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  • WANTED: A Husband. by Adams, Samuel Hopkins (1871-1958)
    Adams, Samuel Hopkins (1871-1958)
    WANTED: A Husband.

    Edition: First edition.

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1920. dj. Hardcover first edition - A rather lightweight romantic novel, but one in which the most essential part of Darcy's transformation is based on going through a tough physical training regimen. First publication of this novel, which was based on the short story "Enter Darcy" which in turn was made into a silent film in 1919 starring Billie Burke. A facsimile of a letter from Burke is reproduced on the back cover of the dust jacket. Even his publisher was skeptical of this novel, calling it a "diverting little story which I imagine you have written 'with your tongue in your cheek' as it were" (it went on to sell over 13,000 copies). Illustrated by…

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    Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1920. dj. Hardcover first edition - A rather lightweight romantic novel, but one in which the most essential part of Darcy's transformation is based on going through a tough physical training regimen. First publication of this novel, which was based on the short story "Enter Darcy" which in turn was made into a silent film in 1919 starring Billie Burke. A facsimile of a letter from Burke is reproduced on the back cover of the dust jacket. Even his publisher was skeptical of this novel, calling it a "diverting little story which I imagine you have written 'with your tongue in your cheek' as it were" (it went on to sell over 13,000 copies). Illustrated by Frederic Dorr Steele with a frontispiece with a tissue guard and four glossy internal plates. 257 pp.

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    Condition: Very good in light green cloth with darker lettering in a fair only white illustrated dust jacket with several tears and some small chips. Dust jacket now protected by an archival cover.

    Book ID: 72734
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  • JOURNEY INTO FEAR. by Ambler, Eric (1909-1998).
    Ambler, Eric (1909-1998).
    JOURNEY INTO FEAR.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1940. dj. Hardcover first edition - The sixth novel - the last of the books written in the years just before World War II (and Ambler's entry into the Army) - by the writer whom Graham Greene called "unquestionably our best thriller writer." In fact, Ambler was responsible for the modern "espionage" novel. As in all of these early novels, the main character is an ordinary person who finds himself in an extraordinary - and dangerous - situation. Graham is an engineer helping out at an English-owned armaments factory in Turkey, when he is shot at in his hotel room. At first unbelieving, he is eventually convinced that his life is in danger, and…

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    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1940. dj. Hardcover first edition - The sixth novel - the last of the books written in the years just before World War II (and Ambler's entry into the Army) - by the writer whom Graham Greene called "unquestionably our best thriller writer." In fact, Ambler was responsible for the modern "espionage" novel. As in all of these early novels, the main character is an ordinary person who finds himself in an extraordinary - and dangerous - situation. Graham is an engineer helping out at an English-owned armaments factory in Turkey, when he is shot at in his hotel room. At first unbelieving, he is eventually convinced that his life is in danger, and he needs to leave immediately. He is put secretly on a small ship, instead of a train, but among the passengers is a Nazi still determined to stop him, and thus begins his "journey into fear." Basis for the 1943 Orson Welles film of the same title. 275 pp.

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    Condition: Very good+ in salmon colored cloth in a very good- dust jacket (offsetting to the endpapers, tiny spot on tinted top edge, some overall edgewear and chipping to the dj, one tape repair to interior of dj) Overall, a tight and straight copy in a complete dust jacket with the original price of $2.00 still present.

    Book ID: 77426
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  • EPITAPH FOR A SPY. With a footnote by the author. by Ambler, Eric (1909-1998).
    Ambler, Eric (1909-1998).
    EPITAPH FOR A SPY. With a footnote by the author.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1952. dj. Hardcover first edition - First US publication of Ambler's third novel, originally published in the UK in 1938. Set against the backdrop of the French Riviera on the eve of World War II, this is the story of a stateless man, born in Hungary but with only an expired Yugoslavian passport, now living and teaching languages in France, who finds himself caught up in international espionage while on vacation, when his camera is accidentally switched and incriminating photographs are found on the roll in it. This is the novel which first introduced an 'everyman' as a protaganist - a sometimes bumbling anti-hero who unwittingly finds himself in a dangerous situation. Basis for…

