Friday, November 25, 2011

Sally's Wekly Update for 11/25/11

 We're all still groaning from Thanksgiving indulgences, but It is time to get serious about the holiday season!
We hope everybody is recovering from a wonderful Thanksgiving Day.
Now that the holiday season is truly upon us, we’d like to remind you that, hopefully, we will be busy busy busy.
During December, we will be shipping the Crime Club Selections as well as everybody’s holiday orders. Triage is called for!
Please let us know if there is a present included in your order so that we can prioritize shipping.
And while we’re on the subject - our Christmas Story is now available. Black Christmas by Jason Starr will be shipped with every order received between now and the end of December.
The Duke Collier Collection of Mystery and Crime Fiction
See a complete listing of events, new signed and rare books after the jump!

Friday, December 2nd 6.30p.m. - 8.00p.m.
Ken Bruen will be here to discuss and sign his Jack Taylor mystery, Headstone. $24.00
If we can persuade him, Ken will also sign the paperback copies of his Biblio Mystery, The Book of Virtue. This is available for $4.95. $1.00 to Crime Club Members.

We have received the paperback edition of our Biblio Mystery #2. The Book of Ghosts by Reed Farrel Coleman is available at $4.95. $1.00 to Crime Club Members. This version will not be signed. The limited hard cover edition will be here shortly. This will be sent automatically to those of you who have subscribed to the complete series. If you would like a copy of this, we do have a few still available. Limited to 100 signed numbered copies $50.00.

A reminder that we are expecting Michael Connelly to come by to sign copies of the U.S. Trade Edition of The Drop. Many of you have asked for inscriptions. If you have not done so and would like Michael to personalize your copy, you still have a few days to let us know.

The Center for Fiction’s Crime Fiction Academy is the first ongoing program dedicated solely to crime writing in all its forms. Meet some of the CFA’s acclaimed teachers - Lee Child, Megan Abbott, Lawrence Block, Thomas H. Cook, S.J. Rozan, Jason Pinter, and Jonathan Santlofer.

The Center for Fiction is launching their Crime Fiction Academy!
Wednesday, November 3th 6.00p.m.- 7.30p.m.
The Center for Fiction, 17 East 47th Street
Admission is Free
Learn more about this exciting program, and its star-studded faculty, which also includes Joyce Carol Oates, Laura Lippman, Val McDermid, Linda Fairstein, Dennis Lehane, Susan Isaacs, and Karin Slaughter at


Afterthoughts by Lawrence Block is a fascinating look at the work of this author by Block himself. It is an invaluable addition to any collection of crime fiction but a must for fans of Block. Hardcover in boards as issued. $35.00
We still have some copies of the limited edition of The Night and the Music by Lawrence Block. This edition is limited to 100 copies, numbered and signed. Brian Koppelman, who wrote the Foreword, stopped by and signed every copy of the only hard cover edition of this Matthew Scudder collection. Koppelman is the screenwriter of Oceans 13, Walking Tall, and Runaway Jury, and the producer of The Illusionist. And a great fan of Matt Scudder! $150.00 in marbled boards as issued.

We have, as we had hoped, signed copies of Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich. Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is once again up to her neck in murder and intrigue. $28.00

Kill Alex by James Patterson has arrived signed! Hooray. We don’t have many copies of this, so first come, etc. $28.99

Aloha From Hell is the latest Sandman Slim novel from Richard Kadrey. Supernatural fantasy’s greatest anti-hero is back on the job when an insane killer mounts a war against both Heaven and Hell. Sandman Slim must head back to his old stomping grounds and prevent both Good and Evil from completely destroying each other. $23.99


We have managed to get just a few signed copies of Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James. This novel of romantic suspense is set in 1803 when Darcy and Elizabeth have been married for six years. Their peaceful life is turned upside down when Lydia Wickham arrives screaming that her husband has been murdered. P.D. James recreates the world of Pride and Prejudice! It is first come, first served here too. $48.00


The Last Good Kiss by James Crumley, Random House, NY. 1978. First Edition. $125.00 Crumley’s greatest novel. Absolutely fine in a perfect dust jacket.
Dancing Bear by James Crumley, Random House, NY. 1983. First Edition. $100.00 Absolutely fine in a perfect dust jacket.

