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


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