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  • JOHN'S WIFE by Coover, Robert
    Coover, Robert
    JOHN'S WIFE

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, (1996) dj. Hardcover first edition - The ninth novel by this award-winning modernist writer, published 30 years after his first. A NY Times Notable Book. Kirkus Reviews calls this a "mock-epic chronicle of the vagaries of sex, greed, and death in an unnamed midwestern town whose inhabitants are all linked together by their admiration for - or friendship or obsession with - the opaque title character. . . It's fun watching Coover pull all this random (and randy) material together, his energy never flagging, as the novel surges toward its extended climax during the town's annual Pioneers Day barbecue - then toward a stunning dnouement that expertly plaits together a dozen or more loose…

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    New York: Simon & Schuster, (1996) dj. Hardcover first edition - The ninth novel by this award-winning modernist writer, published 30 years after his first. A NY Times Notable Book. Kirkus Reviews calls this a "mock-epic chronicle of the vagaries of sex, greed, and death in an unnamed midwestern town whose inhabitants are all linked together by their admiration for - or friendship or obsession with - the opaque title character. . . It's fun watching Coover pull all this random (and randy) material together, his energy never flagging, as the novel surges toward its extended climax during the town's annual Pioneers Day barbecue - then toward a stunning dnouement that expertly plaits together a dozen or more loose ends and offers, for good measure, an unnerving surprise on the very last page. A pitch-perfect, pitch-black comedy, and one of Coover's most elegant and entertaining books yet." 428 pp. ISBN: 0-684818418.

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    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket (appears unread, but with a remainder line, crease to rear flap of dj)

    Book ID: 83803
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  • WHITE MAN'S GRAVE. by Dooling, Richard
    Dooling, Richard
    WHITE MAN'S GRAVE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (1994) dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's second novel - a "fast-paced, scathingly funny black comedy" set in Sierra Leone in Africa where a Peace Corps volunteer has gone missing. Both his father and his best friend search for him and in doing so they encounter witches and witch-finders, bush devils, bad medicine, and even a bundle of rags that might have caused supernatural disturbances. 286 pp. ISBN: 0-374-289514.

    Condition: Very near fine in a fine dustjacket (as new, but with a remainder mark) Wraparound band over dust jacket present..

    Book ID: 61520
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  • Duff, Gerald.
    GRAVEYARD WORKING.

    Edition: First printing.

    Dallas, TX: Baskerville Publishers, Inc. (1994.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A black comedy set in "The Big Thicket of East Texas, a place that time forgot but which master writer Gerald Duff remembers well." Cover praise from Madison Smartt Bell (who called this a "crackpot Southern comedy with a darker edge of satire beneath its wit."), Lee Smith, and Roy Blount. The author was born and raised in Beaumont ,Texas. 185 pp. Striking red, white and black dustjacket by Helen Williams. ISBN: 1-880909154.

    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 36803
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  • SAFE BEHIND BARS. by Hall, Andrew (aka James Andrew Hall, 1936-2018)
    Hall, Andrew (aka James Andrew Hall, 1936-2018)
    SAFE BEHIND BARS.

    Edition: First printing.

    London: Cassell, (1968) dj. Hardcover first edition - The third and last of three highly praised black comedies written by Hall in the 1960s - although he went on to have a very long and successful career as a writer for television and even as an author of children's books, in a 1917 interview he commented that he was most proud of his novels. This novel, about the irony of fate, is comedy at its blackest, written with chilling humor, leading up to a startling and violent conclusion. 132 pp.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket.

    Book ID: 83630
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  • A DISORDER PECULIAR TO THE COUNTRY. by Kalfus, Ken.
    Kalfus, Ken.
    A DISORDER PECULIAR TO THE COUNTRY.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Ecco Press, (2006.) dj. Hardcover first edition - His fourth book and second novel, a very black comedy: a couple in the midst of an acrimonious divorce secretly rejoice at the thought that he was killed in the World Trade Center on 9/11 and she was on the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania - only to discover that she had missed her flight, he had been late for work, The stock market crash, the anthrax scare, the invasion of Iraq all become part of the marital battlefield. Nominated for the National Book Award. 237 pp,. ISBN: 0-06-0501405.

    Condition: Fine in a very near fine dust jacket (short scratch on front cover of dj.)

    Book ID: 51892
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  • MR. FOREIGNER. by Matthew Kneale.
    Matthew Kneale.
    MR. FOREIGNER.

    Edition: First thus.

    London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, (2002) dj. Hardcover first edition - The first novel by this award winning writer originally published in 1987 under the title "Whore Banquets." The story of a young Englishman stuck in Tokyo, his passport lost, working illegally is part thriller and part black comedy. 155 pp. ISBN: 0-297828991.

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

    Book ID: 81504
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  • THE RESTRAINT OF BEASTS. by Mills, Magnus.
    Mills, Magnus.
    THE RESTRAINT OF BEASTS.

    Edition: 2nd printing.

    New York: Arcade Publishing, (1998.) dj. Hardcover - Scottish author's first novel - dustjacket praise from Thomas Pynchon. who called it "A demented deadpan-comic wonder." Shortlisted for both the Booker and Orange awards. 214 pp. ISBN: 1-55970-4373.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 45788
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  • TOWING JEHOVAH. by Morrow, James.
    Morrow, James.
    TOWING JEHOVAH.

    Edition: Book club edition.

    New York: Harcourt Brace & Company, (1994.) dj. Hardcover - A combination of satire, black comedy and science fiction. 371 pp. ISBN: 0-15-1909199.

    Condition: Very near fine in a very good dustjacket. (tear with associated creasing to dj.)

    Book ID: 53107
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  • BLACKBOX: A Novel in 840 Chapters. by Walker, Nick.
    Walker, Nick.
    BLACKBOX: A Novel in 840 Chapters.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Harper Collins, (2003). First edition - The author's first novel published as a trade paperback original in the US. The Guardian called it "Highly skilful, original black comedy in 841 chapters presenting fractions of lives in tiny sections that connect in a confusing and enthralling manner that is intriguing and compulsive." 311 pp.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 76083
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