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  • THE KILLING OF THE SAINTS. by Abella, Alex.
    Abella, Alex.
    THE KILLING OF THE SAINTS.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Crown, (1991.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Described as the first Cuban-American thriller, this is a story of witchcraft, crime and law, set in the Hispanic communities of Los Angeles. Charlie Morrell, himself Cuban, is a court-appointed investigator assigned to take on the case of two marielitos, followers of the santeria cult, who are accused of a vicious killing. SIGNED on the title page and dated in the year of publication, 308 pp. ISBN: 0-517-58509X.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 64477
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  • THE KILLING OF THE SAINTS. by Abella, Alex.
    Abella, Alex.
    THE KILLING OF THE SAINTS.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Crown, (1991.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Described as the first Cuban-American thriller, this is a story of witchcraft, crime and law, set in the Hispanic communities of Los Angeles. Charlie Morrell, himself Cuban, is a court-appointed investigator assigned to take on the case of two marielitos, followers of the santeria cult, who are accused of a vicious killing. SIGNED on the half title page, 308 pp. ISBN: 0-517-58509X.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 52360
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  • ORIGIN. by Abu-Jaber, Diana
    Abu-Jaber, Diana
    ORIGIN.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Norton, (2007). First edition - Her third novel, fourth book - a suspenseful literary mystery set in Syracuse, New York, where there is a number of unexplained 'crib deaths.' 388 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers (some light toning to the pages)

    Book ID: 58218
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  • THE ABILITY TO KILL: True Tales of Bloody Murder. by Ambler, Eric.
    Ambler, Eric.
    THE ABILITY TO KILL: True Tales of Bloody Murder.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Mysterious Press, (1987) dj. Hardcover first edition - A collection of essays on both historical criminal trials and more contemporary ones. Includes a series of The Lizzie Borden Memorial Lectures and other pieces. 214 pp. ISBN: 0-892962380.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (light foxing to the edges of the textblock and to the dust jacket, price-clipped)

    Book ID: 72924
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  • THE ABILITY TO KILL: True Tales of Bloody Murder. by Ambler, Eric.
    Ambler, Eric.
    THE ABILITY TO KILL: True Tales of Bloody Murder.

    Edition: Limited, signed edition.

    New York: Mysterious Press, (1987). SIGNED hardcover first edition - A collection of essays on both historical criminal trials and more contemporary ones. Includes a series of The Lizzie Borden Memorial Lectures and other pieces. One of 250 copies of the first edition numbered and SIGNED by Ambler on the limitation page. Specially bound in burgundy cloth with gold lettering in a matching slipcase. 214 pp. ISBN: 0-892962380.

    Condition: Fine in fine slipcase.

    Book ID: 80392
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  • THE ABILITY TO KILL and Other Pieces. by Ambler, Eric.
    Ambler, Eric.
    THE ABILITY TO KILL and Other Pieces.

    Edition: First printing.

    London: Bodley Head, (1963) dj. Hardcover first edition - A collection of essays on both historical criminal trials and more contemporary ones. Includes a series of The Lizzie Borden Memorial Lectures and other pieces. Second state with chapter on James Hanratty, . 222 pp

    Condition: Very near fine in red cloth with gold lettering in a near fine dustjacket (some toning to the white background on the spine and top edge of the dj) .

    Book ID: 80406
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  • SHAMAN WINTER. by Anaya, Rudolfo.
    Anaya, Rudolfo.
    SHAMAN WINTER.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Warner, (1999.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Mystery set in New Mexico, featuring Sonny Baca, by this award-winning Chicano writer. Map of Onate's route in 1598. SIGNED on the title page. 374 pp. ISBN: 0-446-523747.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 80710
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  • THE HAUNTED PORTRAIT. by Ashton, Ann (pseudonyn of John Kimbro 1929-2004)
    Ashton, Ann (pseudonyn of John Kimbro 1929-2004)
    THE HAUNTED PORTRAIT.

    Edition: First printing.

    Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1976. dj. Hardcover first edition - The first novel written using this pseudonym by the author best known for the Phenwick Women series. Set in the Berkshires, this the story of a young heiress who sets out to restore a long unoccupied but once oppulent mansion where a double murder had occurred more than a century before. 188 pp. ISBN: 0-385113633.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket (faint remainder spray bottom edge)

    Book ID: 84109
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  • ASIMOV'S MYSTERIES. by Asimov, Isaac.
    Asimov, Isaac.
    ASIMOV'S MYSTERIES.

    Edition: Early printing.

    Garden City, NY: Doubleday, (1968) dj. Hardcover - A collection of thirteen of his short science fiction mysteries together with an overall introduction and brief comments on each story. 240 pp. Dust jacket art by James McMullan.

    Condition: Ex-library with the usual markings, but a tight copy in a very good dj (spine label, original price of $5.95) .

    Book ID: 83989
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  • VINTAGE. by Baker, David.
    Baker, David.
    VINTAGE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, (2015) dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's first book a " humorous and evocative debut novel about a food journalist's desperate attempt to save his career - and possibly his marriage - by tracking an extremely valuable bottle of wine stolen by the Nazis over half a century ago." 306 pp. ISBN: 978-1501112515.

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

    Book ID: 64967
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  • RUNNING WILD. by Ballard, J. G.
    Ballard, J. G.
    RUNNING WILD.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (1989,) dj. Hardcover first edition - Fascinating novella about the brutal murders of all 32 adult members of an exclusive gated community in West London. 104 pp. Designed by Chip Kidd. ISBN: 0-374-252882.

    Condition: Fine in very good dust jacket (tear to back cover of dj, dj folded slightly offcenter.)

    Book ID: 57563
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  • COMPLICITY. by Banks, Iain.
    Banks, Iain.
    COMPLICITY.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Doubleday, (1995). First edition - A literate thriller of a modern day avenger whose inflicts a series of savage 'punishment fits the crime' attacks.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers. Publisher's letter laid in.

    Book ID: 59996
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  • THE THIEF-TAKER: Memoirs of a Bow Street Runner. by Banks, T. F. (pseudonym of Sean Russell and Ian Dennis)
    Banks, T. F. (pseudonym of Sean Russell and Ian Dennis)
    THE THIEF-TAKER: Memoirs of a Bow Street Runner.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Delacorte, (2001). SIGNED hardcover first edition - The first book in the Bow Street Runner series. "June 1815. Regency-era London comes vividly to life in this darkly atmospheric mystery. Against this enthralling backdrop - when Napoleon, Wellington, and Lord Byron ruled the world stage - and featuring a lively cast of rabble-rousers and miscreants, constables and aristocrats, it weaves an unforgettable tale of jealousy, revenge, and inconsolable love." SIGNED on the title page. 276 pp. ISBN: 0-385335717.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 75870
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  • STRIVING WITH GODS. by Bannister, Jo.
    Bannister, Jo.
    STRIVING WITH GODS.

    Edition: First printing.

    Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1984. dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's fourth novel, one which introduces Clio Rees, who has given up her practice as a physician to write mysteries. 178 pp. Jacket by Bob Korn. ISBN: 0-38519482X.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket (light remainder spray to bottom edge)

    Book ID: 77159
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  • MAN OVERBOARD: The Counterfeit Resurrection of Phil Champagne. by Barer, Burl.
    Barer, Burl.
    MAN OVERBOARD: The Counterfeit Resurrection of Phil Champagne.

    Edition: First printing.

    Salt Lake City: Northwest Publishing, (1995). SIGNED hardcover first edition - Ten years after Champagne's supposed death in a boating accident, he is arrested for printing counterfeit currency. He didn't fake his death, he claims - he just didn't deny it, seizing it as an opportunity to become in death one thing he had never been - an adventurer. A very funny true crime story. INSCRIBED on the title page. 182 pp. ISBN: 1-569018154.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 75869
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  • Barton, Beverly.
    CLOSE ENOUGH TO KILL.

    Edition: Paperback original - first printing.

    New York: Zebra Books - Kensington, (2006.). First edition - Thriller featuring Sheriff Bernie Granger of Adams County, Alabama - in her first big case, she needs to stop a serial thriller who first romances and then kills women. 440 pp. ISBN: 0-8217-76886.

