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  • THE GOOD POLICEMAN. by Charyn, Jerome.
    Charyn, Jerome.
    THE GOOD POLICEMAN.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Mysterious Press, (1990) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Isaac returns - "Isaac Sidel (know to his detractors as "Isaac the Pure" ) was a cop - the toughest, hardest and most incorruptible in the business, and he ruled the meanest kingdom of the city, the Lower East Side." INSCRIBED on the half title page to the late noted Oklahoma collector Larry Owens. 282 pp. ISBN: 0-8929636039.

    Condition: Very near fine in a near fine dustjacket (corners slightly bumped, some toning to the cream background of the dj)

    Book ID: 81697
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  • MARILYN THE WILD. by Charyn, Jerome.
    Charyn, Jerome.
    MARILYN THE WILD.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Arbor House, (1976) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - "Isaac Sidel (know to his detractors as "Isaac the Pure" ) was a cop - the toughest, hardest and most incorruptible in the business, and he ruled the meanest kingdom of the city, the Lower East Side." The only one he couldn't handle was his daughter, Marilyn. INSCRIBED on the half title page to the late noted Oklahoma collector Larry Owens. 246 pp. ISBN: 0-87795-1292.

    Condition: Near fine in a very good dustjacket (price-clipped, a small nick at the top of the spine)

    Book ID: 64701
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  • PARADISE MAN. by Charyn, Jerome.
    Charyn, Jerome.
    PARADISE MAN.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Donald I. Fine, Inc., (1987) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The Paradise Man is a hit man, and content with his life, until he meets up with the daugher of the district attorney and falls hopelessly in love. INSCRIBED on the title page to the late noted Oklahoma collector Larry Owens. 240 pp. ISBN: 0-917657-934.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 69093
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  • HADRIAN'S WALLS. by Draper, Robert.
    Draper, Robert.
    HADRIAN'S WALLS.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1999. First edition - The author's first novel, set in a fictitous East Texas town dominated by the state penitentiary - the story of two boyfriends - Hadrian Coleman, a convicted murderer at age 15, and Sonny Hope, the prison director. "After 15 years, Hadrian kills yet again and then miraculously escapes confinement, he and Sonny start an entirely new sort of cat-and-mouse game: Sonny pardons him, Hadrian returns to Shepherdsville, and a chilling game of who-owes-what-to-whom ensues. Draper masterfully unveils the petty politics and small-town intrigue of a town dominated by a correctional facility. The book's greatest strength, however, is the fraught interplay between Hadrian and Sonny, who move as though caught in…

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    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1999. First edition - The author's first novel, set in a fictitous East Texas town dominated by the state penitentiary - the story of two boyfriends - Hadrian Coleman, a convicted murderer at age 15, and Sonny Hope, the prison director. "After 15 years, Hadrian kills yet again and then miraculously escapes confinement, he and Sonny start an entirely new sort of cat-and-mouse game: Sonny pardons him, Hadrian returns to Shepherdsville, and a chilling game of who-owes-what-to-whom ensues. Draper masterfully unveils the petty politics and small-town intrigue of a town dominated by a correctional facility. The book's greatest strength, however, is the fraught interplay between Hadrian and Sonny, who move as though caught in each other's orbit. It's Hadrian's story in the end, though, as he struggles to see if he's more than what Sonny has created--and more than he himself thought." (review by Ben Guterson) 326 pp.

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    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 69089
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  • A QUIET VENDETTA. by Ellory, R. J.
    Ellory, R. J.
    A QUIET VENDETTA.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Overlook Press, (2012.). First edition - A complex crime novel - the "virtual epic of one skilled assassin's life - ranging from Cuba to New York to Las Vegas and beyond." 454 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in illustrated wrappers (appears unread, but crease on front cover).

    Book ID: 63599
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  • OF GOOD AND EVIL. by Gann, Ernest K.
    Gann, Ernest K.
    OF GOOD AND EVIL.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, 1963. dj. Hardcover first edition - Early novel by Gann, a thriller of sorts - or a morality tale - which recounts the events of one day at the police headquarters in San Francisco. 288 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in a fair only dust jacket (dampstaining and crinkling to dj, mostly visible on the flaps and interior, not affecting the book itself.)