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    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1952. dj. Hardcover first edition - First US publication of Ambler's third novel, originally published in the UK in 1938. Set against the backdrop of the French Riviera on the eve of World War II, this is the story of a stateless man, born in Hungary but with only an expired Yugoslavian passport, now living and teaching languages in France, who finds himself caught up in international espionage while on vacation, when his camera is accidentally switched and incriminating photographs are found on the roll in it. This is the novel which first introduced an 'everyman' as a protaganist - a sometimes bumbling anti-hero who unwittingly finds himself in a dangerous situation. Basis for the 1944 movie Hotel Reserve featuring James Mason and Lucie Mannheim. Includes an afterword by Ambler. Dustjacket art by Bill English.

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    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (one line is underlined on p 173, and the binding is cracking between pp 186-187, but overall it is still a sturdy, tight and attractive copy in a bright dust jacket with a bit of wear to the ends of the spine, original price of $3 still present.)

    Book ID: 83019
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  • THE L SHAPED ROOM. by Banks, Lynne Reid.
    Banks, Lynne Reid.
    THE L SHAPED ROOM.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, 1961. dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's very highly praised first novel, set in London, in an England on the cusp of social change, the story of a young woman who finds herself pregnant, kicked out of the house by her father, who finds shelter in a top floor apartment - the L shaped room - in a seedy Fulham building. Basis for the film of the same name. 320 pp.

    Condition: Good only in red cloth in a good dust jacket (rather severe age-toning to the pages, overall edgewear to the dj, original price of $4.50 still present.) .

    Book ID: 78437
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  • Benioff, David..
    THE 25TH HOUR.

    Edition: First UK printing.

    London: Hodder & Stoughton, (2002) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Benioff's first book, the story of the last night of freedom for Monty Brogan before he begins serving a seven-year jail term for drug dealing. Basis for the Spike Lee film starring Edward Norton, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rosario Dawson, Brian Cox, and Anna Paquin. SIGNED on the title page. 230 pp. ISBN: 0-340822287.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket. (usual light toning to the pages)

    Book ID: 61717
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  • Boyer, David.
    THE SIDELONG GLANCES OF A PIGEON KICKER.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: The Viking Press, (1968) dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's first novel, very much a reflection of the late 1960s. A black comedy about a man who opts to drive a cab in Philadelphia, despite his college education and family. Basis for the 1970 film of the same name (later renamed "Pigeons" by MGM) 119 pp. Dust jacket by S. A. Summit.

    Condition: Near fine in very good dust jacket (some edgewear to the dj)

    Book ID: 83515
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  • THE DA VINCI CODE. by Brown, Dan.
    Brown, Dan.
    THE DA VINCI CODE.

    Edition: First printing (complete number line.)

    New York: Doubleday, (2003.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The runaway bestseller, basis for the movie of the same name. 454 pp. ISBN: 0-385-504209.

    Condition: Near fine in very good dust jacket.

    Book ID: 49987
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  • THE DA VINCI CODE. by Brown, Dan.
    Brown, Dan.
    THE DA VINCI CODE.

    Edition: First printing (complete number line.)

    New York: Doubleday, (2003.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The runaway bestseller, basis for the movie of the same name. "Scotoma" misspelled as "skitoma" on page 243. 454 pp. ISBN: 0-385-504209.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 81367
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  • LONDON BOULEVARD. by Bruen, Ken.
    Bruen, Ken.
    LONDON BOULEVARD.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: St Martin's Minotaur, (2009). First edition - A "dark twist on the classic story 'Sunset Boulevard' " by this award-winning Irish writer. Basis for the 2010 independent film of the same name. 250 pp,

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 79717
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  • "KEITH" in THE PEREGRINE READER by Carlson, Ron and James D. Houston, signed] Vause, Mikel and Porter, Carl, editors (Carver, Raymond; Doctorow, E. L.; O'Brien, Tim; Matthiessen, Peter, et als, contributors)
    Carlson, Ron and James D. Houston, signed] Vause, Mikel and Porter, Carl, editors (Carver, Raymond; Doctorow, E. L.; O'Brien, Tim; Matthiessen, Peter, et als, contributors)
    "KEITH" in THE PEREGRINE READER

    Edition: First printing, a large trade paperback, issued simultaneously with hardcover.

