Friday, November 4, 2011

From Marathon City, Here is the Latest Update


Monday, November 7th 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.

Anthony Horowitz will be here discussing his Sherlock Holmes novel

The House of Silk

Horowitz, the author of the Alex Ryder series, was commissioned by the Arthur Conan Doyle estate to write this novel and we are hearing great things. Otto says it is the best SH novel he’s read, excluding those written by Doyle. Horowitz will be signing the U.S. edition only. $27.99

Author and scholar Michael Dirda will also be here to discuss his book, On Conan Doyle. $19.95

Tuesday, November 8th 6.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.

The Mysterious Bookshop and Akashic Books will celebrate the release of New Jersey Noir.

Editor Joyce Carol Oates will be here along with contributors including Bradford Morrow, S.J. Rozan, Jonathan Santlofer, Edmund White, Sheila Kohler, Gerald Stern, Michael Carroll, S.A. Solomon, C.K. Williams, Hirsh Sawney, Jeffrey Ford, and Lou Manfredo.

Hardcover $24.95

Paperback $15.95

Joyce will also sign copies of her new anthology The Corn Maiden and Other Nighmares. $24.00


Tasha Alexander signed copies of A Crimson Warning, the latest in her Lady Emily Hargreaves series. Along with Deanna Raybourn and Laura Willig, Alexander participated in a very spirited discussion about what it takes to write historical suspense, including getting both the history and the location as accurate as possible. These three women have a huge following. $24.99

We have signed copies of The Litigators by John Grisham. Grisham’s signature appears on a tipped-in page in this, his latest legal thriller. $28.95

Chuck Palahniuk signed copies of Damned in which thirteen-year-old Madison dies and finds herself in hell. She shares a cell with a group of youngsters like herself (think The Breakfast Club here) who must trek across the Dandruff Desert and the Valley of Used Disposable Diapers to confront Satan. $24.95

Lauren Willig signed copies of The Orchid Affair, her latest novel featuring The Pink Carnation. This title came out in January but we had first editions here when she was came by for the event (see above). Laura Gray, a governess, quits her job to enter the Selwick spy school, and from there she is sent to France in the service of the master spy, the Pink Carnation. $25.95

We now have our signed copies of The Outlaw Album by Daniel Woodrell. These twelve stories feature characters on the fringes of society whose motivations include desperation - both material and psychological. $24.99


Assassin of Secrets is Q.R. Markham’s first novel which features Jonathan Chase , a CIA agent whose target is the Zero Directorate, a cabal of rogue assassins who are systematically interrogating and killing seasoned secret agents across the globe. $14.99

Deanna Raybourn, the third in our historical trio, signed The Dark Enquiry which features Lady Julia Grey. Julia, newly married to Nicholas Brisbane, finds herself embroiled in a case that leads to the exclusive Ghost Club. $14.95

Duane Swierczynski signed the first two in his trilogy of pulp thrillers. Fun & Games introduces ex-cop Charlie Hardie in a story "more exciting than whatever you’re reading right now" - Ed Brubaker. $14.99

Charlie Hardie is back in Hell & Gone, the high energy follow-up to Fun & Games. "He’s going to be around for a while. So learn to spell the last name." - Laura Lippman. $14.99


Bad Signs is the latest thriller from R.J. Ellory. Orphaned by an act of senseless violence, half-brothers Clarence Luckman and Elliott Danziger have been raised in state institutions. When they are seized as hostages by a convicted killer on his way to death row, their lives, bad before, take a turn for the horrific. Set in the 1960s, this is a tale of the darkness within all of us. $48.00

Midwinter Sacrifice by Mons Kallentoft is the latest thriller from Sweden. Malin Fors is a single mother and the most talented and ambitious detective on the Linkoping police force. She investigates the death of a man found hanging naked from a tree. Nobody seems to know the identity of the man, or maybe they never wanted to know. $50.00

Fire Storm is the latest Young Sherlock Holmes novel by Andrew Lane. Sherlock is at a loss. His friend and her father have disappeared and his attempts to solve the case take him to Scotland where there is an even darker mystery, one that involves kidnapping and bodysnatchers. $35.00

Icelight by Aly Monroe is set in 1947 as London endures its coldest winter for decades. Against this background Peter Cotton is seconded to Operation Seasnake. MI5 is in the grip of civil war and MI6 is riddled with traitors and Cotton must protect an atomic scientist caught up in a vicious homophobic witch-hunt. $50.00


Top Story Murder by Anthony Berkeley, Doubleday Crime Club, NY. 1931. First U.S. Edition. $65.00

One of Berkeley’s rarest Roger Sheringham titles. Very good-near fine.

