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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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  • TO AND FRO IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA with Sketches in Arizona and New Mexico. by Adams, Emma H. (Hildreth).
    Adams, Emma H. (Hildreth).
    TO AND FRO IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA with Sketches in Arizona and New Mexico.

    Edition: First edition.

    Cincinnati: W.M.B.C. Press, 1887. Hardcover first edition - Although this is presented in 'chapter form' this interesting look at Los Angeles area, consists primarily of the author's letters which were written to several Eastern newspapers describing her travels in Southern California during 1884 and in the autumn of 1886. Also included are chapters describing her travels in Arizona and New Mexico. From the author's preface: "From its nature, the book is in but slight sense a guide to persons visiting Southern California, although its pages embrace much reliable information about the country and its people.... The writer has aimed to build, out of the many sketches and facts given, a pleasant and readable book" - a modest aim, in…

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    Cincinnati: W.M.B.C. Press, 1887. Hardcover first edition - Although this is presented in 'chapter form' this interesting look at Los Angeles area, consists primarily of the author's letters which were written to several Eastern newspapers describing her travels in Southern California during 1884 and in the autumn of 1886. Also included are chapters describing her travels in Arizona and New Mexico. From the author's preface: "From its nature, the book is in but slight sense a guide to persons visiting Southern California, although its pages embrace much reliable information about the country and its people.... The writer has aimed to build, out of the many sketches and facts given, a pleasant and readable book" - a modest aim, in which she has succeeded admirably, making this book enjoyable even now, well over 100 years later. Among the topics covered are a visit with historian Hubert Bancroft, the California missions, life in a canyon outside Los Angeles, the port of San Pedro, the growing of raisins, rural Riverside, the schools in Los Angeles - and a chapter on women as cultivators of the soil, which comments on how women have become land owners, involved in real estate, and in such agricultural pursuits as managing a raisin vineyard. 288 pp.

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    Condition: Very good overall in the original brown cloth with gilt lettering on the front and spine, gilt illustration on lower section of front cover, 2 decorative black-stamped bands. (spots in the margin of 2 pages, minor shelfwear to boards, otherwise tight and clean.)

    Book ID: 39474
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  • BETTER GET YOUR ANGEL ON by Allen, Jennifer
    Allen, Jennifer
    BETTER GET YOUR ANGEL ON

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1989. dj. Hardcover first edition - Author's first book, a collection of short stories, set mostly in Southern California. 112 pp

    Condition: Fine in a near fine dust jacket (sunning to spine of dj)

    Book ID: 41371
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  • Ayres, Noreen.
    THE WORLD THE COLOR OF SALT.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Morrow, 1992. dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's first mystery, introducing Smokey Brandon, ex-stripper and current forensic specialist with the Orange County Sheriff's department. 301 pp. ISBN: 0-688-108245.

    Condition: Near fine in a near fine dustjacket.

    Book ID: 13272
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  • Ayres, Noreen.
    THE WORLD THE COLOR OF SALT.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Morrow, 1992. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - SIGNED on the title page. The author's first mystery, introducing Smokey Brandon, ex-stripper and current forensic specialist with the Orange County Sheriff's department. 301 pp. ISBN: 0-688-108245.

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

    Book ID: 35565
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  • SHARP TEETH. by Barlow, Tony.
    Barlow, Tony.
    SHARP TEETH.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Harper Collins, (2008). First edition - The author's first novel, written in verse, about an ancient race of lycanthropes who have survived to the present day and are growing in strength. Caught in the middle is Anthony, a kindhearted dogcatcher, and the girl he loves, a werewolf, 312 pp.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 59620
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  • Barnes, Steven.
    STREETLETHAL.

    Edition: Paperback original - second printing.

    New York: Ace Books, (1984). SIGNED - INSCRIBED on the title page and dated in 1985. Novel by this African American science fiction writer - a dystopian view of the near future, where Los Angeles has become a war-zone. 310 pp. Cover art by Barclay Shaw. ISBN: 0-812-510348.

    Condition: Near fine.

    Book ID: 64394
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  • Beall, Will
    L.A. REX.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Riverhead Books, (2006.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Boldly SIGNED on the title page. First novel by an LAPD anti-gang police officer who still worked in the 77th Division when this was published - a brutal, ferocious, and grittily cinematic crime novel featuring young police officer Ben Halloran and his partner who find themselves caught in a web of violent corruption involving the Crip gang and the Mexican mafia. 353 pp. ISBN: 1-594489262.