    Salt Lake City: Gibbs-Smith, 1996. SIGNED first edition - SIGNED by two authors: by Ron Carlson at his story "Keith" - basis for the award-winning film of the same name - and by Houston at his story "Faith." A retrospective collection of works read by participants at the National Undergraduate Literature Conference over the past 12 years - included are prose, poetry and essays by the authors shown above and by others including Richard Ford, Tess Gallager, Carolyn Forche, John Barth, John Edgar Wideman, Tobias Wolff, Robert Stone, Jeanne Houston, Maxine Kumin, George Garrett, Robert Olen Butler, Ray Bradbury and more. A wonderful anthology which includes previously unpublished essays on the reading and writing process. 348 pgs, a slightly oversized format. ISBN: 0-87905-8161.

    Condition: Very near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 42252
    Keywords: Anthology, movie basis
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  • THE PEREGRINE READER by (Carver, Raymond; Doctorow, E. L.; O'Brien, Tim; Matthiessen, Peter, et als) Vause, Mikel and Porter, Carl, editors
    (Carver, Raymond; Doctorow, E. L.; O'Brien, Tim; Matthiessen, Peter, et als) Vause, Mikel and Porter, Carl, editors
    THE PEREGRINE READER

    Edition: First printing, a large trade paperback, issued simultaneously with hardcover.

    Salt Lake City: Gibbs-Smith, 1996. First edition - A retrospective collection of works read by participants at the National Undergraduate Literature Conference over the past 12 years - included are prose, poetry and essays by the authors shown above and by others including Richard Ford, Tess Gallager, Carolyn Forche, John Barth, John Edgar Wideman, Tobias Wolff, Robert Stone, Jeanne Houston, Maxine Kumin, George Garrett, Robert Olen Butler, Ray Bradbury and more. A wonderful anthology which includes previously unpublished essays on the reading and writing process. 348 pgs, a slightly oversized format. ISBN: 0-87905-8161.

    Condition: Near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 56164
    Keywords: Anthology, movie basis
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  • BY LOVE POSSESSED. by Cozzens, James Gould.
    Cozzens, James Gould.
    BY LOVE POSSESSED.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harcourt Brace & Company, (1957) dj. Hardcover first edition - Novel set in a small town in Pennsylvania in the mid-1950s, which follows an attorney for 48 hours - including his reminiscences of years past. An immediate bestseller, it was also the subject of some controversial and negative reviews - but despite that, in 1960, it received the William Dean Howells Medal, an award given every five years to the best novel of the previous five years. Basis for the film co-starring Lana Turner, First editions in collectible condition are surprisingly uncommon for a book which reportedly sold over 5000,000 copies. 370 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine in blue cloth in a near fine dustjacket (original price of $5 still present on dj flap) .

    Book ID: 82943
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  • PRIMAL FEAR. by Diehl, William.
    Diehl, William.
    PRIMAL FEAR.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Villard, 1993. SIGNED first edition - The author's sixth novel, a legal thriller set in Chicago in 1983 and the basis for the film of the same name starring Richard Gere and Edward Norton. SIGNED on the title page. 423 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 82881
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  • PRIMAL FEAR. by Diehl, William.
    Diehl, William.
    PRIMAL FEAR.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Villard, 1993. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The author's sixth novel, a legal thriller set in Chicago in 1983 and the basis for the film of the same name starring Richard Gere and Edward Norton. SIGNED on the half title page and dated in the year of publication. 418 pp. ISBN: 0+67940211x.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 82882
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  • Dooling, Richard
    CRITICAL CARE

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Morrow, (1992) dj. Hardcover first edition - Author's first novel, the basis for the very funny movie of the same name.