    Book ID: 51692
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  • THE FOUR STAGES OF CRUELTY. by Hollihan, Keith.
    Hollihan, Keith.
    THE FOUR STAGES OF CRUELTY.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: St Martin's, (2010) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The author's first novel, the story of a young, tough but vulnerable female guard at a maximum-security prison. "Under constant threat yet given absolute authority, the guards routinely cross the divide between law enforcement and criminality. Corrections Officer Kali Williams takes pains to avoid the complicated traps of inmates and guards alike. Then a young inmate named Joshua comes to her for help." SIGNED on the title page and dated in the year of publication. 293 pp. ISBN: 978-0312592479.

    Condition: Very near fine in a fine dust jacket (as new but with some toning to the edges of the textblock.)

    Book ID: 81209
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  • THE SILENT DEAD. by Honda, Tetsuya.
    Honda, Tetsuya.
    THE SILENT DEAD.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: St Martin's Minotaur, (2016) dj. Hardcover first edition - The first crime novel featuring Reiko Himekawa, a young female homicide detective with the Tokyo Metropolitan Police, to be published in the US. Translated from the Japanese by Giles Murray. 292 pp. ISBN: 978-1250061591.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 74651
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  • Latour, Jose.
    HAVANA WORLD SERIES.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Grove Press, (2003.). First edition - A 'dark novel of intrigue and violence that is rich with the flavor and rhythm of pre-communist Cuba'; set in 1958 when all of Cuba was riveted to the World Series with Mickey Mantle's Yankees playing the Milwaukee Braves. The 3rd novel written in English by this Cuban born author whom Martin Cruz Smith called a 'master of Cuba noir.' (his first was nominated for the Edgar award.)

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

    Book ID: 28078
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  • THE FERAL DETECTIVE. by Lethem, Jonathan.
    Lethem, Jonathan.
    THE FERAL DETECTIVE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Ecco Press / Harper Collins, (2018) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - His first detective novel since "Motherless Brooklyn", a novel about "weird, off-the-grid America. Phoebe Siegler first meets Charles Heist in a shabby trailer on the eastern edge of Los Angeles. She's looking for her friend's missing daughter, Arabella, and hires Heist to help. A laconic loner who keeps his pet opossum in a desk drawer, Heist intrigues the sarcastic and garrulous Phoebe. The unlikely pair navigate the enclaves of desert-dwelling vagabonds and find that Arabella is in serious trouble caught in the middle of a violent standoff." SIGNED on the title page. 327 pp. ISBN: 978-0062859068.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 80718
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  • THE FERAL DETECTIVE. by Lethem, Jonathan.
    Lethem, Jonathan.
    THE FERAL DETECTIVE.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Ecco Press / Harper Collins, (2018). SIGNED first edition - His first detective novel since "Motherless Brooklyn", a novel about "weird, off-the-grid America. Phoebe Siegler first meets Charles Heist in a shabby trailer on the eastern edge of Los Angeles. She's looking for her friend's missing daughter, Arabella, and hires Heist to help. A laconic loner who keeps his pet opossum in a desk drawer, Heist intrigues the sarcastic and garrulous Phoebe. The unlikely pair navigate the enclaves of desert-dwelling vagabonds and find that Arabella is in serious trouble caught in the middle of a violent standoff." SIGNED on the title page. 327 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 75704
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  • THE FERAL DETECTIVE. by Lethem, Jonathan.
    Lethem, Jonathan.
    THE FERAL DETECTIVE.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Ecco Press / Harper Collins, (2018). SIGNED first edition - His first detective novel since "Motherless Brooklyn", a novel about "weird, off-the-grid America. Phoebe Siegler first meets Charles Heist in a shabby trailer on the eastern edge of Los Angeles. She's looking for her friend's missing daughter, Arabella, and hires Heist to help. A laconic loner who keeps his pet opossum in a desk drawer, Heist intrigues the sarcastic and garrulous Phoebe. The unlikely pair navigate the enclaves of desert-dwelling vagabonds and find that Arabella is in serious trouble caught in the middle of a violent standoff." SIGNED on the title page. 327 pp.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 75064
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  • WHAT YOU SEE IN THE DARK. by Munoz, Manuel.
    Munoz, Manuel.
    WHAT YOU SEE IN THE DARK.

