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  • DeLoach, Nora.
    MAMA STALKS THE PAST.

    Edition: Uncorrected proof (trade paperback format.)

    New York: Bantam, 1996. The fifth book in the Mama series, set in Otis, South Carolina. An uncommon advance issue.

    Condition: Fine in printed red wrappers.

    Book ID: 18305
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  • DeLoach, Nora.
    MAMA ROCKS THE EMPTY CRADLE.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Bantam, 1998. First edition - African American mystery featuring Simone Covington - in this story, she goes back to South Carolina to help her mama after an operation.

    Condition: Near fine in illustrated wrappers (publisher's letter laid in.)

    Book ID: 11553
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  • DeLoach, Nora (1940-2001)
    MAMA PURSUES A MURDEROUS SHADOW.

    Edition: Paperback original - first printing.

    New York: Bantam, (2000). SIGNED first edition - The seventh in the series featuring Simone Covington and Mama Candi (Grace). In this one, Mama is convinced that an apparent suicide was not really one and she is determined to find the real answer. Set in South Carolina. SIGNED on the title page and dated in 2001. 179 pp. ISBN: 0-553577220.

    Condition: Fine (usual light toning to the pages, but otherwise appears unread) Uncommon signed.

    Book ID: 76955
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  • DeLoach, Nora (1940-2001)
    MAMA CRACKS A MASK OF INNOCENCE.

    Edition: Paperback original - first printing.

    New York: Bantam, (2001). First edition - The eighth and final book in the series featuring Simone Covington and Mama Candi (Grace). In this one, after a young woman's body is found in a shallow grave, Mama digs deep to find out who is responsible. Set in South Carolina. 196 pp. ISBN: 0-553577220.

    Condition: Fine (usual light toning to the pages, but otherwise appears unread) Uncommon signed.

    Book ID: 76957
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  • MAMA TRAPS A KILLER. by DeLoach, Nora (1940-2001)
    DeLoach, Nora (1940-2001)
    MAMA TRAPS A KILLER.

    Edition: Paperback original - first printing.

    Los Angeles: Holloway House, (1995). SIGNED first edition - Her third book, and the second in the series featuring Simone Covington and Mama Candi (Grace). In this one, Mama's husband James is the prime suspect in the murders of a teenage boy and girl. Set in South Carolina. SIGNED on the title page. 191 pp plus 1 pp publisher's ads. ISBN: 0870677470.

    Condition: Fine (usual light toning to the pages, but otherwise appears unread) Uncommon signed.

    Book ID: 70655
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  • MAMA SAVES A VICTIM. by DeLoach, Nora (1940-2001)
    DeLoach, Nora (1940-2001)
    MAMA SAVES A VICTIM.

    Edition: Paperback original - first printing.

    Los Angeles: Holloway House, (1997). SIGNED first edition - Her fourth book, and the third in the series featuring Simone Covington and Mama Candi (Grace). In this one, Mama gets involved when a beautiful young girl darts in front of her car, but later disappears from the hospital. Set in South Carolina. SIGNED and dated in March 2001 on the title page. 176 pp plus author photo.. ISBN: 0870678744.

    Condition: Fine (usual light toning to the pages, but otherwise appears unread) Uncommon signed.

    Book ID: 71153
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  • MAMA STANDS ACCUSED. by DeLoach, Nora (1940-2001)
    DeLoach, Nora (1940-2001)
    MAMA STANDS ACCUSED.

    Edition: Paperback original - first printing.

    Los Angeles: Holloway House, (1997). SIGNED first edition - Her fourth book, and the third in the series featuring Simone Covington and Mama Candi (Grace). In this one, Mama, a social worker, is accused of stealing her client's food stamps. Although Mama has been referred to as an "African American Miss Marple", one of the ways in which this series differs from the typical Holmes or Miss Marple books is that Mama is not just an investigator but - reflecting the reality of African American life- she is often working to prove her own innocence or that of those around her. Set in South Carolina. SIGNED and dated in March 2001 on the title page (just three months before DeLoach's early death). 157 pp plus author photo.. ISBN: 0-870678736.

    Condition: Fine (usual light toning to the pages, but otherwise appears unread) Uncommon signed.