    Condition: Near fine in a near fine dust jacket (prev owner's name, price-clipped.)

    Book ID: 5767
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  • CIMARRON. by Ferber, Edna (1887-1968.)
    Ferber, Edna (1887-1968.)
    CIMARRON.

    Edition: First edition (stated)

    Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Doran & Co., Inc., 1930. Hardcover first edition - Novel which begins with the Oklahoma land rush - on the Cherokee strip - in 1893.Twice adapted for the movies (in 1931 and again in 1960.) 388 pp Illustrated endpapers.

    Condition: Fair condition only in the original tan cloth covers (soiling to the covers, binding somewhat shaken, but still sturdy, prev owner's name) .

    Book ID: 63396
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  • HIGH CRIMES. by Finder, Joseph.
    Finder, Joseph.
    HIGH CRIMES.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Morrow, (1998.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - His fourth novel, a legal thriller and basis for the 2002 film of the same name, starring Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd. SIGNED on the title page. 341 pp. ISBN: 0-688-149626.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 82368
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  • HIGH CRIMES. by Finder, Joseph.
    Finder, Joseph.
    HIGH CRIMES.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Morrow, (1998.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - His fourth novel, a legal thriller and basis for the 2002 film of the same name, starring Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd. SIGNED on the title page. 341 pp. ISBN: 0-688-149626.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 48721
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  • THE JUROR by Green, George Dawes
    Green, George Dawes
    THE JUROR

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Warner, 1995. First edition - The second mystery by the author of "The Caveman's Valentine," basis for the movie of the same name. 420 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 61974
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  • THE JUROR by Green, George Dawes
    Green, George Dawes
    THE JUROR

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Warner, 1995. First edition - The second mystery by the author of "The Caveman's Valentine," basis for the movie of the same name. 420 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 7082
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  • THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. by Green, John.
    Green, John.
    THE FAULT IN OUR STARS.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Dutton, (2012) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A young adult novel, both an enormous best seller and the basis of the very popular movie of the same name. SIGNED (in green) by the author on a blank preliminary page. 313 pp. ISBN: 978-0525478812.

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

    Book ID: 68339
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  • OLDEST LIVING CONFEDERATE WIDOW TELLS ALL. by Gurganus, Allan.
    Gurganus, Allan.
    OLDEST LIVING CONFEDERATE WIDOW TELLS ALL.

    Edition: Uncorrected proof (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1989. SIGNED first edition - The author's very highly praised first novel, of the South from the Civil War to the present, told in the voice of a woman who lived through it all. INSCRIBED on the half title page. Winner of the Sue Kaufman Prize. Basis for the 1994 American television miniseries starring Diane Lane, Donald Sutherland, Cicely Tyson (who won the Emmy award for her role) and Anne Bancroft. The earlier - and far more uncommon - of the two proofs, with the page numbers handwritten in the upper corner. 737 pp.

    Condition: Fine in plain printed salmon colored wrappers.

    Book ID: 82887
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  • THE DRY. by Harper, Jane.
    Harper, Jane.
    THE DRY.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Flatiron Books, (2017) dj. Hardcover first edition - Author's atmospheric and gripping first mystery, set in the middle of Australia's worst drought in a century: "After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Lukes steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didnt tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead."…

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    New York: Flatiron Books, (2017) dj. Hardcover first edition - Author's atmospheric and gripping first mystery, set in the middle of Australia's worst drought in a century: "After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Lukes steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didnt tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead." Basis for the highly acclaimed Australian film of the same name. Highly recommended. 326 pp. ISBN: 978-1250105608.

