Saturday, July 31, 2010

Rebecca Cantrell at The Mysterious Bookshop!

Author Rebecca Cantrell made an appearance at The Mysterious Bookshop to discuss her new novel A NIGHT OF LONG KNIVES!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Sally's Weekly Update for 07/30/10!

From New York, sunny with low humidity, comes this week's Weekly Update!

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 7/30/10


Wednesday, August 4th

6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.

The Mysterious Bookshop and Akashic Books present


Edited by Sarah Cortez & Liz Martinez

Contributors Reed Farrel Coleman, Richie Narvaez, Mistina Bates, and David Cole etc. will be attending.


The long list for The Man Booker Prize, one of the most prestigious literary awards, was announced this past week. On that list is The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet by David Mitchell. We have no more U.K. editions, but we do have signed first U.S. editions. $26.00

The John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2010 short list was also announced. Those of you who are in the British Crime Club have signed first editions of a couple of these.

We do have just a few of nominee The Holy Thief by William Ryan left. $58.00.


Kings of the Earth is Jon Clinch’s second book (after Finn). It tells the story of the Proctor brothers who live quietly in upstate New York until one of them dies in his sleep and the other two are suspected of murder. An Unclassifiable Club selection. $26.00

Carl Hiaasen stopped by to sign his latest, Star Island. It features twenty-two year old Cherry Pye, a pop star since she was fourteen who is about to attempt a comeback from her latest drug-and-alcohol disaster. It also features Ann DeLusia , Cherry’s double when Cherry is "indisposed" who is kidnapped by obsessed paparazzo Bang Abbott. $26.95


No Good from a Corpse by Leigh Bracket, Macmillan, AZ. 1999. First Trade Edition SIGNED $60.00

This collection of stories and title novel is limited to 1,000 copies. With an introduction by Ray Bradbury and an afterword by Michael Connelly. This copy is signed by Bradbury and Connelly. Very fine in dust jacket.

The Baby in the Icebox by James M. Cain, Holt, NY. 1981. First Edition. $25.00

Very fine in dust jacket.

The Little Sister by Raymond Chandler, Otto Penzler Books, NY. 1996. $40.00

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

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

Very fine, fresh copy in dust jacket.

True Detective by Max Allan Collins, St. Martin’s, NY. 1983. First Edition. INSCRIBED. $125.00

Small spot on page edges, else fine in dust jacket. The scarce first Nate Heller. Signed and inscribed to Donald E. Westlake and his wife. "To Don & Abby -/best regards/Elwin" apparently a joke of some sort as the handwriting is clearly the author’s. Also signed in full on the title page.

Suicide Hill by James Ellroy, Mysterious Press, NY. 1986. First Edition. SIGNED. $125.00

Page tops dusty, else fine in dust jacket. Signed and inscribed (Dear reader - "And death was a thrill on Suicide Hill")

There Came Both Mist and Snow by Michael Innes, Gollancz, London. 1940. First Edition. $75.00

A scrape on front cover, else very good or better. Very scarce.

The Good Old Stuff by John D. MacDonald, Harper & Row, NY. 1982. First Edition. INSCRIBED. $375.00

Fine in dust jacket with light wear to spine ends. Signed and inscribed to Donald E. Westlake and his wife. "For Don and Abby/Cheers!/John D. MacDonald/17 Sept. ‘82." A wonderful association copy between two giants of the genre.

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

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.

Fire Over England by A.E.W. Mason, Hodder & Stoughton, London. 1936. First Edition. $375.00

A couple of rubbed spots on cover, else about fine in a bright, fresh dust jacket, which has trivial wear at the spine ends. Complete with the rare wrap-around band, which is sunned at the spine.

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

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


Friday, July 23, 2010

Sally's Weekly Update for 07/23/10

Here's the latest update.

Have a cool weekend.

Sally Owen

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.


...was such a success last week, that I am going to ask for it again for two more titles we expect to receive from the U.K:

John Le Carre - Our Kind of Traitor

This latest from the master of espionage probably will not be British Crime Club Selection (the timing doesn’t quite work for us). However, we would like to make sure we order the more or less correct number.

Philip Kerr - Field Grey

The latest Bernie Gunther thriller probably will be a British Crime Club Selection. But please order anyway to give us some idea of numbers.

Please pre-order these two items. Thanks.


