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  • 72ND (SEVENTY-SECOND) AND RODEO. by Avrett, Roz.
    Avrett, Roz.
    72ND (SEVENTY-SECOND) AND RODEO.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Arbor House, (1983) dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's second novel - the story of a bicoastal (Manhattan and Hollywood) marriage. 251 pp. ISBN: 0-87795-5352.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 58274
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  • Baker, Kage.
    RUDE MECHANICALS.

    Edition: Limited, signed edition.

    Burton, MI: Subterranean Press, 2007. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A short novel of the Company set in 1934 Hollywood where a production of 'A Midsummer's Night Dream' is being staged. #157 out of 1500 deluxe copies, SIGNED and numbered on the limitation page. Illustrations and dust jacket by J. K. Potter. 114 pp. ISBN: 978-1596060876.

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

    Book ID: 76807
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  • Baldacci, David.
    A GAMBLING MAN.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Grand Central Publishing, (2021) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The second thriller featuring Aloysius Archer, the straight-talking World War II veteran, fresh out of prison, who is on his way to Los Angeles for a fresh start. The first book in this series won the Nero Award. SIGNED on the title page. 436 pp. ISBN: 978-1538719671.

    Condition: Near fine in a fine dust jacket. (light creases to a few corners)

    Book ID: 87986
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  • Baxt, George.
    THE NEON GRAVEYARD.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: St Martin's, 1979. dj. Hardcover first edition - An early novel set in Hollywood - precedes his 'celebrity' mysteries.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 12525
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  • PLAY IT AGAIN. by Bogart, Stephen Humphrey.
    Bogart, Stephen Humphrey.
    PLAY IT AGAIN.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: TOR / Tom Doherty Associates, (1995) dj. Hardcover first edition - The first novel by the son of Bogart and Bacall, which introduces "tough-talking, down-on-his-luck gumshoe R. J. Hooker. After a lonely childhood spent in the shadow of his famous movie-star parents, Hooker abandons the glamour of Hollywood for the chill of New York. Reduced to working as a 'matrimonial detective,' R. J. hasn't seen his glam-queen mother for months, but when she's murdered in cold blood, he uses street smarts, intuition, and his often nefarious contacts - in both Tinseltown and the Big Apple - -to track down the killer." [Booklist] 239 pp. ISBN: 0-312856652.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 86277
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  • GRENSTONE POEMS: A Sequence. by Bynner, Witter.
    Bynner, Witter.
    GRENSTONE POEMS: A Sequence.

    Edition: First thus (a revised edition.)

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1926 dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Originally published in 1917 these poems were completely revised for this edition, with some omitted "to make room for new and perhaps better ones." Introduction by Edgar Lee Masters. INSCRIBED on the front endaper "For Harry Lewis, an old book from a new friend." An interesting association copy with the embossed seal of Harry's wife, Marilyn Lewis on the rear endpaper. While Harry was also an actor, he and Marilyn are best known for their influence on the restaurant scene in Hollywood. In 1950, they opened the first "Hamburger Hamlet" on Sunrise Boulevard to a crowd packed with Harry's actor friends, including Tony Curtis and Sammy Davis,…

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    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1926 dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Originally published in 1917 these poems were completely revised for this edition, with some omitted "to make room for new and perhaps better ones." Introduction by Edgar Lee Masters. INSCRIBED on the front endaper "For Harry Lewis, an old book from a new friend." An interesting association copy with the embossed seal of Harry's wife, Marilyn Lewis on the rear endpaper. While Harry was also an actor, he and Marilyn are best known for their influence on the restaurant scene in Hollywood. In 1950, they opened the first "Hamburger Hamlet" on Sunrise Boulevard to a crowd packed with Harry's actor friends, including Tony Curtis and Sammy Davis, Jr. In addition, Marilyn had a couture clothing line, and dressed such notables as Nancy Reagan, and produced the award winning Showtime film "The Passion of Ayn Rand." 307 pp.

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    Condition: Near fine in a good only dust jacket (some pages still unopened; several chips to dj - at upper edge of front cover and bottom of spine, loss of about 1 cc at top of spine).

    Book ID: 54800
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  • THE WRONG GIRL: The Adventures of Bianca Dangereuse. by Casey, Donis.
    Casey, Donis.
    THE WRONG GIRL: The Adventures of Bianca Dangereuse.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    Scottsdale, AZ: Poisoned Pen Press, (2019). First edition - The first book in a new series set in 1920s Hollywood - the era of the silent screen - by the author of the award-winning Alafair Tucker series. Author's note. 234 pp.

