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  • CONTRABAND. by Adams, Cleve F. (aka Franklin Charles and John Spain), 1895-1949, and Robert Leslie Bellem
    Adams, Cleve F. (aka Franklin Charles and John Spain), 1895-1949, and Robert Leslie Bellem
    CONTRABAND.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1950. dj. Hardcover first edition - Hard-boiled novel featuring federal narcotics agent Reed Smith, published posthumously (although the dust jacket does not give a hint of that), incorporating Adams' pulp novellettes (including one with the same title) and completed by Bellem. Adams was a friend of Raymond Chandler, and wrote in the same noir tradition. 241 pp. Dust jacket art by Bill English.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket.

    Book ID: 58973
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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 ASPHALT JUNGLE. by Burnett, W. R. (William Riley Burnett, 1899-1982)
    Burnett, W. R. (William Riley Burnett, 1899-1982)
    THE ASPHALT JUNGLE.

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1949. Hardcover first edition - A classic noir novel - the story of a jewelry heist in a midwestern city that goes wrong - from its planning to execution to the aftermath ending in death or capture. Basis for 1950 classic film noir directed by John Huston and starring Sterling Hayden, and notable for an early appearance by Marilyn Monroe. 271 pp.

    Condition: Very good in original paper covered boards (toning the spine, a bit of wear to the top of the spine), no dust jacket.

    Book ID: 85582
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  • THE PAST IS A FOREIGN COUNTRY. by Carofiglio, Gianrico.
    Carofiglio, Gianrico.
    THE PAST IS A FOREIGN COUNTRY.

    Edition: First UK printing.

    London: Old Street, (2007) dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's third novel, winner of Italy's prestigious Premio Bancarella prize, a psychological thriller with two threads inevitably converging. Lieutenant Chiti spends sleepless nights hunting for the serial rapist terrorizing his city, and the naive law student Giorgio is befriended by dangerously charismatic Francesco, and finds himself slowly lured into a corrupt world of cheating at cards (which Francesco describes as "magic"), beautiful women and casual violence, until one terrifying night Giorgio is forced to realize just how far he has left his past behind. Translated from the Italian by Howard Curtis. 244 pp. ISBN: 978-1905847273.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 88092
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  • THE YIDDISH POLICEMEN'S UNION. by Chabon, Michael.
    Chabon, Michael.
    THE YIDDISH POLICEMEN'S UNION.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harper Collins, (2007.) dj. Hardcover first edition - One of those impossible to classify novels - part homage to 1940's noir, part alternative history set in the Federal District of Sitka in Alaska where for 60 years Jewish refugees have prospered after the Holocaust and the 1948 collapse of Israel. Winner of the Nebula Award, nominated for the Edgar. 414 pp. ISBN: 9780007149827.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 70388
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  • THE YIDDISH POLICEMEN'S UNION. by Chabon, Michael.
    Chabon, Michael.
    THE YIDDISH POLICEMEN'S UNION.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harper Collins, (2007.) dj. Hardcover first edition - One of those impossible to classify novels - part homage to 1940's noir, part alternative history set in the Federal District of Sitka in Alaska where for 60 years Jewish refugees have prospered after the Holocaust and the 1948 collapse of Israel. Winner of the Nebula Award, nominated for the Edgar. 414 pp. ISBN: 9780007149827.

    Condition: Very near fine in a near fine dustjacket.

    Book ID: 70316
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  • THE YIDDISH POLICEMEN'S UNION. by Chabon, Michael.
    Chabon, Michael.
    THE YIDDISH POLICEMEN'S UNION.

    Edition: Later printing.

    New York: Harper Collins, (2007.) dj. Hardcover - One of those impossible to classify novels - part homage to 1940's noir, part alternative history set in the Federal District of Sitka in Alaska where for 60 years Jewish refugees have prospered after the Holocaust and the 1948 collapse of Israel. Winner of the Nebula Award, nominated for the Edgar. 414 pp. ISBN: 9780007149827.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 65886
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  • THE YIDDISH POLICEMEN'S UNION. by Chabon, Michael.
    Chabon, Michael.
    THE YIDDISH POLICEMEN'S UNION.

    Edition: Later printing.