    Condition: Fine (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 36343
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  • THE WIDOW. by Barton, Fiona.
    Barton, Fiona.
    THE WIDOW.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: New American Library - NAL, 2016. First edition - The author's first novel, part pyschological suspense and part examination of what a marriage is, one which explores the question of "how much do the wives of men who commit terrible crimes actually know.?" Told in alternate voices, from the perspective of the widow, the police detective and the reporter. 324 pp.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 68113
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  • PEELED. by Bauer, Joan.
    Bauer, Joan.
    PEELED.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Putnam, (2008) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Young adult novel featuring a feisty heroine - a high school reporter who wants to be a journalist - a ghost and a mystery. SIGNED on the title page. 248 pp. ISBN: 9780399234750.

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

    Book ID: 60108
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  • WILD THING. by Bazell, Josh.
    Bazell, Josh.
    WILD THING.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York & Boston: Back Bay Books / Little Brown, (2012) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A sequel to BEAT THE REAPER, featuring former hitman Dr. Brnwa, now on the run from the Mob he used to work for. SIGNED on the title page with a stamp reproducing one of the illustrations on the endpapers, and dated in the year of publication. Includes an extensive list of sources. 386 pp. Illustrated endpapers. ISBN: 978-0316032193.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 83107
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  • MOGHUL BUFFET. by Benard, Cheryl.
    Benard, Cheryl.
    MOGHUL BUFFET.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (1998) dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's first novel, "set in Peshawar, a border town in Pakistan, a murder mystery about a missing American businessman which offers a glimpse at the situation of women in the Muslim world, from Afghan refugees to maverick women politicians." 264 pp. ISBN: 0-374211795.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 74116
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  • ALMOST. by Benedict, Elizabeth.
    Benedict, Elizabeth.
    ALMOST.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    New York & Boston: Houghton Mifflin, (2002). As 40-something narrator Sophy Chase begins a new relationship in New York, she learns that her almost ex-husband was found dead on a resort island in New England. Sophy must navigate her emotions, her grown stepdaughters, a lawyer and a former lover to figure out the mystery of her husband's death. A New York Times notable book, 258 pp. ISBN: 0-618-231617.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 61311
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  • WHO IS TEDDY VILLANOVA? by Berger, Thomas.
    Berger, Thomas.
    WHO IS TEDDY VILLANOVA?

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Delacorte, (1977) dj. Hardcover first edition - Berger's take on the hard-boiled crime thriller as practised by the masters of noir. 247 pp, Dust jacket and title page art by John Sposato. ISBN: 0-440-095468.

    Condition: Near fine in a near fine dustjacket. (prev owner's embossed seal)

    Book ID: 58300
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  • THE MANUAL OF DETECTION. by Berry, Jedehiah.
    Berry, Jedehiah.
    THE MANUAL OF DETECTION.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Penguin, 2009. First edition - The author's first novel -" Charles Unwin is an anonymous clerk for a large-scale private detective agency. His only contact with actual sleuthing is when he files reports for his famous boss, investigator Travis Sivart. When Sivart unexpectly goes missing, Unwinis thrust into a labyrinth of murderous plot twists, beautiful women, and unanswered questions as he searches for his boss with only his wits and the mysterious 'Manual of Detection' to guide him. As his search through the nameless, rain-soaked city progresses, he discovers that his mentor's greatest cases were incorrectly solved, and is faced with thwarting a criminal mastermind with designs on controlling the entire city." 281 pp.

    Condition: Fine in black glossy illustrated wrappers. Different cover art than the final book.

    Book ID: 64549
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  • NEVER COME DOWN. by Black, Michelle.
    Black, Michelle.
    NEVER COME DOWN.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    Frisco, Colorado: Wolf Moon Press, (1996). SIGNED first edition - The author's first book, a novel of modern and historic Colorado, in which a ghost town high in Tenmile Canyon holds a century-old secret. SIGNED on the title page. Winner of the CIPA Award for fiction. 300 pp. Cover art by Ann T, Weaver. ISBN: 0-9658014-03.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 61084
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  • COMPLETE STORIES OF ROBERT BLOCH: Volume One: Final Reckonings. by Bloch, Robert.
    Bloch, Robert.
    COMPLETE STORIES OF ROBERT BLOCH: Volume One: Final Reckonings.

