Friday, October 21, 2011

Sally's Weekly Update for 10/21/11

Here's this week's update.

Have a great weekend.

Sally Owen
The Mysterious Bookshop

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Weekly Update 10/21/11


The prolific grandmaster has collected every Matt Scudder short story into one volume. We are pleased to announce that The Mysterious Bookshop will publish The Night and the Music in a hardcover edition, limited to 100 signed and numbered copies for $150.00.

In addition, Block himself is publishing a trade paperback edition, which will be signed and priced at $17.95.

Reserve a copy of The Night and the Music as soon as possible. Please specify the edition you would like.

Bookseller discounts apply.


Luminous Airplanes by Paul La Farge is a novel about America at the dawn of the twenty-first Century. In September of 2000, a young programmer returns to his home in Thebes, a town so isolated that its inhabitants have their own language. His grandfather has died and he must clean out the house where his family has lived for five generations. While he’s there, he runs into a woman he loved as a child and begins a romance where the past and the present are dangerously confused. This extraordinary novel is about love, memory, family, flying machines, dance music, and the end of the world. $25.00

Doug Magee wowed his audience when he was here with his reading and description of his latest novel, Darkness All Around. During one harrowing week Risa’s alcoholic husband, Sean, disappears and her best friend is brutally murdered. Eleven years later, Risa has remarried and Carol’s murderer has been convicted. Then, as suddenly as he disappeared, Sean returns, sober, and convinced that he murdered Carol. $25.00

Doug also signed copies of the trade paperback edition of his first novel, Never Wave Goodbye. Lena Trainor plans to spend the next couple of weeks fixing her marriage. But minutes after she puts her daughter, Sarah, on the bus to sleep-away camp, a second Camp Arno bus arrives - the real one. Magee is a thriller writer to watch! $15.00

Zone One by Colson Whitehead is a post-apocalyptic novel (and aren’t we getting a lot of those lately?). A pandemic has devastated the planet and has sorted humanity into two types: the uninfected and the infected; the living and the living dead. The worst of the plague is over and the resettlement of Manhattan has become a top priority. Armed forces have successfully reclaimed the island south of Canal Street, known as Zone One, but pockets of plague-ridden squatters remain. Mark Spitz (not the guy who won all those swimming medals at the Munich Olympics in 1972) is a member of a sweeper unit clearing lower Manhattan. Everything moves in an orderly way - and then it doesn’t! This is both a chilling horror story and a literary novel by one of the most interesting writers at work today. An Unclassifiable Crime Club Main Selection. $25.95


Oscar Wilde and the Vatican Murders by Gyles Brandreth finds Wilde and his exhausted friend, Arthur Conan Doyle, at Bad Homburg, a spa, where they find, amongst Doyle’s fan mail, a severed finger. Then a lock of hair. And then a severed hand. The game, apparently, is not afoot. The trail leads the two of them of Rome and the Vatican and a case that involves miracles as well as murder. $50.00

Bryant & May and The Memory of Blood by Christopher Fowler finds the detectives from the Peculiar Crimes Unit involved in a murder at the New Strand Theatre. The play, The Two Murderers, seems less performance than prophecy when a cast party ends in the shocking death of the theatre owner’s son. $43.00

The Impossible Dead by Ian Rankin is the second book in the Malcolm Fox series. Fox and his team from internal affairs are sent to Fife to investigate whether fellow cops covered up for a corrupt colleague. A British Crime Club Main Selection. $48.00


The Specialists by Lawrence Block, Cahill, CA. SIGNED. First Hardcover Edition. $150.00

Limited to 200 numbered copies, signed, in a slipcase. Very fine book, dust jacket and slipcase.

Tabernacle by Thomas H. Cook, Houghton Mifflin, Boston. 1983. First Edition. SIGNED. $50.00

A fine copy of this uncommon title by one of today’s greatest crime writers. Fine in dust jacket with wear at spine ends.

Lullaby Town by Robert Crais, Bantam, NY. 1992. First Edition. SIGNED. $750.00

Author’s scarcest book. An immaculate, as new copy in like dust jacket. Signed on the title page.

Dancing Bear by James Crumley, Random House, NY. 1983. First Edition. $100.00

Author’s third novel. Very fine in immaculate dust jacket.

Poseidon’s Gold by Lindsey Davis, Century, London. 1992. First Edition. SIGNED. $75.00

Very fine, as new copy in dust jacket.

The Ghostway by Tony Hillerman, Harper, NY. 1985. SIGNED. $300.00

An absolutely fine, as new copy in dust jacket.

The Fala Factor by Stuart M. Kaminsky, St. Martin’s, NY. 1984. First Edition. $25.00

Toby Peters novel involving Eleanor Roosevelt and Buster Keaton in 1940s Hollywood. Very fine in dust jacket.

Smart Moves by Stuart M. Kaminsky, St. Martin’s, NY. 1986. First Edition. $25.00

Toby Peters novel involving Albert Einstein and Paul Robeson in 1940s Hollywood. Very fine in dust jacket.

Private Eye Action as You Like It by J.R. Lansdale & Lewis Shine, Crossroads Press, MA. 1998. First Edition. SIGNED. $100.00

Limited to 100 hardcover copies signed by both authors. As new without dust jacket, as issued, in slipcase.

Black is the Fashion for Dying by Jonathan Latimer, Random House, NY. 1959. First Edition. $45.00

A very fine copy by this important hard-boiled writer and noted Hollywood screenwriter, in an exceptionally clean and fresh dust jacket.

Dismas Hardy by John Lescroat, Mysterious Bookshop. NY. 2008. First Edition. SIGNED. $60.00

A 40-page profile of the author’s most famous character. Limited to only 100 hardcover copies. Very fine without dust jacket, as issued.

Swing Brother Swing by Ngaio Marsh, Collins Crime Club, London. 1949. First Edition. $60.00

Name on front endpaper, top edge a bit sunned, else near fine in rubbed and lightly chipped dust jacket.

The Fencing Master by Arturo Perez-Reverte, Harcourt, NY. 1998. First. U.S. Edition. SIGNED. $45.00

Very fine in dust jacket.

Anatomy of a Killer by Peter Rabe, Abelard-Shuman, NY. 1960. First Edition. $125.00

The only American hardcover edition by this hard-boiled author. Neat date at top of front endpaper, else fine in dust jacket with the merest trace of rubbing at spine ends.

The Backup Men by Ross Thomas, Morrow, NY. 1971. First Edition. $100.00

Fine in dust jacket which has slight fraying at spine ends.

(Ross Thomas) The Highbinders as by Oliver Bleeck, Morrow. NY. 1974. First Edition. $100.00

Fine in dust jacket.

The Hot Rock by Donald E. Westlake, Simon & Schuster, NY. 1970. First Edition. $275.00

First Dortmunder novel and the basis for the Robert Redford film. The white dust jacket has a few lightly soiled spots but over all a fine, sharp copy of this increasingly difficult-to-find book.

The Chronicles of Humphrey Judd by Victor Whitechurch, Ferret Fantasy, London. 1990. First Edition. $25.00

Short story collection by the author of Thrilling Stories of the Railway. Queen’s Quorum title. These rare stories were published in magazines at the turn of the 19th century and never before collected. Limited to only 200 numbered copies, this being #11. Trace of soiling on the covers, else very fine pamphlet.


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