lightly faded spine panel. Much better than usually found copy of an uncommon book.

Wall of Eyes by Walter Satterthwaite, St. Martin’s, NY. 1987. First Edition. $350.00

Author’s excellent and very scarce first novel. A very fine copy in a pristine dust jacket. Review material laid in.

Miss Lizzie by Walter Satterthwaite, St. Martin’s, NY. 1989. First Edition. $275.00

A novel based on the Lizzie Borden murder case. A very fine, as new copy in a flawless dust jacket.

Briarpatch by Ross Thomas, Simon & Schuster, NY. 1984. First Edition. $45.00

Edgar Award-winning novel. Fine in dust jacket.

Cutter and Bone by Newton Thornburg, Little Brown, Boston. 1976. First Edition. $45.00

An excellent and under-appreciated noir novel which served as the basis for the cult film Cutter’s Way, which starred Jeff Bridges and John Heard. Very fine in dust jacket, which has a small nick at bottom of front panel.

Black Angus by Newton Thornburg, Little Brown, NY. 1978. First Edition. $25.00

Very fine in dust jacket, which remarkably shows no rubbing, as it usually does.

Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell, Little Brown, NY. 2006. First Edition. $250.00

The basis for the Oscar-nominated film of the same title. An inexplicably scarce book in collectors’ condition. Very fine, as new copy in pristine dust jacket without the remainder mark that is on so many copies.


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