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  • BLUES FOR MISTER CHARLIE. A Play. by Baldwin, James.
    Baldwin, James.
    BLUES FOR MISTER CHARLIE. A Play.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Dial Press, 1964. dj. Hardcover first edition - Includes Baldwin's prefatory note in which he states that this play is based, very distantly, on the murder of Emmett Till. Dedicated to the memory of Medgar Evars. xv, 121 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in a very good dust jacket (prev owner's name, some wear to black dj at ends of spine.)

    Book ID: 7686
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  • LOST LOVE: A true story of Passion, Murder and Justice, New York, 1869. by Cooper, George.
    Cooper, George.
    LOST LOVE: A true story of Passion, Murder and Justice, New York, 1869.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Pantheon, (1994.) dj. An account of the lives of Abby Sage, a beautiful actress, and the Civil War journatlist Albert Deane Richardson, who was murdered in 1869 by Daniel McFarland the abusive and jealous husband of Sage. Based in large part on letters, trial affidavits and old newspaper accounts. Notes, Illustrated. 272 pp. ISBN: 0-679-433988.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 56050
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  • KILLING THE POORMASTER: A Saga of Poverty, Corruption, and Murder in the Great Depression. by Metz. Holly.
    Metz. Holly.
    KILLING THE POORMASTER: A Saga of Poverty, Corruption, and Murder in the Great Depression.

    Edition: First printing.

    Chicago: Lawrence Hill Books / Chicago Review Press, (2012) dj. Hardcover first edition - When the federal government, despite the "new deal, " pulled back from direct relief, control was returned to local authorities. "On February 25, 1938, the reviled poormaster [of Hoboken, NJ], Harry Barck wielding power over who would receive public aid died from a paper spike thrust into his heart. . . News of the poormasters death brought national attention to the plight of ten million unemployed living in desperate circumstances. A team led by celebrated attorney Samuel Leibowitz of 'Scottsboro Boys' fame worked to save Scutellaro from the electric chair, arguing that the jobless mans struggle with the poormaster was a symbol of larger social…

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    Chicago: Lawrence Hill Books / Chicago Review Press, (2012) dj. Hardcover first edition - When the federal government, despite the "new deal, " pulled back from direct relief, control was returned to local authorities. "On February 25, 1938, the reviled poormaster [of Hoboken, NJ], Harry Barck wielding power over who would receive public aid died from a paper spike thrust into his heart. . . News of the poormasters death brought national attention to the plight of ten million unemployed living in desperate circumstances. A team led by celebrated attorney Samuel Leibowitz of 'Scottsboro Boys' fame worked to save Scutellaro from the electric chair, arguing that the jobless mans struggle with the poormaster was a symbol of larger social ills." We are still living in a time when these issues - endemic poverty, and the inadequacy of public assistance - are vital. Map, photographs, notes, index. 308 pp. ISBN: 978-1613744185.

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    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 76498
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  • SPIDER'S WEB. by Millar, Margaret (1915-1994)
    Millar, Margaret (1915-1994)
    SPIDER'S WEB.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: William H. Morrow, (1986) dj. Hardcover first edition - Novel by this award-winning mystery writer centered on the trial of Cully Paul King, a handsome black skipper of private yacht, who was arrested in a California coastal town for the strangulation murder and robbery of a woman he had hired to work onboard. "The prosecutor claims that the victim's jewel case which can't be found was King's motive for murder. The contents of the case mark one of the startling disclosures in the proceedings, most shedding merciless light on the people involved with the defendant. The judge, the opposing attorneys, the amorous court clerk - everyone has more at stake in the verdict than the defendant. All,…

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    New York: William H. Morrow, (1986) dj. Hardcover first edition - Novel by this award-winning mystery writer centered on the trial of Cully Paul King, a handsome black skipper of private yacht, who was arrested in a California coastal town for the strangulation murder and robbery of a woman he had hired to work onboard. "The prosecutor claims that the victim's jewel case which can't be found was King's motive for murder. The contents of the case mark one of the startling disclosures in the proceedings, most shedding merciless light on the people involved with the defendant. The judge, the opposing attorneys, the amorous court clerk - everyone has more at stake in the verdict than the defendant. All, for different reasons, want to control King's future. Only one realizes that ambition, making the final shocker in Millar's tautly constructed story." (PW Weekly) 323 pp. ISBN: 0-688065937.

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    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 75421
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  • JARRETTSVILLE. by Nixon, Cornelia
    Nixon, Cornelia
    JARRETTSVILLE.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    Berkeley, CA: Counterpoint, (2009.). SIGNED first edition - Historical novel, a story of love and murder, set in a small Maryland town which is still after the Civil War. Based on a true story about the author's family. SIGNED on the title page. 339 pp. ISBN: 158243512X.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 45651
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  • Schoen, Elin.
    TALES OF AN ALL-NIGHT TOWN.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, (1979) dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's first book, a portrait of street life in the oldest all-black town in America, a small Illinois town on the Mississippi River, originally named Brooklyn and also renamed as Lovejoy after the abolitionist printer who was killed. This focuses on the story of James Bollinger, known as the dancer, both law enforcer and desperado who was shot to death on November 14, 1973, on the main street. This book is also a look at the early 70s, "when the empowering, hope-inducing vibes of the black pride movement could still mitigate, if not erase, the crushing effects of the poverty and racism that had not and still…

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    New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, (1979) dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's first book, a portrait of street life in the oldest all-black town in America, a small Illinois town on the Mississippi River, originally named Brooklyn and also renamed as Lovejoy after the abolitionist printer who was killed. This focuses on the story of James Bollinger, known as the dancer, both law enforcer and desperado who was shot to death on November 14, 1973, on the main street. This book is also a look at the early 70s, "when the empowering, hope-inducing vibes of the black pride movement could still mitigate, if not erase, the crushing effects of the poverty and racism that had not and still has not been overcome." Cover praise from Truman Capote and Gordon Parks among others. Review copy with publisher's slip and author photograps laid in. 222 pp. ISBN: 0-151849935.

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    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 83444
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  • JURY DUTY. by Van Wormer, Laura.
    Van Wormer, Laura.
    JURY DUTY.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: MIRA / Crown, (1996) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The author's fifth novel - an account of a sensational murder trial in New York. SIGNED on the half title page with the words "Thank you for all your support." 364 pp. ISBN: 155162477.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 64237
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  • IN CONTEMPT. by Walter, Jess and Christopher Darden.
    Walter, Jess and Christopher Darden.
    IN CONTEMPT.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: HarperCollins, (1996.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The inside story of the OJ Simpson trial, but also the story of Darden himself, growing up poor in Richmond , California, but determined to succeed in his dream of being a lawyer. Photographs. 287 pp. ISBN: 0-06-0391839.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 57232
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  • IN CONTEMPT. by Walter, Jess, signed and Christopher Darden.
    Walter, Jess, signed and Christopher Darden.
    IN CONTEMPT.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: HarperCollins, (1996.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The inside story of the OJ Simpson trial, but also the story of Darden himself, growing up poor in Richmond , California, but determined to succeed in his dream of being a lawyer. SIGNED on the title page by co-author Jess Walter (who gets the small type, but said he just wanted it large enough for his mother to see.) Photographs. 287 pp. ISBN: 0-06-0391839.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 56807
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