Friday, August 12, 2011

Sally's Weekly Update for 08/12/11

Sorry some of you were confused when you received the Sale Book list earlier this week.

Yes, like Dorothy Parker's assessment of Katharine Hepburn's emotional range, A to B was the extent of it.
If we receive a good response, and we seem to be, we'll continue with the alphabet.

Just for the record - I don't agree with Dorothy Parker. But she was a very funny woman.

On to the update.....

Sally Owen
The Mysterious Bookshop

The Mysterious Bookshop

58 Warren Street

New York, NY 10007

Ph: 212-587-1011

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Weekly Update 8/12/11


For many bibliophiles, especially aficionados of mystery fiction, some of the most beloved books and stories feature a background of bookstores, libraries, rare books, manuscripts, priceless volumes and eccentric book collectors. John Dunning’s Booked to Die, Lawrence Block’s Bernie Rhodenbarr series, Carolyn G. Hart’s Murder on Demand novels, and Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose all were enhanced by their many references to books and those who care about them.

We will publish a new bibliomystery every month. Each story will feature books and/or those who write them, buy them, read them, collect them, sell them or are in some way involved with them.

Each story has been commissioned by the bookshop as an original mystery story and will not be available in any other store or in any other form until some time after publication.

Among the authors who have written stories for us are Ken Bruen, Anne Perry, Reed Farrel Coleman, C.J. Box, Nelson DeMille, and William Link (a Columbo story).

Each story will be available as a limited edition hardcover volume in an illustrated dust jacket. The hardcover editions are limited to only 100 copies, numbered and signed by the author. $50.00

There also will be 26 lettered copies, also signed by the author, at $100.00

The stories will also be available in paperback for $4.95 each.

If you subscribe to the entire series of hardcover editions, we will also send a free paperback edition.

If you subscribe to the entire series of paperbacks, we will ship it for free with any other books you purchase.

As a special offer to all members of our books clubs, as a thank you for being a member, if you order a copy of the paperback edition we will send it with your monthly selection for only $1.00.

The standard discount is offered to booksellers; please inquire.


We will be hosting two events during the Fall and anticipate a higher than usual demand for signed books:

Lawrence Block will be here helping us celebrate the re-launch of Hard Case Crime. He has written a new mystery under his old pseudonym, Jill Emerson. Getting Off follows a young woman who robs and kills her one-night stands. But over the years a few have gotten away. She decides to track them down... $25.99

New Jersey Noir, the latest anthology from Akashic Books, will be released in November and contributors will be attending the release party here. Akashic will print 1,000 hardcover editions, all signed by the editor, Joyce Carol Oates. $24.95

However, we expect the following contributors here and will be asking them to sign copies:

Jonathan Santlofer, S.J. Rozan, Bradford Morrow, Edmund White, Sheila Kohler, Lou Manfredo, S.A. Solomon, Jeffrey Ford, Hirsh Sawhney, C.K. Williams, Gerald Stern, and Michael Carroll have already indicated that they will be here, but we expect additions to that list.

If you’d like a copy signed by all attending contributors, please let us know.

We will also be carrying the trade paperback edition. $15.95. If you would like a signed copy of that edition, please let us know.


Thirteen Million Dollar Pop by David Levien sees the return of Frank Behr who is on protection duty for a business mogul-turned-politician. When he foils an attack on his charge and the Indianopolis cops turn a blind eye, Behr sets out to find those responsible. A Hard Boiled Club Main Selection. $24.95

Lisa Unger is here, even as I type, signing copies of Darkness, My Old Friend. The latest picks up the story of Jones Cooper, now adrift from the local police department, as well as newcomers Michael Holt and Willow Graves. Something is still off in the small town of Hollows, but the answers to a decades-old mystery will not be easy to solve. $24.00


Before the Poison is Peter Robinson’s first departure from his Banks series in more than twenty years. After success in Hollywood, Chris Lowndes has returned to the Yorkshire Dales to make a life for himself after the death of his wife. But the isolated house he buys, sight unseen, has an unsettling history of murder. $48.00


Emily Arsenault follows up her first novel, The Broken Teaglass, with In Search of the Rose Notes, the story of Nora and Charlotte who, as children, tried to find their missing babysitter, Rose. When, as adults, they hear that the remains of Rose have been found, Charlotte is adamant that they try again to solve the mystery, but Nora is not ready to visit her troubled adolescence. $14.99

Machine Man, by Max Barry, tells the story of Charles Neumann who loses a leg in an industrial accident. Prosthetis Lola Shanks loves a good artificial limb and in Charlie, who has always thought his body could be better, she sees a man on his way to becoming an artificial everything. This story of one man’s quest for ultimate self-improvement is by the acclaimed author of Jennifer Government. $14.95

Paul Cleave’s thriller, Collecting Cooper, is the harrowing tale of a series of disappearances in Christchurch, New Zealand. What ex-cop, Theodore Tate, doesn’t know is that a former mental patient is holding people prisoner as part of his growing collection of serial killer souvenirs. Or that he’s acquired the ultimate collector’s item - an actual killer. $15.00

The Glitter Scene by Monika Fagerholm is set in a remote coastal town in Finland where Johanna sets out to uncover her family history , the identity of her mother, and the puzzling circumstances involving her father. By the author of The American Girl. $17.95

Love Lies Bleeding by Jess McConkey finds Samantha Moore, who was the golden girl with the perfect life, in constant pain after a random act of violence. But are the medications making her paranoid? Strange things are happening in the small community where Samantha is recuperating, and either she is losing her mind or her friendly neighbors are far more dangerous than they appear to be. $14.99

The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Potzsch is set in 1659 and witchcraft mania has returned to Bavaria. Jacob Kusl, the local hangman, is charged with torturing the local midwife who is accused of witchcraft after a boy, tattooed with the mark of a witch, is pulled from the river. But Jacob is convinced she’s innocent and must race against the clock to find the true killer. $18.00


The China Governess by Margery Allingham, Chatto & Windus, London. 1963. First Edition. $20.00

Very good in dust jacket.