    Condition: Fine in printed white wrappers.

    Book ID: 81813
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  • THE SILENT SPIRIT. by Coel, Margaret
    Coel, Margaret
    THE SILENT SPIRIT.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Berkley, (2009.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A Wind River mystery featuring Jesuit John O'Malley and Arapaho attorney Vickie Holden. A mystery with its roots in the 1920's film industry and the disappearance of a young Indian in Hollywood back then. SIGNED on the title page. 321 pp. ISBN: 9780425229767.

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

    Book ID: 56576
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  • BYE BYE, BABY. by Collins, Max Allan.
    Collins, Max Allan.
    BYE BYE, BABY.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: TOR / Tom Doherty Associates, (2011) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Set in 1962, and Nate Heller who was hired by Marilyn Monroe to record all calls on her phone, finds himself in the midst of a dangerous investigation when she is found dead of an apparent drug overdose. SIGNED on the title page. 336 pp. ISBN: 978-0765321794.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 78740
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  • LIFE AFTER DEATH And Other Stories. by Compo, Susan.
    Compo, Susan.
    LIFE AFTER DEATH And Other Stories.

    Edition: First printing.

    Winchester, MA: Faber & Faber, (1991.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's first book, stories of post-punk Los Angeles with blurbs by Timothy Leary, Henry Rollins, Hubert Selby, Jr. and others. 214 pp. ISBN: 0-571-129145.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket (peeled spot on front endpaper - from a review slip?)

    Book ID: 45223
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  • THE LAST HERO: A Biography of Gary Cooper. by [Cooper, Gary, 1901-1961] Swindell, Larry.
    [Cooper, Gary, 1901-1961] Swindell, Larry.
    THE LAST HERO: A Biography of Gary Cooper.

    Edition: First printing.

    Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1980. dj. Hardcover first edition - The first major biography of this Montana-born movie star - Hollywood's "quintessential cowboy." Author's note. Illustrated with photographs, includes a list of his films, index. 343 pp. ISBN: 0-860511324.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (some spine slant, remainder spray bottom edge).

    Book ID: 74686
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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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  • 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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  • WE'LL ALWAYS HAVE MURDER: A Humphrey Bogart Mystery. by Crider, Bill.
    Crider, Bill.
    WE'LL ALWAYS HAVE MURDER: A Humphrey Bogart Mystery.

    Edition: Hardcover.

    New York: iBooks, Inc (distributed by Simon & Schuster), (2001.) dj. SIGNED hardcover - The first in a series set in 1940's Los Angeles and featuring Bogart and down-and-out private eye Terry Scott, who team up to thwart a scheme to blackmail Bogie.SIGNED on the title page. 220 pp. ISBN: 0-743475054.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 39896
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  • SECRET DAUGHTER: A Mixed-Race Daughter and the Mother Who Gave Her Away. by Cross, June.
    Cross, June.
    SECRET DAUGHTER: A Mixed-Race Daughter and the Mother Who Gave Her Away.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Viking, (2006) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - "A powerful memoir about the complicated but ultimately loving relationship between a black daughter and her white mother. . a portrait of a childhood spent in two very different worlds: one white, one black. In 1957, when June Cross was four years old, she was sent by her white mother to live with a black family in Atlantic City." INSCRIBED on the half title page "To-- stay strong, keep the faith!" Photographs. 304 pp. Author's business card laid in. ISBN: 0-67088555X.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 69836
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  • BIT PLAYER: A Jeri Howard Mystery. by Dawson, Janet.
    Dawson, Janet.
    BIT PLAYER: A Jeri Howard Mystery.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback, not issued in hardcover.

    Palo Alto, CA: Perserverance Press / John Daniel, 2011. SIGNED first edition - Jeri becomes involved in investigating a murder in Hollywood in the 1940s, when her grandmother was working as a bit player in the movies. SIGNED on the title page. 284 pp. ISBN: 978-1564744944.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 65468
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  • DEAD PAN: A Jocelyn O'Roarke Mystery. by Dentinger, Jane.
    Dentinger, Jane.
    DEAD PAN: A Jocelyn O'Roarke Mystery.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Viking, (1992) dj. Hardcover first edition - The fourth mystery featuring smart and sassy young actress Jocelyn O'Roarke. After her refusal to marry New York homicide detective Phillip Gerrard, and his subsequent engagement to another woman, her longtime fried Austin Frost invites her to come out to Hollywood to work on a movie. But within days of her arriving on the set the director of photography turns up dead. 244 pp. ISBN: 0-670841080.

