Friday, July 8, 2011

Sally's Weekly Update for 07/08/11

We hope to see some of you at the Thrillerfest party this evening.

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 7/8/11


Tuesday, July 12th 6.30 p.m.- 8.00 p.m.

Ken Mercer will be here discussing and answering questions about

East on Sunset

Ex-LAPD detective Will Magowan has just settled into a new job and has renewed his marriage. All it takes is one man to ruin it... $25.99

Thursday, July 14th 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.

Local author Paul Malmont, author of The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril, returns to the world of pulps as Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, L. Ron Hubbard, and other science fiction greats try to stop a dastardly Nazi plot to creat a devastating weapon. The Astounding, the Amazing, and the Unknown is fast, pulpy fun. Join us for a fascinating discussion with the author. $26.00

Refreshments will be served


Peter Lovesey was here signing copies of Stagestruck, in which Peter Diamond investigates strange happenings at Bath’s Theatre Royal. Pop diva Clarion Calhoun is making a celebrity appearance in the production of I Am a Camera, but she is no sooner on stage than she is screaming and clawing at her face. Tainted stage makeup is found to have caused the disfiguring burns and fingers are pointed at her makeup artist, who is then pushed from a catwalk. Diamond must confront his own mysterious theater phobia to find the killer. A Soft Boiled Club Main Selection. $25.00

Fighting in the Shade by Sterling Watson is an unsettling look at the culture of sports in a small Florida Town. In 1964 young Billy Dyer is a newcomer to Oleander and must fight for a starting place on the town’s team, The Spartans. Michael Koryta raves "...An uncompromising look at sports, secrets, sexuality, and the South that makes a commentary on relationships ranging from personal to universal." You already know that Dennis Lehane, a huge fan of the book, was here last week to interview the author. A Trade Paperback Original. $15.95

A Bad Night’s Sleep is Michael Wiley’s third book featuring private investigator Joe Kozmarski. Working late-night surveillance at a condominium development, he interrupts a burglary crew who arrive in a police cruiser dressed in uniform. In the ensuing chaos, Kozmarski shoots and kills one of the thieves who, like the rest of the crew, really is one of Chicago’s finest. Kozmarski is in for more than one bad night’s sleep! $24.99


The Problem of the Wire Cage by John Dickson Carr, Harper, NY. 1939. First Edition. $35.00

Base of spine worn, else very good.

(Crime Writers’ Association) A large collection of the British professional organization’s monthly newsletter, Red Herrings, from 1976 to 1989, with an additional dozen or so issues from the 1990s. Not a complete run, but a fascinating inside look at the membership, and with numerous articles written by and about most of the major (and minor) mystery and thriller writers in the U.K. All about fine. $35.00

The Devil’s Apprentice by G. Davison, Jenkins, London. 1933. First Edition (?) $20.00

Another adventure with the "demoniac creature" battling the British Secret Service. Fine.

Hades & Hocus Pocus by Lester Dent, Pulp Press, Chicago. 1979. First Edition. $25.00

Two pulp novels by the creator of Doc Savage. Fine in dust jacket with a small closed tear.

The Possessions of a Lady by Jonathan Gash, Century, London. 1996. First Edition. $35.00

A Lovejoy novel. Very fine in dust jacket.

Found in the Street by Patricia Highsmith, Heinemann, London. 1986. First Edition. $25.00

Find in dust jacket.

The Man Who Walked Like a Bear by Stuart M. Kaminsky, Scribners, NY. 1990. First Edition. $25.00

A Porfiry Rostnikov novel. Very fine in dust jacket.

Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu, Carleton, NY. 1865. First Edition. $65.00

Rare, early and important novel of crime fiction. Unfortunately, this copy has worn covers and a bit of staining and foxing on some pages. A fair copy only.

(Mystery Writers of America) The Annual given out at the Edgar Allan Poe Awards Dinner. 1948. $35.00

With a Charles Addams cartoon on the front cover, and SIGNED by Stanley Ellin, a future Grand Master. A very early and rare historical document of the third MWA dinner. Five pages, stapled. Fragile, but a very good copy.

(Mystery Writers of America) The Annual given out at the Edgar Allan Poe Awards Dinner. 1949. $45.00

With a Whitney Darrow cartoon on the front cover. Fine. SIGNED by Stanley Ellin, and SIGNED and inscribed to Ellin’s daughter Susan by Boris Karloff in pencil. Laid in is the list, which is lightly frayed along the front edge.

Please note: We have other copies of The Annual given out at the Edgar Allan Poe Awards Dinner. $5.00 each

These contain original articles by mystery writers of yesterday and today. Please ask about these.

(Mystery Writers of America) A remarkable collection of the organization’s monthly newsletter, The Third Degree, from January 1987 to April 2003; nearly 200 issues, all in about fine condition. In addition to covering the arcana of the organization, there are numerous articles, all with original content, by such mystery luminaries as Kinky Friedman, Jane Burke, Margaret Maron, John Lutz, Damon Knight, Harold Qu. Masur, and Mary Higgins Clark. $50.00

No More Dying Then by Ruth Rendell, Hutchinson, London. 1971. Advance Proof Copy. $200.00

Very scarce. Fine in wrappers

The Killing Doll by Ruth Rendell, Hutchinson, London. 1984. First Edition. $45.00

Edges a bit thumbed, else about fine in dust jacket.

The Red Right Hand by Joel Townley Rogers, Simon & Schuster, NY. 1945. First Edition. $175.00

A fine, fresh copy in dust jacket, which has a rubbed spot along the front hinge, a small closed tear and a light crease on front panel, otherwise very bright and clean. A very scarce locked room mystery.

Where There’s a Will by Rex Stout, Farrar & Rinehart, NY. 1940. First Edition. $225.00

Endpapers stained; very good.

The Winter Murder Case by S.S. Van Dine, Scribner, NY. 1940. Later Printing. $35.00

Very good.


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