Friday, August 21, 2009

Sally's Weekly Update for 08/21/09

Here's the Update. I've put in the Agatha Christie titles again because they are such beautiful volumes.
Did you not see them the first time around?

Happy weekend.

Sally Owen
The Mysterious Bookshop

The Mysterious Bookshop

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New York, NY 10007

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Weekly Update 8/21/09

First, a message from Otto...

Our spectacular publication (with all modesty) of the limited edition of The Lineup, signed by all 22 contributors, will be ready in the middle of September and copies will be shipped to you immediately when we get them. No one will be charged until then. If you haven’t reserved your copy, you’ll be sor-r-r-r-y!


Jeff Lindsay will be here a week from today to sign copies of Dexter By Design. Some of you have UK editions (the true first) and we’d like to offer you the opportunity to get these signed. Please remove dust jackets to preserve condition, insert a card with your name and address and send, priority mail, to the attention of Ian Kern or Sally Owen.


Hemingway Deadlights by Michael Atkinson introduces Nobel Prize-winning author Ernest Hemingway as sleuth. It is 1956 and Hemingway is dealing with writer’s block on Key West. When one of his many drinking companions is impaled on an antique harpoon, Hemingway investigates. A First Mystery Club Selection. $24.99

Joseph Finder stopped by (as promised) and signed Vanished. This thriller introduces Nick Heller who was trained in the Special Forces. Nick is asked by his sister-in-law to find his brother who disappeared after the couple was attacked. $25.99

Big Machine by Victor LaValle features Ricky Rice, a middle-aged hustler with a lingering junk habit, a bum knee, and a haunted mind. He gets by as a porter at a bus depot in Utica, New York, until a letter arrives reminding him of a vow he once made and summoning him to Vermont. An Unclassifiable Club Selection. $25.00


A reminder that Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon is a mystery and one of the author’s most accessible books. Set in L.A. in the late 1960s, Pynchon is remarkably at ease in this genre. He’s a recluse and won’t sign. Not ever. $27.95

We had a wonderful event this past week commemorating the life and work of Donald E. Westlake. The store was full of love and admiration for one of our favorite writers. Get Real is his last Dortmunder novel. $23.99


No Good From a Corpse by Leigh Brackett, McMillan, AZ. 1999. First Limited Edition. SIGNED. $125.00

Limited to only 200 copies, this collection of stories and the title novel has an introduction by Ray Bradbury and an afterword by Michael Connelly. Signed by Bradbury and Connelly. Very fine in slipcase.

Love’s Lovely Counterfeit by James M. Cain, Knopf, NY. 1942. First Edition. $750.00

Fine in fine dust jacket.

Galatea by James M. Cain, Knopf, NY. 1953. First Edition. $65.00

Fine in price-clipped dust jacket.

The Eight of Swords by John Dickson Carr, Harper, NY. 1934. First Edition. $45.00

Good-very good copy of a scarce book.

Endless Night by Agatha Christie, Collins Crime Club, London. First Edition. $75.00

Very fine, fresh copy in dust jacket.

By the Pricking of My Thumbs by Agatha Christie, Collins Crime Club, London. $1968. First Edition. $60.00

Very fine, fresh copy in dust jacket.

Passenger to Frankfurt by Agatha Christie, Collins Crime Club, London, 1970. First Edition. $60.00

Very fine, fresh copy in dust jacket.

Elephants Can Remember by Agatha Christie, Collins Crime Club, London. 1972. First Edition. $50.00

Very fine, fresh copy in dust jacket.

Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie, Collins Crime Club, London. 1976. First Edition. $45.00

Very fine, fresh copy in dust jacket.

Lew Archer, Private Investigator by Ross Macdonald, Mysterious Press, NY. 1977. First Edition. $75.00

The complete Lew Archer short stories. Slight dust soiling to top edges, else a fine, as new copy in acetate dust jacket.

The Case of Jenny Brice by Mary Roberts Rinehart, Bobbs-Merrill, Indianapolis. 1913. First Edition. $375.00

A very early title by the best-selling mystery writer of her time. A bit of rubbing at the edges, a loss of about one inch of endpaper along rear hinge, else a fine fresh copy in a remarkably clean, bright dust jacket with a few nearly invisible closed tears. An exceptional copy for such an early book.

The Twisted Thing by Mickey Spillane, Viking, NY. 1946. First Edition. $50.00

Previous owner’s name, else fine in lightly rubbed dust jacket.

The Dutch Blue Error by William G. Tapply, Scribners, NY. 1985. First Edition. $125.00

Page edges slightly soiled, else a fine copy in dust jacket with a review slip laid in. The author’s second mystery features stamp collecting.

Cast a Yellow Shadow by Ross Thomas, Morrow, NY. 1967. First Edition. $150.00

The author’s third book. Fine in dust jacket with light wear at spine ends.


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