We sent our copies of The Glass Rainbow to James Lee Burke and he has signed them on the half-title page. I don’t believe he toured at all, so signed copies of the latest Dave Robicheaux mystery signed this way are not going to be plentiful. $25.99

Memory Wall is Anthony Doerr’s second collection of short stories and he’s receiving excellent reviews. The title story won the 2010 National Magazine Award for Fiction. $24.00

Layover in Dubai by Dan Fesperman features Sam Keller, who has been enlisted by his V.P. for Corporate Security and Investigation to spy on another employee while they’re traveling on company business. When his charge is murdered in Dubai, Sam is plunged into a lethal mix of mobsters, prostitutes, crooked cops, and corporate players. A Thriller/Espionage Club Selection. $25.95

So Cold the River by Michael Koryta is a good old-fashioned horror story set in the spa town of West Baden Springs. This gothic chiller is very hard to put down and Koryta who, up until now, has written P.I. novels, seems to have found a winning formula here. Hope he keeps going in this direction. $24.99

Blood Suckers is the first of several volumes containing the stories from The Vampire Archives, edited by Otto Penzler (who will sign your copy). Mass market paperback format. $7.99.

Daniel Silva was here signing copies of The Rembrandt Affair, the latest thriller featuring Gabriel Allon, art restorer and assassin. This is a Crime Collector’s Club Selection. $26.96

Think of a Number by John Verdon introduces Dave Gurney, who has just retired as the NYPD’s top homicide investigator. Gurney is brought into a massive serial-murder investigation when the police are unable to make any headway with a baffling killer who is fond of rhymes filled with threats and warnings. A First Mystery Club Selection. $22.00


Dexter is Delicious by Jeff Lindsay is here! Thanks to you, I think we’re going to have enough copies. If you haven’t ordered your copy yet, we do have some extras. Lindsay, who was in England for a crime convention, signed them there. This the true first edition. $33.00


Murder at the Moorings by Miles Burton, Sears, NY. 1934. First U.S. Edition. $65.00

A scarce title, as most of Burton’s titles are. A couple of scuffs on rear cover, else very good.

Deadly is the Diamond by Mignon Eberhart, Random House, NY. 1958. First Edition. $100.00

Collection of novelettes. Fine in dust jacket.

The Gift Horse by Frank Gruber, Farrar & Rinehart, NY. 1942. First Edition. $125.00

Very good-near fine in like dust jacket. Gift inscription on front pastedown, jacket has small chips along edges and spine extremities.

The Silver Jackass by Frank Gruber as Charles K. Boston., Reynal & Hitchcock, NY. 1941. First Edition. $375.00

Name and address on front endpaper, else near fine with minor edge wear. Jacket shows light wear at extremities.

The Savage Day by Jack Higgins, Holt, NY. 1972. First U.S. Edition. $65.00

Scarce early title. Fine in dust jacket and especially uncommon in this condition.


For fans of this loony author, here is a special treat. The following are new trade paperback editions of Keller novels that have never before been published in book form. The price is $29.95 each:

The Street of a Thousand Eyes (With Hazel Goodwin Keeler)

The Straw Hat Murders

The Crimson Cube 30915

The Gallows Wait, My Lord

Strange Journey (with Teriza Rinaldo Keeler)

The White Circle

Hangman’s Nights

(Ross Macdonald) "Find the Woman" in The Queen’s Awards 1946, edited by Ellery Queen, Little Brown, Boston. 1946. First Edition. $75.00

This is the first book publication of Macdonald’s first short story. A very fine copy in dust jacket, which has a sunned spine.

Gun in Cheek by Bill Pronzini, Coward, McCann, NY. 1982. First Edition. $35.00

A cornerstone reference work devoted to the worst mystery fiction of all time. Utterly hilarious. Tiny remainder dot on lower page edge, else very fine in dust jacket.

Ellery Queen’s 1960 Anthology by Ellery Queen, Ed., Davis, NY. 1959. First Edition. $45.00

Published as a paperback original, this is copy #149 of an unspecified limited edition specially bound in hardcover. About very good. The limitation leaf is laid in and signed by Ellery Queen.

This Strange Adventure by Mary Roberts Rinehart, Doubleday, Doran, NY. 1929. First Edition. $300.00

A remarkably fine copy in a bright, fresh dust jacket with a couple of tiny nicks at top of folds. The best jacket for this vintage mystery one could hope to find.