    New York: Harper Collins, (2007.) dj. Hardcover - One of those impossible to classify novels - part homage to 1940's noir, part alternative history set in the Federal District of Sitka in Alaska where for 60 years Jewish refugees have prospered after the Holocaust and the 1948 collapse of Israel. Winner of the Nebula Award, nominated for the Edgar. 414 pp. ISBN: 9780007149827.

    Condition: Very good in a very good dust jacket (crinkling to front cover of dj).

    Book ID: 65591
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  • RAYMOND CHANDLER: A Biography. by [Chandler, Raymond, 1888-1959] Hiney, Tom.
    [Chandler, Raymond, 1888-1959] Hiney, Tom.
    RAYMOND CHANDLER: A Biography.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, (1997) dj. Hardcover first edition - A book based on access to Chandler's papers and previously unrecorded accounts by those who knew Chandler,one which "assesses the impact an English public school education had on this most American of writers, the man who turned hard-boiled detective stories into literature with novels like 'The Big Sleep'. The author is equally acute in discussing Chandler's years as an oil executive in Los Angeles, his marriage to a woman 18 years his senior, his alcoholism, and the Philip Marlowe mysteries that made him rich and famous in middle age. A sympathetic, unflinching look at a gifted artist and very unhappy man." Photographs. Notes, index. x, 310 pp. ISBN: 0-871136902.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 87516
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  • THE DEAD BEAT SCROLL: An August Riordan Mystery. by Coggins, Mark.
    Coggins, Mark.
    THE DEAD BEAT SCROLL: An August Riordan Mystery.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback.

    Lutz, FL: Down & Out Books, (2019) dj. SIGNED - The seventh mystery in this noir series featuring jazz bass-playing private investigator August Riordan, who has returned to San Francisco to avenge the death of a friend and former partner, but finds himself caught up in a string of murders involving a previously unknown manuscript purportedly by the beat writer Jack Kerouac. INSCRIBED on the title page. 265 pp. plus ads. ISBN: 978-1932557534.

    Condition: Very good (some minor wear to the covers) .

    Book ID: 87293
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  • THE SILENT WORLD OF NICHOLAS QUINN. by Dexter, Colin.
    Dexter, Colin.
    THE SILENT WORLD OF NICHOLAS QUINN.

    Edition: First thus.

    Pleasantville, New York: ImPress Mystery, (2005). Hardcover first edition - A handsome new hardcover edition of this novel originally published in 1977, the third novel in the Inspector Morse series. A title in the Best Mysteries of All Time series. Includes 4 pp about the author. 294 pp. ISBN: 0-762188901.

    Condition: Fine in navy boards with silver lettering and copper decorations on the front cover, copper lettering on the spine.

    Book ID: 88127
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  • L.A. CONFIDENTIAL. by Ellroy, James
    Ellroy, James
    L.A. CONFIDENTIAL.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Mysterious Press, (1990.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A noir epic, set in Los Angeles in 1953 where six innocent people are gunned down at an all-night diner, a horrific murder that haunts the three policemen who arrive to investigate. Basis for the Oscar nominated film of the same name, featuring Kim Basinger, who won the Academy award for Best Supporting actress. INSCRIBED on the title page with the words "blood heat!" 496 pp. ISBN: 0-89296-2933.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket. An exceptional copy of one of Ellroy's best books.

    Book ID: 66159
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  • BURNING GARBO. by Eversz, Robert.
    Eversz, Robert.
    BURNING GARBO.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, (2003) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The third in the highly praised series featuring Nina Zero -"A street-smart, razor-sharp combination of crime fiction and Southern California social commentary." INSCRIBED on the title page "For ----- for great listeners, and parents of another fine writer" 271 pp. ISBN: 0-743250133.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 63922
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  • THE MOCKING PROGRAM. by Foster, Alan Dean.
    Foster, Alan Dean.
    THE MOCKING PROGRAM.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Warner, (2002.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Science fiction noir - a hard-boiled thriller set in the near future on ".the Montezuma Strip. A Mexamerican megalopolis sprawling from Baja to the Gulf. the home of one tough cop who specialises in solving the most devious, diabolical crimes that future felons can devise. " Glossary of Spang. 280 pp. ISBN: 9780446527743.

    Condition: Very near fine in a fine dustjacket.

