Friday, February 10, 2012

Sally's Weekly Update for 02/10/12

No major sporting events (that I know of) to distract you from the Weekly Update.
Have a good weekend.
Sally Owen
The Mysterious Bookshop
The Mysterious Bookshop
58 Warren Street
New York, NY 10007
Ph: 212-587-1011
Fax: 212-587-1126
Open Seven Days, 11.00 a.m. - 7.00 p.m.*

Weekly Update 2/10/12

* Take note you Sunday shoppers, we will only be open for three more Sundays: the 12th, the 19th, and the 26th of February. After that, we will be open six days a week.
Wednesday, February 15th, 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. Hilary Davidson will be discussing and signing copies of The Next One to Fall.
Travel writer Lily Moore is vacationing in Peru where she comes across a woman lying on the steps of Machu Picchu. The woman whispers her killer’s name before dying but the evidence seems to point to someone else entirely. $24.99
Josh Bazell was here signing Wild Thing, the follow-up to Beat the Reaper which did so extraordinarily well here last year (the staff loved it!). Former mob hitman Dr. Pietro Brnwa is on the run from the mob after the events in that first book and what better way to hide in plain sight than to take a job protecting paleontologist Dr. Violet Hurst who is employed by a reclusive billionaire obsessed with a legend supposedly living in the remote Boundary Waters area of Minnesota. Bazell’s footnotes alone are worth the price of admission. A Hard Boiled Crime Club Selection. $25.99
We have signed copies of Kill Shot by Vince Flynn. Mitch Rapp, CIA agent, is steadily working his way through a list of men responsible for the slaughter of 270 civilians in the Pan Am Lockerbie attack. When he kills a target asleep in his bed in Paris, a trap is sprung and Rapp finds himself in the fight of his life. $27.99
Mark Twain’s Medieval Romance and Other Classic Mystery Stories has been anthologized and edited by Otto Penzler who has signed copies. These ingenious mystery stories are by such literary luminaries as Stanley Ellin, Roald Dahl, Ray Bradbury and Mark Twain. This was originally published as Uncertain Endings. $25.95

