Friday, March 4, 2011

Sally's Weekly Update for 03/04/11

Some wonderful books being signed here this Spring. Here's the first batch, along with some offerings for your collection of rarities.

Have a wonderful weekend.

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 3/4/11


Wednesday, March 9th 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.

Joyce Carol Oates

Give Me Your Heart: A Collection of Short Stories $25.00

A Widow’s Story $27.99

Please note that we cannot guarantee that Ms. Oates will be able to get to all of your copies of her books sent in for signature. We have received rather a lot, and we will have to be mindful of her schedule. If your books are not signed, you may leave them with us for the next visit - sometime in the Fall we think.

What she will be signing, as well as the above two books, is her contribution to a paperback original: The Inevitable: Contemporary Writers Confront Death. This will also be signed by Bradford Morrow who co-edited this collection. We are also hopeful that Peter Straub will be able to stop by in the next couple of weeks to sign. $17.95

Place your orders for one or all of the above books.


Linda Fairstein has signed copies of her latest thriller featuring prosecutor Alexandra Cooper. In Silent Mercy, Alex investigates two murders - one in Harlem’s Mount Neboh Baptist Church, the other at a cathedral in Little Italy. Because of the apparent differences in the victims’ beliefs, Alex is ruling out a religious motive, but she is convinced that another young woman is going to die at one of Manhattan’s many houses of worship. She also knows she’s in a race against time. $26.95

Pym by Mat Johnson tells the story of recently canned professor of American literature Chris Jaynes who is obsessed with The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe. When Jaynes discovers the manuscript of a crude slave narrative that seems to confirm the reality of Poe’s fiction, he resolves to seek out Tsalal, the remote island that Poe describes with horror. This story, described as a satire and fantasy has been called ..." a send-up of this world, the next world, and all points in between" by author Colson Whitehead. $24.00

Damage by John Lescroart is about a power, revenge, and the pursuit of justice. The Curtlees are a rich and powerful force in the San Francisco area. When the family heir, Ro Curtlee, was convicted of rape and murder a decade ago, the fallout for those who put him away was swift although eventually all managed to rebuild their lives. Now Ro Curtlee’s lawyers have won him a retrial and he has been released from jail. When two participants in the original case die, Abe Glitsky, also a participant, is convinced that Ro wants revenge. Trouble is, there is no hard evidence. $26.95

Lou Manfredo’s follow up to Rizzo’s War is here. Rizzo’s Fire finds NYPD veteran Detective Joe Rizzo investigating the murder of a recluse and its possible connection to the murder of a Broadway producer the day before. Together with his new partner, Priscilla Jackson, Rizzo once again walks the fine line between the case and NYPD politics. A Hard Boiled Crime Club Main Selection. $24.99

When the Thrill is Gone is the third Leonid McGill mystery from Walter Mosley. PI McGill is asked by a young woman with a stack of cash to make sure she doesn’t meet the same fate as her husband’s first two wives. Meanwhile, McGill is also dealing with his troubled stepson, his best friend who has been diagnosed with cancer, and his wife, who has taken a lover. A Crime Collector’s Club Main Selection. $26.95


When The Killing’s Done by T.C. Boyle. We have been able to get more signed first editions from the publisher. If you didn’t manage to snag one last week, now’s your chance. $26.95

We can’t seem to keep The Sherlockian by Graham Moore in stock. This is the third, and probably the last, batch of first editions to be signed by Moore. $24.99

We do carry The Lineup: Poems on Crime here in the store. It is signed by the editor, Gerald So, but there are some contributors in the latest issue of particular note: Reed Farrel Coleman, who also wrote the introduction to this particular issue, David Corbett, and Ken Bruen. $7.00


One of Our Thursdays is Missing by Jasper Fforde. Thursday Next returns (hooray) - almost! At a time of unrest in the Bookworld , literary detective Next is trying to avert a genre war but just a week before the peace talks, she disappears. But all is not lost. Living at the quiet end of speculative fiction is the written Thursday Next. This fictional Thursday is soon hot on the trail of her factual alter-ego where she stumbles on a plot so fiendish it threatens the very Bookworld itself. This is the true first edition. We will be getting U.S. signed editions which will be a Soft Boiled Main Selection. $50.00 (for the UK first).