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

    Book ID: 35989
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  • CHAPEL OF THE RAVENS. by Bishop, Paul.
    Bishop, Paul.
    CHAPEL OF THE RAVENS.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: TOR / Tom Doherty Associates, (1991). SIGNED hardcover first edition - Thriller set in the world of international soccer. The loss of his eye ruined British goalkeeper Ian Chapel's chances of ever playing world-class soccer again and so he turned to investigative work, When he is asked to investigate the murder of the goalie for the Los Angeles Ravens, his two worlds come together. SIGNED on the title page. 310 pp. ISBN: 0-312931557.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (appears unread.)

    Book ID: 75723
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  • Bishop, Paul.
    SAND AGAINST THE TIDE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: TOR / Tom Doherty Associates, (1990) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Second thriller by this author, an Los Angeles Police Department veteran himself. Retired LAPD cop Calico Jack Walker and his former partner (and current girlfriend) Tina Tamiko find themselves caught up in the drug wars. SIGNED on the half title page and dated in the month of publication. 307 pp. ISBN: 0-312931581.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 64587
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  • PRETTY DEAD. by Block, Francesca Lia.
    Block, Francesca Lia.
    PRETTY DEAD.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harper Collins, (2009.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A young girl in Los Angeles seems to have it all -but the fires burning around the city bring to her the awareness that she is a vampire. SIGNED on the title page. 195 pp. ISBN: 9780061547850.

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

    Book ID: 57884
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  • AMERICAN LIGHTNING: Terror, Mystery, Movie-Making, and the Crime of the Century by Blum, Howard.
    Blum, Howard.
    AMERICAN LIGHTNING: Terror, Mystery, Movie-Making, and the Crime of the Century

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Crown, (2008) dj. Hardcover first edition - A book which "evokes the original 'crime of the century' [the bombing of the Los Angeles Times building on Oct 1, 1910] and an aftermath even more dramatic than the crime itself - a seminal episode in America's history that would spark national debate and draw into its orbit master sleuth William J. Burns, crusading lawyer Clarence Darrow, and industry-shaping filmmaker D. W. Griffith." Cast of characters, photographs, notes on sources. 339 pp. Illustrated endpapers. ISBN: 0-307346943.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 71394
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  • VERTICAL COFFIN [and THE TIN COLLECTORS] by Cannell, Stephen J.
    Cannell, Stephen J.
    VERTICAL COFFIN [and THE TIN COLLECTORS]

    Edition: First printing, a thick trade paperback..

    New York: St Martin's Minotaur, (2004). SIGNED first edition - Includes both the newest Shane Scully thriller, but also the first novel in the series, "The Tin Collectors." Vertical coffin is the name that the SWAT team uses for doorways, since they are most vulnerable at that point. SIGNED on the title page. 324 and 389 pp. ISBN: 0-312-331908.

    Condition: Fine in glossy black illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 60322
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  • BEIGE. by Castellucci, Cecil.
    Castellucci, Cecil.
    BEIGE.

    Edition: First printing.

    Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press, (2007) dj. Hardcover first edition - Young adult novel about a nice, quiet girl who winds up in the middle of the punk-rock scene in Los Angeles, when she is sent to spend a couple of weeks with her father, a recovering addict and drummer. Castellucci was a rock musician herself in Canada and Los Angeles - where she recorded under the name Cecil Seaskull. 307 pp. ISBN: 9780763630669.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 60216
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  • GUILT BY ASSOCIATION. by Clark, Marcia.
    Clark, Marcia.
    GUILT BY ASSOCIATION.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    Boston: Little Brown, (2011.). SIGNED first edition - First novel, a legal thriller, by the former Los Angeles deputy district attorney who was the lead on the O. J. Simpson trial. SIGNED on the title page and dated in Oct 2010.

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

    Book ID: 48680
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  • GUILT BY ASSOCIATION. by Clark, Marcia.
    Clark, Marcia.
    GUILT BY ASSOCIATION.

    Edition: First printing.

    Boston: Little Brown, (2011.) dj. Hardcover first edition - First novel, a legal thriller, by the former Los Angeles deputy district attorney who was the lead on the O. J. Simpson trial. 356 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 62090
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  • THE SERPENT CLUB. by Coffey, Tom.
    Coffey, Tom.
    THE SERPENT CLUB.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Pocket Books, (1999) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The author's first novel, a thriller set in Los Angeles, featuring Ted Lowe, who is investigating the murder of a thirteen year old girl, and finding layer after layer of corruption. SIGNED on the title page. 323 pp. ISBN: 0-671028278.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (appears unread, just a hint of toning to the pages)

    Book ID: 68088
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  • THE BRASS VERDICT. by Connelly Michael.
    Connelly Michael.
    THE BRASS VERDICT.

    Edition: First printing.

