Friday, July 22, 2011

Sally's Weekly Update for 07/22/11

Here's the latest update. Stay indoors. Read.

Sally Owen
The Mysterious Bookshop

The Mysterious Bookshop

58 Warren Street

New York, NY 10007

Ph: 212-587-1011

Fax: 212-587-1126

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Weekly Update 7/22/11

We have had a tremendous response to our notice about the different editions of The Drop by Michael Connelly.

Thank you for your orders.

We are sold out of the Lettered Editions published by The Mysterious Bookshop.

We do still have Numbered Editions. (I am out on Wednesdays and Thursdays, so I have not responded to many of your requests for this edition. I will confirm your orders in the next couple of days).

I am still taking orders for the UK trade edition and the US trade edition. We need to know numbers so we don’t over- or under-order, but there shouldn’t be any problem fulfilling those orders.

Please note that Ian Kern is on vacation. He will not be back in the store until August 1st. Until then, you may contact me via email or call the store with any questions or orders.


The End of Everything by Megan Abbott is set in a small 1980s suburb in the Midwest where thirteen-year-old Lizzie Hood and her next-door neighbor Evie Verver are inseparable. Then Evie disappears and Lizzie finds herself in the spotlight as best friend. But Lizzie is determined to find Evie herself and, as she investigates, she begins to wonder if she knew Evie at all. This is a Soft Boiled Club Main Selection. $23.99

The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan is the story of Jake, one of the last of his species, a werewolf. Jake is healthy at 201 years old but he’s alone, and very depressed. He’s even contemplating suicide thus putting an end to a legend thousands of years old. But there are two groups hunting him down and they both, for very different reasons, are bent on keeping him alive. This edition is signed on a tipped in page and has red edges. $25.95

We All Fall Down by Michael Harvey is the fourth thriller to feature Chicago cop turned private investigator Michael Kelly. In this nail biter, Kelly must try and save his city from a deadly new foe: a biological weapon unleashed underground. $24.95

Steal the Show by Thomas Kaufman is the second mystery featuring Willis Gidney who finds a baby girl while working on a case. Gidney knows all about the D.C. juvenile-justice system, having barely survived it himself, so he’s reluctant to give her up. But unmarried private eyes are not usually thought of as ideal parents, so Gidney needs a lawyer. But a lawyer means money, and that’s where Gidney starts to get into real trouble. $24.99

The Borrower is a first novel by Rebecca Makkai in which a librarian and a young boy, obsessed with reading, take to the road. Ian Drake, a ten-year old, addicted to reading, camps out in the library and asks Lucy to help him escape his parents. But there is a strange man on their tail. This is a light and lovely story - no need to get bogged down in questions about transporting minors across state lines - about reading, libraries, and a love of books. $25.95

Adam Ross follows up his novel, Mr. Peanut, with a collection of short stories, Ladies and Gentlemen. These seven dark stories about lives full of good intentions, misunderstandings, and obscure motives are unsettling, compelling, and gorgeously written. $25.95

Portrait of a Spy by Daniel Silva finds Gabriel Allon and his team trying to take down a silver-tongued cleric who has a new plan for global terror. A Thriller/Espionage Club Main Selection. $26.99

Shut Your Eyes Tight is John Verdon’s second thriller featuring Dave Gurney whose latest case is monstrous and bizarre. A bride, newly wed to an eminent psychiatrist, is found decapitated, her head apparently severed by a machete. Gurney begins to uncover one of the darkest criminal schemes imaginable. $24.00


In Blue Monday by Nicci French the abduction of a five-year-old provokes a national outcry. When his face is splashed across the newspapers, psychotherapist Frieda Klein is troubled. One of her patients has been relating dreams in which he has a hunger for a child; a child he can describe in detail; a child who looks exactly like the kidnapped boy. Signed by both authors. $33.00

The Stranger’s Child by Man Booker Prize winner Alan Hollinghurst is set in 1913 when aristocratic poet Cecil Valance comes to stay at the home of his close Cambridge friend George Sawle. Cecil writes a poem for George’s young sister and this will become a touchstone for a generation, an evocation of an England about to change forever. $50.00