The Kill Artist by Daniel Silva, Random House, NY. 2000. First Edition SIGNED. $75.00

The author’s fourth book and the first to feature Gabriel Allon. Fine in fine dust jacket.


Sally's Weekly Update for 07/16/10

Happy Friday folks.

A couple of things:
I've been out for the past three days and the emails are piling up. I haven't lost them, I just haven't replied to many of them yet. If you're waiting for an answer from me, please be patient, I'll get there!

Also, you'll notice beaucoup de signed books this week. We had the Thrillerfest party last Friday and many of the authors in attendance signed their books. In some cases, we have very few copies, so put in your orders.

I'm reading The Whisperers by John Connolly right now. What are you 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.


Friday, July 23rd 6.30p.m. - 8.00p.m.

Hal Ackerman will read from and discuss his debut novel

Stein Stoned

Described as "Fletch" meets "The Big Lebowski"

Available in Hardcover $24.95 and Paperback $14.95


We would like to have some idea of numbers before ordering the following books from the UK:

Lee Child - Worth Dying For

This follow up to 61 Hours will be a U.K. "True" first edition. It will be signed

Please note that the U.S. edition of this title will be a Crime Club Selection when it is published here. Also signed of course.

Stuart Neville - Collusion

Again, this will be a U.K. "True" first edition. It will also be a trade paperback, and may not be signed.

The U.S. Edition will be the first hardcover edition. We don’t know yet if we are getting signed copies.

Please pre-order these three items. Thanks


Evidence of Murder is Lisa Black’s second novel featuring forensic investigator Theresa Maclean. A young woman has been found dead in the woods with no marks on her that might suggest foul play, but Theresa suspects foul play anyway. $24.99

A Night of Long Knives by Rebecca Cantrell once again features Hannah Vogel, a journalist who has vowed never to set foot in her native Germany while the Nazis are in power. Ernst Rohm, who claims to be the father of Hannah’s child, has other ideas and Hannah finds herself in Munich. But the timing is bad for the head of the SA - Hitler has just ordered his execution, along with that of hundreds of storm troopers. The Night of the Long Knives has begun. $24.99

David Carnoy’s debut, Knife Music, is a gripping thriller. Six months ago, Dr. Ted Cogan treated a young girl hurt in a car accident. Now she’s dead and the police are asking questions. It seems the high-school sophomore was raped and that she committed suicide. Cogan must clear his name. A First Mystery Club Selection. $24.95

The Barbary Pirates by William Dietrich is the latest Ethan Gate adventure. This time he’s up against the Barbary Pirates, a powerful band of Muslim outlaws from North Africa. $25.99

R.J. Ellory, looking very spiffy in his new beard, signed copies of the U.S. edition of The Anniversary Man. He’s becoming a huge favorite with our customers. $24.95

Running Dark, Jamie Freveletti’s second thriller featuring biochemist Emma Caldridge begins as Emma reaches mile thirty-six of the fifty-five mile Comrades Ultramarathon in South Africa. A roadside bomb explodes disorienting Emma who, dazed, regains consciousness to find a man standing over her with a white plastic injector. $24.99

Crashers is Dana Haynes first book. When a passenger plane crashes outside Portland, Oregon, a team of experts, known as "crashers" assembles to discover the truth behind the crash. This is not the book to read on your next plane trip, but it is extraordinarily well done. $24.99

In Silencing Sam by Julie Kramer a widely despised gossip columnist is found shot to death. Riley Spartz must secretly investigate a case in which she becomes the prime suspect. $23.99

The Dragon Factory by Jonathan Maberry features Joe Ledger and The DMS (Department of Military Sciences) who must stop two competing groups of geneticists from a) creating exotic transgenic monsters, or b) using technology to continue the Nazi master race. They have their work cut out for them! This is a Trade Paperback Original. $14.99

In The Rule of Nine by Steve Martini, Paul Madriani tackles the Old Weatherman who is planning an attack to drive a stake through the heart of the right-wing establishment and bury it for good. He has set his sights on the seat of the United States government in the heart of Washington DC, and Madriani must stop him. $26.99

The Spot: Stories by David Means contains thirteen new stories by one of the best short story writers at work today. $23.00

