Friday, October 30, 2009

Sally's Weekly Update for 10/30/09

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Weekly Update 10/30/09


Please join Otto Penzler, Lee Child, Carol O’Connell and John Connolly for a special event at The Center for Fiction (previously known as The Mercantile Library)

17 East 47th Street (between Fifth and Madison Avenues)

Wednesday, November 11th at 6.30pm.

Otto will moderate a discussion by these three contributors to The Lineup (Little Brown, $25.99) as they discuss their characters, what inspired the authors to create them, etc.

First edition copies of the book will be for sale and will happily be signed by all.

Admission is free.


Emily Arsenault’s debut, The Broken Teaglass, will delight fans of Biblio mysteries. The Samuelson company is preparing for the next edition of their prestigious Samuelson Dictionary. Editorial assistant Billy Webb, just out of college, begins to sense that there is something suspicious going on beneath this company’s academic facade. A First Mystery Selection. $25.00

Another Biblio mystery, Hound, by Vincent McCaffrey, takes place in the world of rare books, estate auctions, and library sales. Henry Sullivan who buys and sells books, is asked by Morgan Johnson to look at her late husband’s books. He finds himself drawn into a family whose mixed loyalties and secret history will have fatal results. McCaffrey is the owner of Boston’s Avenue Victor Hugo Bookshop. A First Mystery Selection. $24.00

Paying Back Jack by Christopher G. Moore is definitely not a biblio mystery. Set in Bangkok and featuring Vincent Calvino, a disbarred American lawyer now working as a PI, it tells the story of two of Calvino’s cases which, together, will threaten his freedom and even his life. $19.95

Derek Nikitas, Edgar-nominated author of Pyres, delivers another unusual and hard-hitting story in The Long Division, which weaves together the lives of several characters as they come together in series of shocking events. A Hard Boiled Club Selection. $24.99

The trade edition of The Lineup, edited by Otto Penzler is here (didya see that rave review in The New York Times? Wow!). Before you ask: Otto Penzler will sign copies but we cannot guarantee that we will have copies signed by any other author, not even those appearing at the event next week. We’ll certainly try, but we can’t be sure, and we will not hold books for signature. $25.99

We’re excited to have some signed copies of Angel Time by Anne Rice. Toby O’Dare is a contract killer, on assignment to kill once again. A mysterious stranger offers O’Dare an opportunity to save rather than take lives and O’Dare, who once dreamt of being a priest, accepts. What happens to O’Dare is extraordinary. The signature is tipped in. $25.95


The Hunter by Richard Stark is now a graphic novel, and a very good one! Adapted and illustrated by Darwyn Cooke, every Stark/Westlake fan should be intrigued by this. $24.99


The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse is a departure for her: In the winter of 1928, Freddie Watson is traveling through southern France when his car spins off the road during a storm. Freddie stumbles into the woods and takes refuge in an isolated village where he and a young woman, Fabrissa, share stories about the Great War. By the end of the night, Freddie finds himself holding the key to a heartbreaking mystery. $38.00

The Geneva Deception is James Twining’s latest thriller. A Mafia enforcer is murdered and then a senior official at a Vatican-backed bank is killed under similar circumstances. For Lieutenant Allegra Damico is becomes clear the killings are the opening shots in a war. $50.00


Here Lies by Eric Ambler, Farrar Straus Giroux, NY. 1985. First U.S. Edition. $150.00

Limited to only 100 copies, numbered and signed by the great espionage writer. Very fine in slipcase.

Miss Hurd: An Enigma by Anna Katharine Green, Putnam. NY. 1894. First Edition. $500.00

Bookplate, sliver chipped from bottom of front cover, else very good in the original wrappers. A rare book in this fragile binding.

That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green, Putnam, NY. 1897. First Edition. $250.00

Endpapers toned, page tops dusty, else a fine copy in blue cloth with the gold still bright and fresh. An early Ebenezer Gryce mystery by this historically important author.

Happy New Year, Herbie & Other Stories by Evan Hunter, Simon & Schuster, NY. 1963. $65.00

Page tops faded, else fine in dust jacket, which has a trace of wear to spine ends and a corner.

‘Til Death by Ed McBain, Simon & Schuster, NY. 1959. First Edition. $200.00

Early and very scarce 87th Precinct novel. A trace of rubbing to spine ends, else about fine in slightly dusty dust jacket with a sunned spine, as usually found on this title.

The End of Night by John D. MacDonald, Simon & Schuster, NY. 1960. First Edition. $65.00

A bit of sunning to very top of spine, else fine in a dust jacket with light wear at spine ends.

The Old Man in the Corner by Baroness Orczy, Greening, London. 1909. First Edition. $1,000.00

Armorial bookplate, trivial rubbing to spine ends and corners, else about a fine copy of this Haycraft-Queen cornerstone and Queen’s Quorum title. Celebrating it’s 100th birthday, this is an unusually nice copy, with the gold and front cover illustration bright and fresh.

The Red Box by Rex Stout, Farrar & Rinehart, NY. 1937. First Edition. $3500.00

A very good to fine copy in a dust jacket that has undergone substantial restoration. Exterior tape mending necessitated expert removal and subsequent restoration of affected areas, mostly across the center of the front panel and the spine. Tears have been mended and some chips replaced; folds have been strengthened. Overall, a very attractive example of a very scarce book in dust jacket.

As bizarre as it seems, this showed up on Google Alert on Wednesday, Oct. 28 - a review of a book Otto edited 33 years ago!! Equally bizarre, we have a few copies of the hardcover first edition still available at the original published price of $10.95. Let us know if you’d like one. Autographed (of course) on request.

Whodunit? Houdini? By Otto Penzler, Editor. Harper & Row, NY. 1976. Review by Mike Tooney

This is an anthology of thirteen mystery stories dealing with the common theme of magic; yet this is not a book of fantasy. While magic is central to each story, the solutions (with one exception) are as down-to-earth as one could hope for (the exception, by John Collier, of course being sui generis).

The authors of Whodunit? Houdini? Include Clayton Rawson, Carter Dickson, Frederick Irving Anderson, William Irish, Walter B. Gibson, Stanley Ellin, and Erle Stanley Gardner: an impressive representation of some of pulp fiction’s greatest practitioners. For that reason alone the book is worth seeking out.


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