    Book ID: 71154
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  • DYING FOR REVENGE. by Dickey, Eric Jerome.
    Dickey, Eric Jerome.
    DYING FOR REVENGE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Dutton, (2008) dj. Hardcover first edition - Thriller featuring an international hitman who finds himself the target of two assassins. Set mostly in the Caribbean, on the island of Antigua. 467 pp. ISBN: 978-0525950868.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 66662
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  • THE BETWEEN. by Due, Tananarive.
    Due, Tananarive.
    THE BETWEEN.

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: Harper Collins, 1995. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A highly praised and unusual debut novel by this black writer - a combination of real and unreal, suspense and horror. SIGNED on the title page. The only African American elected judge in Dade County, Florida begins receiving racist hate mail from a man she once prosecuted, and her husband begins battling unseen horrors that haunt his dreams. The NY Times Review described this as 'a finely honed work that always engages and frequently surprises.' Stoker Award finalist for best first novel. 274 pp. ISBN: 0-06-0172509.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket (remainder line)

    Book ID: 64492
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  • THE BETWEEN. by Due, Tananarive.
    Due, Tananarive.
    THE BETWEEN.

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: Harper Collins, 1995. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A highly praised and unusual debut novel by this black writer - a combination of real and unreal, suspense and horror. SIGNED on the title page. The only African American elected judge in Dade County, Florida begins receiving racist hate mail from a man she once prosecuted, and her husband begins battling unseen horrors that haunt his dreams. The NY Times Review described this as 'a finely honed work that always engages and frequently surprises.' Stoker Award finalist for best first novel. 274 pp. ISBN: 0-06-0172509.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 64493
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  • NO TIME TO DIE: A Mali Anderson Mystery. by Edwards, Grace F. (Yearwood)
    Edwards, Grace F. (Yearwood)
    NO TIME TO DIE: A Mali Anderson Mystery.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Doubleday, (1999) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Third mystery featuring Harlem sleuth Mali Anderson. SIGNED on the title page. ISBN: 0-385-492472.

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

    Book ID: 65561
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  • Edwards, Grace F. (Yearwood)
    A TOAST BEFORE DYING.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Doubleday, 1998. dj. Hardcover first edition - Second mystery featuring Mali Anderson, and the second book written by Edwards under this name (her first was as Edwards-Yearwood.) An interesting portrayal of contemporary Harlem - and especially of the 3 B's - beauty shops, barbershops and bars - so important to the community. ISBN: 0-385-485247.

    Condition: Near fine in a fine dust jacket (hint of spine slant.)

    Book ID: 23704
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  • Edwards, Grace (Yearwood)
    A TOAST BEFORE DYING.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Doubleday, 1998. First edition - Second mystery featuring Mali Anderson, and the second book written by Edwards under this name (her first was as Edwards-Yearwood.) An interesting portrayal of contemporary Harlem - and especially of the 3 B's - beauty shops, barbershops and bars - so important to the community.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 28808
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  • A TOAST BEFORE DYING. by Edwards, Grace (Yearwood)
    Edwards, Grace (Yearwood)
    A TOAST BEFORE DYING.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Doubleday, 1998. dj. Hardcover first edition - Second mystery featuring Mali Anderson, and the second book written by Edwards under this name (her first was as Edwards-Yearwood.) An interesting portrayal of contemporary Harlem - and especially of the 3 B's - beauty shops, barbershops and bars - so important to the community. Review copy with publisher's material laid in. ISBN: 0-385-485247.

    Condition: Very near fine in a fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 23230
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  • THE VIADUCT: A Harlem Thriller. by Edwards, Grace (Yearwood)
    Edwards, Grace (Yearwood)
    THE VIADUCT: A Harlem Thriller.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Doubleday, (2004.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Historical mystery set in Harlem in the 1970's - a story of the intersecting lives of two shattered men, one a Vietnam veteran and the other a man determined to avenge the death of his brother. 260 pp. ISBN: 0-385-502001.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 43827
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  • IF I SHOULD DIE: A Mali Anderson Mystery. by Edwards, Grace (Yearwood)
    Edwards, Grace (Yearwood)
    IF I SHOULD DIE: A Mali Anderson Mystery.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Doubleday, (1997). dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - First mystery featuring Harlem sleuth Mali Anderson, and the first book written by Edwards under this name (her first novel was as Edwards-Yearwood.) An interesting portrayal of contemporary Harlem from the stylish brownhouses to the jazz clubs and the crack houses. SIGNED on the title page. 257 pp. . ISBN: 0-385-485239.

