Friday, October 7, 2011

Sally's Weekly Update for 10/07/11

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Weekly Update 10/7/11


A Crack in Everything by Angela Gerst introduces Susan Callisto, a former real estate lawyer who is now a political consultant for people seeking low-level office. When Charles Renfrow offers Susan a large retainer to advise his campaign for mayor, she is wary: why would a scientist like Renfrow want to be mayor of a small Massachusetts town? Finding the answer to that question takes Susan through a maze of toxic secrets. $24.95

Death in the City of Light by David King is true-crime at its best. In Nazi-occupied Paris a serial killer was at work. Decapitated heads and body parts surfaced in the Seine and the Brigade Criminelle under Commissaire Georges-Victor Massau (an inspiration for Simenon’s Inspector Maigret) was charged with finding this fiend. The main suspect was Dr. Marcel Petiot, a charming and charismatic physician known for his many acts of kindness and generosity, not least of which was providing free medical care to the poor. A fascinating story. $26.00

Pirate King by Laurie R. King finds Mary Russell investigating rumors (sorry, make that rumours) of criminal activity surrounding the filming of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance. Randolph Fflytte, megalomaniacal king of England’s silent-film industry, has recruited real buccaneers to lend authenticity to his film but during the filming, those “extras” are ignoring Fflytte and paying attention only to their dangerous outlaw leader. As movie make-believe becomes true terror, Russell and Holmes must, with cat-like tread, restore order. A Soft-Boiled Club Main Selection. $25.00

The Visible Man by Chuck Klosterman is told through the voice of Victoria Vick, a therapist whose patient, Y-, claims to own a “cloak” which renders him invisible. Using that cloak, Y- observes individuals, usually when they are alone and vulnerable. Vick becomes obsessed with her patient and, over time, his disturbing tales threaten her career, her marriage, and her own identity. An Unclassifiable Crime Club Main Selection. $25.00

The Best American Noir of the Century, edited by James Ellroy and Otto Penzler, is now available in trade paperback. This is signed by Otto. $16.95

In Ghost Hero by S.J. Rozan, Lydia Chin is hired to track down a rumor: that there are new paintings by Chinese painter Chau Chun - Ghost Hero Chau - a brilliant artist whose works are highly prized. This rumor is racing through Manhattan, but something is amiss: not only has Chau been dead for twenty years, Lydia’s client is not who he claims to be. $25.99

The Ronin’s Mistress by Laura John Rowland is set in Japan in 1703. Forty-seven warriors storm the estate of the shogun’s master of ceremonies, Kira Yoshinaka. “You know why we’re here” they tell him before cutting off his head and parading it through the streets. Sano Ichiro, Most Honorable Investigator of Events, Situations, and People, is assigned to investigate the murder. $25.99


We will be getting signed copies of Damned by Chuck Palahniuk, but would like to get an idea of how many copies we will need: A thirteen-year-old girl finds herself in Hell, but can find no explanation for how, or why, she’s there. Palahniuk says of his novel “If The Shawshank Redemption had a baby by The Lovely Bones and it was raised by Judy Blume.” $24.95


The Fear Index by Robert Harris features Dr. Alex Hoffmann, a visionary scientist whose computer software turns everything it touches into gold. Together with his partner, an investment banker, Hoffmann has developed a revolutionary form of artificial intelligence that tracks human relations, enabling it to predict movements in the financial markets with uncanny accuracy. Then somebody breaks into his house and Hoffman finds himself in a nightmare of paranoia and violence. By the time night falls, the financial markets will be in turmoil and Hoffman’s world - and ours - transformed forever. $48.00


(Lawrence Block) Lawrence Block Bibliography 1958-1993, A.S.A.P. Press, CA. 1993. First Edition. SIGNED. $250.00
Limited to only 30 copies of the Contributor’s Edition. Additional material by Charles Ardai, Philip Friedman, Wendy Hornsby, and Phil Parks (Illustrator). Signed by Block and all contributors. Very fine grade paperback in a gray buckram slipcase.

Ehrengraf for the Defense by Lawrence Block, A.S.A.P. Press, Ca., 1994. First Edition. SIGNED. $250.00
Limited to 250 numbered copies; there also were 36 lettered and presentation copies produced. Handsomely bound in gray linen and enclosed in a stiff plastic slipcase. Signed by Block, Edward D. Hoch (who wrote the introduction), and Phil Parks (illustrator). Very fine book and slipcase.

