Friday, December 30, 2011

Sally's weekly update 11/30/2011

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In our January newsletter, under Staff Favorites, you will find our favorite reads of the year. If you would like to share your favorite reads with us, we’d love to hear from you.


Lots of good buzz about The Whisperer, a first novel by Donato Carrisi. When severed arms are discovered in a circle in the woods, Inspector Mila Vasquez joins a team of dedicated detectives who have a track record of catching serial killers. But the killer is way ahead of this group, and he’s just getting started. This thriller has become a bestseller in Europe. The author is not touring and we have SIGNED BOOKPLATES ONLY. $25.99

Birthdays for the Dead by Stuart MacBride is a stand alone crime novel. Five years ago Rebecca, the daughter of Detective Constable Ash Henderson, went missing on the eve of her 13th birthday. Every year, on her birthday, a card arrives at the Henderson house, showing Rebecca - and each one is more gruesome than the last. This psycho has been snatching girls for 12 years now and the tabloids call him The Birthday Boy because he takes girls as they are about to turn thirteen. What Ash Henderson won’t tell anybody is that he has been receiving these cards (his colleagues think Rebecca ran away from home) -. He doesn’t want to be taken off the investigation. He want to be there when they catch him! A British Crime Club Main Selection. $38.00 (approx).

Please note: There is a strict on-sale date for this title. We will take your orders but will be unable to send them to you until after January 5th. Note also that we will be unable to order more copies of this title. British Crime Club Members will receive their copies, after that it will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

All Otto all the time! We have received copies of the U.K. edition of Zombies (published here as Zombies, Zombies, Zombies - in case you didn’t get it the first time). Otto will sign copies of this edition which has the same content as the U.S. edition but which, to my mind, has a more appropriately gruesome cover. $25.00

Our third Bibliomystery is here. The Scroll by Anne Perry is limited to 100 hardcover editions at $50.00, and is available in paperback for $4.95 ($1.00 to Crime Club Members).

We do have a subscription list for our Biblios. As of now we have copies available of the Anne Perry story, as well as a few copies left of Biblio # 2, The Book of Ghosts by Reed Farrel Coleman.

The Innocent by Taylor Stevens once again features Vanessa Michael Munroe, introduced in The Informationist. Eight years ago, five-year-old Hannah was spirited out of school and into the cult known as The Chosen which has, under its leader The Prophet, hidden the child and shielded her abductor. Now several childhood survivors of the cult have escaped and they turn to Vanessa to help them free Hannah. $24.00

More After the Jump!


Dead Drunk by George Bagby, Doubleday Crime Club, NY. 1953. First Edition. $20.00

Inspector Schmidt novel. Fine in dust jacket, which has a small chip on front panel.

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown, Doubleday, NY. First Edition. SIGNED. $75.00

Fine in dust jacket.

Incredible Ink by Howard Browne, McMillan, Tucson, AZ. 1997. First Edition. SIGNED. $100.00

Giant volume of stories from the pulps, a new autobiographical essay, a bibliography, etc. Limited to 350 copies in a slipcase, numbered and signed by Browne, one of the best of all pulp writers and the closest in style to Raymond Chandler.

The Butterfly by James M. Cain, Knopf, NY. 1947. First Edition. $125.00

Fine in dust jacket. Review copy with publisher’s slip laid in.

The Problem of the Wire Cage by John Dickson Carr, Harper, NY. 1939. First Edition. $300.00

A fine copy of this Dr. Fell mystery in the scarce tennis-related dust jacket, which is lightly worn along edges and spine ends, with a small chip at the bottom of the front panel.

The Mysterious Mr. Quin by Agatha Christie, Dodd, Mead, NY. 1930. . First U.S. Edition. $5,000.00

Apart from the ubiquitous bit of fading to the pink spine (much less than usual), this is a fine, fresh copy in a dazzling dust jacket - possibly the best copy on earth (or elsewhere). Twice as expensive as most copies in the scarce dust jacket, but 20 times better.

Alias the Dead by George Harmon Coxe, Knopf, NY. 1943. First Edition. $85.00

An early title by this underrated Black Mask writer. Previous owner’s name inside front cover, else fine in dust jacket.

The Iron Hand of Mars by Lindsey Davis, Hutchinson, London. 1992. First Edition. SIGNED. $175.00

Fourth Marcus Didius Falco novel. Very fine, as new copy, in dust jacket.

Time to Depart by Lindsey Davis, Century, London. 1995. First Edition. SIGNED. $65.00

Very fine, as new copy, in dust jacket.

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

Very fine, as new copy, in dust jacket.

The Case of the Murderer’s Bride and Other Stories by Erle Stanley Gardner, Davis, NY. 1974. Second Printing. $35.00

A surprisingly scarce paperback original. Very fine.

"B" is for Burglar by Sue Grafton, Holt, NY. 1985. First Edition. INSCRIBED. $1,500.00

Author’s second Kinsey Milhone mystery. Very fine in dust jacket. Inscribed on the title page: "To — warmest regards from Kinsey and me. 5-5-85. Sue."

Carrie by Stephen King, Doubleday, NY. 1974. First Edition. $3,000.00

Author’s first book. An absolutely perfect copy in a pristine dust jacket and very rare in this condition.

The Devil to Pay by Ellery Queen, Stokes, NY. 1938. First Edition. $650.00

A bit of foxing, and the pale gray linen cloth has darkened, as usual - this is not soiling, but oxidation causing discoloration as on all copies - else about fine. The scarce dust jacket is dazzling, without a hint of wear, except that the rear flap inexplicably has been excised and replaced with a photocopy. It looks like the best copy in the world - but it’s not. Still, a difficult book in this condition.

Over My Dead Body by Rex Stout, Farrar & Rinehart, NY. 1938. First Edition. $375.00

Seventh Nero Wolfe novel. Some modest cover fading, else a very good-near fine copy.

Death Out of Thin Air by Stuart Towne, Coward-McCann, NY. 1941. First Edition. $350.00

An impossible crime story by Clayton Rawson under this pseudonym. The character is Don Diavolo, a magician. Contains two novellas, originally published in the very rare pulp magazine Red Star. Near fine copy of this very scarce book.

(Yellow Peril) The Vengeance of Fu Chang by Winifred Howard, Oxford University Press, NY. 1932. First Edition. $25.00

Appears to be a young adult novel. Illustrated. Bookplate and gift inscription, else a fine copy.

(Yellow Peril) The Death Gong by Selwyn Jepson, Grosset & Dunlap. 1927. Reprint. $20.00

"Out of the dark of an Oriental monastery into the daylight of an Occidental laboratory came a strange instrument to change many lives." Near fine in a lightly chipped and rubbed dust jacket with a great sinister Oriental shadow.

(Yellow Peril) The Green God by Frederic Arnold Kummer, Watt, NY. 1911. First Edition. $125.00

By a writer who became a mainstay of the pulps. A fine copy in a handsome pictorial binding.


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