(Agatha Christie) A long handwritten letter. $275.00

Written on pale blue air mail letter stationery from March 1973 to G. Phelps Platt, Jr, of her American publishing house, Dodd Mead, arranging a meeting. It is signed in full, Agatha Mallowan, with a return address of Lady Mallowan. Very good condition. Accompanied by an apparently unpublished color snapshot photograph.

The Long Escape by David Dodge, Random House, NY. 1948. First Edition. $45.00

A good suspense thriller by the author of To Catch a Thief. Erasure on front endpaper, else fine in dust jacket, which has minor wear at spine ends and corners.

The Case of the Irate Witness and Other Stories by Erle Stanley Gardner, Morrow, NY. 1975. First Edition. $85.00

Very fine in dust jacket.

Native Tongue by Carl Hiaasen, Knopf, NY. 1991. First Edition. $35.00

Fine in fine dust jacket.

Dashiell Hammett: A Descriptive Bibliography (Pittsburgh Series in Bibliography) by Richard Layman, Un. Of Pittsburgh Press 1979. $40.00

Fine in boards as issued.

Enigma by Robert Harris, Random House, NY. 1995. First U.S. Edition. SIGNED. $45.00

Fine in fine dust jacket.

Sleeping Beauty by Ross Macdonald, Knopf, NY. 1973. First Edition. SIGNED. $350.00

Lew Archer novel. Name inside front cover, else a very fine, fresh copy in dust jacket.

Detective Coulson by Jack Mann, Wright & Brown, London. 1936. First Edition. $125.00

One of the great rarities of 20th century detective fiction. Not quite a very good copy, it lacks the front endpaper, has dust soiling on the covers, and the spine is lightly sunned. Still, an acceptable copy - the only copy I’ve seen in 20 years.

Seeds of Murder by Van Wyck Mason, Doubleday Crime Club, NY. 1930. First Edition. $75.00

An uncommon early espionage title about Captain North. Near fine in a heavily chipped and rubbed dust jacket.

(Joyce Carol Oates) Nemesis by Rosamond Smith, Dutton, NY. 1990. First Edition. SIGNED. $35.00

Signed ‘RS’/Joyce Carol Oates. Fine in fine dust jacket.

Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates, Ecco Press, NY. 2000. First Edition. SIGNED. $45.00

Oates reimagines the life of Norma Jeane Baker - better known as Marilyn Monroe. Fine in fine dust jacket.

Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk, Doubleday, NY. 2005. First Edition. SIGNED. $30.00

Twenty-three stomach-churning tales told by fictional writers who have been led to believe that they are at a "writer’s retreat" but who actually find themselves in desperate circumstances. Fine in fine dust jacket.

Monk’s Hood by Ellis Peters, Morrow, NY. 1981. First U.S. Edition. $65.00

The Third Chronicle of Brother Cadfael. Fine in dust jacket with trace of rubbing at spine ends.

The Virgin in the Ice by Ellis Peters, Morrow, NY. 1983. First U.S. Edition. $45.00

The Sixth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael. Fine in fine dust jacket.

Resurrection Row by Anne Perry, St. Martin’s NY. 1981. First Edition. INSCRIBED $175.00

Precedes the U.K. edition by 20 years. The author’s scarce fourth mystery. Very fine, as new copy in dust jacket. Inscribed and signed by the author.

101 Years’ Entertainment by Ellery Queen, Ed., Little Brown, Boston. 1941. First Edition. $45.00

Relentlessly repeated volume, probably the best detective anthology of all time. Top edge a little dusty, else about fine, in a bright, near fine dust jacket with a closed tear and crease at the front hinge.

Pure Poison by Hillary Waugh, Doubleday, NY. 1966. First Edition. $20.00

The under-appreciated author was a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America and was one of the first to invent the police procedural.

Kiss Your Ass Goodbye by Charles Willeford, McMillan, FL. 1987. First Edition. SIGNED. $275.00

Limited to 400 copies numbered and signed by the author. Very fine, as new copy in dust jacket


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