Friday, September 30, 2011

Sally's Weekly Update for 09/30/11

This week's update is chock-full of goodies!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Sally Owen
The Mysterious Bookshop

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Weekly Update 9/30/11


:( Rob Stroud, who has been Otto’s assistant for the last seven years is leaving us to return to his home town of Atlanta. We’ll miss him lots.

:) Alex Hess has taken Rob’s place and we’re sure you’ll join us in welcoming her to her position as assistant to Mr. Mystery.


Lost Memory of Skin by Russell Banks is not a mystery, but it is getting terrific reviews, and we have signed first editions. The story features The Kid, who is on probation after doing time for a liaison with an underage girl, but the novel is really about making moral decisions and the indistinct boundaries between our intentions and our actions. $25.99

A Mortal Terror is the sixth Billy Boyle World War II Mystery by James R. Benn. As investigator for both the Boston cops and General Eisenhower, Lieutenant Billy Boyle has never encountered a serial killer. Until now. The murderer he’s after has a chilling agenda: taking out the top American brass on the eve of one of the major battles of World War II. $25.00

We still have some first editions available of Getting Off by Lawrence Block, writing as Jill Emerson. This Hard Case Crime title is proving to be enormously popular. $25.99

A good time was had by all last Friday as we celebrated the publication of Down These Green Streets, edited by Declan Burke. We do still have some copies of this anthology of Irish crime writing signed by the eight contributors who were in town: John Connolly, Declan Hughes, Alex Barclay, Colin Bateman, Declan Burke, Stuart Neville, Arlene Hunt, and Ian Campbell Ross, who wrote the Introduction. If you didn’t pre-order this title, get in touch quickly! Trade Paperback. $34.95

James Lee Burke signed Feast Day of Fools, his third novel featuring Hackberry Holland, the Sheriff of a small Southwest Texas border town. This novel features the return of Preacher Jack Collins, a serial murderer whom The New York Times called "one of Burke’s most inspired villains." Our copies are signed on the title page. $26.99

Gianrico Carofiglio signed copies of Temporary Perfections which features defense lawyer Guido Guerrieri who practices in the beautiful Italian coastal town of Bari. Guerrieri is hired by an old colleague to work a missing-persons case that the police have failed to solve. Although better suited to a detective than a lawyer, Guerrieri becomes engrossed in the case and stumbles into a sinister cover-up. $24.95

Carofiglio also signed copies of the paperback edition of his previous novel, A Walk in the Dark. Gianrico Carofiglio was an anti-Mafia prosecutor in Bari, a port on the coast of Puglia, and is now a member of the Italian Senate. He is a best-selling author in Italy. $14.95

The Affair by Lee Child is the much-anticipated title which tells the story of the first case of the legendary Jack Reacher. It is 1997 and a woman is dead with the evidence pointing to a soldier at the nearby military base; one with connections in Washington. Reacher, a soldier, is ordered undercover to find out everything he can, control the local police, and then to vanish. A Crime Collector’s Club Main Selection. $28.00

Red Flags is a novel of the Vietnam War by Vietnam vet Juris Jurjevics. Army cop Erik Rider is sent to the remote wilderness of the Central Highlands to take down a Viet Cong opium operation. He soon learns that not all enemies are beyond the perimeter and that someone wants him dead; easy enough in a combat zone. This masterly novel of soldiers and spies is getting rave reviews from other thriller writers including Olen Steinhauer and Dan Fesperman, A Thriller/Espionage Crime Club Main Selection. $26.00

Stolen Souls is Stuart Neville’s third thriller set in Belfast. Detective Inspector Jack Lennon finds himself dealing with a turf war as the Christmas season approaches. He discovers that an escaped prostitute is the cause of the violence and that he is in a deadly race against time with two very different killers. A Hard Boiled Club Main Selection. $25.00

The Best American Mystery Stories 2011 by series editor Otto Penzler and guest editor Harlan Coben is now available. Another starred review in Publisher’s Weekly! The best of the best includes stories by some of the best writers in the mystery field. A must, as always. Otto’s signature only. Trade Paperback Original. $14.95

We also have a few first editions of The Best American Mystery Stories 2010. These are signed by Otto and guest editor Lee Child. Trade Paperback Original. $14.95


Crimes in Southern Indiana by Frank Bill is not for the faint of heart. These stories are darker and dark and have earned high praise from Donald Ray Pollock, Jason Starr, Scott Phillips, and Derek Nikitas, so be warned. A Trade Paperback Original. $15.00

The Potter’s Field is the latest Inspector Montalbano mystery by Andrea Camilleri. This series, featuring the Sicilian police detective, is one of our most popular. A Trade Paperback Original. $15.00

The latest from Hard Case Crime is Quarry’s Ex by Max Allan Collins. This latest Quarry comes in Trade Paperback. $9.95


