Friday, April 6, 2012

Sally's Weekly Update for 04/06/12

Our event on Thursday, April 12th is called The Atria Bus Tour.  I'm thinking now that I should explain that Atria is the name of the authors' publisher.
A beautiful cloudless day in New York City.
Have a great 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 Monday thru Saturday, 11.00 a.m. - 7.00 p.m.

Weekly Update 4/6/12

Thursday, April 12th, 6.30 p.m. - 7.30 p.m. The Mysterious Bookshop is delighted to be hosting the kickoff event for the Atria Bus Tour.
Bestselling authors John Connolly, M.J. Rose, William Kent Krueger, and Liza Marklund will be on hand to discuss their work and sign copies of their latest novels.
Then off they go on a whirlwind tour of the U.S!
Catch them here first.

Friday, April 13th, 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.
Joseph Olshan will stop by to discuss his latest literary thriller, Cloudland ($24.99)
Set in the Upper Valley of Vermont, Cloudland follows ex-reporter Catherine Winslow as she tries to stop a serial killer - one who may be basing his killings on an unfinished Wilkie Collins novel! Peter Straub calls it "...a serious work of literature, which gives great depth and resonance to the well-wrought thriller plot."

The Lost Years, the latest from Mary Higgins Clark, is something of a departure for the Queen of Suspense. When Mariah Lyons finds her father dead in his study and her Alzheimer-afflicted mother clutching the murder weapon, it sets off a search for a document stolen from the Vatican library and a race to unmask the real killer. This breathless murder mystery involving a hunt for what may be the most precious religious and archaeological treasure of all time is a Soft Boiled Crime Club Main Selection. $26.99

Adam Levin stopped by to sign Hot Pink, his follow-up to his very successful first novel, The Instructions. These ten short stories which feature legless prodigies, dirty old men, protective fathers, and walls that ooze gels are bound to add to reputation of one of the most interesting writers at work today. $22.00

 The Truth of All Things by Kieran Shields is already receiving stellar reviews. Set in Portland Maine in 1892, Shields’ first novel introduces Deputy Marshall Archie Lean who is called in to investigate a prostitute’s murder. The body is laid out like a pentagram and pinned to the earth with a pitchfork, the "traditional" method of killing a witch. Lean enlists the help of historian Helen Prescott and criminalist Perceval Grey who is known for combining modern investigative techniques with an almost eerie perceptiveness. Together, these detectives pursue the killer’s trail through postmortems and opium dens, into the spiritualist societies and lunatic asylums of gothic New England. A First Mystery Club Main Selection. $25.00

The New Republic by Lionel Shriver features Edgar Kellogg, a man who has always wanted to be popular. A disgruntled corporate lawyer, Edgar becomes a journalist and is offered the post of foreign correspondent in a Portuguese backwater. He’s replacing a disappeared, larger-than-life reporter; a character he longs to emulate; a character his fellow journalists can’t seem to stop talking about. Shriver, the author of We Need To Talk About Kevin, addresses weighty issues like terrorism with a light, tongue-in-cheek touch, plus more personal issues: what makes particular people so magnetic while the rest of us inspire a shrug? $26.99

Jack Sussek was here to celebrate the publication of his first book, Manhattan Affair, a steamy love story wrapped in a thriller. This tale of murder, conspiracy, and sex, takes a look at the world of moneyed New Yorkers through the eyes of three former New England college classmates. There was barely room to move here at the store, but we did manage to save some signed copies of this Trade Paperback Original. $14.95

We’re delighted to be able to offer signed copies of Harbor Nocturne by Joseph Wambaugh. This panoramic tale of crime and corruption is set in the southernmost Los Angeles district of San Pedro, one of the world’s busiest harbors, where an unlikely pair of lovers are unwittingly caught between the two warring sides of the law amid the investigation of a horrifying human-trafficking ring. Wambaugh, the father of the modern police novel, delivers a roller coaster ride with the authentic dialog of big city police work. $27.00

