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  • CATCH CALICO! by Aaron, Chester.
    Aaron, Chester.
    CATCH CALICO!

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Dutton, (1979.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Young adult novel set in rural Marin county in nothern California. 14 year old Louis must comes to terms with the death of his father, the frightening illness of his grandfather, and even with changes in the behavior of his cat Calico, who has rabies. 148 pp. ISBN: 0-525275517.

    Condition: Near fine in a good dust jacket. (some chipping and edgewear to the dj.)

    Book ID: 42205
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  • Abani, Chris.
    THE VIRGIN OF FLAMES.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Penguin, (2007.). SIGNED first edition - Novel issued as a paperback original by this award-winning poet and writer. From the back cover: "For Black, a mural artist in East L.A., his city's tumbledown landscape is his canvas. Residing in a ramshackle apartment above The Ugly Store, he lives for his art and obsesses over Sweet Girl, the transsexual stripper who serves as his muse. As Black navigates life alongside the Los Angeles River, 'iridescent in its concrete sleeve,' he enlists his friends - Iggy, the beautiful tattoo artist who has beguiled Hollywood's elite, and Bomboy, a wealthy Rwandan butcher - as he confronts his past and struggles to find his place in the world." Cover praise from…

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    New York: Penguin, (2007.). SIGNED first edition - Novel issued as a paperback original by this award-winning poet and writer. From the back cover: "For Black, a mural artist in East L.A., his city's tumbledown landscape is his canvas. Residing in a ramshackle apartment above The Ugly Store, he lives for his art and obsesses over Sweet Girl, the transsexual stripper who serves as his muse. As Black navigates life alongside the Los Angeles River, 'iridescent in its concrete sleeve,' he enlists his friends - Iggy, the beautiful tattoo artist who has beguiled Hollywood's elite, and Bomboy, a wealthy Rwandan butcher - as he confronts his past and struggles to find his place in the world." Cover praise from Walter Mosley and Russell Banks. SIGNED on the title page. 291 pp.

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    Condition: Fine in stiff illustrated wrappers (a new copy)

    Book ID: 37582
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  • Abani, Chris.
    THE VIRGIN OF FLAMES.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Penguin, (2007.). SIGNED first edition - SIGNED on the title page. Novel issued as a paperback original by this award-winning poet and writer. From the back cover: "For Black, a mural artist in East L.A., his city's tumbledown landscape is his canvas. Residing in a ramshackle apartment above The Ugly Store, he lives for his art and obsesses over Sweet Girl, the transsexual stripper who serves as his muse. As Black navigates life alongside the Los Angeles River, 'iridescent in its concrete sleeve,' he enlists his friends - Iggy, the beautiful tattoo artist who has beguiled Hollywood's elite, and Bomboy, a wealthy Rwandan butcher - as he confronts his past and struggles to find his place in…

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    New York: Penguin, (2007.). SIGNED first edition - SIGNED on the title page. Novel issued as a paperback original by this award-winning poet and writer. From the back cover: "For Black, a mural artist in East L.A., his city's tumbledown landscape is his canvas. Residing in a ramshackle apartment above The Ugly Store, he lives for his art and obsesses over Sweet Girl, the transsexual stripper who serves as his muse. As Black navigates life alongside the Los Angeles River, 'iridescent in its concrete sleeve,' he enlists his friends - Iggy, the beautiful tattoo artist who has beguiled Hollywood's elite, and Bomboy, a wealthy Rwandan butcher - as he confronts his past and struggles to find his place in the world." Cover praise from Walter Mosley and Russell Banks. 291 pp.

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    Condition: Very near fine in stiff illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 38904
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  • THE KILLING OF THE SAINTS. by Abella, Alex.
    Abella, Alex.
    THE KILLING OF THE SAINTS.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Crown, (1991.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Described as the first Cuban-American thriller, this is a story of witchcraft, crime and law, set in the Hispanic communities of Los Angeles. Charlie Morrell, himself Cuban, is a court-appointed investigator assigned to take on the case of two marielitos, followers of the santeria cult, who are accused of a vicious killing. SIGNED on the title page and dated in the year of publication, 308 pp. ISBN: 0-517-58509X.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 64477
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  • THE KILLING OF THE SAINTS. by Abella, Alex.
    Abella, Alex.
    THE KILLING OF THE SAINTS.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Crown, (1991.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Described as the first Cuban-American thriller, this is a story of witchcraft, crime and law, set in the Hispanic communities of Los Angeles. Charlie Morrell, himself Cuban, is a court-appointed investigator assigned to take on the case of two marielitos, followers of the santeria cult, who are accused of a vicious killing. SIGNED on the half title page, 308 pp. ISBN: 0-517-58509X.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 52360
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  • THE LAST LOVELY CITY: Stories. by Adams, Alice.
    Adams, Alice.
    THE LAST LOVELY CITY: Stories.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1999. dj. Hardcover first edition - A collection of nine short stories with settings ranging from San Francisco to a North Carolina college town to a rundown Mexican resort. 192 pp. ISBN: 0-679-454411.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 39894
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  • Adams, Alice
    CAROLINE'S DAUGHTERS

