Friday, January 27, 2012

Sally's Weekly Update for 01/27/12

I was up at an ungodly hour this morning watching the semi-final match from Australia between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.  Worth losing the sleep. Meanwhile, here is Update number 300!!!

Taken, the much anticipated Elvis Cole/Joe Pike thriller from Robert Crais is here. Nita Morales hires Elvis Cole to find her missing daughter when she gets a ransom note. But Morales isn’t really worried: she thinks her daughter has run off with her boyfriend and that they need money. But Morales is wrong. Her daughter and boyfriend have indeed been kidnapped Cole and Pike find the place where the couple were taken and they think it looks as bad as it can possibly be. But they too are wrong. A Crime Collector’s Club Main Selection (January). $26.95

Elmore Leonard was here signing copies of Raylan, featuring his character Raylan Givens, who is also the star of the hit TV series Justified. U.S. Marshal Givens is the laconic, Stetson-wearing, fast-drawing lawman who juggles dozens of cases at a time and always shoots to kill. A Crime Collector’s Club Main Selection (March) $26.99

Walter Mosley was also here (at the same time as Leonard) signing copies of his latest Leonid McGill mystery, All I Did Was Shoot My Man. Eight years ago Zella Grisham shot her fella, Harry, when she found him in bed with her friend (I should think so!), although she doesn’t remember doing so. The district attorney was inclined to be lenient until $50,000 from a recent heist was found in Zella’s storage unit. When Zella gets out, she hires McGill, who for several reasons, is convinced of her innocence. A Crime Collector’s Club Main Selection (February). $26.95

More after the jump!


The interest in signed U.K. editions has obviously increased. We received a shipment from the U.K. earlier this week, so full of goodies, that we have very few copies left of each title. It will be first come, first served, although I am fairly confident we can reorder. So....

The Diamond Chariot by Boris Akunin features Erast Fandorin. It is 1905 and Russia and Japan are locked in a bloody war. Fandorin is called in to investigate an explosion on a railway bridge. We then return to 1878 when Fandorin arrived in the port of Yokohama where, with O-Yumi he investigated rumors of a plot to kill a minister. He also met the deadliest sect of ninjas in Japan. These two tales converge in a thrilling finale. $45.00

Finders Keepers is Belinda Bauer’s third thriller set on the outskirts of Exmoor. I think I’ve expressed my enthusiasm for this series and am anxious to read this, written by the woman who Val McDermid calls "the most disturbing new talent around." I’ll say! We do still have signed first editions of Bauer’s previous thriller, Darkside. Darkside is $35.00, Finders Keepers is $38.00

John Harvey is one of Britain’s best and most successful writers. Good Bait finds DCI Karen Shields of the Homicide & Serious Crime team investigating the murder of a teenage boy on Hampstead Heath. Meanwhile, in Cornwall, DI Trevor Cordon is preparing to travel to London to trace the daughter of another tragic fatality. These cases overlap in unexpected ways. A British Crime Club Main Selection. $35.00

The Child Who is the third novel from Simon Lelic, a writer who has not quite caught on in the United States - yet. When twelve-year-old Daniel Blake brutally murders a schoolmate, defense lawyer Leon Curtice knows that the case will be high-profile and morally challenging. But he’s not prepared for the public fury - or that of his teenage daughter. This will be published here in the U.S. next month, but as a paperback original. $35.00
Also available is Lelic’s second book, The Facility. $35.00

No Beast So Fierce by Edward Bunker, Norton, NY. 1973. First Edition. $750.00 The basis for the film Straight Time, directed by Ulu Grosbard and starring Dustin Hoffman. Very scarce. Previous owner’s name, else an exceptional copy.

The Keeper of Black Hounds by Nicholas Carter, Street & Smith, NY. 1941. First Edition. $35.00 A small chip at the base of the spine, else near fine in the original full-color pictorial wrappers.

The Drop by Michael Connelly, Mysterious Bookshop, NY. 2011. First Edition. SIGNED. $150.00 We announced that this was sold out and had numerous orders beyond the 100 copy limitation. However, we have just found a copy with very slight bumped corners. The true first edition, numbered and signed. First call or email gets it.

Black Echo by Michael Connelly, Little Brown, Boston. 2012. $35.00 There was a special event to celebrate Connelly’s 20 years with Little, Brown and the publisher issued a tiny facsimile of the first edition of the first book, identical to the first edition in every way except for a line on the copyright page noting that it was reprinted in 2012. Probably fewer than 100 copies were produced. As new in dust jacket.

The Red Widow Murders by Carter Dickson, Heinemann, London. 1947. Reprint. $30.00 First published in 1935. Fine.

To the Hilt by Dick Francis, Scorpion Press, Bristol. 1996. First Edition. SIGNED. $125.00 Limited to only 99 copies, handsomely bound in marbled boards and quarter leather. With an appreciation by Margaret Yorke. As new in glassine dust jacket.

Second Wind by Dick Francis, Scorpion Press, Bristol, 1999. First Edition. SIGNED. $125.00 Limited to only 99 copies, handsomely bound in marbled boards and quarter leather. With an appreciation by Simon Brett. As new in glassine dust jacket.

"Kenyon’s Innings" by E.W. Hornung, in Longman’s Magazine, vol. 19 (1891-1892) and "The Unbidden Guest" in Longman’s Magazine, vol. 23 (1894). $20 for the two.
Two stories in bound volumes. Interiors fine, bindings worn.

I’ll Kill You Next by Day Keene, Ramble House, MS. $19.95 A new collection of pulp stories by one of the best noir writers of the 1940s, with an introduction by Ed Gorman. Trade paperback.

Blood from a Stone by Donna Leon, Heinemann, London. 2005. First Edition. SIGNED. $45.00 As new in dust jacket.

Through a Glass Darkly by Donna Leon, Heinemann, London. 2006. First Edition. SIGNED. $45.00 A new in dust jacket.

Suffer the Little Children by Donna Leon, Heinemann, London. 2007. First Edition. SIGNED. $45.00 As new in dust jacket.

About Face by Donna Leon, Heinemann, London. 2009. First Edition. SIGNED. $42.50
A new in dust jacket.

Jack & Jill by James Patterson, Little Brown, Boston. 1996. First Edition. SIGNED. $35.00 The third Alex Cross mystery. Fine in dust jacket, which has an "Autographed Copy" sticker on the front panel. Signed on the title page.

The Nautical Chart by Arturo Perez-Reverte, Harcourt, NY. 2001. First English Translation. $26.00 Very fine in dust jacket.

The Score by Richard Stark, Gregg Press, Boston. 1981. $65.00 First hardcover edition of the fifth Parker novel. With a new introduction by William L. DeAndrea. Fine in near fine dust jacket with minuscule wear to two corners.

The Ransomed Madonna by Lionel White, Dutton, NY. 1964. First Edition. $45.00 Fine in about fine dust jacket. Rubbing to top of dust jacket spine, ink mark on front panel.



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