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    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (small stamp on front endpaper, a bit of rubbing to corners of dj)

    Book ID: 83213
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  • Highsmith, Patricia writing as Claire Morgan.
    THE PRICE OF SALT.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    Tallahassee, FL: Naiad Press, 1991. Revised edition of this classic lesbian novel originally published in 1952. Includes corrections by the author and a new afterword in which she says that this is considered the first gay or lesbian novel to have a happy ending and she discusses the changes that had taken place in society in the 30+ years since the book was first published. Basis for the film of the same name. The Naiad Press editions were the first which revealed Claire Morgan's identity. 276 pp plus afterword. Cover by Tee A. Corinne. ISBN: 0-930044-495.

    Condition: Very good.

    Book ID: 83291
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  • BONGWATER. by Hornburg, Michael.
    Hornburg, Michael.
    BONGWATER.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Grove Press, (1995) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The author's first novel - a "neo-beat grungeoisie love story" which follows a group of young people as they move between Portland, Oregon, and New York, "circulating lazily on the perimeters of society, their days structured around a cup of coffee, scoring a little weed, jobs that come and go." SIGNED on the title page. Reportedly based on Hornburg's relationship with then-unknown Courtney Love, and the basis for a 1998 film of the same name. 189 pp. ISBN: 0-802115101.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 81018
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  • BONGWATER. by Hornburg, Michael.
    Hornburg, Michael.
    BONGWATER.

    Edition: First UK printing.

    London: Quartet, (1995). First edition - The author's first novel - a "neo-beat grungeoisie love story" which follows a group of young people as they move between Portland, Oregon, and New York, "circulating lazily on the perimeters of society, their days structured around a cup of coffee, scoring a little weed, jobs that come and go." Reportedly based on Hornburg's relationship with then-unknown Courtney Love, and the basis for a 1998 film of the same name. Issued only as a trade paperback in the UK. 234 pp. ISBN: 0-704302527.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers with self-flaps. .

    Book ID: 81019
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  • THE DESERT HEALER. by Hull, E, M. (Edith Maud Hull, 1880-1947)
    Hull, E, M. (Edith Maud Hull, 1880-1947)
    THE DESERT HEALER.

    Edition: First US printing.

    Boston: Small, Maynard and Co,. (1923). Hardcover first edition - Romantic novel by this British author, set in the deserts of North Africa and published just a few years after her novel, The Sheik, which was not only a huge bestseller, but the basis of the 1923 film of the same title starring Rudolf Valentino. This novel was the basis for the 1926 film "Old Loves and New" starring Walter Pidgeon. 302 pp

    Condition: Fair condition only in charcoal cloth with red lettering - some rubbing and fading to the spine, spine slant, previous owner's name,

    Book ID: 81971
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  • RICH IN LOVE. by Humphreys, Josephine.
    Humphreys, Josephine.
    RICH IN LOVE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Viking, (1987). SIGNED hardcover first edition - Award-winning Southern author's second novel, set in South Carolina, this is the story of how the Odom family fell apart and then reconfigured itself in a new pattern, as told by their 17 year old daughter. Basis for the 1992 film of the same name starring Albert Finney, Jill Clayburgh. SIGNED on the title page. Cover praise by Louise Erdrich and Gloria Naylor, among others. 261 pp. Dust jacket by Wendell Minor. ISBN: 0-670818100.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 80795
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  • THE BLACKBOARD JUNGLE. by Hunter, Evan (1926-2005)
    Hunter, Evan (1926-2005)
    THE BLACKBOARD JUNGLE.

    Edition: 2nd printing.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, 1954. Hardcover - A very early printing of the first novel by the writer probably best known for the 87th Precinct novels under the pseudonym of Ed McBain. Basis for the film starring Glenn Ford, Sidney Poitier, Vic Morrow and Anne Francis. 309 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in a very good overall dust jacket with some edgewear and rubbing, original price of $3.50 on the front flap.

    Book ID: 82013
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  • Kellerman, Jonathan.
    WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Atheneum, (1985) dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's first mystery, which introduced psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware. Winner of the Edgar and Anthony awards for best first novel. Basis for the movie of the same name. 293 pp. ISBN: 0-689-115199.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket - not quite a perfect copy, but close to it.

    Book ID: 77893
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