Saturday, August 14, 2010

Sally's Weekly Update for 08/13/10!

It is Friday 13th. As purveyors of crime books full of murder and mayhem, The Mysterious Bookshop considers this to be a lucky day (we opened our doors on Friday the 13th).

However, now we're not sure. Please take a look at the note about The Last Talk with Lola Faye by Thomas H. Cook!!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Sally Owen
The Mysterious Bookshop

The Mysterious Bookshop

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New York, NY 10007

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Weekly Update 8/13/10

Almost your last chance.....

We are rapidly running out of pre-ordered copies of

The Devil by Ken Bruen

This edition is only limited to 100 numbered copies at $150.00 and 26 lettered copies at $275.00.

This edition precedes the trade edition

This edition is signed.

If you are a Ken Bruen fan, or if you are collecting books published by The Mysterious Bookshop, you may want to add this title to your collection.

We are at the first come, first served stage.....

A Quick Note....

We have just learned that The Last Talk With Lola Faye by Thomas H. Cook is in its second printing. Great news for Tom, but not for The Mysterious Bookshop. This was to be our September Selection for The Crime Collectors Club, so this note most directly affects you. We are working to get a suitable replacement for this selection and I will be in touch with The Crime Club about this. We are also working on getting some first editions which Tom will be happy to sign. If we are successful, we’ll offer them in the weekly update on a first come, first served basis. Sorry about that.

A Question

Max Allan Collins has contacted us to ask if we would like him to sign copies of The Big Bang, the last Mike Hammer novel Max completed from a manuscript by Mickey Spillane.

We would love to do this, but because the book is a few months old, we do not want to send him too many, or too few, books. Max has graciously said he would sign however many we want.

So please let me know if you’d like a signed copy of this title. We still have first editions. $25.00


Hemingway Cutthroat is the second mystery by Michael Atkinson to feature the author as sleuth. Hemingway is covering the Spanish Civil War for the American press when a friend is murdered. Together with fellow author John Dos Passos, Papa must risk death in a war zone to find out what happened to his old buddy. Atkinson has included his trademark cartoon of Hemingway. $24.99

Michael Capuzzo has been working on The Murder Room for quite a few years now, but the wait has been worth it. These are the secret investigations of the crime-fighting Vidocq Society, named for Eugene Francois Vidocq whose legendary adventures inspired the creation of the detective novel. The three detectives met in a private club in Philadelphia to hunt down cold-case killers. $26.00

Blind Man’s Alley is the second thriller from Justin Peacock, this one set in the cutthroat world of New York real estate. When three workers fall to their death from a condo development in SoHo the developer, Roth Properties, assigns the task of cleaning up the PR mess to the elite midtown law firm of Blake and Wolcott. $26.95

Rules of Betrayal is the third book by Christopher Reichs to feature Doctors Without Borders surgeon, Jonathan Ransom, and his double agent wife, Emma. Ransom, a loner working outside any political boundaries, is fast becoming as compelling a figure as Lee Child’s Jack Reacher. $25.95


The Executioner is by Chris Carter, the bestselling author of The Crucifix Killer. Inside a Los Angeles church, a blood-soaked , decapitated body of a priest lies on the altar. The priest’s head has been replaced by that of a dog. A ritualistic killing? Detective Robert Hunter must figure that out. $35.00

Free Country by Jeremy Duns is the second Paul Dark Spy Thriller. Limited to 100 copies, signed, numbered and dated with a Top Secret Document stamp. Very limited supply. $50.00

The Woodcutter by Reginald Hill is a stand alone thriller set in rural Cumbria. It tells the story of Wolf Hadda, a humble woodcutter’s son who becomes a hugely successful entrepreneur, happily married to the girl of his dreams. A knock on the door one morning ends all that! $47.00

Low Life by Ryan David Jahn is a psychological thriller which begins when Simon Johnson is attacked in his LA apartment. He defends himself and realizes that the attacker, whom he kills, bears an uncanny resemblance to himself. In the coming days, Simon’s lonely life will spiral out of control. $40.00

Bad Boy by Peter Robinson is the latest to feature Chief Inspector Banks and his colleague DI Annie Cabbot. $48.00

We do have a few copies of Bleed For Me, the latest psychological thriller from Michael Robotham. $40.00

Craig Russell’s second Lennox thriller, The Long Glasgow Kiss, has arrived. Lennox, a PI, works the mean streets of Glasgow, Scotland in the 1950s. It’s a dangerous place where only the toughest survive.


Cloud Nine by James M. Cain, Mysterious Press, NY. 1984. First Edition. $35.00

Very fine in dust jacket.

Drink to Yesterday by Manning Coles, Knopf, NY. 1941. Advance Proof Copy. $150.00

Proof copy of the first U.S. edition of this Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone. Front cover detached but present, else about a good copy and very rare.

Every Night’s a Bullfight by John Gardner, Michael Joseph, London. 1971. First Edition. SIGNED. $40.00

A novel of the theater by one of the greatest of all espionage writers. About fine in dust jacket.

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.

(Ellery Queen) Whodunit: A Biblio-Bio-Anecdotal Memoir of Frederic Dannay by Eleanor Sullivan, Targ, NY. 1984. First Edition. SIGNED. $100.00

First and only edition, limited to 150 copies. SIGNED on the title page by Dannay as Ellery Queen and by Sullivan, the long-time editor of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. With a frontispiece illustration of Dannay SIGNED by the artist, John Groth. Very fine in crisp tissue dust jacket. This copy is additionally inscribed: "To Ed Hoch - At last! A book of mine inscribed to you instead of the other way around! With love to you and Pat - so many happy memories. Eleanor."

The Case of Jenny Brice by Mary Roberts Rinehart, Bobbs-Merrill, Indianapolis. First Edition. 1913. $375.00

A very early title by the best-selling mystery writer of her time. A bit of rubbing at the edges, a loss of about one inch of endpaper along rear hinge, else a fine fresh copy in a remarkably clean, bright dust jacket with a few nearly invisible closed tears. An exceptional copy for such an early book.

The Watcher by Kay Nolte Smith, Coward, McCann, Geoghegan, NY. First Edition. 1980. $75.00

Winner of the Edgar for Best First Novel. Fine in dust jacket.

The Twisted Thing by Mickey Spillane, Dutton, NY. 1966. First Edition. $50.00

Previous owner’s name, else fine in lightly rubbed dust jacket.

Cast a Yellow Shadow by Ross Thomas, Morrow, NY. 1967. First Edition. $150.00

The author’s third book. Fine in dust jacket with light wear at spine ends.


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