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1991. dj. Hardcover first edition - Novel set in San Francisco in the 1980's - the story of a mother and her 5 very different daughters (from 3 different marriages.) 307 pp. ISBN: 0-394-568257.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 6929
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  • Adams, Alice
    CAROLINE'S DAUGHTERS

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1991. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Novel set in San Francisco in the 1980's - the story of a mother and her 5 very different daughters (from 3 different marriages.) INSCRIBED on the title page and uncommon thus. 307 pp. ISBN: 0-394-568257.

    Condition: Very near fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 36645
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  • RICARDO: DIARY OF A MATINEE IDOL. by Alfieri, Richard.
    Alfieri, Richard.
    RICARDO: DIARY OF A MATINEE IDOL.

    Edition: First printing.

    Santa Barbara: John Daniel & Co., 1989. dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's first novel, set in the Hollywood of the 1920s and 1930s during the era of silent films, the story of a Jewish-Italian boy from the Bronx, presented to the public as a new Latin lover, Paramount's answer to Valentino. 214 pp. ISBN: 0-936784652.

    Condition: Fine in a fine dust jacket (as new.)

    Book ID: 68024
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  • THE WATCHMEN. by Allegretto, Michael.
    Allegretto, Michael.
    THE WATCHMEN.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, (1991) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Suspense novel set in Southern California by this award-winning author. SIGNED on the front endpaper. 253 pp. ISBN: 0-671736434.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 68208
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  • DIGGING TOO DEEP: A Tosca Trevant Mystery. by Amadio, Jill.
    Amadio, Jill.
    DIGGING TOO DEEP: A Tosca Trevant Mystery.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    Wethersfield, CT: Mainly Murder Press, (2013). SIGNED - Mystery set on an island off the coast of Southern California featuring feisty British gossip columnist Tosca Trevant and a retired Secret Service agent. SIGNED on the title page. 207 pp. ISBN: 9780988781696.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers (a new copy)

    Book ID: 61941
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  • Andrews, Sarah
    MOTHER NATURE

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: St Martin's, (1997) dj. Hardcover first edition - Geologist Em Hansen investigates a murder in Sonoma County, California. ISBN: 0-312-155913.

    Condition: Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. (corners slightly bumped.)

    Book ID: 11273
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  • MURDER IN LOS ANGELES. by [Anthology] Jon L.Breen, William Campbell Gault, William Nolan, and others; concept by Bill Adler; introductory note by Thomas Chastain.
    [Anthology] Jon L.Breen, William Campbell Gault, William Nolan, and others; concept by Bill Adler; introductory note by Thomas Chastain.
    MURDER IN LOS ANGELES.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: William H. Morrow, (1987) dj. Hardcover first edition - "The talents of eight great suspense writers combine to create Murder in Los Angeles." Introductory note by Thomas Chastain. Contributors include Jon L. Breen, D. C. Fontana, George Fox, William Campbell Gault, M. R. Henderson, Vincent McConnor, William F. Nolan, and Ray Russell. Notes on the authors. 381 pp. ISBN: 0-688066844.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 74164
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  • SAN FRANCISCO NOIR 2: The Classics. by [Anthology, signed] Maravelis, Peter; Janet Dawson and John Shirley, signed
    [Anthology, signed] Maravelis, Peter; Janet Dawson and John Shirley, signed
    SAN FRANCISCO NOIR 2: The Classics.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    New York: Akashic Books. (2009). SIGNED first edition - Includes stories published between 1889 and 1991 by Dashiell Hammett, Jack London, Mark Twain, Craig Clevenger, Ambrose Bierce, Bill Pronzini, Marcia Muller, John Shirley, Ernest Gaines and more. SIGNED by TWO authors: Janet Dawson at her story "Union Square" and John Shirley at "Ash." 330 pp plus notes on contributors and two pages of publisher's ads. ISBN: 978-1933354651.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 63385
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  • Archer, Winnie.
    FLOUR IN THE ATTIC.

