Friday, December 9, 2011

Sally's Weekly Update for 12/09/11

I'm still recovering from the drama on last night's edition of The X Factor.  If you don't watch it, do tune in.  Beats the body count in many of our books here. There's nothing quite like live television!
But I digress.  The reality show here is holiday shopping.  Here's the latest update.


Monday, December 12th 7.00 p.m. - 8.30 p.m.
Reed Farrel Coleman will discuss his latest Moe Prager novel
Hurt Machine ($24.95 hardcover, $15.95 trade paperback)
Moe searches for his estranged sister-in-law and turns up a hornet’s nest of corruption.
Coleman is the winner of the Shamus, Macavity, Barry, and Anthony awards.

Michael Connelly will be here today signing copies of The Drop, his latest Harry Bosch novel. Michael is only going to four bookstores to sign copies of this title, so if you have not already ordered this book, do it soon. A Crime Collectors Club Main Selection. $27.99

Neon Panic is Charles Philipp Martin’s first novel. The body of a woman washed up in Hong Kong harbor, her identity unknown. But Inspector Herman Lok of the Hong Kong Police Force discovers that the woman is linked, not just to the triads, but also to an organization not usually connected with murder and conspiracy - the Hong Kong Symphony Orchestra. A Trade Paperback Original. $14.95

I Am Half Sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley is the fourth novel featuring Flavia de Luce. Finances are tight at the de Luce family home of Buckshaw so Colonel de Luce rents out the stately home to a film company. Filming is slowed by a series of nasty accidents , then brought to a halt by a heavy snowstorm that cuts off the house from the outside world. Flavia, who is designing a scientific experiment to prove the existence of Father Christmas, has another mystery to solve. $50.00

Carnival for the Dead by David Hewson is set in Venice at carnival time. Forensic pathologist Teresa Lupo is in the city to investigate the mysterious disappearance of her Aunt Sofia, but from the moment she is met off the vaporetto by an anonymous masked man dressed as the Plague Doctor, Teresa starts to suspect that all is not well. $43.00
We do have a few (very few) extra copies of Prague Fatale by Philip Kerr. This Bernie Gunther thriller is a British Crime Club Main Selection. $48.00

More After the Jump! JUST IN BUT UNSIGNED

Some of our favorite authors have books out this week - just in time for the gift-giving season. Please note that none of the following are signed:
Red Mist by Patricia Cornwell is the nineteenth entry in her Kay Scarpetta series. Nobody does forensics like Cornwell - and Scarpetta.. First Edition. $27.95
Slash and Burn by Colin Cotterill is the latest in the Dr. Siri series set in Laos. First Edition. $25.00

Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James begins six years after Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy finally discovered that they were soulmates. Their blissful lives are interrupted by a frightening mystery when Lydia Wickham tells them that Wickham has been murdered. First U.S. Edition. $25.95

The Forgotten Affairs of Youth by Alexander McCall Smith features Isabel Dalhousie who helps a new friend discover the identity of her father. First U.S. Edition.
The Leopard by Jo Nesbo is the much anticipated latest Harry Hole thriller. $26.95


The Silver Sickle by Lynn Brock, Collins, London. 1938. First Edition. $65.00 An extremely scarce title. Name on front endpaper, else near very good in orange cloth, stamped in gold on the front cover with the logo of Cunard Lines.

Jack Taylor by Ken Bruen, Mysterious Bookshop, NY. 2007. First Edition. SIGNED. $60.00 A biography of his famous series character. Limited to only 100 hardcover copies, numbered and signed. Very fine without dust jacket, as issued.

Philo Vance, Correspondence School Detective by Ellis Parker Butler, Houghton Mifflin, Boston. 1918. First Edition. $45.00 Queen’s Quorum title. Yellow covers a bit soiled, else a very good or better copy.

The Convict by James Lee Burke, Louisiana University Press, LA. 1985. First Edition. SIGNED. $4,000.00 The reported first printing of only 500 copies were mainly shipped to libraries. An early collection of stories.

The Long Escape by David Dodge, Random House, NY. 1948. First Edition. $45.00 A good suspense thriller by the author of To Catch a Thief. Erasure on front endpaper, else fine in dust jacket, which has minor wear at spine ends and corners.

Keep Cool, Mr. Jones by Timothy Fuller, Little Brown, Boston. 1950. First Edition. $45.00 A fine copy in dust jacket, which has minor wear at covers.

The Caribbean Account by Alan Furst, Delacorte Press, NY. 1981. First Edition. $500.00 Author’s third book. Spine ends tapped, else fine in fine dust jacket.

Shadow Trade by Alan Furst, Delcorte Press, NY. 1983. First Edition. SIGNED. $500.00 Author’s fourth book. A touch of rubbing to the jacket corners, but none of usual spine fading. Fine in near fine dust jacket.

Dark Star by Alan Furst, Houghton Mifflin, Boston. 1991. First Edition. $400.00 World War II spy thriller. Fine and unread in fine dust jacket.

Doctor Izard by Anna Katharine Green, Putnam, NY. 1895. First Edition. $450.00 Very good copy in the original wrappers. Very scarce in collector’s condition in this fragile binding.

Words, Weather, and Wolfmen by Tony Hillerman, Southwesterner Books, NM, First Edition. 1989. SIGNED. $750.00 One of 26 lettered copies, this being a non-lettered presentation copy, with a full color drawing by Ernie Franklin laid in. Signed by Hillerman, Franklin, and the publisher. Fine in fine slipcase.
Shoedog by George P. Pelecanos, St. Martin’s Press, NY. 1994. First Edition. SIGNED. $350.00 Review copy with publishers announcement laid in. Fine and unread in a fine dust jacket.

Let It Bleed by Ian Rankin, Orion, London. 1995. First Edition. SIGNED. $800.00 Rebus. Signed by Rankin along with his trademark knots-and-crosses drawing. Fine and unread in a fine dust jacket.

Black and Blue by Ian Rankin, Orion, London. 1997. First Edition. SIGNED. $550.00 Rebus. Fine and unread in a fine dust jacket.

The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson, Blood and Guts, LA. 1991. First Edition. SIGNED. $650.00
First hardcover edition. One of 26 lettered copies Signed By Stephen King, who contributes to the introduction. Fine with no dust jacket and black leather-bound slipcase as issued.

"30" Manhattan East by Hillary Waugh, Doubleday, NY. 1968. First Edition. $20.00 The under-appreciated author was a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America and was one of the first to invent the police procedural. Fine in dust jacket.
The Damsel by Donald E. Westlake (writing at Richard Stark), Macmillan, NY. 1967. First Edition. $200.00
Fine in dust jacket.


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