    Book ID: 54140
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  • THE MOCKING PROGRAM. by Foster, Alan Dean.
    Foster, Alan Dean.
    THE MOCKING PROGRAM.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Warner, (2002.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Science fiction noir - a hard-boiled thriller set in the near future on ".the Montezuma Strip. A Mexamerican megalopolis sprawling from Baja to the Gulf. the home of one tough cop who specialises in solving the most devious, diabolical crimes that future felons can devise. " Glossary of Spang. 280 pp. ISBN: 9780446527743.

    Condition: Near fine in a very good dustjacket (rem line, tear to front cover of dj with associated creasing.)

    Book ID: 55412
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  • HAMMETT: A Life At The Edge. by [Hammett, Dashiel] Nolan, Willian F.
    [Hammett, Dashiel] Nolan, Willian F.
    HAMMETT: A Life At The Edge.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Congdon & Weed, (1983.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Definitive biography of this master of modern hard boiled detective fiction, author of 'The Maltese Falcon' and other classics. SIGNED on the title page by Nolan. Illustrated with photographs. Includes notes, bibliography of sources, a basic checklist of Dashiell Hammett books and an index. 276 pages. ISBN: 0-312-922817.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (small piece cut out of front endpaper, sunning to spine of dj.)

    Book ID: 43984
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  • HAMMETT: A Life At The Edge. by [Hammett, Dashiel] Nolan, Willian F.
    [Hammett, Dashiel] Nolan, Willian F.
    HAMMETT: A Life At The Edge.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Congdon & Weed, (1983.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Definitive biography of this master of modern hard boiled detective fiction, author of 'The Maltese Falcon' and other classics. SIGNED on the front endpaper by Nolan. Illustrated with photographs. Includes notes, bibliography of sources, a basic checklist of Dashiell Hammett books and an index. 276 pages. ISBN: 0-312-922817.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket (sunning to the spine of the dj, a bit of toning to the cream background on the flaps and back cover of the dj)

    Book ID: 58944
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  • DIA DE LOS MUERTOS. by Harrington, Kent A.
    Harrington, Kent A.
    DIA DE LOS MUERTOS.

    Edition: First printing.

    Tucson: Dennis McMillan, (1997.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - California author's second novel, one day - the last day - in the life of a crooked DEA agent in Tijuana, Mexico, who has been making side money as a coyote, smuggling people across the border with the assistance of a crooked judicale. SIGNED by three contributors, and uncommon thus - on the half title page by Harrington and dated in the year of publication. Also SIGNED on the copyright page by both McMillan the publisher and Scott Musgrove, the illustrator. 244 pp. ISBN: 0-939767309.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 81692
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  • DIA DE LOS MUERTOS. by Harrington, Kent A.
    Harrington, Kent A.
    DIA DE LOS MUERTOS.

    Edition: First printing.

    Tucson: Dennis McMillan, (1997.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - California author's second novel, one day - the last day - in the life of a crooked DEA agent in Tijuana, Mexico, who has been making side money as a coyote, smuggling people across the border with the assistance of a crooked judicale. SIGNED on the half title page. 244 pp. ISBN: 0-939767309.

    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket (crease on flap of dj)

    Book ID: 64784
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  • MANHATTAN NOCTURNE. by Harrison, Colin.
    Harrison, Colin.
    MANHATTAN NOCTURNE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Crown, (1996) dj. Hardcover first edition - His third novel - cover praise from such diverse writers as Thom Jones, Mary Gaitskill and David Foster Wallace who called it the "best piece of postmodern noir since Ellroy's The Big Nowhere." 355 pp. ISBN: 0-517-584921.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 61162
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  • BODIES ELECTRIC. by Harrison, Colin.
    Harrison, Colin.
    BODIES ELECTRIC.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Crown, (1993) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - His second novel, a corporate thriller "in which the dangers of sexual obsession are matched only by the perils of corporate power." SIGNED on the title page. 385 pp. ISBN: 0-517-584913.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 82025
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  • THE YELLOW ANGELS. by Helseth, Henry Edward.
    Helseth, Henry Edward.
    THE YELLOW ANGELS.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harper & Brothers, (1940) dj. Hardcover first edition - The scarce first novel by this author and screenwriter, best known for "The Chair for Martin Rome," which was the basis for Robert Siodmak's 1948 film noir classic "Cry of the City" with Victor Mature and Richard Conte. This is set entirely within the walls of a prison. 216 pp.