Night Dogs by Kent Anderson, Macmillan, AZ. 1996. First Edition. SIGNED. $50.00

Limited to 1900 copies. Fine in fine dust jacket.

(Anonymous) The Thrilling Adventures of a New York Detective, Lupton, NY. 1893. First Edition. $100.00

Slim, cheaply produced paperback original short story collection. Very light staining to fore-edge and the bottom corner edges curled on the front cover and a few pages, but still a better than very good copy of this fragile and rare short story collection.

Last Car to Elysian Fields by James Lee Burke, Simon & Schuster, NY. 2003. First Edition. SIGNED. $35.00

Dave Robicheaux mystery. Fine in fine dust jacket.

Pegasus Descending by James Lee Burke, Simon & Schuster, NY. 2006. First Edition SIGNED. $35.00

Dave Robicheaux mystery. Fine in fine dust jacket

Jesus Out to Sea by James Lee Burke, Simon & Schuster, NY. 2007. First Edition. SIGNED. $35.00

Trade paperback original. True first edition. Fine in pictorial wraps

Flying Blood by Thomson Burtis, Fiction League, NY. 1932. First Edition. $150.00

A horse racing mystery. Owner’s name, else very fine copy in pictorial dust jacket with minuscule wear along edges and small chip at edge of front flap.

The Stained Web by Brainard T. Campbell, House of Field, NY. 1942. First Edition. $65.00

An FBI agent battles crime and sabotage in Chicago and Pennsylvania’s coal mining region. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket with one small corner chip. Inscribed by the author and by a previous owner. Very uncommon title.

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

Good-very good.

The Crimson Goddess by Elaine Sterne Carrington, Appleton-Century, NY. 1936. First Edition. $150.00

Although set on Long Island, India’s most dangerous goddess, Kali, prominently figures in a series of murders. A small ink mark inside front cover, else a fine, fresh copy in a beautiful bright pictorial dust jacket with some fraying to top and spine and one corner.

The Little Sister by Raymond Chandler, Otto Penzler Books, NY. 1996. $40.00

An exact facsimile of the first edition. Very fine, as new copy in pristine dust jacket.

The Fantastic Saint by Leslie Charteris, Doubleday, NY. 1982. First Edition. $75.00

Very fine in dust jacket, which has a trace of darkening to its white spine. Very scarce in this condition.

Murder Day By Day by Irvin S. Cobb, Bobbs-Merrill, Indianapolis. 1933. First Edition. $75.00

Cobb’s first full-length murder mystery after numerous short story collections. Gold partially rubbed off spine, else fine in pictorial dust wrapper that has spine chips and closed tears and a rubbed spot on front panel.

Watching Eagles Soar: Stories from the Wind River and Beyond by Margaret Coel, A.S,A,P., SIGNED. $45.00

Limited edition of twenty stories. Signed by Margaret Coel, Phil Parks, Illustrator, Craig Johnson, who wrote the Introduction, and William Kent Krueger who wrote the Afterword. As new.

The Collection by James Crumley, Pan Books, London. 1993. First Edition Thus. SIGNED. $50.00

Large format paperback containing The Wrong Case, The Last Good Kiss, and Dancing Bear. Signed by Crumley. Fine.

Man Alone by William Campbell Gault, Gryphon, NY. 1995. First Edition. SIGNED. $75.00

Limited to only 100 numbered copies. A novel of 1950s Hollywood. Signed by Gault, Bill Pronzini, who wrote the introduction, and Bruce Timm, the dust jacket artist. As new in original plastic wrapping.

The Windblow Mystery by Edward Gellibrand, Hamilton, London. 1926. First Edition. $150.00

Windblow is a mansion in which it is claimed no one can sleep without meeting a tragic end unless he is of unblemished chracter. The occupier is found hanged the next morning, but the new tenants do not believe it was a supernatural occurrence. A remarkably fine and fresh copy in dust jacket with light chipping at lower edge of front panel, a couple of small closed tears, else clean and bright.

Dashiell Hammett Letter $1,150.00

A long, typed letter signed "SDH" dated November 19, 1944 and written to Prudence Whitfield, the wife of the famous pulp writer Raoul Whitfield and, by all accounts, Hammett’s lover. Hammett, based in Alaska, discusses life in the army, his travels, and other subjects. He complains about being unable to identify people he’s met, "But I can identify you and I guess that ought to be enough for any one man. Much love, dear, and many kisses and things..." A full page, neatly typed with one holograph correction. As on other letters addressed to Mrs. Whitfield, she has marked the terms of endearment. Fine condition.

There Came Both Mist and Snow by Michael Innes, Gollancz, London. 1940. First Edition. $75.00

A scrape on front cover, else very good or better. Very scarce.

Anonymous Footsteps by John M. O’Connor, Cheshire House, NY. 1932. First Edition. $250.00

A criminal genius attempts to wipe out an entire family on a snowbound island in the Adirondacks. Fine copy in dust jacket with light chipping on rear panel and red lettering on spine faded. Still a crisp, clean copy of this rare book.

Cast a Yellow Shadow by Ross Thomas, Morrow, NY. 1967. First Edition. $150.00

The author’s third book. Fine in dust jacket with light wear at spine ends.


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