The Library of America has published Goodis, which collects five of the novels of David Goodis: Dark Passage; Nightfall; The Burglar; The Moon in the Gutter; and Street of No Return. These novels of mean streets and doomed people are essential classics. $35.00
Stark House has put out two new noir classics in one trade paperback: One is a Lonely Number by Bruce Elliott and Black Wings Has My Angel by Elliott Chaze. New introductions by Ed Gorman and Bill Crider. $19.95

The Exploits of a Physician Detective by George F. Butler, M.D., Clinic, Chicago. 1908. First Edition. $150.00 Scarce short story collection. White lettering partially flaked from spine as usual, pale blue cover dusty, else a very good copy.
Three Act Tragedy by Agatha Christie, Collins, London. 1935. First Edition. $275.00 Orange covers a bit soiled, name on front endpaper, else a very good copy. Scarce.
The Hound of Death by Agatha Christie, Collins, London. 1936. $200.00 First Collins edition after the first printing by Odhams Press, which was huge. A small number of sheets were then provided to Collins, who added its own title page and binding, in this case black cloth with orange lettering. Far scarcer than first printing. A touch of foxing at edges, else near fine.
Hypnotic Tales by James L. Ford, Puck, NY. 1891. First Edition. $100.00 Illustrated. A scarce mixed collection which contains "The Detective’s Tale." About fine.
An English Murder by Cyril Hare, Little Brown, Boston. 1951. First U.S. Edition. $30.00 Gutter darkened from glue oxidization, else fine in dust jacket with wear at spine and edges.
American Gigolo by Timothy Harris, Delacorte, NY. 1979. First Edition. $125.00 Novelization of a screenplay by Paul Schrader. An exceptionally fine copy in a white dust jacket which has one ½" tear at the rear hinge.
The Disentanglers by Andrew Lang, Longmans, London. 1902. First Edition. $100.00 A scarce short story collection. Pale beige covers slightly soiled, some foxing, still a better than very good copy.
The Singing Diamonds by Helen McCloy, Dodd, Mead, NY. 1965. First Edition. $35.00 Very scarce short story collection by an under-rated suspense writer. Tape marks on cover, rubber stamp inside front cover - a good copy in a very good, unmarked dust jacket.
Blue City by Kenneth Millar, Knopf, NY. 1947. First Edition. $100.00 Good-very good in cut-down dust jacket with some wear.
A Red Death by Walter Mosley, Norton, NY. 1991. First Edition. SIGNED. $75.00 In first issue dust jacket (priced at $18.95). Very fine, as new copy.
The Fencing Master by Arturo Perez-Reverte, Harcourt, NY. 1998. First U.S. Edition. SIGNED. $45.00 Very fine in dust jacket.
Metzger’s Dog by Thomas Perry, Scribner, NY. 1983. First Edition. $175.00
 Advance copy with a review slip laid in. The author’s outstanding second novel. Very fine in dust jacket.
Big Fish by Thomas Perry, Scribner, NY. 1985. First Edition. $45.00 The author’s third novel. Fine in dust jacket.
Strip Jack by Ian Rankin, Orion, London. 1992. First Edition. SIGNED. $45.00 A Jack Rebus novel. Trade paperback, issued simultaneously with a small hardcover edition. Very fine.
Strip Jack by Ian Rankin, St. Martin’s, NY. 1994. First U.S. Edition. $450.00 Very fine in dust jacket and scarce thus.
The Death of Monsieur Gallet by Georges Simenon, Covici, Friede, NY. 1932. First U.S. Edition. $175.00 Rare Maigret novel. Spine badly sunned, else very good.
The Fourth Durango by Ross Thomas, Mysterious Press, NY. 1989. First Edition. $20.00 Very fine in dust jacket.
The Technique of the Mystery Story by Carolyn Wells, Home Correspondence School, MA, 1929. $25.00 New & Revised edition (originally 1913). Spine tips worn, notes on rear endpages; a good copy only. SIGNED and dated July 1931 by Phoebe Atwood Taylor, a still unpublished author at that time, learning her trade. A very interesting association copy.
The Heat Islands by Randy Wayne White, St. Martin’s, NY. 1992. First Edition. $250.00 Author’s second Doc Ford novel. Fine in dust jacket, which is lightly rubbed at edges and corners.


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