    Edition: Paperback original - first printing.

    New York: Kensington, (2019). SIGNED first edition - The fourth "Bread Shop Mystery," set in a small town on the California coast and featuing Ivy Culpepper, "The body of longtime Santa Sofia resident Marisol Ruiz washes up on the beach - and itÕs even more heartbreaking since Marisols father also recently died. . . As Ivy gets to work helping her mentor, Olaya Solis, with the catering for Marisol's funeral, she also teams up with her partners in detection." SIGNED on the title page. 297 pp. ISBN: 978-1496724397.

    Condition: Fine.

    Book ID: 79289
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  • FLINT HOUSE. by Asay, Kathleen L.
    Asay, Kathleen L.
    FLINT HOUSE.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    Baltimore, MD: Bridle Path Press, (2013). SIGNED first edition - Author's first novel. "Burned-out journalist, Liz Cane, has seen too many sob stories in her career to have much sympathy for the tenants of a run-down boarding house in Sacramento that is about to be closed because the owner of the house has died, literally at Liz's feet. But when she's introduced to the mysterious older woman who lives upstairs, Liz is hooked. The others all think the woman can somehow save the house from closing. Liz has her doubts, but then the woman is attacked and Liz finds herself in a race to discover the woman's story before it's too late for them all." INSCRIBED on the title page. 288 pp. ISBN: 978-0985233129.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 77533
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  • LOS CERRITOS: A Romance of the Modern Time. by Atherton, Gertrude Franklin Horn (1857-1948)
    Atherton, Gertrude Franklin Horn (1857-1948)
    LOS CERRITOS: A Romance of the Modern Time.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: John W.Lovell Company, (1890). SIGNED hardcover first edition - Scarce early novel by Gertrude Atherton, a story of the Californios, using their dialect, and featuring Carmelita, the daughter of the notorious bandit Joaquin Murietta. INSCRIBED on a blank preliminary page and dated in 1936. 304 pp.

    Condition: Very good in black cloth with gilt lettering (some shelfwear to bottom edge, corners slightly bumped, but a tight and sturdy copy)

    Book ID: 69522
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  • FIRESTORM. by Barr, Nevada.
    Barr, Nevada.
    FIRESTORM.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Putnam, (1996.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Fourth mystery featuring park ranger Anna Pigeon - set in Lassen Volcanic National Park where Pigeon is temporarily assigned as a medic and security officer during the Jackknife fire. SIGNED on the title page. 307 pp. ISBN: 0-399-14126x.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 52637
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  • FIRESTORM. by Barr, Nevada.
    Barr, Nevada.
    FIRESTORM.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Putnam, (1996.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Fourth mystery featuring park ranger Anna Pigeon - set in Lassen Volcanic National Park where Pigeon is temporarily assigned as a medic and security officer during the Jackknife fire. 307 pp. ISBN: 0-399-14126x.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 78176
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  • FIRESTORM. by Barr, Nevada.
    Barr, Nevada.
    FIRESTORM.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Putnam, (1996.). SIGNED first edition - Fourth mystery featuring park ranger Anna Pigeon - set in Lassen Volcanic National Park where Pigeon is temporarily assigned as a medic and security officer during the Jackknife fire. SIGNED on the title page. 307 pp.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers. A very different cover than the final trade edition.

    Book ID: 58935
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  • BLACKHEART HIGHWAY. by Barre, Richard.
    Barre, Richard.
    BLACKHEART HIGHWAY.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Berkley, (1999.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The third novel in his award winning series featuring Southern California P.I. Will Hardesty. "Doc Whitney was a country music star whose career had just gone platinum when he was convicted for the brutal slayings of his wife and young daughters. Now twenty years later, their paths collide when Doc is paroled from prison and returns to California's hot, dusty Central Valley.where grudges die hard and the road leads to places best left unexplored." SIGNED on the title page. 326 pp. ISBN: 0-425-169030.

    Condition: Fine in a fine dust jacket (as new.)

    Book ID: 54561
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  • THE INNOCENTS. by Barre, Richard.
    Barre, Richard.
    THE INNOCENTS.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Walker, (1995.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The first novel in his award winning series featuring Southern California P.I. Will Hardesty. In 1990 a flash flood unearths the skeletons of seven murdered children. SIGNED on the title page. 234 pp. ISBN: 0-425-169030.

