Sally's Weekly Update 07/13/2011
Last Tuesday I sent out a huge listing of bibliomysteries. This was not designed well and some of you let me know that in no uncertain terms. I am going to edit that list (because there are those among you who, regardless of design, must order the books you want) and send it out again. Apologies for that design. I am looking forward to your orders now that you can actually read the listing.
Monday, July 23rd. 6.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.
Allison Leotta breakout author of Law of Attraction, stops by the Mysterious Bookshop to discuss her latest ADA Anna Curtis novel, Discretion (Touchstone, $25.00). Get the inside scoop on the world of power and politics from a true D.C. insider!
SIGNED COPIES NOW AVAILABLE
James Lee Burke has signed copies of his latest Dave Robicheaux mystery Creole Belle. I know some of you wondered, after the last book, if Dave would survive to right another wrong. But he's back with buddy Clete Purcell in one of Burke's best yet. $27.99
William Dietrich, who was here for the Thrillerfest party, signed copies of The Emerald Storm. Set in 1803, hero Ethan Gage is in the Caribbean on a hunt to secure the lost treasure of Montezuma. Hot on his heels are British agents who want the gold to finance a black slave revolt in Saint-Domingue. The French also seek the treasure. Buckles are swashed in this thriller which combines science, history, mythology, and wit. $25.99
Phillip Margolin signed Capitol Murder featuring private investigator Dana Cutler and attorney Brad Miller. Convicted serial killer Clarence Little has escaped from death row in Oregon and Brad, who is in D.C., receives threatening messages. Meanwhile, a terrorist cell is poised to destroy a packed professional football stadium in one of the biggest attacks on American soil. $26.99
The Fallen Angel is the latest from Daniel Silva and once again features art restorer and spy Gabriel Allon. Allon is in the Vatican where he is restoring one of Caravaggio's masterpieces when he is summoned to St. Peter's Basilica by the Pope's private secretary. A beautiful woman lies dead beneath Michelangelo's dome. The Vatican police suspect suicide but Gabriel believes otherwise. A Crime Collector's Club Main Selection. $27.99
The Trust by Norb Vonnegut is set in the high-rolling world of global finance. Grove O'Rourke, stockbroker, is called in when magnate Palmer Kincaid's body washes ashore. Palmer was Grove's mentor and managed a philanthropic foundation. When Grove honors a $25 million transfer requested by the Catholic Fund, something goes wrong. Grove receives a call from a lawyer representing the people of Fayetteville, NC, against a new sex superstore in their town. The store's funding has been traced to the Catholic Fund. $25.99
Many of you have been waiting patiently for signed copies of Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear. Sorry to say, Winspear has been unable to sign her book because she has been dealing with personal affairs which have taken her out of the country. She has, however, sent signed labels to us. If you still want a copy of the latest Maisie Dobbs mystery - we have first editions - well send you a copy with Winspear's signature laid in. $25.99
We have U.S. editions of The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Zafon did not tour for this book sending instead signed bookplates. $25.99
But..... Intrigued by the excellent reviews it was getting I devoured, in one sitting, Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann. This first novel by the great-great-great granddaughter of Herman Melville is very hard to put down. Set right after WWII, it tells the story of a family which spends summers at Tiger House, the family home on Martha's Vineyard. During one of those summers, a body is discovered, and the family's history starts to unravel. Told from the point of view of five family members, the story of these people and the secrets they carry becomes a tale of liars and murder. Don't be fooled by that "beach read" dust jacket. This one is dark. $25.99
The Mind Readers by Margery Allingham, Chatto, London. 1965. First Edition. $50.00 A superb, as-new copy in dust jacket.
The Care of Time by Eric Ambler, Weidenfeld & Nicholson, London. 1981. First Edition. $35.00 Fine in dust jacket.
And the Gods Laughed by Fredric Brown, Phantasia, MI. 1987. First Edition. SIGNED. $100.00 Limited to 475 copies, numbered and signed by Brown and Mack Reynolds, who wrote the introduction. As new in dust jacket and slipcase.