Boyd Morrison’s debut, The Ark features archaeologist Dilara Kenner who finds herself in search of an artifact known as Noah’s Ark. She must find it in seven days before its secret is used to wipe out civilization once again. $24.99

Galveston by Nic Pizzolatto went into second printing before publication. And no wonder. Pizzolatto is being compared to Cormac McCarthy. On the same day that Roy Cady is diagnosed with a terminal illness, he senses that his boss, a dangerous loan-sharking bar-owner, wants him dead. We have signed first editions. $25.00

Red November by W. Craig Reed is not to be missed by anyone interested in the Cold War. Reed, a former U.S. Navy diver provides an extraordinarily exciting narrative of the underwater struggles and espionage operations between the United States and the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics between 1945 and 1992. Non-Fiction. $27.99

A Special Place is a rumination on the nature of evil by Peter Straub. The story of Keith Hayward and his irresistible fascination with death stands alone, but is also a companion piece to A Dark Matter, Straub’s novel from earlier this year. $14.95. A Dark Matter. $26.95

The Wolves of Fairmount Park is Dennis Tafoya’s second crime novel in which the details of a drive-by shooting of two teenagers in a rough Philadelphia neighborhood are filled in from four perspectives. $25.99


The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green, Burt, NY. 1928. (Originally published in 1978) SIGNED. $375.00

Photoplay edition, with scenes from the movie inserted. Frequently (erroneously) described as the first American detective novel by a woman, this is nonetheless an important title, being chosen as a Haycraft-Queen cornerstone. Spine tips a bit rubbed, else a fine tight copy. SIGNED and inscribed by the author: "Mr. Richard Ladd Gifford/It is with pleasure I write/my name in this book/Anna Katharine Green Rohlfs/August 1928."

X Y Z by Anna Katharine Green, Putnam, NY. 1883. First Edition. $375.00

Very scarce short story collection. Issued in stiff wrappers, there are chips on the two lower corners of the front cover, a bit of rubbing to a portion of the lower spine, else very good - an unusually tight copy.

A Difficult Problem The Staircase at the Heart’s Delight and Other Stories by Anna Katharine Green, Lupton, NY. 1900. $100.00

Tips of spine a bit rubbed, name inside front cover, else a fine copy.

Three Thousand Dollars by Anna Katharine Green, Badger, Boston. First Edition. 1910. SIGNED. $450.00

Spine lettering rubbed off , else very good or better copy of an uncommon title. SIGNED and inscribed by the author: "For my cousin/Elizabeth D. Shephard/With the constant/affection of the author/Anna Katharine Green Rohlfs/December 1909."

3rd Omnibus of Crime by Dorothy L. Sayers, Coward, NY. 1935. First U.S. Edition. $65.00

An exceptionally fine copy in the uncommon dust jacket, which is faded and chipped at the spine. A huge and important collection of 52 stories.

Too Many Cooks by Rex Stout, Farrar & Reinhart, NY. 1938. First Edition. $1,250.00

A fine, bright copy with the top edge stain as fresh as when it was published. In the original dust jacket, which is sunned on the spine, price-clipped, a dime-sized chip at bottom corner of front panel, some closed tears and lightly frayed at spine ends. Overall, a very nice copy of a very scarce book in collectors’ condition.

Where There’s a Will by Rex Stout, Farrar & Rinehart, NY. 1940. First Edition. $2,250.00

Endpapers foxed, a stain on one page, else an exceptionally bright and fresh copy in the scarce dust jacket, which is lightly worn at corners and spine tips. A lovely collector’s copy.


Thursday, July 15, 2010


Here are some great pics of the party for A NIGHT OF LONG KNIVES by Rebecca Cantrell in progress even as I post thanks to modern technology!

Our Party for Peter Straub!

Here are some pictures of our party for Peter Straub and his new novella A SPECIAL PLACE last evening. A wonderful time was had by all!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Party for INDIAN COUNTRY NOIR 08/04/10!

The Mysterious Bookshop
will host a party
celebrating the release of

Indian Country Noir
with editor Sarah Cortez
and contributors
Reed Farrel Coleman,
Richie Narvaez,
Mistina Bates
and David Cole

Wednesday, August 4th
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm.

Admission is Free.

The Mysterious Bookshop
58 Warren Street (Between Church and West Broadway)
New York, NY, 10007
(212) 587-1011

Party for STEIN, STONED by Hal Ackerman 07/23/10!