    Edition: First printing.

    Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books, (2011) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The author's first novel (preceded by two story collections) explores the sinister side of desire in Bakersfield, California, circa 1959, when a famous director arrives to scout locations for a film about madness and murder at a roadside motel. One of the cleverest suspense conceits Ive encountered in a long time: two young lovers become entwined in a doomed affair, while, at the same time, Hitchcock and his minions begin setting up their equipment in sleepy Bakersfield . . . an atmospheric tale of twisted minds and small-town murder." (Maureen Corrigan, NPR) SIGNED on the title page (an uncommon signature) In 1923, Munoz received the MacArthur award…

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    Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books, (2011) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The author's first novel (preceded by two story collections) explores the sinister side of desire in Bakersfield, California, circa 1959, when a famous director arrives to scout locations for a film about madness and murder at a roadside motel. One of the cleverest suspense conceits Ive encountered in a long time: two young lovers become entwined in a doomed affair, while, at the same time, Hitchcock and his minions begin setting up their equipment in sleepy Bakersfield . . . an atmospheric tale of twisted minds and small-town murder." (Maureen Corrigan, NPR) SIGNED on the title page (an uncommon signature) In 1923, Munoz received the MacArthur award for "depicting with empathy and nuance the Mexican American communities of California's Central Valley" and the Joyce Carol Oates Prize which "honors a mid-career author of fiction who has earned a distinguished following." 251 pp. ISBN: 978-1565125339.

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    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 89456
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  • SISTER MINE. by O'Dell, Tawni.
    O'Dell, Tawni.
    SISTER MINE.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Shaye Areheart (Crown Publishing), 2006. First edition - Her third novel, the story of a former woman cop turned cabdriver, who has managed to carve out a life for herself and her son in the tiny mining town she grew up in - until the sister she thought was dead turns up on her doorstep. 405 pp.

    Condition: Fine (as new) in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 50027
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  • SNOW ANGELS. by O'Nan, Stewart.
    O'Nan, Stewart.
    SNOW ANGELS.

    Edition: Uncorrected proof (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Doubleday, (1994.). First edition - His first novel, second book (his first book, a collection of short stories was winner of the 1993 Drue Heinz Literature Prize ),winner of the Pirates Alley William Faulkner Prize for this novel. Set in Western Pennsylvania in 1974, this 'weaves together two haunting stories.' O'Nan was named one of America's young novelists by Granta Magazine. 305 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine in printed white wrappers (a bit of crinkling to bottom of front cover.)

    Book ID: 50487
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  • TOTALLY KILLER. by Olear, Greg.
    Olear, Greg.
    TOTALLY KILLER.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    New York: Harper Collins, (2009). First edition - The author's highly praised first novel, Part thriller, part satire, part period piece. "Taylor Schmidt - twenty-three, single, and jobless - arrives in the Big Apple desperate for work and hungry for love. Through the Quid Pro Quo Employment Agency she finds the perfect job and the perfect boyfriend . . . but perfection has its price." Bruce DeSilva called it a "darkly comic, beautifully written tale of conspiracy, sex and obsession in 1990s New York City" 270 pp. ISBN: 978-0061735295.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 84265
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  • BLUE RIDGE. by Pearson, T. R.
    Pearson, T. R.
    BLUE RIDGE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Viking, (2000) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - This highly acclaimed Southern writer's seventh novel, and his first mystery novel. "Ray Tatum and his dog, Monroe, are on a journey to Hogarth, a small town in Virginia. Ray is taking the job of deputy sheriff in this small town, known for nothing except its proximity to the Appalachian Trail. . . However, Ray has no sooner settled into this bucolic existence when hikers on the A.P., as it is known, discover a skeleton of a man that has been just off the main trail for some time. Ray will have to solve this gruesome murder with help from a group of rusty law enforcement officers and a…