    Edition: First thus- trade paperback.

    New York: Citadel Twilight / Carol Publishing, (1990.). First edition - Although best known as the author of 'Psycho' Bloch was also a masterful writer of short stories of horror, mystery, fantasy, and science fiction. Contains 25 stories which had been unavailable for decades. 371 pp. Cover art by Kevin Kelly. ISBN: 0-806511443.

    Condition: Near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 56078
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  • HOUSE OF MIST. by Bombal, Maria-Luisa.
    Bombal, Maria-Luisa.
    HOUSE OF MIST.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Farrar, Straus, 1947. dj. Hardcover first edition - The first novel by perhaps the most influential Latin American woman writer of the early 20th century. Originally published as 'La Ultima Niebla' in Argentina in 1934 (where she had fled in 1933 after a failed suicide attempt and an attempt to shoot her husband, and where she met and became friends with Pablo Neruda and Jorge Luis Borges), this was rewritten by the author in English for this edition (at the time of publication in the US, she was living in New York.) Her books, with their mingling of fantasy, realism and surrealism are considered precursors of the magical realism in Latin American literature. In her prologue to…

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    New York: Farrar, Straus, 1947. dj. Hardcover first edition - The first novel by perhaps the most influential Latin American woman writer of the early 20th century. Originally published as 'La Ultima Niebla' in Argentina in 1934 (where she had fled in 1933 after a failed suicide attempt and an attempt to shoot her husband, and where she met and became friends with Pablo Neruda and Jorge Luis Borges), this was rewritten by the author in English for this edition (at the time of publication in the US, she was living in New York.) Her books, with their mingling of fantasy, realism and surrealism are considered precursors of the magical realism in Latin American literature. In her prologue to this novel, she writes: 'I wish to inform the reader that even though this is a mystery, it is a mystery without murder. He will not find here any corpse, any detective; he will not even find a murder trial, for the simple reason that there will be no murderer. There will be no murderer and no murder, yet there will be . . . crime. And there will be fear. Those for whom fear has an attraction; those who are interested in the mysterious life people live in their dreams during sleep; those who believe that the dead are not really dead; those who are afraid of the fog and of their own hearts. . . they will perhaps enjoy going back to the early days of this century and entering into the strange house of mist that a young woman, very much like all other women, built for herself at the southern end of South America.' Cover praise from Neruda and Borges (who called her work 'Stories of melancholy magic.') and others. Listed both in Hubin and in Bleiler Fantastic Literature. Striking dust jacket art by George Salter. 245 pp.

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    Condition: Near fine in a a good dustjacket. (upper corner of dj flap clipped, but price present in lower corner, some toning, large chip to lower edge of front cover)

    Book ID: 40439
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  • HOUSE OF MIST. by Bombal, Maria-Luisa.
    Bombal, Maria-Luisa.
    HOUSE OF MIST.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Farrar, Straus, 1947. dj. Hardcover first edition - The first novel by perhaps the most influential Latin American woman writer of the early 20th century. Originally published as 'La Ultima Niebla' in Argentina in 1934 (where she had fled in 1933 after a failed suicide attempt and an attempt to shoot her husband, and where she met and became friends with Pablo Neruda and Jorge Luis Borges), this was rewritten by the author in English for this edition (at the time of publication in the US, she was living in New York.) Her books, with their mingling of fantasy, realism and surrealism are considered precursors of the magical realism in Latin American literature. In her prologue to…

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    New York: Farrar, Straus, 1947. dj. Hardcover first edition - The first novel by perhaps the most influential Latin American woman writer of the early 20th century. Originally published as 'La Ultima Niebla' in Argentina in 1934 (where she had fled in 1933 after a failed suicide attempt and an attempt to shoot her husband, and where she met and became friends with Pablo Neruda and Jorge Luis Borges), this was rewritten by the author in English for this edition (at the time of publication in the US, she was living in New York.) Her books, with their mingling of fantasy, realism and surrealism are considered precursors of the magical realism in Latin American literature. In her prologue to this novel, she writes: 'I wish to inform the reader that even though this is a mystery, it is a mystery without murder. He will not find here any corpse, any detective; he will not even find a murder trial, for the simple reason that there will be no murderer. There will be no murderer and no murder, yet there will be . . . crime. And there will be fear. Those for whom fear has an attraction; those who are interested in the mysterious life people live in their dreams during sleep; those who believe that the dead are not really dead; those who are afraid of the fog and of their own hearts. . . they will perhaps enjoy going back to the early days of this century and entering into the strange house of mist that a young woman, very much like all other women, built for herself at the southern end of South America.' Cover praise from Neruda and Borges (who called her work 'Stories of melancholy magic.') and others. Listed both in Hubin and in Bleiler Fantastic Literature. Striking dust jacket art by George Salter. 245 pp.