The Mysterious Bookshop
is proud to present:

Hal Ackerman
discussing his new novel
Stein, Stoned

Friday, July 23rd
from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

Admission is free.

The Mysterious Bookshop
58 Warren Street (Between Church and West Broadway)
New York, NY 10007
(212) 587-1011

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Friday, July 9, 2010

Sally's Weekly Update for 07/09/10!

"Thrillerfest" is in town and we expect many of the authors in attendance to stop by and sign . We should have a fairly long list of signed books for you next week.

Meanwhile, here's this week's list.

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 7/9/10


Tuesday, July 13th 6.30p.m. - 8.00p.m.

A Double Event

Denis Tafoya will discuss his new book, The Wolves of Fairmount Park. Hardcover

Jonathan Mabery will discuss his new book, The Dragon Factory. Paperback Original.

Wednesday, July 14th 6.30p.m. - 8.00p.m.

Peter Straub will discuss his new novella, A Special Place: The Heart of a Dark Matter. Paperback Original.

Thursday, July 15th 6.30p.m. - 8.00 p.m.

Rebecca Cantrell will discuss her new book A Night of Long Knives. Hardcover

Admission is Free


Midnight Angels by Lorenzo Carcaterra is the first in a proposed trilogy. Kate Westcott is in Florence studying the work of Michelangelo. She and a fellow student discover a secret chamber in a corridor sealed since the time of the Medicis. Inside are three small Michelangelo miniatures long rumored to exist but never before seen. Soon Kate is running for her life. A Thriller/Espionage Club Selection. $26.00

Barry Eisler stopped by to sign Inside Out, featuring Ben Traven who is ordered to find and eliminate a rogue operative who has stolen torture tapes from the CIA and is blackmailing the U.S . Government. $25.00

As Husbands Go is the latest from Susan Isaacs. Susie B. Anthony Rabinowitz Gersten assumed her marriage to plastic surgeon Jonah was a happy one, until he’s found dead in the Upper East Side apartment of a second-rate "escort." Susie searches for the answers to Jonah’s death - and life. Susan Isaacs is in top form here. $25.00

Camilla Lackberg is being called the new Swedish sensation (a reference to the success of Stieg Larsson’s books) and The Ice Princess is her American debut. When Erika Falck returns to her hometown , she discovers that her childhood friend is dead. Erica wants to write a book about their friendship, but detective Patrik Headstrom is following his own suspicions about the case. Despite ordering many copies, we are rapidly running out since customers couldn’t wait for the book to be signed, so get in touch soon. $25.95

James Mauro was here earlier this week and signed more copies of Twilight at the End of the World, his account of the 1939 New York World’s Fair, the dream built atop the notorious garbage dump in Corona, Queens. That world’s fair was plagued with bad weather, power failures, and bomb plots. $28.00

Dark Harbor: The War for the New York Waterfront, by Nathan Ward, tells the story of the Mafia-controlled waterfront which has been portrayed in the movies with, apparently, little exaggeration. Ward manages to portray an age which was, at once, more corrupt and more innocent than our own. $26.00.


Bryant & May off the Rails by Christopher Fowler is the eighth mystery featuring the investigators from the Peculiar Crimes Unit. This time out they are on the trail of a young man named Mr. Fox who has escaped from a locked room and murdered one of their own. That trail leads them deep into the subterranean world of the London Underground where they will uncover a mystery as bizarre as anything they have ever encountered. $43.00

We have been able to get a few copies of the U.K. edition of The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet by David Mitchell. Mitchell will be in town to sign the U.S. edition next week, but the U.K. is the true first edition. For those of you who have not read Mitchell, his work is extraordinary, and look for this title to be on the Man Booker Prize Short List. $48.00


Murder in Manhattan by Bill Adler, creator, Morrow, NY. 1984. First Edition. SIGNED. $60.00

A round-robin novel by eight authors: Thomas Chastain, Mary Higgins Clark, Dorothy Salisbury Davis, Lucy Freeman, Joyce Harrington, Warren Murphy, Bernard St. James and Whitley Streiber. Very fine in dust jacket. This copy is signed by all eight contributors.

The Three-Corpse Trick by Miles Burton, Collins Crime, London. 1944. First Edition. $65.00

Inscription on front endpaper, else near fine.

