Friday, July 15, 2011

Sally's Weekly Update for 07/15/11

Thanks to all the authors who showed up for our Thrillerfest party last week, we have lotsa signed books, although not a lot of copies of each title thanks to all the customers who also showed up for the party.

Hope your weekend is a good one. I'm planning to watch Zen on Mystery this Sunday. Rufus Sewell is playing Michael Dibdin's detective, Aurelio Zen, and the reviews are smashing.

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 7/15/11


Tuesday, July 19th 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m

Hardboiled authors Brian Wiprud and Thomas Kaufman will be here to discuss their latest novels.

Ringer by Brian Wiprud follows Morty Martinez as he plots to steal a sacred relic from a New York billionaire. $26.99

Steal the Show by Thomas Kaufman finds Willis Gidney trying to protect an abandoned baby girl and stop a blackmailer from ruining his life. $24.99

Refreshments will be served.


A Death in Summer is Benjamin Black’s latest novel, set in Dublin and featuring Quirke. Black is the pseudonym of John Banville. $25.00

Long Gone is Alafair Burke’s first stand alone thriller. Alice Humphrey is hired by Drew Campbell to manage a new art gallery in Manhattan’s trendy Meatpacking District. But when Alice arrives for work she discovers the gallery gone - stripped bare - and Campbell’s dead body on the floor. Alice has been set up. But by whom? And why? $24.99

An African Affair is a first novel by Nina Darnton. After the assassination of a prominent Nigerian politician, New York journalist Lindsay Cameron moves to Lagos to follow a trail of corruption, drug smuggling, and murder. A First Mystery Club Main Selection. $25.95

Joseph Finder’ latest, Buried Secrets, features Nick Heller a former intelligence operative. When the teenaged daughter of a billionaire hedge-fund titan is kidnapped, her father turns to family friend, Heller. A Thriller/Espionage Club Main Selection $25.99

Eyes Wide Open is the latest thriller from Andrew Gross. A family tragedy may not be what it seems in this tale of two brothers, one successful, one wayward, who try to come to terms with what tore them apart. $25.99

Judgment and Wrath by Matt Hilton features Joe Hunter who, after barely escaping with his life while trying to save his half brother from a deranged killer, has a new and quieter life in Florida. But not for long. $24.99

Dominance by Will Lavender is a nail biting thriller which is almost impossible to describe without giving away plot surprises. Those of you fascinated by the mysteries of literature and authorship will lap this up and the construction of the plot will keep you guessing right up until the last page. Sorry about that description, but the surprises are key and we must give nothing away. $25.00

Paul Malmont signed copies of The Astounding, the Amazing, and the Unknown, in which Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and other science fiction authors try to stop a devastating Nazi Plot. An Unclassifiable Crime Club Main Selection. $26.00

Trader of Secrets is the new Paul Madriani novel from Steve Martini. Defense Attorney Madriani is embroiled in a perilous case that involves an angry killer who will stop at nothing short of vengeance, and two missing NASA scientists who are holding secrets that a hostile government desperately wants to purchase. $26.99

East of Sunset is Ken Mercer’s second mystery featuring ex-cop Will Magowan. Will, retired, has moved back in with his wife and landed his dream job. When a figure from Will’s past turns up and makes a mysterious demand, that new life is threatened. $25.99

The Vault is the latest international thriller from Boyd Morrison in which former combat engineer Tyler Locke races against time to unearth the truth about the fabled touch of King Midas. $24.99

The Devil Colony is James Rollins’ latest Sigma Force novel which asks the question: Could the founding of the United States be based on a fundamental lie? The shocking truth lies hidden deep in the Rocky Mountains. $27.99

Excavation by James Rollins was reissued in hardcover and we have just three signed copies of this early work. While on expedition in Peru, archaeologist Dr. Henry Conklin discovers a mysterious mummy in a cave in the Andes. And in the jungle below there are the remains of an ancient Incan city. $23.99

Karin Slaughter stopped by to sign copies of Fallen. When the mother of cop Faith Mitchell does not answer her phone, Mitchell goes over there and finds the front door open, a bloodstain on the doorknob and Faith’s infant daughter hidden in a shed behind the house. But she doesn’t see her mother. When the hostage situation turns deadly, Faith turns to her partner Will Trent. Faith isn’t just a cop anymore. She’s a witness. And a suspect. $26.00

The Beginners by Rebecca Wolff is a first novel receiving much positive attention. When Theo and Racquel Motherwell move into the sleepy town of Wick, fifteen-year-old Ginger Pritt is immediately attracted to the worldliness and sophistication of the dashing couple. But the Motherwells may be more than they seem and Ginger becomes fascinated with their past. This is both a coming-of-age story and a tale of ghostly menace. $26.95


The Care of Time by Eric Ambler, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London. 1981. First Edition. $35.00

Fine in dust jacket.

The King of Terrors by Robert Bloch, Mysterioius Press, NY. 1977. First Edition. $35.00

Limited to 1,000 copies of the trade edition. Very fine in dust jacket, which has a small tear at the top of the front hinge.

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

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

The Mask of Midas by G.K. Chesterton, Classica, Trondheim, Norway. 1991. $35.00

A Father Brown story, published for the first time in this edition of 1,000 numbered copies. Also contains a comprehensive bibliography of all the Father Brown stories. Very fine in dust jacket.

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

Collection of novelettes. Fine in dust jacket.

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

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

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.

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.


For fans of this loony author, here is a special treat. The following are new trade paperback editions of Keeler 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 Keller)

The White Circle

Hangeman’s Nights

Goldilocks by Ed McBain, Arbor House, NY. 1977. First Edition. $50.00

Very fine in dust jacket.

The Miernik Dossier by Charles McCarry, Saturday Review Press, NY. 1973. First Edition. $300.00

Author’s brilliant first novel, introducing Paul Christopher. A small label has been removed from the inside of the front cover, leaving a triangular outline and some red staining - small but noticeable. The dust jacket has an inked price on the front flap, otherwise is exceptionally fine and has a scarce wrap-around band with a quote from Eric Ambler.

Weep for Me by John D. MacDonald, Gold Medal, NY. 1951. First Edition. $125.00

Early paperback original; the author’s fourth book. Small tears at base of spine, else near fine. Scarce in collectable condition.

Cat’s-Paw by Bill Pronzini, Waves Press, Richmond. 1983. First Edition. SIGNED. $75.00

Nameless Detective locked room mystery, limited to only 150 copies in stiff wrappers. Signed by Pronzini and with an additional inscription from publisher/printer to Edward D. Hoch. Very fine.

The 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.

Too Many Cooks by Red Stout, Farrar & Rinehart. 1938. First Edition. $1,250.00

A long inscription is on the last page (not in Stout’s hand), else a fine, bright copy 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 collector’s condition.

Spies, Thumbsuckers, etc. by Ross Thomas, Lord John Press, Northridge, CA. 1989. First Edition. SIGNED. $75.00

Collection of essays and the author’s only short story. Limited to 300 copies; there was also a deluxe edition of 50 copies. Very fine without dust jacket, as issued.

Wild Town by Jim Thompson, Signet, NY. 1957. First Edition. $125.00

Paperback original. Reading creases, else very good-near fine.


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