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    Condition: Very near fine in a near fine dustjacket. (light toning to edges of textblock and dj, upper corner of dj flap clipped, but price present in lower corner)

    Book ID: 82281
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  • HOUSE OF MIST. by Bombal, Maria-Luisa.
    Bombal, Maria-Luisa.
    HOUSE OF MIST.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Farrar, Straus, 1947. dj. Hardcover first edition - The first novel by perhaps the most influential Latin American woman writer of the early 20th century. Originally published as 'La Ultima Niebla' in Argentina in 1934 (where she had fled in 1933 after a failed suicide attempt and an attempt to shoot her husband, and where she met and became friends with Pablo Neruda and Jorge Luis Borges), this was rewritten by the author in English for this edition (at the time of publication in the US, she was living in New York.) Her books, with their mingling of fantasy, realism and surrealism are considered precursors of the magical realism in Latin American literature. In her prologue to…

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    New York: Farrar, Straus, 1947. dj. Hardcover first edition - The first novel by perhaps the most influential Latin American woman writer of the early 20th century. Originally published as 'La Ultima Niebla' in Argentina in 1934 (where she had fled in 1933 after a failed suicide attempt and an attempt to shoot her husband, and where she met and became friends with Pablo Neruda and Jorge Luis Borges), this was rewritten by the author in English for this edition (at the time of publication in the US, she was living in New York.) Her books, with their mingling of fantasy, realism and surrealism are considered precursors of the magical realism in Latin American literature. In her prologue to this novel, she writes: 'I wish to inform the reader that even though this is a mystery, it is a mystery without murder. He will not find here any corpse, any detective; he will not even find a murder trial, for the simple reason that there will be no murderer. There will be no murderer and no murder, yet there will be . . . crime. And there will be fear. Those for whom fear has an attraction; those who are interested in the mysterious life people live in their dreams during sleep; those who believe that the dead are not really dead; those who are afraid of the fog and of their own hearts. . . they will perhaps enjoy going back to the early days of this century and entering into the strange house of mist that a young woman, very much like all other women, built for herself at the southern end of South America.' Cover praise from Neruda and Borges (who called her work 'Stories of melancholy magic.') and others.Listed both in Hubin and in Bleiler Fantastic Literature. Striking dust jacket art by George Salter. 245 pp.

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    Condition: Near fine in a very good dustjacket. (upper corner of dj flap clipped, but price present in lower corner, short closed tear, a bit of rubbing to dj, some toning to both pages and dj,)

    Book ID: 82282
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  • THE MYSTERY LOVER'S COMPANION. by Bourgeau, Art.
    Bourgeau, Art.
    THE MYSTERY LOVER'S COMPANION.

    Edition: Book club edition.

    New York: Crown, (1986) dj. Hardcover - Describes and rates over 2,500 mysteries, detective stories and suspense thrillers arranged by type (English mystery, police procedural) and by author, alphabetically. 311 pp. ISBN: 0-517-556022.

    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 61151
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  • THE MYSTERY LOVER'S COMPANION. by Bourgeau, Art.
    Bourgeau, Art.
    THE MYSTERY LOVER'S COMPANION.

    Edition: Book club edition.

    New York: Crown, (1986) dj. Hardcover - Describes and rates over 2,500 mysteries, detective stories and suspense thrillers arranged by type (English mystery, police procedural) and by author, alphabetically. 311 pp. ISBN: 0-517-556022.

    Condition: Near fine in very good dust jacket.

    Book ID: 61966
    View cart More details Price: $12.50