    Condition: Fine in a fine dust jacket (as new.)

    Book ID: 64614
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  • YOUNG MRS. CAVENDISH AND THE KAISER'S MEN. by Beck, K.K.
    Beck, K.K.
    YOUNG MRS. CAVENDISH AND THE KAISER'S MEN.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Walker, (1987) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The author's fourth mystery, set in San Francisco in 1916, shortly before the US entered the war - a society reporter is determined to get her by-line on the front page, and reporting on a kidnapping should surely do that! INSCRIBED on the title page, and uncommon thus. 270 pp. ISBN: 0-8027-09796.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 70791
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  • YOUNG MRS. CAVENDISH AND THE KAISER'S MEN. by Beck, K.K.
    Beck, K.K.
    YOUNG MRS. CAVENDISH AND THE KAISER'S MEN.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Walker, (1987) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The author's fourth mystery, set in San Francisco in 1916, shortly before the US entered the war - a society reporter is determined to get her by-line on the front page, and reporting on a kidnapping should surely do that! SIGNED on the title page, and uncommon thus. 270 pp. ISBN: 0-8027-09796.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 68576
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  • THE LIGHTS OF EARTH. by Berriault, Gina.
    Berriault, Gina.
    THE LIGHTS OF EARTH.

    Edition: First printing.

    San Francisco: North Point Press, (1984.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Her fourth novel, the story of the changing relationship between three writers, set in the San Francisco Bay area. 157 pp. ISBN: 0-86547-141x.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket (remainder line, price-clipped.)

    Book ID: 51910
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  • THE MAKEOVER by Biederman, Marcia
    Biederman, Marcia
    THE MAKEOVER

    Edition: First edition.

    Chicago: Academy Chicago Publishers, (1984.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Author's first novel - features Muriel Axelrod, a secretary for Lovell Munitions in San Francisco. Funny and absorbing. 240 pp. ISBN: 0-89733-1079.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 52509
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  • Biederman, Marcia
    THE MAKEOVER

    Edition: First edition.

    Chicago: Academy Chicago Publishers, (1984.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Author's first novel - features Muriel Axelrod, a secretary for Lovell Munitions in San Francisco. Funny and absorbing. 240 pp. ISBN: 0-89733-1079.

    Condition: Near fine in a near fine dustjacket ("12M" in red on top edge)

    Book ID: 3505
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  • MURDER SO REAL. by Bird, Al [Pseudonym of Phillip Finch, 1948-2012, and Leon N. Mandel, 1928-2002]
    Bird, Al [Pseudonym of Phillip Finch, 1948-2012, and Leon N. Mandel, 1928-2002]
    MURDER SO REAL.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, (1978) dj. Hardcover first edition - Set in San Francisco, this is a realistic tale of sordid corporate wealth, murder and revenge, and the debut of a memorable investigator, former sportswriter Sinclair Lewis Maxwell, who gets involved when his girlfriend is savagely murdered while investigating organized prostitution. The first and only book written under this pseudonym. 219 pp. ISBN: 0-698-108914.

    Condition: Fine in very good dust jacket (some rubbing to the dj)

    Book ID: 61119
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  • KNIGHTS OF THE CORNERSTONE. by Blaylock, James P.
    Blaylock, James P.
    KNIGHTS OF THE CORNERSTONE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Ace Books, (2008) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A tiny town in California is home to many strange secrets - SIGNED on the title page. 294 pp. Dust jacket art by Sam Montesano. ISBN: 9780441016532.

    Condition: Very near fine in a fine dustjacket (as new, but with a remainder mark).

    Book ID: 59953
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  • LAND OF DREAMS. by Blaylock, James P.
    Blaylock, James P.
    LAND OF DREAMS.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Arbor House, (1987.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - First novel to be issued in hardcover by this award-winning fantasy writer. The 12 year Solstice has come to a small coastal town in Northern California, and with it an evil carnival and many strange happenings. INSCRIBED on the title page . "For Leslie, This book of romance and terrible hermit crabs. Best wishes, James P. Blaylock." Cover praise from Tim Powers, Patricia McKillip and others. 264 pp. Wrap around dust jacket art by Viido Polikarpus. ISBN: 0-87795898X.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket (toning to the pages.)

    Book ID: 41214
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