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

    Book ID: 78210
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  • BLUE ANGEL: The Life of Marlene Dietrich. by [Dietrich, Marlene] Spoto, Donald.
    [Dietrich, Marlene] Spoto, Donald.
    BLUE ANGEL: The Life of Marlene Dietrich.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Doubleday, (1992.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Biography of one of the most enigmatic and glamorous actresses of the 20th century: Marlene Dietrich went from cabarets of Berlin in Germany during the 1920's to Hollywood in the 1930's, to being an entertainer in World War II (and receiving the Medal of Freedom) - the title refers to Josef von Sternberg's film that catapulted here to fame. Photographs, bibliography, index, notes, 333 pp. ISBN: 0-385-425538.

    Condition: Fine in very near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 52873
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  • FIFTY CENTS FOR YOUR SOUL. by Dietz, Denise.
    Dietz, Denise.
    FIFTY CENTS FOR YOUR SOUL.

    Edition: First printing.

    Lee's Summit, MO: Delphi Books,
    (2002)
    . SIGNED hardcover first edition - A stand alone "mystery-driven black comedy inspired by strange events that plagued the filming of "The Exorcist" (where the author's sister was a double for Linda Blair) Frannie Rosen's psychic mentions a brilliant future, but she never tells the straight-laced and naive Frannie that she will be possessed by a promiscuous doppelganger. All Frannie wants is an Oscar-winning role. What she gets is far more than that, especially when she's cast in a horror film about demonic possession" SIGNED on the title page and dated in the year of publication. 283 pp. ISBN: 0-966339754.

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

    Book ID: 75397
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  • THE BIG BAMBOO. by Dorsey, Tim.
    Dorsey, Tim.
    THE BIG BAMBOO.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Morrow (imprint of Harper Collins), (2006) dj. Hardcover first edition - "The world's most lovable serial killer is back!" or as one reviewer put it - these books have "madcap adventures, drug dealers, assorted misfits and and one of most outrageous psychopaths in crime novel history." Set in Florida and Hollywood. 336 pp. ISBN: 978-0060585624.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 73239
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  • [Douglas, Helen Gahagan] Scobie, Ingrid Wither
    CENTER STAGE: HELEN GAHAGAN DOUGLAS, a Life

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Oxford University Press, 1992. dj. Hardcover first edition - Biography of the woman who was an actress, opera singer, Democratic National Committee woman and Congresswoman - and the target of Nixon's smear campaign in the 50's - but also the story of all woman who had to balance her public and private lives. Photographs, notes, index. 369 pp. ISBN: 0-19-5068963.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 4854
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  • THE BIG NOWHERE: A Crime Novel. by Ellroy, James.
    Ellroy, James.
    THE BIG NOWHERE: A Crime Novel.

    Edition: 2nd printing.

    New York: Mysterious Press, (1988.) dj. SIGNED hardcover - A crime novel set during the Red Scare in Hollywood in 1950. SIGNED with his large scrawled initials on the title page. ISBN: 0-89296-2863.

    Condition: Near fine in a very good dust jacket (remainder line, creasing to lower edge of back cover of dj.)

    Book ID: 47332
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  • NIGHT, NIGHT SLEEP TIGHT. by Ephron, Hallie.
    Ephron, Hallie.
    NIGHT, NIGHT SLEEP TIGHT.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Morrow (imprint of Harper Collins), (2015) dj. Hardcover first edition - Ephron's fourth mystery novel, set in 1985 Beverly Hills, in the world where she grew up herself. The murder of her father leads Deirdre Unger to begin to try to unravel the secrets of her past, and especially a party when she was just 15, in the 1960s, which resulted in a murder and a car accident that left her lame. Author's note. 289 pp. ISBN: 978-0062117632.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket

    Book ID: 77798
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  • NIGHT, NIGHT SLEEP TIGHT. by Ephron, Hallie.
    Ephron, Hallie.
    NIGHT, NIGHT SLEEP TIGHT.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Morrow (imprint of Harper Collins), (2015) dj. Hardcover first edition - Ephron's fourth mystery novel, set in 1985 Beverly Hills, in the world where she grew up herself. The murder of her father leads Deirdre Unger to begin to try to unravel the secrets of her past, and especially a party when she was just 15, in the 1960s, which resulted in a murder and a car accident that left her lame. SIGNED on the title page. Author's note. 289 pp. ISBN: 978-0062117632.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 78161
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  • WE THOUGHT WE COULD DO ANYTHING: The Life of Screenwriters Phoebe and Henry Ephron. by Ephron, Henry,
    Ephron, Henry,
    WE THOUGHT WE COULD DO ANYTHING: The Life of Screenwriters Phoebe and Henry Ephron.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: W. W. Norton & Company, (1977) dj. Hardcover first edition - An account of the marriage and career of this great screenwriting team (Phoebe died - at just 57 - before this was written of complications caused by her heavy drinking). A book which focuses on the good side of their relationship and the glamor of Hollywood rather than an honest look at their marriage. The eulogy which Nora Ephron, their oldest daughter, gave at her mother's funeral is included as an epilogue to this book. Illustrated with photographs. 211 pp. ISBN: 0-393075109.

    Condition: Very good in near fine dust jacket (tape ghosts on boards, lower corner of front endpaper torn)

    Book ID: 87472
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  • KILL ME AGAIN: A Scott Elliott Mystery. by Faherty, Terence.
    Faherty, Terence.
    KILL ME AGAIN: A Scott Elliott Mystery.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, (1996) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The author's fifth mystery,and the first in the Scott Elliott series - "Scott Elliott, a former actor and decorated World War II veteran, takes a job as studio security for the filming of a colossal screen epic, but the filming is interrupted by the government's Communist witch hunts and the murder of a writer and supposed Red sympathizer. INSCRIBED on the title page to the late noted Oklahoma collector Larry Owens. 300 pp. ISBN: 0-684826887.

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

    Book ID: 67685
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  • COME BACK DEAD: A Scott Elliott Mystery. by Faherty, Terence.
    Faherty, Terence.
    COME BACK DEAD: A Scott Elliott Mystery.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, (1997) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The author's seventh mystery and the second in the Scott Elliott series, set in 1955 as television is beginning to take a toll on the film industry - "Hollywood detective Scott Elliott returns to thwart a film sabateur." INSCRIBED on the title page to the late noted Oklahoma collector Larry Owens. Winner of the Shamus award for best Private Eye Novel. 332 pp. ISBN: 0-684-830847.

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

    Book ID: 67686
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  • FULL OF LIFE: A Biography of John Fante. by [Fante, John, 1909-1983] Cooper, Stephen.
    [Fante, John, 1909-1983] Cooper, Stephen.
    FULL OF LIFE: A Biography of John Fante.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: North Point Press / Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (2000) dj. Hardcover first edition - The first comprehensive biography of John Fante, one of the greatest outsider figures of 20th Century literature. Herein, the author untangles the enigma of this truly American original. Fante was the author of such classics as Ask the Dust, The Brotherhood of the Grape and Dago Red, but after working in Hollywood, including with Orson Welles and Darryl F. Zanuck, he considered himself a Tinseltown sell-out. Illustrated with photographs. Notes, bibliography, index. 406 pp. ISBN: 0-865475547.

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

    Book ID: 89164
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  • FINDING FISH: A Memoir. by Fisher, Antwone Quenton.
    Fisher, Antwone Quenton.
    FINDING FISH: A Memoir.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: HarperCollins, 2000. First edition - Born in prison to a single mother, author Antwone Fisher was a ward of Cleveland's foster care system until he broke free at age 17, only to face the hardships of life on the streets. Yet Fish, as he was called, resisted the lure of crime and enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he found a "family" of his own. Before he could make peace with his past, he journeyed from the mean streets of Cleveland to high society Hollywood in a triumphant feat of self-discovery. Basis for the Denzel Washington movie of the same name. 340 pgs.

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

    Book ID: 18969
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  • Fisher, Carrie.
    THE BEST AWFUL.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, (2003) dj. Hardcover first edition - Sequel to Fisher's 'Postcards from the Edge." One reviewer described it as the "hilarious, occasionally tragic, but always captivating world of Suzanne Vale, a bi-polar, celebrity talk show host with a six-year old daughter, a gay ex-husband, an aging starlet mother, and an unbreakable will to survive. . . a rambunctious, honest, wise-cracking trip to rock bottom and back again." 269 pp. ISBN: 0-684809133.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket (crease to rear flap of dj, very light creasing to last few pages.)

    Book ID: 78865
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