(Bibliomystery) The Freshour Cylinders by Speer Morgan, Macmurray & Beck, Denver, 1998. First Edition. SIGNED. $25.00

In 1934, an eccentric collector of Indian artifacts is murdered and a political scandal is revealed, all of it recorded on 46 wax cylinders. Very fine in dust jacket.

A Bid for Fortune by Guy Boothby, Appleton, NY. 1895. First U.S. Edition. $25.00

A "Yellow Peril" novel featuring Dr. Nikola, the first Asian series character to serve as a villain. Very good. The entire series is a highly readable collection of adventure novels.

Past All Dishonor by James M Cain, Knopf, NY. 1946. First Edition. $75.00

Crease at top of spine, else very good in a price-clipped dust jacket.

The Nine Wrong Answers by John Dickson Carr, Harper, NY. 1952. First Edition. $100.00

One of Carr’s masterpieces. Fine in a dust jacket with trivial wear at spine tips.

No Orchids for Miss Blandish by James Hadley Chase, Howell, Soskin, NY. 1942. First U.S. Edition. $650.00

The basis for the 1948 film of the same title. Very light rubbing to tips of spine, else near fine in dust jacket, which is worn at spine ends, along front flap fold and along bottom edges. Scarce.

Fear Comes to Chalfont by Freeman Wills Crofts, Dodd Mead, NY. 1942. First U.S. Edition. $350.00

Very fine, crisp copy in dust jacket with just a bit of wear to spine extremities.

Whores by James Crumley, McMillan, Missoula. 1989. First Trade Paperback. SIGNED. $10.00

Short story collection. Fine paperback.

Kindly Dig Your Grave and Other Wicked Stories, by Stanley Ellin, Davis, NY. 1975. First Edition. $25.00

Paperback Original. A collection of stories by one of the greatest short story writers of the second half of the 20th century. Fine.

The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy, Mysterious Press, NY. 1987. First Edition. $125.00

Author’s greatest book. Fine in a gorgeous dust jacket.

The King of the Rainy Country by Nicholas Freelling, Gollancz, London. 1966. First Edition. $150.00

Winner of the Edgar for Best Novel of the Year. A fine copy in a price-clipped dust jacket which is otherwise fine and bright without any of the usual soiling or spine-fading so common with these cheaply produced Gollancz jackets.

Unnatural Causes by P.D. James, Faber, London. 1967. Advance Proof Copy. $600.00

Proof of author’s third book. Very fine in original wrappers. Rare.

The Hollow Needle by Maurice Leblanc, Doubleday Page, NY. 1910. First U.S. Edition. $65.00

Arsene Lupin encounters Holmlock Shears. Bit of fading to lower corner of front cover, else a near fine copy.

A Murder of Quality by John Le Carre, Walker, NY. 1963. First U.S. Edition. . $1,500.00

Author’s scarce second novel. A fine, crisp copy in dust jacket, which has minor wear at spine ends and corners and a little sunning to the spine, though far less than usual.

Blood from a Stone by Donna Leon, Atlantic Monthly Press, NY. 2005. First U.S. Edition. SIGNED. $30.00

Fine in dust jacket.

Suffer the Little Children by Donna Leon, Heinemann, London. 2007. First Edition. SIGNED. $45.00

Fine in dust jacket.

Black Money by Ross Macdonald, Knopf, NY. 1966. First Edition. $300.00

Fine, fresh copy in dust jacket.

You Can’t Live Forever by Harold Q. Masur, NY. 1951. First Edition. $65.00

Third Scott Jordan mystery. Fine in dust jacket.

(Ellery Queen) Xenophile, St. Louis, MO. 1975. Vol. 2, No. 2. SIGNED. $35.00

Famous fanzine with most of its editorial matter devoted to Queen and the other magazine they started, Mystery League. Cover soiled, else very good. Signed as both "Ellery Queen" and Frederic Dannay.

Nightwebs by Cornell Woolrich, Harper, NY. 1971. First Edition. $150.00

Huge collection of stories, with a bibliography of the author’s work. Fine in dust jacket.


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