The Concrete Blonde by Michael Connelly, Little Brown, Boston. 1994. First Edition. SIGNED. $50.00

Author’s third book. Fine in dust jacket.

Death of a Blue Movie Star by Jeffery Deaver, Bantam, NY. 1999. First Edition. $25.00

Scarce paperback original. Very fine, unread copy.

Crimson Friday by Dorothy Cameron Disney, Random House, NY. 1943. First Edition. $75.00

A fine copy in a fine, fresh, bright, price-clipped dust jacket.

Rain Fall by Barry Eisler, Putnam, NY. 2002. First Edition. SIGNED. $45.00

Author’s first novel. Introduces John Rain. Fine in fine dust jacket.

Diagnosis: Impossible by Edward D. Hoch, Crippen & Landru, Norfolk, VA. 1996. First Edition. $20.00

A collection of locked room mysteries and other impossible crimes involving Dr. Sam Hawthorne, including the vanishing of a horse and carriage from inside a covered bridge, the vanishing of a small boy from a swing, etc. One of a very small number of hardcover copies that were produced as an overrun on the limited edition. This copy is not numbered or signed. Very fine in dust jacket.

"Find the Woman" (Ross Macdonald) in The Queen’s Awards 1946, edited by Ellery Queen, Little Brown, Boston. 1946. First Edition. $75.00

This is the first publication of Macdonald’s first short story. A very fine copy in dust jacket, which has a sunned spine.

The Score by Richard Stark, Pocket, NY. 1964. First Edition. $25.00

Paperback original. Bookstore stamps, spine dings, else very good.

The Rare Coin Score by Richard Stark, Gold Medal, Greenwich, CT. 1967. First Edition. $20.00

Paperback original. Wear at spine ends, corners and edges, else very good.

The Green Eagle Score by Richard Stark, Gold Medal, CT. 1967. First Edition. $35.00

Paperback original. Spine is slightly cocked with a light reading crease, else near fine.

The Sour Lemon Score by Richard Stark, Gold Medal, CT. 1969. First Edition. $25.00

Paperback original. Spine cocked, else about very good.


Saturday, July 3, 2010

The July 2010 Newsletter

The July newsletter is now posted on our website. Below are the links.

Please note that we will be closed Sunday July 4th and Monday July 5th. Back to work on Tuesday July 6th.

Sally Owen
The Mysterious Bookshop

Friday, July 2, 2010

Sally's Weekly Update for 07/02/10!

July 4th Weekend!!

The Mysterious Bookshop will be closed on Sunday July 4th and Monday July 5th.

The staff wishes you B-B-Q's and fireworks!

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 7/2/10


Tuesday, July 6th. 6.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.

A double event showcasing two non-fiction books:

Nathan Ward

Dark Harbor: The War for New York’s Waterfront

Hardcover. First Edition. $26.00

James Mauro

Twilight at the World of Tomorrow: Genius, Madness, Murder, & the 1939 World’s Fair on the Brink of War.

Hardcover. First Edition. $28.00

A Note About Events....

When publicizing an event in the Weekly Update, I have not been adding information which might be important for pre-ordering. I’m going to start adding that information because of the event we hosted this past week. My description was not clear:

Killer Instinct by Zoe Sharp is, indeed, the first Charlie Fox mystery. However, it was written in 2001 and has just become available in the United States. The copies we are offering are paperback originals and first U.S. Editions. We have copies signed by Zoe Sharp, and by Lee Child, who wrote the introduction to this edition. $15.00 Place your orders.


Terror’s Reach is Tom Bale’s second book (after Skin and Bones). Terror’s Reach is an exclusive island on the south coast of England which is home to business rivals Robert Felton and Valentin Naseniko. Now a murderous gang is targeting this resort and the residents are facing annihilation. Joe Clayton, ex-CID officer, may be the only man who can save them. $33.00

We have a couple of copies of The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim by Jonathan Coe. Not strictly a mystery, this story features Sim who may have seventy-four friends on Facebook but who has nobody with whom to really share his problems. A business proposition finds him driving from London to a remote retail outlet on the Shetland Isles. This journey will lead him not only to one of the furthest points in the U.K. but also to the dark secrets within his own family. $48.00

A Darker Shade of Blue by John Harvey is a collection of short stories exposing a world of broken families, run-down estates, revenge killings, and corruption. They feature some of Harvey’s greatest creations: Frank Elder, Jack Kiley, and the much-loved Detective Inspector Charlie Resnick. $48.00


The Bloomsbury Wonder by Thomas Burke, Mandrake, London. 1929. First Edition. $100.00

Very fine in a dust jacket with a slightly darkened spine but otherwise fine.

