Friday, January 14, 2011

Sally's Weekly Update for 01/14/11

The weather continues to thwart us!!!!

Joyce Carol Oates cancelled her appearance here and is heading off to California for a month (very smart!).
The MSBS Staff (not me) has been shovelling the sidewalks constantly it seems and the cold is biting.
I know some of you live in areas where this kind of weather is the norm, but we aren't used to it!! Yet.

Thinking of becoming a snowbird.

Here are some books to keep you warm.

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 1/14/11


We’re sorry that the weather prohibited our event with Joyce Carol Oates from happening.

Hope everybody who had planned to attend received the cancellation notice in time.

We have rescheduled this event for March 9th. Hopefully the weather will be kinder then.

I will remind you closer to that date.

We will hold on to your books sent in for signature until that date. If you would like them returned, just let us know.

Wednesday, January 19th, 6.30p.m. - 8.00p.m.

Bradford Morrow will be here to discuss his novel

The Diviner’s Tale $26.00

This novel is receiving excellent reviews and is an Unclassifiable Club Main Selection.

Akashic books recently published a great addition to their Noir series. Haiti Noir, edited by Edwidge Danticat, contains noir stories from before and after the earthquake. Akashic produced a small amount of hardcover editions signed by Danticat, as well as the usual unsigned trade paperback. We have one signed copy remaining ($24.95) and plenty of the paperbacks ($15.95). The NYT recently gave a terrific review for this book. In addition, Symphony Space here in New York is holding an event with Danticat and others. They are giving away two pairs of tickets to the first two people who ask. To request them, please email Mary Shimkin at

. The details can be found here:


Matthew Gallaway’s first novel, The Metropolis Case, tells the story of four people bound across the centuries and continents by the history of Richard Wagner’s opera Tristan and Isolde. Garnering terrific reviews, all of which stress that you don’t have to be an Opera buff to love this tale. $25.00

Howard Gordon, the executive producer of the hit series 24, makes his fiction debut with Gideon’s War, a tale of political intrigue and international terrorism. He’s still obsessed with time though: Gideon Davis has just 48 hours to bring his rogue agent brother in - before a twisted global conspiracy turns deadly. $24.99

The Inner Circle is Brad Meltzer’s latest and is a must for conspiracy buffs. When a young archivist comes across a two-hundred-year-old dictionary that once belonged to George Washington, he finds himself entangled in a web of deception, conspiracy, and murder. I was intrigued by an interview Meltzer gave on the radio in which he revealed that George Bush Sr confirmed with him that each president sends a letter to his successor.. Those letters are not available and Meltzer got to thinking... A Thriller/Espionage Main Selection. $26.99

Not signed but...

Crime is the debut collection of stories by Ferdinand Von Schirach, a prominent German defense attorney. These stories not only explore the motivations stirring within the criminal mind but also guilt, which is never as clear-cut as the crime, and justice which is even more nebulous. First English Translation. $25.00


The Facility is award-winner Simon Lelic’s second novel. The husband of Julia Priestley has been arrested under severe and new anti-terrorist legislation and, together with journalist Tom Clarke, she discovers a trail that implicates those at the very top of government. This thriller portrays a society obsessed with security at whatever cost. A British Crime Club Main Selection. $33.00

In Shatter the Bones, Stuart MacBride tells the story of Alison and Jenny McGregor, Aberdeens’ own mother-daughter singing sensation who have just reached the semi-finals of Britain’s Next Big Star. But their reality-TV dream turns into a nightmare when they are kidnapped and a ransom demand appears all over the media. Dig deep into your pockets, it says, or your singing darlings will be killed. DS Logan McRae and his colleagues investigate but they have nothing to go on. $48.00


Mr. Trouble by William Ard, Rinehart, NY. 1955. First Edition. $75.00

Fine in dust jacket.

Sacrifice by S.J. Bolton, Bantam Press, London. 2008, First Edition. SIGNED. $35.00

Author’s first novel. Fine in fine dust jacket.

The Animal Factory by Edward Bunker, Viking, NY. 1977. First Edition. SIGNED. $750.00

The basis for the Steve Buscemi-directed cult favorite of the same title. Very fine in dust jacket.

Bangkok 8 by John Burdett, Knopf, NY. 2003. First Edition. $24.00

First in the series set in Bangkok and introducing local cop Sonchai Jitpleecheep. Fine in fine dust jacket.

Gone Tomorrow by Lee Child, Bantam Press, London. 2009. First Edition. SIGNED. $48.00

True first edition. Fine in fine dust jacket.

Flesh and Blood by Thomas H. Cook, Putnam, NY. 1989. SIGNED. $35.00

Fine in dust jacket showing some wear at edges. Review copy with publisher’s material laid in.

The Punch and Judy Murders by Carter Dickson, Morrow, NY. 1937. First Edition. $150.00

Very good.

North River by Pete Hamill, Little Brown, NY. 2007. First Edition. SIGNED. $25.99

Set in New York in 1934. Fine in fine dust jacket.

The Amazing Adventures of Lester Leith by Erle Stanley Gardner, David, NY. 1980. First Edition. $50.00

Collection of pulp stories. Very fine, digest-sized paperback original. Very scarce in this unread condition.

E.W. Hornung, "Kenyon’s Innings" in Longman’s Magazine, vol. 19 (1891-1892) and "The Unbidden Guest" in Longman’s Magazine, vol. 23 (1894). $20.00

Two stories in bound volumes. Interiors fine, bindings worn. Price is for the two volumes.

Number Seven Queer Street by Margery Lawrence, Mycroft & Moran, WI. 1969. First Edition. $75.00

One of 2,000 copies. Five stories featuring psychic detective Miles Pennoyer. Very fine in dust jacket, which is slightly tanned at the spine.

Fear Itself by Walter Mosley, Little Brown, NY. 2003. First Edition. SIGNED. $24.95

A Fearless Jones novel. Fine in fine dust jacket.

Problems Solved by Bill Pronzini & Barry N. Malzberg, Crippen & Landru, VA. Limited Edition. 2003. SIGNED. $42.00

Limited to 250 copies signed by both authors. A separate pamphlet, "Do I Dare to Eat a Peach?" is included. Fine in fine dust jacket.

Beggars Banquet by Ian Rankin, Orion, London. 2002. First Edition. SIGNED. $43.00

Twenty-one stories by Rankin gathered together for the first time. Fine in fine dust jacket.

Empire of Sand by Robert Ryan, Headline, London. 2008 First Edition. SIGNED. $56.00

Blending fact with fiction, Ryan has written a novel about one of the most fascinating figures in British history revealing how the expertise and cultural understanding of T.E. Lawrence led him to become one of the most respected figures in the Arab revolt of World War One. Fine in fine dust jacket.

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.

The Glass Devil by Helene Tursten, Soho Crime, NY. 2007. First English Translation. SIGNED. $24.00

The third mystery featuring Detective Inspector Irene Huss of the Goteborg crime force. Fine in fine dust jacket.

An Expert in Murder by Nicola Upson, Faber & Faber, London. 2008. First Edition. SIGNED. $37.00

Author’s first novel. Introduces Josphine Tey as the lead character and amateur sleuth. Fine in fine dust jacket.

Kahawa by Donald E. Westlake, Viking Press, NY. 1982. First Edition. SIGNED. $35.00

Fine in price-clipped dust jacket.

Cockfighter by Charles Willeford, Chicago Paperback, Chicago. 1962. First Edition. $125.00

Paperback Original. Tiny bit of rubbing to one corner, initials on first page, else an exceptional copy of the true first of this uncommon book.

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, shipped at the head of the spine, and has tan stains on rear panel.


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