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

    Book ID: 65562
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  • Fisher, Rudolph.
    THE CONJURE-MAN DIES: A Mystery Tale of Dark Harlem.

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: Covici Friede, (1932.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Fisher, who was also a physician in addition to being a writer, was already well-established as a novelist when he wrote this book; however, this is perhaps his most historically significant book since it is considered the first detective novel to be set in an all-black environment, making Fisher a forerunner to the likes of such African-American detective writers as Chester Himes and Walter Mosley. It is set in 1920s-30s Harlem and involves the murder of NÕGana Frimbo, a self-proclaimed Ôconjure-manÕ who is actually the Harvard-educated heir to the throne of an African kingdom. Dr. John Archer, a Harlem physician with a keen intellect and insatiable curiosity, teams up…

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    New York: Covici Friede, (1932.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Fisher, who was also a physician in addition to being a writer, was already well-established as a novelist when he wrote this book; however, this is perhaps his most historically significant book since it is considered the first detective novel to be set in an all-black environment, making Fisher a forerunner to the likes of such African-American detective writers as Chester Himes and Walter Mosley. It is set in 1920s-30s Harlem and involves the murder of NÕGana Frimbo, a self-proclaimed Ôconjure-manÕ who is actually the Harvard-educated heir to the throne of an African kingdom. Dr. John Archer, a Harlem physician with a keen intellect and insatiable curiosity, teams up with Detective Perry Dart to solve this case - one which becomes even stranger when when Frimbo miraculously returns to life and announces his intention to solve his own murder.

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    Condition: Good only in beige cloth - some spine slant, wear to edges and corners, overall soiling to the cloth. Synopsis from front flap of dust jacket pasted inside front cover. Binding slightly cracked just before the title page. Despite the flaws, this is still a very readable copy of a very uncommon first edition.

    Book ID: 29584
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  • Garland, Ardella (pseudonym for Yolanda Joe).
    DETAILS AT 10.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000. dj. Hardcover first edition - The first mystery featuring Chicago television news reporter Georgia Barnett, and the first book by Joe under this pen name. This story of a missing child, in the midst of gang warfare in a poor black community owes much of its authenticity to the fact that Joe was a newswriter at CBS in Chicago for 12 years. ISBN: 0-684-873753.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 27427
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  • Garland, Ardella (psuedonym for Yolanda Joe).
    DETAILS AT 10.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000. dj. Hardcover first edition - The first mystery featuring Chicago television news reporter Georgia Barnett, and the first book by Joe under this pen name. This story of a missing child, in the midst of gang warfare in a poor black community owes much of its authenticity to the fact that Joe was a newswriter at CBS in Chicago for 12 years. ISBN: 0-684-873753.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 28775
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  • THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE. by Greer, Robert.
    Greer, Robert.
    THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Mysterious Press, (1998.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The third mystery featuring black Denver bail bondsman C. J. Floyd. 352 pp. ISBN: 0-89296-653x.

    Condition: Near fine in a fine dustjacket. (remainder line bottom edge.)

