Friday, August 28, 2009

Sally's Weekly Update for 08/28/09

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Weekly Update 8/28/09


Bad Things Happen is a first novel by Harry Dolan featuring David Loogan who writes and then edits for the mystery magazine Gray Streets. David becomes friendly with the magazine’s publisher, Tom Kristoll, and then finds himself embroiled in an affair with Tom’s wife. When people begin to die, detective Elizabeth Waishkey (a wonderfully drawn character) investigates. But David seems to be prime suspect and he needs to find the killer before he becomes the next victim. Nelson DeMille called this book moody and atmospheric, and that’s exactly right. $24.95

The Best American Crime Reporting 2009 is now here. Series editors Otto Penzler and Thomas H. Cook have once again put together the very best in true crime writing. Jeffrey Toobin edits this paperback original. $14.99

Kathy Reichs signed 206 Bones, her new mystery featuring Temperance Brennan. Many of you have already ordered this and we are putting together your orders now. If you haven’t contacted us but would like a copy, let us know soon. $26.99

The Amateurs by Marcus Sakey tells the story of four friends who, over a few drinks, plan to rob the bar in which they meet every week. It all seems like harmless fun and nobody is supposed to die, so when the killing starts the friends are faced with a moral dilemma. Each one of them is going to have to do the right thing for themselves and for the three others - or not, and each one of them knows that three best friends are going to be making that same choice. A Hard-Boiled Selection. $25.95


The Buried Circle is Jenni Mills’ second mystery and is set in the past and the present. In 1938, the archaeologist Alexander Keiller plans to reconstruct the 5000-year-old stone circle at

Avebury. Frannie and David become involved in the project, with fatal results. Nearly seventy years later, Frannie’s granddaughter returns to Avebury to unearth the truth about her grandparents. This literary thriller, set in a landscape of standing stones and World War II, weaves fact with fiction as ancient mysteries collide with modern obsessions. $33.00

Lennox is the first in a new crime series by Craig Russell. Lennox, a shady investigator who stands somewhere between legal and illegal, inhabits the Glasgow of 1953 where the battle for the streets is just beginning. When Lennox is framed for murder, he must solve the crime to prove his innocence. $50.00


The Enchanted Isle by James M. Cain, Mysterious Press, NY. 1985. First Edition. $35.00

Very fine in dust jacket.

Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie, Collins Crime Club, London. 1927. First Edition. $3750.00

Apart from a bit of sunning to the spine (much less than the orange cloth bindings of this era usually have), a very good-near fine copy in the scarce dust jacket, which is unpriced, being for export. There is minor chipping to the top of the spine, and there is chipping along the upper edge of the rear panel extending to the rear flap, otherwise a very nice, bright copy.

Inspector Morse by Colin Dexter, Mysterious Bookshop, NY. 2007. First and Only Edition. SIGNED. $50.00

An original profile of Dexter’s character. One of a few "Out of Series" copies of the hardcover, of which there were only 100 for sale. As new without dust jacket, as issued.

Old Bones by Aaron Elkins, Mysterious Press, NY. 1987. $75.00

Winner of the Edgar for Best Novel. Very fine in dust jacket.

The Billion Dollar Sure Thing by Paul Erdman, Scribners, NY. 1973. First Edition. $75.00

Winner of the Edgar for Best First Mystery. Fine in dust jacket.

The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett, Otto Penzler Books, NY. 1996. Facsimile. $150.00

An exact facsimile of the first edition. Very fine, as new copy in dust jacket.

Lew Archer, Private Investigator by Ross Macdonald, Mysterious Press, NY 1977. First Edition. $100.00

The introductory essay written especially for this book and handsomely produced as an eight-page promotional pamphlet. An important scarce Macdonald item. Fine in gray wrappers with deckled edges.

The Watcher by Kay Nolte Smith, Coward, McCann, Geoghegan, NY. 1980. First Edition. $75.00

Winner of the Edgar for Best First Mystery. Fine in dust jacket.

Carolina Skeletons by David Stout, Mysterious Bookshop, NY. 1988. $45.00

A novel based on the true story of the youngest person in America ever executed for murder – a 14-year-old black boy accused of killing two white girls. Winner of the Edgar for Best First Mystery. Fine in dust jacket.

The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey, Macmillan, NY. 1949. First U.S. Edition. $30.00

Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone. Annotations on front endpaper, else very good in dust jacket.

A Hair’s Breadth by Lee Thayer, Dodd, Mead, NY. 1940. First Edition. $40.00

A Peter Clancy novel. Bookplate, else fine in dust jacket.


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