Priest by Ken Bruen, Scorpion Press, Gladestry, 2006. First Edition. SIGNED. $450.00
A Jack Taylor novel. Limited to only 16 lettered copies, signed by Bruen and Simon Kernick, who wrote the introduction. Bound in marbled boards and leather spine, stamped in gold. Pristine copy in a clear Mylar dust jacket.

Cross by Ken Bruen, Scorpion Press, Gladestry. First Edition. SIGNED. $450.00
A Jack Taylor novel. Limited to only 16 lettered copies, signed by Bruen, Denise Mina who wrote the introduction, and the publisher. Bound in marbled boards and leather spine, stamped in gold. Pristine copy in a clear Mylar dust jacket.

Uisce by Ken Bruen, A.S.A.P. Press, Ca. 2009. First Edition. SIGNED. $400.00
A hardcover bound in green linen. Limited to only 50 numbered copies (there also was a lettered edition of 26 copies and 10 P.C. copies and eight collector’s copies). This copy is marked Presentation Copy. Signed by Bruen, Michael Connelly (who wrote the introduction), Jan Burke (who wrote the afterword, and Phil Parks (illustrator). Very fine in plastic case. Scarce.

To the Bright and Shining Sun by James Lee Burke, Cahill, CA. 1992. First Hardcover Edition. SIGNED. $175.00
Limited to 400 copies in slipcase. Book and slipcase both very fine.

The Collection by James Crumley, Picador, London. 1991. First Edition. SIGNED. $225.00
Omnibus containing The Wrong Case, The Last Good Kiss, and Dancing Bear, as well as a new introduction by the author. There was no U.S. edition. Very fine in dust jacket.

The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth, Viking, NY. 1971. First Edition. $75.00
The basis for the superb suspense film of the same title. A fine copy in dust jacket, which the price inked out but is otherwise unusually fine and clean. Not a rare book, but a title that generally turns up in well-read (i.e. grubby) condition.

Bonecrack by Dick Francis, Michael Joseph, London. 1971. First Edition. SIGNED. $200.00
Very fine in dust jacket.

The Year of the Scorpion by Michael Hartland, Scorpion Press, Bristol. 1991. First Edition. SIGNED. $125.00
Limited to only 75 copies, handsomely bound in marbled boards and quarter leather. With an appreciation by Eric Homberger and Ted Allbeury. As new in glassine dust jacket. Signed by Hartland.

Naked Came the Manatee by Carl Hiaasen and 12 other writers, First Edition.SIGNED. $200.00
Serial novel. Contributors include Elmore Leonard, James W. Hall, and Dave Barry. Very fine in dust jacket. This copy is signed by every contributor.

The Dark Wind by Tony Hillerman, Harper, NY. 1982. First Edition. SIGNED. $400.00
An absolutely fine, as new copy in dust jacket.

Wine of the Dreamers by John D. MacDonald, Greenberg, NY. 1951. First Edition. $300.00
Author’s first hardcover, a science fiction novel. About fine in dust jacket, which has a mildly sunned spine and a small chip on rear panel.

(John D. MacDonald) A Macdonald Potpourri by Walter & Jean Shine, Un. Of Florida Libraries, FL. 1989. First Edition. $125.00
An invaluable reference, without which it is impossible to determine the first printings of MacDonald’s books. Very fine.

On Crime Writing by Ross Macdonald, Capra Press, CA. 1973. First Edition. SIGNED. $150.00
The hardcover issue, limited to 250 numbered copies, signed by Macdonald. A slight trace of rubbing to foot of spine, a light mark on front cover, else fine.

The Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte, Harcourt, NY. 1996. First U.S. Edition. $100.00
Author’s second book - an outstanding bibliomystery. Very fine in dust jacket.

(Reference) 1001 Midnights by Bill Pronzini & Marcia Muller, Arbor House, NY. 1986. First Edition. $200.00
Massive guide to 1001 titles of mystery fiction. Little bumped at base of spine, else very fine, fresh copy in a pristine dust jacket.

The Money Harvest by Ross Thomas, Morrow, NY. 1975. First Edition. SIGNED. $125.00
Fine in a fine dust jacket, which has a tiny chip at top of spine.

The Sands of Windee by Arthur Upfield, Angus & Robertson, Sydney. 1959. First Australian Edition. $150.00
Napoleon Bonaparte book first published in England in 1931 and now impossibly rare. A fine copy in dust jacket, which has a closed tear at top of spine.

The Heat Islands by Randy Wayne White, St. Martin’s, NY. 1992. First Edition. $250.00
Author’s second Doc Ford novel. Fine in dust jacket, which is lightly rubbed at edges and corners.


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