    Book ID: 51248
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  • HEAT SHOCK. by Greer, Robert.
    Greer, Robert.
    HEAT SHOCK.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Warner, (2003.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Medical thriller by this award-winning African-American writer (winner of the Chester Himes Award and author of the Denver bail bondsman CJ Floyd mystery series.) As a professor of pathology, this is an area about which Greer can write knowledgeably. Features an interesting new heroine: Dr. Carmen Nguyen, half black and half Vietnamese, who reluctantly agrees to the dying request of Luke Redstone, an aging ex-miner and breeding of fighting cocks, who contracted a rare cancer while living in the yellow-cake hills of Colorado. 308 pp. ISBN: 0-89296-7536.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 60520
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  • LIMITED TIME. by Greer, Robert
    Greer, Robert
    LIMITED TIME.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Mysterious Press, (2000.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A medical thriller revolving around the discovery of a drug that will both enhance athletic performance and extend life by this African American author who is also a medical doctor, research scientist and a professor of pathology. SIGNED by the author on the title page. 338 pp. ISBN: 0-89296684X.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 60521
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  • THE DEVIL'S RED NICKEL. by Greer, Robert.
    Greer, Robert.
    THE DEVIL'S RED NICKEL.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Mysterious Press, (1997.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The second in the highly praised mystery series featuring black Denver bail bondsman C. J. Floyd. The author, Greer, is not only a noted short story writer and the editor of the High Plains Literary Review, he is also a practicing surgical pathologist, professor , and a cattle rancher. SIGNED on the title page. 350 pp. ISBN: 0-89296-6521.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 60563
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  • HEAT SHOCK. by Greer, Robert.
    Greer, Robert.
    HEAT SHOCK.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Warner, (2003.). SIGNED first edition - Medical thriller by this award-winning African-American writer (winner of the Chester Himes Award and author of the Denver bail bondsman CJ Floyd mystery series.) As a professor of pathology, this is an area about which Greer can write knowledgeably. Features an interesting new heroine: Dr. Carmen Nguyen, half black and half Vietnamese, who reluctantly agrees to the dying request of Luke Redstone, an aging ex-miner and breeding of fighting cocks, who contracted a rare cancer while living in the yellow-cake hills of Colorado. SIGNED on the title page and dated in the year of publication. 308 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers (some spotting to edges of textblock, other minor wear) Publisher's letter laid in.

    Book ID: 62350
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  • THE DEVIL'S RED NICKEL. by Greer, Robert.
    Greer, Robert.
    THE DEVIL'S RED NICKEL.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Mysterious Press, (1997.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The second in the highly praised mystery series featuring black Denver bail bondsman C. J. Floyd. The author, Greer, is not only a noted short story writer and the editor of the High Plains Literary Review, he is also a practicing surgical pathologist, professor , and a cattle rancher. 350 pp. ISBN: 0-89296-6521.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket (remainder mark, abraded spot on front endpaper, dust jacket folded slightly offcenter.)

    Book ID: 51033
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  • Greer, Robert.
    HEAT SHOCK.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Warner, (2003.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Medical thriller by this award-winning African-American writer (winner of the Chester Himes Award and author of the Denver bail bondsman CJ Floyd mystery series.) As a professor of pathology, this is an area about which Greer can write knowledgeably. Features an interesting new heroine: Dr. Carmen Nguyen, half black and half Vietnamese, who reluctantly agrees to the dying request of Luke Redstone, an aging ex-miner and breeding of fighting cocks, who contracted a rare cancer while living in the yellow-cake hills of Colorado. 308 pp. ISBN: 0-89296-7536.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 37786
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  • THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE. by Greer, Robert.
    Greer, Robert.
    THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Mysterious Press, 1998. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The third mystery featuring black Denver bail bondsman C. J. Floyd. SIGNED on the title page. ISBN: 0-89296653x.

    Condition: Fine in a fine dustjacket.

    Book ID: 19903
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  • Greer, Robert.
    THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Mysterious Press, (1998.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The third mystery featuring black Denver bail bondsman C. J. Floyd. 352 pp. ISBN: 0-89296-653x.

    Condition: Fine in a fine dustjacket.

    Book ID: 35560
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  • THE DEVIL'S HATBAND. by Greer, Robert.
    Greer, Robert.
    THE DEVIL'S HATBAND.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Mysterious Press, (1996.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The first in the highly praised mystery series featuring black Denver bail bondsman C. J. Floyd. The author, Greer, is not only a noted short story writer and the editor of the High Plains Literary Review, he is also a practicing surgical pathologist, professor, and a cattle rancher. SIGNED on the title page. ISBN: 0-89296-6343.

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

    Book ID: 32133
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  • RESURRECTING LANGSTON BLUE. by Greer, Robert.
    Greer, Robert.
    RESURRECTING LANGSTON BLUE.

    Edition: First printing.

    San Francisco: Frog Ltd / North American Books, (2005) dj. Hardcover first edition - Mystery rooted in the Vietnam war, featuring black Denver bail bondsman C. J. Floyd and his partner, former intelligence sergeant, Flora Jean Benson. 421 pp. ISBN: 1583941363.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 56444
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