Friday, January 8, 2010

Sally's Weekly Update for 01/08/10!

Here we are, back on schedule again with a Friday update.

...and authors stopping by.

Happy reading.

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 1/8/10


The 13th Hour by Richard Doetsch is a thriller told in reverse. Nick Quinn, accused of murdering his wife, is visited in the police interrogation room by a white-haired gentleman who asks Nick if he would save his wife if he could go back in time. Nick, being innocent, jumps at the chance and finds himself able to go back one hour at a time for a total of twelve hours. This original page-turner is a Thriller/Espionage Club Selection. $25.99

Terrific to see Jasper Fforde again who popped in to sign copies of Shades of Grey. He has not given up on Thursday Next or his Nursery Crimes, but here’s a new premise from the creative Mr. Fforde: Chromatica has long been ruled by a Colortocracy a social hierarchy based on one’s limited color perception. The story centers around Eddie Russett who has a better-than-average red perception and his upcoming engagement to Constance Oxblood which is put in jeopardy when he meets the intriguing Jane Grey and realizes that his life may be as illusory a color itself. A four-color postcard is enclosed. This U.S. Edition is the true first, although we have ordered just a few of the U.K. Edition for those of you who want to "follow the flag." $25.95

Steve Hamilton, Edgar-award winner of the Alex McKnight series, has written a stand alone thriller, The Lock Artist. Michael can do something better than anybody else: open anything, from a locked door to a padlocked safe, and this makes him a hot commodity, especially for the wrong kind of people. A Hard-Boiled Club Selection. $24.99

We have signed copies of Joyce Carol Oates’ first book of the decade! The Fair Maiden tells the story of sixteen-year-old Katya Spivak and sixty-eight-year old Marcus Kidder. This story does not go where you might expect as Oates builds suspense to a horrific climax. $22.00

The U.K. edition of The Vampire Archive (not Archives) by Otto Penzler is here. This original, oversized paperback edition is a slightly smaller in size that the U.S. edition and does not employ the two-column format of that edition. Otto will be delighted to sign this edition for you, as will our own Daniel Seitler who compiled the comprehensive bibliography. $25.00


Death of a Ghost by Margery Allingham, Doubleday Crime Club, NY. 1934. First U.S. Edition. $25.00

Haycraft-Queen cornerstone. Very good.

The Invisible Host by Gwen Bristow and Bruce Manning, Mystery League, NY. 1930. First Edition. $45.00

This novel has a plot extremely reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, written a decade later. Near fine in dust jacket, which is chipped at spine ends.

What Beckoning Ghost by Douglas G. Browne, MacDonald, London. 1947. First Edition. $45.00

A very fine, crisp copy in dust jacket with a trace of rubbing at spine tips.

The Red Widow Murders by Carter Dickson, Heinemann., Reprint.1937. $45.00

First published in 1935. Fine.

Fatal Descent by Carter Dickson (with John Rhode), Dodd Mead, NY. 1939. First U.S. Edition. $450.00

A sliver of darkening at top of spine, else an exceptionally fine and bright copy in a price-clipped dust jacket that is quite chipped at top and bottom of spine. Very scarce in jacket.

Death Wish by Brian Garfield, McKay, NY. 1972. First Edition. $250.00

Basis for the film of the same name starring Charles Bronson. Tiny bit of soiling on the fragile white dust jacket, else very fine.

Uncle Abner by Melville Davisson Post, Appleton, NY. 1918. First Edition. $200.00

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

The Silent Bullet by Robert B. Reeve, Dodd Mead, NY. 1912. First Edition. $150.00

Queen’s Quorum title # 48. "The American Sherlock Holmes." Neat leather bookplate, spine ends rubbed, else fine in a pictorial binding.

The Listening House by Mabel Seeley, Doubleday Crime Club, NY. 1938. First Edition. $100.00

Inexplicably, one of the most elusive of all Crime Club titles. Haycraft-Queen cornerstone. Corners bumped; very good.

Tucker’s People by Ira Wolfert, Fischer, NY. 1943. First Edition. $1,250.00

Basis for the famous noir film, Force of Evil, directed by Abraham Polonsky and starring John Garfield. A fine copy in the scarce second issue dust jacket, which is price-clipped, chipped at the head of the spine, and has tan stains on rear panel.


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