    Boston: Little Brown, (2008.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A follow-up to 'The Lincoln Lawyer' this focuses on defense attorney Mickey Haller, but on this case he is working with (sort of, anyhow) Harry Bosch. Bound in page from Connelly explaining the genesis of this novel. SIGNED on the title page. Winner of the Anthony Award. 422 pp. ISBN: 0-316-166294.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 61984
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  • THE BRASS VERDICT. by Connelly Michael.
    Connelly Michael.
    THE BRASS VERDICT.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    Boston: Little Brown, (2008.). First edition - A follow-up to 'The Lincoln Lawyer' this focuses on defense attorney Mickey Haller, but on this case he is working with (sort of, anyhow) Harry Bosch. Bound in page from Connelly explaining the genesis of this novel. SIGNED on the title page. Winner of the Anthony Award. 403 pp.

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

    Book ID: 41068
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  • CITY OF BONES. by Connelly, Michael.
    Connelly, Michael.
    CITY OF BONES.

    Edition: First printing.

    Boston: Little Brown, (2002) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A Harry Bosch novel, set in Los Angeles. SIGNED on the title page. Winner of the Anthony Award. 393 pp. ISBN: 0-316-154059.

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

    Book ID: 60957
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  • THE DROP. by Connelly, Michael.
    Connelly, Michael.
    THE DROP.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York & Boston: Little Brown, (2011) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Harry Bosch is approaching the end of the line - he has been put on DROP - the deferred retirement plan - for his final years before he has to leave the LAPD. SIGNED on the title page. 388 pp. ISBN: 978-0316069410.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 62389
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  • THE DROP. by Connelly, Michael.
    Connelly, Michael.
    THE DROP.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York & Boston: Little Brown, (2011) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Harry Bosch is approaching the end of the line - he has been put on DROP - the deferred retirement plan - for his final years before he has to leave the LAPD. SIGNED on the title page. 388 pp. ISBN: 978-0316069410.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket (ink circle on front endpaper, hint of spine slant)

    Book ID: 62391
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  • BLACK ICE. by Connelly, Michael
    Connelly, Michael
    BLACK ICE.

    Edition: First printing.

    Boston: Little Brown, (1993.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Second novel, in the excellent Harry Bosch series, set in Los Angeles (the first won the Edgar award)- the title refers to a new type of drug coming over the border from Mexico. SIGNED on title page. 322 pp. ISBN: 0-316-153826.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 65208
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  • CITY OF BONES. by Connelly, Michael.
    Connelly, Michael.
    CITY OF BONES.

    Edition: First UK printing.

    London: Orion, (2002) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A Harry Bosch novel, set in Los Angeles. SIGNED on the title page. Winner of the Anthony Award. 383 pp. ISBN: 0-752821407.

    Condition: Very near fine in a fine dust jacket (usual light toning to pages, otherwise as new.)

    Book ID: 77384
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  • HOMICIDE SPECIAL: A Year in the Life of the LAPD's Elite Detective Unit. by Corwin, Miles.
    Corwin, Miles.
    HOMICIDE SPECIAL: A Year in the Life of the LAPD's Elite Detective Unit.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Henry Holt, (2003.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A behind the scenes look at one of the country's most high-profile homicide detective units as they follow six of its toughest, most controversial and interesting cases, including the case of Bonnie Lee Bakley whose murder ended up in the arrest of her husband, the actor Robert Blake . SIGNED on the title page. Photographs, epilogue, notes. 389 pp. ISBN: 0-8050-6798-1.

    Condition: Very good in a near fine dust jacket (slightly cocked spine.)

    Book ID: 48575
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  • THE KILLING SEASON: A Summer Inside an Lapd Homicide Division. by Corwin, Miles.
    Corwin, Miles.
    THE KILLING SEASON: A Summer Inside an Lapd Homicide Division.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, (1997) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The author's first book, a nonfiction account of a team of homicide detectives - veteran Pete Razanskas and Marcella Winn, a street smart young black woman who grew up in the 'hood herself - and their day to day work in South Central Los Angeles. SIGNED on the front endpaper. Photographs, notes. 336 pp. ISBN: 0-68480235X.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 64485
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  • HOMICIDE SPECIAL: A Year in the Life of the LAPD's Elite Detective Unit. by Corwin, Miles.
    Corwin, Miles.
    HOMICIDE SPECIAL: A Year in the Life of the LAPD's Elite Detective Unit.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Henry Holt, (2003.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A behind the scenes look at one of the country's most high-profile homicide detective units as they follow six of its toughest, most controversial and interesting cases, including the case of Bonnie Lee Bakley whose murder ended up in the arrest of her husband, the actor Robert Blake SIGNED on the title page. Photographs, epilogue, notes. 389 pp. ISBN: 0-8050-6798-1.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 45954
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