Fast One by Paul Cain, Doubleday, NY. 1933. Advance Proof Copy. $10,000.00

Generally regarded as one of the great high spots of hard-boiled fiction, this is the author’s only novel and a rare book in dust jacket. This advance copy, in the original wrappers, is of the utmost rarity - quite possibly unique. A cornerstone for any collector of pulp fiction, Black Mask writers, private eye stories or the Golden Age of American hard-boiled fiction. A fine copy in a custom slipcase.

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle, Newnes, London. 1902. First Edition. $4,500.00

One of the greatest mysteries of all time. A Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone. There is a hint of sunning to the spine, and the corners are a trifle bumped, but still a near fine copy in true collector’s condition.

Game without Rules by Michael Gilbert, Harper, NY. 1967. First Edition. $75.00

Precedes the U.K. Edition. A Queen’s Quorum title. Very fine in dust jacket.

The Lonesome Badger by Frank Gruber, Rinehart, NY. 1954. First Edition. $75.00

Fine in dust jacket with light foxing to endpapers.

Mystic River by Dennis Lehane, Morrow, NY. 2001. First Edition. SIGNED. $45.00

The basis for the great movie. Fine in dust jacket.

Spadework by Bill Pronzini, Crippen & Landru, Norfolk, VA. 1996. First Edition. SIGNED. $40.00

Limited to 350 copies, numbered and signed by the author, with a page of the typescript of his novel Demons. A collection of "Nameless" detective stories. Very fine, as new copy, in dust jacket.

(Clayton Rawson) Clayton Rawson: Magic and Mystery by Michael Canick, Volcanick, NY. 1999. First Edition. $16.00

First and only edition of this annotated bibliography devoted to Rawson’s detective fiction and his writings about magic. Rawson, a noted magician and for many years the editor of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, ranked second only to John Dickson Carr in his mastery of locked room and impossible crimes, mainly in books about his magician detective, the Great Merlini. Large format, stapled wrappers. Very fine.


Next in the line that went from Hammett to Chandler to Macdonald, Robert B. Parker has maintained an extraordinary level of consistently excellent books, mainly featuring his iconic modern hero, Spenser. In addition to being a national best-seller for more than 20 years, he has remained one of the most enthusiastically collected mystery writers of our time. The following are all first editions published in New York in fine condition and in fine dust jackets unless otherwise noted. If you order any book from the following list and request it, we will be pleased to send a free copy of he paperback edition of Spenser, the author’s profile of his character, written exclusively for The Mystery Bookshop. Limited to 1,000 copies.

Early Autumn, Delacorte, NY. 1981. First Edition. Inscribed and SIGNED. $45.00

Fine in dust jacket, which is rubbed at spine ends.

The Widening Gyre, Delacorte, NY. 1983. First Edition. Inscribed and SIGNED. $45.00

Fine in dust jacket.

Valediction, Delacorte, NY. 1984. First Edition. SIGNED. $25.00

Fine in lightly rubbed dust jacket.

Taming a Sea Horse, Delacorte, NY. 1986. First Edition. $25.00

Fine in dust jacket.

Pale Kings and Princes, Delacorte, NY. 1987. First Edition. $25.00

Crimson Joy, Delacorte, NY. 1988. First Edition. SIGNED. $25.00

Perish Twice, Putnam, NY. 2000. First Edition. SIGNED. $23.95

Hugger Mugger, Putnam, NY. 2000. First Edition. SIGNED. $15.00

Address label inside front cover.

Another copy. Very fine in dust jacket. SIGNED. $23.95

Widow’s Walk, Putnam, NY. 2002. First Edition. SIGNED. $24.95

Blue Screen, Putnam, NY. 2006. First Edition. SIGNED. $24.95


Party for A NIGHT OF LONG KNIVES by Rebecca Cantrell

The Mysterious Bookshop
is proud to present:

Rebecca Cantrell
discussing her new novel
A Night of Long Knives

Thursday, July 15th
from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

Admission is free.

The Mysterious Bookshop
58 Warren Street
(Between Church and West Broadway)
(212) 587-1011