Killer Move is a stand alone from Michael Marshall. The U.S. edition precedes this edition, but Marshall is not touring here. We have very few of these signed copies. $35.00

Dublin Dead by Gerard O’Donovan once again features DI Mike Mulcahy who uncovers a link between Ireland’s largest-ever drugs haul and the murder of a Dublin gangster in Spain. With the body count mounting, Mulcahy, together with journalist Siobhan Fallon, plunges into a world of lies, betrayal, and unexpected allegiances. $50.00


The Three-Corpse Trick by Miles Burton, Collins Crime, London. 1944. First Edition. $65.00

Inscription on front endpaper, else near fine.

Letters - Raymond Chandler and James M. Fox, Neville & Yellin, Santa Barbara. 1978. First Edition. $45.00

Literary correspondence between these two writers. There were 350 copies of the trade edition for sale; this is one of 30 presentation copies. SIGNED by Fox.

Norgil the Magician by Maxwell Grant, Mysterious Press, NY. 1977. First Edition. $25.00

Only 1,000 copies were printed, most of which went to libraries. Pulp stories by the creator of The Shadow collected here for the first time. A bit of foxing to the tops of the covers, else fine in the Steranko dust jacket, which has a trace of wear to the top of the spine.

A Difficult Problem The Staircase at the Heart’s Delight and Other Stories by Anna Katharine Green, Lupton, NY. 1900. $100.00

Tips of spine a bit rubbed, name inside front cover, else a fine copy.

The Silver Jackass by Frank Gruber writing as Charles K. Boston, Reynal and Hitchcock, NY. 1941. First Edition. $375.00

Name and address on front endpaper, else near fine with minor edge wear. Jacket shows light wear at extremities.

Diagnosis: Impossible by Edward D. Hoch, Crippen & Landru, VA. 1996. First Edition. $20.00

A collection of locked room mysteries and other impossible crimes involving Dr. Sam Hawthorne, including the vanishing of a horse and carriage from inside a covered bridge, the vanishing of a small boy from a swing, etc. One of a very small number of hardcover copies that were produced as an overrun on the signed limited edition. This copy not numbered or signed.

Johnny Havoc, Havoc for Sale, Holiday for Havoc and Johnny Havoc and the Siren in Red by John Jakes, Armchair Detective Library, NY. 1990-91. $45.00 for the set

First hardcover editions; originally published in the 1960s. These semi-hard-boiled private eye novels were written before Jakes became a huge best-seller. The complete series of four volumes, each with an original introduction by the author, all very fine in dust jacket.

Mystic River by Dennis Lehane, Morrow, NY. 2001. First Edition. $45.00

The basis for the great movie. Fine in dust jacket.

Hail to the Chief by Ed McBain, Random House, NY. 1973. First Edition. $45.00

An 87th Precinct novel. Very fine in dust jacket.

So Long as you Both Shall Live by Ed McBain, Random House, NY. 1976. First Edition. $45.00

An 87th Precinct novel. Very fine in dust jacket.

A Bullet for Cinderella by John D. MacDonald, Dell, NY. 1955. $75.00

First edition of this early paperback original.

The Ferguson Affair by Ross Macdonald, Knopf, NY. 1960. First Edition. $275.00

An exceptionally fine, fresh copy in dust jacket, which is lightly soiled on back panel.

Gun in Cheek by Bill Pronzini, Coward, McCann, NY. 1982. First Edition. $35.00

A cornerstone reference work devoted to the worst mystery fiction of all time. Utterly hilarious. Tiny remainder dot on lower page edge, else very fine in dust jacket.

The Lamp of God by Ellery Queen, Dell, NY. 1951. First Separate Edition. $45.00

One of the greatest impossible crime stories. Fine in wrappers.

If You Can’t Be Good by Ross Thomas, Morrow, NY. 1973. First Edition. $150.00

Fine in dust jacket.


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