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    New York: Viking, (2000) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - This highly acclaimed Southern writer's seventh novel, and his first mystery novel. "Ray Tatum and his dog, Monroe, are on a journey to Hogarth, a small town in Virginia. Ray is taking the job of deputy sheriff in this small town, known for nothing except its proximity to the Appalachian Trail. . . However, Ray has no sooner settled into this bucolic existence when hikers on the A.P., as it is known, discover a skeleton of a man that has been just off the main trail for some time. Ray will have to solve this gruesome murder with help from a group of rusty law enforcement officers and a park ranger with the unlikely name of Kit Carson, a black woman. In a parallel story, Paul Tatum, Ray's cousin, an insurance actuary from Roanoke, is called by the police and asked to come to New York City to identify a body believed to be that of his son. . . Ray and Paul Tatum are very different men, both caught up in worlds they hardly understand. Pearson's writing, funny and taut, will make it difficult for any reader to put down the story of these likable men." (Otto Penzler) SIGNED on the title page. 243 pp. ISBN: 0-670892696.

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    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 82250
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  • THE FOREVER WATCH. by Ramirez, David.
    Ramirez, David.
    THE FOREVER WATCH.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: St Martin's, (2014) dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's first novel, a science fiction thriller set on a giant space ship, the size of a city, hundreds of years into its epic voyage to another planet. 326 pp. ISBN: 978-1250033819.

    Condition: Very good in a very good dust jacket (toning to the textblock, some edgewear to dj).

    Book ID: 88053
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  • THE RESERVE. by Russell Banks
    Russell Banks
    THE RESERVE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harper Collins, (2008.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Novel set in the 1930s in the Adirondacks, with the character of Jordan, the artist, based loosely on that of Rockwell Kent. Part love story, part murder mystery. SIGNED on the title page. 287 pp. ISBN: 0-06-1430251.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 80527
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  • THE RESERVE. by Russell Banks
    Russell Banks
    THE RESERVE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harper Collins, (2008.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Novel set in the 1930s in the Adirondacks, with the character of Jordan, the artist, based loosely on that of Rockwell Kent. Part love story, part murder mystery. 287 pp. ISBN: 0-06-1430251.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 73603
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  • THE RESERVE. by Russell Banks
    Russell Banks
    THE RESERVE.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Harper Collins, (2008.). First edition - Novel set in the 1930's in the Adirondacks, with the character of Jordan, the artist, based loosely on that of Rockwell Kent. Part love story, part murder mystery. 287 pp.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 59139
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  • Shapiro, Jane.
    THE DANGEROUS HUSBAND.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York & Boston: Little Brown, (1999) dj. Hardcover first edition - Highly praised author's second novel, a dark and funny look at our preoccupation with romantic love and about the "entanglements of marriage - about the longings and terrors, the erotic lives, the lonelinesses and collusion of couples" - and about murder. Cover praise from Lorrie Moore and Joyce Carol Oates (who called it "a wicked, devastatingly funny comedy of manners") among others. 249 pp. ISBN: 0-316782475.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 74913
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  • PROSECUTORS WILL BE VIOLATED: No Matter What Crime You Committed, It's Not Your Fault. by Spencer, Archibald.
    Spencer, Archibald.
    PROSECUTORS WILL BE VIOLATED: No Matter What Crime You Committed, It's Not Your Fault.

    Edition: First printing.

    Minneapolis: Trigance Press (1999) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A satirical look at our criminal justice system - "Wait until you see how California attorney Ashley Blackwood handles his cases. Follow the trials of Henri Laval, the murderous hockey star, Ramona Krafft, who videotaped the mutilation of her husband's private parts, and 'Machine-Gun' Marty Vickers, the postal employee who left a trail of dead and dying on the streets of San Francisco." SIGNED and dated on the half title page. 235 pp. ISBN: 0-966627164.

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

    Book ID: 66566
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  • WHO KILLED PALOMINO MOLERO? by Vargas Llosa, Mario.
    Vargas Llosa, Mario.
    WHO KILLED PALOMINO MOLERO?

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (1987) dj. Hardcover first edition - A detective novel by this Nobel Prize winning author: "Set on an air force base in Peru, where a young airman is found tortured and murdered. An entertaining and brilliantly plotted mystery, this book also takes up one of Vargas Llosa's great themes: despair at how difficult it is to be an honest man in a society based on a corruption of motives and feelings." Translated from the Spanish by Alfred Mac Adam. 151 pp. Dust jacket by Honi Werner. ISBN: 0-374289786.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket. (remainder mark, tiny nick to upper edge of dj)

    Book ID: 74857
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