    Condition: From a lending library with discoloration from tape on the boards and the endpapers, one stamp, some pages carelessly opened but overall a good sturdy copy in a dust jacket with several chips and edgewear, but still rather striking.

    Book ID: 65893
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  • UNDERGROUND AND COLLECTED STORIES. by James, Russell.
    James, Russell.
    UNDERGROUND AND COLLECTED STORIES.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    Eureka, CA: Stark House Press, (2007). First edition - A short novel and five diverse stories from the writer whom Ian Rankin dubbed the "Godfather of British noir." None of these stories have appeared in the US prior to the publication of this book. Includes an introduction by James. 266 pp plus 2 pp publisher's ads. ISBN: 978-1933586175.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 76841
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  • NOBODY MOVE. by Johnson, Denis.
    Johnson, Denis.
    NOBODY MOVE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (2009) dj. Hardcover first edition - "A provocative thriller set in the American West. . . Touched by echoes of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett, Nobody Move is at once an homage to and a variation on literary form. It salutes one of our most enduring and popular genres the American crime novel but with a grisly humor and outrageousness" 196 pp. ISBN: 9780374222901.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (die-cut dust jacket over illustrated boards, designed by Susan Mitchell)

    Book ID: 58347
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  • THE NARROWBACK. by Ledwidge, Michael.
    Ledwidge, Michael.
    THE NARROWBACK.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, (1999) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The author's first novel, a hard-boiled thriller set in the underworld of New York City. SIGNED on the title page. 224 pp. ISBN: 0-87113-716x.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 60600
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  • SUNBURN. by Lippman, Laura.
    Lippman, Laura.
    SUNBURN.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Morrow (imprint of Harper Collins), (2018). SIGNED first edition - A stand-alone novel of pyschological suspense, inspired by the novels of James M. Cain - set in a small town in Delaware, this tells the story of "a pair of lovers with the best intentions and the worst luck: two people locked in a passionate yet uncompromising game of cat and mouse. But instead of rules, this game has dark secrets, forbidden desires, inevitable betrayals - and cold-blooded murder." SIGNED on the title page. 282 pp.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 73748
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  • JIM THOMPSON: SLEEP WITH THE DEVIL. by McCauley, Michael.
    McCauley, Michael.
    JIM THOMPSON: SLEEP WITH THE DEVIL.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Mysterious Press, (1991) dj. Hardcover first edition - "A biography of America's greatest noir writer" based on an in-depth analysis of his writings. Illustrated with photographs. Includes appendices with list his novels, other published writings and give a brief synopsis of his unpublished/unfinished work. Index. 340 pp. ISBN: 0-892963921.

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

    Book ID: 68962
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  • MATTHEW SWAIN: HOT TIME IN OLD TOWN. by McQuay, Mike..
    McQuay, Mike..
    MATTHEW SWAIN: HOT TIME IN OLD TOWN.

    Edition: Paperback original - first printing.

    New York: Bantam, (1981). First edition - The first book in a series featuring Matthew Swain "a 21st century hard-boiled private eye in a city where ghettos are war zones, the rich hide behind 6 inches of armor plate and the cops work for the highest bidder." 216 pp plus an excerpt from the second book in the series. ISBN: 0-553148117.

    Condition: Good overall (creasing to lower corner of front cover, bookstore stamps)

    Book ID: 87364
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  • Ridley, John.
    LOVE IS A RACKET.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1998. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - African American writer and film director's second novel, a noir farce featuring a wannabe scriptwriter on the skids in Hollywood. SIGNED on the title page. 296 pp. ISBN: 0-375-401423.

    Condition: Very near fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 59355
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  • LOVE IS A RACKET. by Ridley, John.
    Ridley, John.
    LOVE IS A RACKET.

    Edition: Uncorrected proof (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1998. SIGNED first edition - African American writer and film director's second novel, a noir farce featuring a wannabe scriptwriter on the skids in Hollywood. INSCRIBED on the title page. 296 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in gray printed wrappers (a bit of wear to the edges of the covers)

    Book ID: 59131
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