The Three-Corpse Trick by Miles Burton, Collins Crime, London. 1944. First Edition. $65.00 Inscription on front endpaper, else near fine.
The Detective in Fiction and Harem-Scarem by John Dickson Carr, Crippen & Landru, VA. 1999. First Edition. $50.00 An essay and a short story, neither before published in book form. Pamphlet. Very fine.
The Boomerang Clue by Agatha Christie, Dodd, Mead, NY. 1935. First U.S. Edition. $675.00 U.S. edition of Why Didn't They Ask Evans? Tiny nick at top of spine, lower page edges a bit soiled, else a fine copy in the rare dust jacket, which is chipped at the top and bottom of spine and has light wear along top edge.
(Christie, Agatha), A Night of Terror. Poster. $45.00 A one-sheet movie poster of the 1937 film starring Basil Rathbone (looking especially maniacal) and Ann Harding. Based on the Christie short story "Love from a Stranger," later adapted for the stage by Frank Vosper. Folded, as always, and with a few small closed tears at edges, else a fine, bright poster.
Fear is the Same by Carter Dickson, Morrow, NY. 1956. First Edition. $65.00 Very fine in dust jacket, which has the merest trace of wear at spine ends.
Deadly is the Diamond by Mignon Eberhart, Random House, NY. 1958. First Edition. $100.00 A collection of novelettes. Fine in dust jacket.
Game without Rules by Michael Gilbert, Harper, 1967. First Edition. $75.00 Precedes the U.K. edition. A Queen's Quorum title. Very fine in dust jacket.
The Man Who Hated Banks by Michael Gilbert, Crippen & Landru, VA. 1997. First Edition. SIGNED. $125.00 Limited to 230 copies, numbered and signed by the author, with a page of the typescript tipped into the back. Surprisingly scarce. Very fine, as new copy in dust jacket.
A Difficult Problem The Staircase at the Heart's Delight and Other Stories by Anna Katharine Greene, Lupton, NY. 1900. $100.00 Tips of spine a bit rubbed, name inside front cover, else a fine copy.
The Lonesome Badger by Grank Gruber, Rinehart, NY. 1954. First Edition. $75.00 Fine in dust jacket with light foxing to endpapers.
Falling Angel by William Hjortsberg, Harcourt, NY. 1978. First Edition. $75.00 A modern classic and the basis for a first-rate motion picture, Angel Eyes. Very fine in dust jacket which is, as usual for the glossy metallic ink used, slightly rubbed.
The Ripper of Storyville by Edward D. Hoch, Crippen & Landru, VA. 1997. First Edition. SIGNED. $100.00 Limited to 200 copies numbered and signed by Hoch. With an additional story in pamphlet form laid in. Very fine, as new copy in dust jacket.
HARRY STEPHEN KEELER 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 Keeler)
The White Circle Hangman's Nights 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.
A Nice Derangement of Epitaphs by Ellis Peters, Collins, London. 1965. First Edition. $65.00 Fine, fresh copy in dust jacket, which has two closed tears on the front panel, light wear at spine tips, and a ghost of a blue line from a previous jacket protector.
Gun in Cheek by Bill Pronzini, Coward, McCann, NY. 1982. First Edition. $35.00 A cornerstone reference work devoted to the worst mystery fiction of all time. Utterly hilarious. Tiny remainder dot on lower page edge, else very fine in dust jacket.
Wall of Eyes by Walter Satterthwaite, St. Martin's, NY. 1987. First Edition. $350.00 Author's excellent and very scarce first novel. A very fine copy in a pristine dust jacket.
Review material laid in. Miss Lizzie by Walter Satterthwaite, St. Martin's, NY. 1989. First Edition. $275.00 A novel based on the Lizzie Borden murder case. A very fine, as new copy in a flawless dust jacket. Fer-de-Lance by Rex Stout, Otto Penzler & First Edition Library, NY. 1996. Facsimile. $175.00 A facsimile of the 1934 first edition. As new in dust jacket and slipcase.