Monsieur Pain is a recently translated story by the late Roberto Bolano. In 1938 Paris the Peruvian poet Cesar Vallejo lies dying. His wife calls on the mesmerist Monsieur Pain to help save the poet’s life but agents intervene determined to keep him from treating Vallejo. This story is filled with anxiety, serious moviegoers, washed-up psychics, bribes, Mme. Curie, strange fish tanks, WWII, hopeless love, an assassination, and nightmares. $13.95
Bloodland by Alan Glynn is a paperback original which we expect to be signed later this month. A contractor working for a private company in the Congo endangers the life of the VIP he is assigned to protect; in Ireland an ex Prime Minister tries to revive his career while protecting a closely guarded secret; in the United States a senator makes a bid for the Oval Office. Journalist Jimmy Gilroy, working on a biography of Susie Monaghan, a young star who was killed in a helicopter crash, finds that these disparate events are all linked, and to his project. (Please pre-order) $16.00
Budapest Noir by Vilmos Kondor is an atmospheric debut set in Hungary in October 1936. The story brims with suspense and political intrigue, murder and betrayal. By a new voice in noir detective fiction. Paperback original. $14.99
Two Harry Houdini Mysteries by Daniel Stashower have been reissued: The Dime Museum Murders and The Floating Lady Murder. $12.95 each.
(Rex Stout) The Green Bag’s 2012 Almanac and Reader is published for lawyers, but this particular issue has some wonderful pieces for fans of Rex Stout. The Next Witness; The Last Drive; Justice Ends at Home; and The "Too Many Cooks" Recipe Box are included as is an Introduction to the Wolfe Pack, Culinary Essays inspired by Stout and Nero Wolfe, The Mystey Fiction of Rex Stout and Nero Wolfe, Rex Stout, the Language and the Law. We have only a few copies. $19.95
Tideline, a first mystery by Penny Hancock, is a psychological thriller about obsession and the destructive power of memory. When Jez, the fifteen-year-old nephew of a family friend , arrives at Sonia’s door to borrow some music, Sonia invites him in and soon decides she can’t let him leave. $33.00
The English Monster by Lloyd Shepherd is also a first novel set in London in 1811 where two families have fallen victim to murder. John Harriott, magistrate of the Thames River Police gives the case to his senior officer, Charles Horton and comes up with a word for what Horton does: detection. In Plymouth in 1564 Billy Ablass sets sail with Captain John Hawkyns hoping for a better life. But the kidnap of hundreds of human souls in Africa is not the only cursed event to occur on England’s first official slaving voyage. Based on the real-life story of the gruesome Ratcliffe Highway murders, this novel takes us on a voyage across centuries, through the Age of Discovery until we arrive at Regency Wapping, policed only by Officer Horton. $33.00
The Pleasures of Men by Kate Williams is set in Victorian England where Catherine Sorgeiul lives with her uncle in London’s East End. A murderer is on the loose, ripping open the chests of young girls and stuffing hair into their mouths to resemble a beak. Catherine becomes obsessed with the "Man of Crows" as he is known and follows his exploits until she realizes that she is ensnared in a deadly trap, a world where nothing is as it seems, where sexual obsession, betrayal and murder are buried in a truth more terrifying than anything her imagination could conjure. $43.00
The Disappearing Parson by Miles Burton, Doubleday, NY. 1949. First Edition. $65.00 Near fine in dust jacket showing some wear at the extremities.
The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler, Knopf, NY. 1939. First Edition. $375.00 Glue residue on front endpaper and wear top and bottom of spine, else near fine.
Stories edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantino, The Mysterious Bookshop, NY. 2010. Limited Edition. SIGNED. $375.00 Number 47 of 250 numbered copies, signed by all contributors including Roddy Doyle, Walter Mosley, Lawrence Block, Chuck Palahniuk, Stewart O’Nan, Jeffery Deaver, Michael Moorcock, Elizabeth Hand and Joe Hill. Fine in boards as issued.
The Black Tower by P.D. James, Faber & Faber, London. 1975. First Edition. SIGNED. $300.00 Fine in dust jacket showing some rubbing top and bottom of spine. Dame Phyllis signed and dated this copy 12/10/2009.
Spenser by Robert B. Parker, The Mysterious Bookshop, NY. 2007. Limited. SIGNED. $125.00 This is the third profile in our profile series and is limited to 100 numbered copies and 26 lettered copies. This copy is Out of Series and is signed by Parker. Fine in boards as issued.
Whodunit? Houdini? Edited by Otto Penzler, Harper & Row, NY. 1976. First Edition. SIGNED. $10.00 One of Otto’s earliest volumes: thirteen tales of magic, murder, and mystery. What adds such extraordinary value to this volume is the photograph of Otto taken at that time. For those of you who may not have been born then, this is what we women found so attractive - the hair, the glasses, and the tie! Fine in dust jacket.
The Vampire Archives by Otto Penzler, Vintage Crime, NY. 2009. First Edition. SIGNED. $65.00 Complete volume of vampire tales, edited by Otto Penzler and signed by him. This copy is also signed by Neil Gaiman who wrote the Preface. Fine.
Agents of Treachery edited by Otto Penzler, The Mysterious Bookshop, NY. 2010. Limited Edition. SIGNED. $250.00 Number 228 of 250 numbered copies, signed by all contributors including Charles McCarry, Lee Child, John Lawton, Stephen Hunter, David Morrell, and Olen Steinhauer. Fine in boards as issued.
The Adventures of Ellery Queen by Ellery Queen, Stokes, NY. 1934. First Edition. $250.00 Name stamp inside front cover, else a fine, bright copy with none of the usual rubbing or soiling. A Queen’s Quorum title.
Murder on the Salem Road by Katharine Metcalf Roof, Houghton Mifflin, Boston. 1931. First Edition. $125.00 Murder in Salem, Mass., in the 1830s. Name inside front cover, else crisp, bright copy in dust jacket with a lightly sunned spine.
The Killing Man by Mickey Spillane, Franklin Mint, PA 1989. First Edition. SIGNED. $85.00 Precedes the trade edition. With an introduction exclusively in this edition. A Mike Hammer mystery. A limited edition (number unspecified), signed by Spillane. As new in red leather.
Fer-De-Lance by Rex Stout, Facsimile of First Edition published by Otto Penzler. $200.00 Fine in fine dust jacket.
The Winter Murder Case by S.S. Van Dine. Scribners, NY. 1939. First Edition. $375.00 Glue residue on inside front board else fine copy in bright dust jacket with some rubbing top and bottom of spine.
Frost at Christmas by R.D. Wingfield, Constable, London. 1989. First5 U.K. and first Hardcover Edition. $500.00 Preceded only by the Canadian paperback. Detective Inspector was the hero of the highly successful BBC television series. An absolutely pristine copy of a very scarce book.


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