Blood on the Moon by James Ellroy, Mysterious Press, NY. 1984. First Edition. SIGNED. $125.00 Author’s first hardcover book and the first book in the Lloyd Hopkins trilogy, the basis for the film Cops with James Woods. Very fine in very fine, unrubbed dust jacket. Signed and inscribed: "Dear Readers - Killers shriek! Doomed lovers weep! The moon drips blood."

Because the Night by James Ellroy, Mysterious Press, NY. 1984. First Edition. SIGNED. $125.00 Author’s second book in the Lloyd Hopkins trilogy. Very fine in very fine, unrubbed dust jacket. Signed and inscribed: "Dear Reader - The doomonic L.A. night rages like a rabid hell hound!"

The Moonshine War by Elmore Leonard, Doubleday, NY. 1969. First Edition. SIGNED & Inscribed. $1,000.00 Very fine in an exceptionally fine dust jacket with just a trace of soiling to the white portion of the spine. Inscribed and signed on the title page: "To_Ace producer and good friend."

The Octopus of Paris by Gaston Leroux, Macaulay, NY. 1927. First U.S. Edition. $200.00 A small, neat name stamp on the front endpaper, else a just about fine copy in dust jacket, which is lightly chipped at corners, foot of spine, and rear panel. Charming thriller about a beautiful woman who is regarded by many as a fiend. A scarce title by the author of The Phantom of the Opera.

Sleeping Beauty by Ross Macdonald, Knopf, NY. 1973. First Edition. SIGNED. $350.00 Lew Archer novel. Name inside front cover, else a very fine, fresh copy in dust jacket.

Seeds of Murder by Van Wyck Mason, Doubleday Crime Club, NY. 1930. First Edition. $75.00 An uncommon early espionage title about Captain North. Near fine in a heavily chipped and rubbed dust jacket.

1001 Midnights: The Aficionado’s Guide to Mystery and Detective Fiction by Bill Pronzini and Marcia Muller, Arbor House, NY. 1986. First Edition. $200.00 A huge (879-page) description and analysis of the authors’ favorite books. Very fine in dust jacket.

The Mercenaries by Donald E. Westlake, Random House, NY. SIGNED. $500.00 Author’s uncommon first book. Lightly tanned pages, as always, although much less than usual. A fine copy in an excellent dust jacket; the spine, as usual, is sunned, otherwise fine and bright with no wear, tear or soiling. Signed and inscribed: "The first of them, by golly."

The Dame by Donald E. Westlake writing as Richard Stark, Macmillan, NY. 1969. First Edition. SIGNED. $125.00 Remainder dot on top edge, else fine in dust jacket.
Wax Apple by Donald E. Westlake writing as Tucker Coe, Random House, NY. 1970. First Edition. SIGNED. $150.00 Third book in the Mitch Tobin series. A fine copy in an exceptionally fine and bright dust jacket. Inscribed and signed on the title page as Ol’ Tuck (aka Donald E. Westlake).

A Good Story and Other Stories by Donald E. Westlake, Five State, ME. 1999. First Edition. $60.00 A very scarce collection of short stories, issued in a small printing, mainly for libraries. Very fine in pictorial boards without dust jacket as issued.

One of our very good customers is divesting himself of some of his collection - and a very wonderful collection it is. The Mysterious Bookshop and Royal Books are offering these rare books in a beautifully produced catalog which we are offering to our customers for $15.00 - refundable if you purchase from the catalog.
If you do want to purchase, please call as soon as you can. Some of the items have already been sold and, of course, these are one of a kind items.

Priest by Ken Bruen, Scorpion Press, Gladestry. 2006. First Edition. SIGNED. $450.00 A Jack Taylor novel. Limited to only 16 lettered copies signed by Bruen and Simon Kernick, who wrote the introduction. Bound in marbled boards and leather spine, stamped in gold. Pristine copy in clear Mylar dust jacket.


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