Friday, November 6, 2009

Sally's Weekly Update for 11/06/09

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Weekly Update 11/6/09


A reminder that Otto Penzler, Lee Child, Carol O’Connell and John Connolly will be at

The Center for Fiction (previously known as The Mercantile Library)

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

Wednesday, November 11th at 6.30p.m.

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.


Nine Dragons by Michael Connelly is now signed. Harry Bosch’s investigation into the murder of John Li, a liquor store owner, leads him to Hong Kong where he comes up against a lethal crime ring that follows many immigrants to their new lives in the U.S. A Crime Collectors Club Selection. $27.99

Death Will Help You Leave Him by Elizabeth Zelvin features, once again, recovering alcoholic Bruce Kohler. When the abusive boyfriend of Bruce’s friend is found murdered, Bruce finds himself juggling sleuthing, sobriety, and his feelings for the dead man’s girlfriend. $25.99

We have a few extra copies of two titles, which were Crime Club selections, but which we did not promote vigorously because we thought we might only have enough for Club members. So if you do not have copies, let us know:

The Arms Maker of Berlin by Dan Fesperman. This thriller, set in the present and in wartime Switzerland and Germany, traces the intrigues of the White Rose student movement, which dared to speak out against Hitler. $25.95

If the Dead Rise Not by Philip Kerr is a Bernie Gunther mystery set in Berlin in 1934 as the city prepares to host the 1936 Olympics and Jews are being expelled from all German sporting organizations. $45.00

Publisher’s Weekly picks the Best Books of 2009

Despite the fact the Publisher’s Weekly did not include one woman author in their Top Ten books of the year, they did include some women in their top 100.

Anyway, she huffed, there are worthy books on this list, books we have chosen for Crime Club Selections and books we have had signed. We only have one or two copies of these titles, so consider it a Rare List of sorts - first come, first served:

Spooner by Pete Dexter. $26.99

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn $24.00

Bryant & May on the Loose by Christopher Fowler $43.00

Ravens by George Dawes Green $24.99

Big Machine by Victor LaValle $25.00

The Vagrants by Yiyun Li $30.00

New World Monkeys by Nancy Mauro $23.00

Drood by Dan Simmons $26.99


(Jonathan Gash) Streetwalker, London, Bodley Head. 1959. $175.00

The ghost-written autobiography of a London prostitute. The first book by Dr. John Grant, who went on to write the Lovejoy series and other books under the pseudonym Jonathan Gash. Very scarce title; no U.S. Edition. Fine in dust jacket.

The Moon in the Gutter by David Goodis, Gold Medal, NY. 1953. First Edition. $85.00

Acclaimed paperback original. Very good with a light reading crease and minor spine rubbing.

Marked "Personal" by Anna Katharine Green, Putnam. N.T., 1893. First Edition. $250.00

Name on front cover, else a very good copy in the original wrappers. As is true of most 19th century books by important authors, scarce in collectable condition in this fragile binding.

The So Blue Marble by Dorothy B. Hughes, Duell, Sloane & Pierce. 1940. Advance Copy. $750.00

A scarce first edition of this Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone, but rare in an advance copy, bound in the dust jacket used for the hardcover book. Signed in full on the title page. Additionally inscribed: "For Otto/My first book/and one of my favorites/Best, Dorothy. Review copy stamped with the publication date, Mar. 22, 1940. Spine creased, chipped at top. This is only the second copy I’ve ever seen (the other being in my personal collection).

The Eight Strokes of the Clock by Maurice Leblanc, Macaulay, NY. 1922. First U.S. Edition. $65.00

Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone and Queen’s Quorum title. Spine ends worn, else very good.

See Them Die by Ed McBain, Simon & Schuster, NY. 1960. First Edition. $65.00

Front endpaper shows separation, though the book remains firm and tight. Very good in dust jacket, which is chipped at top and bottom of spine.

Please Write for Details by John D. MacDonald, Simon & Schuster, NY. 1959. First Edition. $25.00

Early novel, published five years before the first Travis McGee adventure. Date at top of front endpaper, else very good in dust jacket with sunned spine and a tear at top of hinge.

The Red House Mystery by A.A. Milne, Methuen, London. 1922. First Edition. $45.00

Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone. Top of spine frayed, covers faded, else very good, tight copy.

The Case of the Foster Father by Virginia Perdue, Doubleday Crime Club, NY. 1942. First Edition. $125.00

A tape strip reinforces (unnecessarily) the interior of the top of the spine, else a fine copy in dust jacket.


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