All That I Am is Anna Funder’s second novel (after Stasiland). It tells the story of Ruth Wesemann who grew up in Germany and dedicated her life to resisting the rise of Nazism. Fleeing the country, she moves to Bloomsbury in London but discovers that Hitler’s reach extends much further than she thought, even to London itself. $43.00

The Fear by Charlie Higson is for young adults (and others) and tells the story of DogNut who lives in a London where "the sickness" has struck everyone over the age of fourteen. Children across London are being hunted by ferocious grown-ups and DogNut and the rest of his crew set out to find lost friends. But who are their friends and who are the enemy in this changed world? Higson is the author of the Young Bond series. $33.00


Black Plumes by Margery Allingham, Doubleday Crime Club, 1940. First U.S. Edition. $175.00

One corner bumped, else about fine in a near-fine dust jacket with three tiny chips.

After the First Death by Lawrence Block, Macmillan, NY. 1969. First Edition. SIGNED. $250.00

Trivial rubbing at lower edge, a tiny "x" at the top of the front free endpaper, else fine in a clean, bright dust jacket with a small closed tear at the stop of the spine.

The Case of the Baker Street Irregulars by Anthony Boucher, Simon & Schuster, NY. 1940. First Edition. $250.00

Very good plus in a near fine dust jacket.

The Secret of Father Brown by G.K. Chesterton, Cassell, London. 1927. First Edition. $75.00

Very good-near fine copy.

The Monkey’s Raincoat by Robert Crais, Doubleday, NY. 1993 First American Hardcover. 1993. $175.00

Hardcover edition of a paperback original published in 1987, when it was nominated for an Edgar. The author’s first book, which introduced Elvis Cole. Scarce, as only a small number of copies were produced, mainly for libraries. Very fine in dust jacket.

An Expensive Place to Die by Len Deighton, Cape, London. 1967. First Edition. $100.00

Fine in price-clipped dust jacket. The Top Secret Docket is laid in.

Deadline by John Dunning, Cahill, Huntington Beach, CA. 1995. First Hardcover Edition. SIGNED. $65.00

Hardcover edition of paperback original first published in 1981. Corners bumped, else fine.

One for the Money by Janet Evanovich, Scribner, NY. 1994. First Edition. SIGNED. $125.00

First Stephanie Plum novel. Inscribed and signed. Fine in fine dust jacket.

The Blind Pig by Jon A. Jackson, Random House, NY. 1978. First Edition. $175.00

Author’s second book. Very fine in dust jacket without the ubiquitous remainder mark.

Malice in Wonderland by Rufus King, Doubleday Crime Club, NY. 1958. First Edition. $125.00

Queen’s Quorum title. Small scuff at base of spine, else fine in dust jacket, which is lightly rubbed.

A Drink Before the War by Dennis Lehane, Harcourt, NY. 1994. First Edition. SIGNED. $125.00

Author’s superb first novel. Very fine in dust jacket.

The Steam Pig by James McClure, Gollancz, London. 1971. First Edition. $300.00

Author’s first book, winner of the British Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger. A trace of foxing on the fore-edges, else a very fine copy in pristine dust jacket.

Beyond This Point Are Monsters by Margaret Millar, Random House, NY. 1970. First Edition. $45.00

Very fine copy in a pristine dust jacket.

Spenser’s Boston (Robert B. Parker), Otto Penzler, NY. 1994. First Edition. SIGNED. $150.00

Full-color photographs by famed Japanese photographer Kasho Kumagai. Text and introduction by Parker. Very fine in dust jacket, which has a small bump at top of spine.

Rules of Prey by John Sandford, Putnam, NY. 1989. First Edition. SIGNED. $175.00

First book in the acclaimed Lucas Davenport series. Very fine in dust jacket.

Unpopular Opinions by Dorothy L. Sayers, Gollancz, London. 1946. First Edition. $100.00

Twenty-one essays, including five about Sherlock Holmes. Former owner’s inscriptions on front endpaper, else fine in a fine dust jacket, uncharacteristically for this publisher’s cheap jackets.

The Bridge of Sighs by Olen Steinhauer, St. Martin’s, NY. 2003. First Edition. SIGNED. $150.00

Author’s first book. Very fine in dust jacket and uncommon in this condition.

One L by Scott Turow, Putnam, NY. 1975. First Edition. $175.00

Page edges very lightly spotted, else a fine copy in a bright, price-clipped dust jacket.

A Darkening Stain by Robert Wilson, HarperCollins, London. 1998. First Edition. SIGNED. $100.00

Very fine, immaculate copy in dust jacket.

The House of Terror by Edward Woodward, Mystery League, NY. 1930. First U.S. Edition. $150.00

A very fine copy in a stunning, pristine dust jacket and scarce thus.


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