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  • SECOND CHANCES. by Adams, Alice.
    Adams, Alice.
    SECOND CHANCES.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1988. dj. Hardcover first edition - The sixth novel by this very accomplished writer, set in a small town in the hills south of San Francisco, and focusing on a group of friends who suddenly discover that they are getting older. Although Adams was born in Virginia, as a writer she lived in San Francisco and knows the area well. 257 pp. ISBN: 0-394568249.

    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket. (price-clipped.)

    Book ID: 41364
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  • SECOND CHANCES. by Adams, Alice.
    Adams, Alice.
    SECOND CHANCES.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1988. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The sixth novel by this very accomplished writer, set in a small town in the hills south of San Francisco, and focusing on a group of friends who suddenly discover that they are getting older. Although Adams was born in Virginia, as a writer she lived in San Francisco and knows the area well. SIGNED on the title page. 257 pp. ISBN: 0-394568249.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket. (very slight spine slant.)

    Book ID: 36657
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  • MY DREAMS OUT IN THE STREET. by Addonizio, Kim.
    Addonizio, Kim.
    MY DREAMS OUT IN THE STREET.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, (2007.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Novel by this award winning poet, a follow up to her National Book Award finalist 'Little Beauties.' The story of a young woman on the skids, spending her time in shelters and on the streets of late 1990s San Francisco. Cover praise from Andre Dubois III who calls this 'one of the finest American novels I've read in some time. A night blooming flower you will not be able to put down.' SIGNED on the title page. 256 pp. ISBN: 0-7432-97725.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket (some light toning to the pages.)

    Book ID: 54562
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  • THE HOUSE OF LEE. by Atherton, Gertrude.
    Atherton, Gertrude.
    THE HOUSE OF LEE.

    Edition: First printing ("1" on the last page as required.)

    New York: D. Appleton-Century, 1940. dj. Hardcover first edition - The story of three generations of women in an old San Francisco family which has been declining in wealth over the years - and how they, untrained in financial affairs as they were, managed to come to grips with the new world they found themselves in. One of her Calilifornia novels, set "in the present." 302 pp. Dust jacket art by E. H. Suydam.

    Condition: Near fine in a good only dust jacket (price clipped, some foxing and sunning to the spine of the dj, minor edgewear.) Uncommon in the first edition and in dust jacket.

    Book ID: 53527
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  • Babula, William
    ST JOHN AND THE SEVEN VEILS.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Lyle Stuart / Carol Communications, (1989.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The second mystery featuring San Francisco private eye Jeremiah St. John and his cohorts, Mickey, an ex-policewoman, and Chief Moses, a 'larger than life Seminole Indian.' 208 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in a fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 33149
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  • Babula, William
    ST JOHN AND THE SEVEN VEILS.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Birch Lane, 1991. dj. Hardcover first edition - The third mystery featuring San Francisco private eye Jeremiah St. John and his cohorts, Mickey, an ex-policewoman, and Chief Moses, a 'larger than life Seminole Indian.' 208 pp.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (appears unread.)

    Book ID: 3531
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  • Berlinski, David.
    LESS THAN MEETS THE EYE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: St Martin's, 1994. dj. Author's 2nd mystery, set in the academic world of San Francisco and Northern California , and featuring close to down-and-out private eye Aaron Asherfeld. ISBN: 0-312-11298x.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 26482
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  • BOOK SCAVENGER. by Bertram, Jennifer Chambliss.
    Bertram, Jennifer Chambliss.
    BOOK SCAVENGER.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Henry Holt, (2015). SIGNED first edition - The author's first novel, a story for older children - "For twelve-year-old Emily, the best thing about moving to San Francisco is that it's the home city of her literary idol: Garrison Griswold, book publisher and creator of the online sensation Book Scavenger (a game where books are hidden in cities all over the country and clues to find them are revealed through puzzles)." SIGNED on the title page and dated in April 2015, before publication. Illustrations by Sarah Watts. Author's notes.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers. Promotional book mark laid in.

    Book ID: 67237
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  • MORGETTE ON THE BARBARY COAST. by Boyer, G. (Glenn) G.
    Boyer, G. (Glenn) G.
    MORGETTE ON THE BARBARY COAST.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Walker, (1984) dj. Hardcover first edition - Third book in this series of Western adventure novels. "Pursuing his old nemesis, Forrest Twead, Dolf Morgette leaves Alaska for the unsavory Barbary Coast of California, where he is hired by the powerful, wealthy Will Alexander as security chief." 178 pp. ISBN: 0-802740332.

    Condition: Near fine in a near fine dust jacket (toning to the pages).

    Book ID: 75428
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  • THE HORSES OF THE NIGHT. by Cadnum, Michael.
    Cadnum, Michael.
    THE HORSES OF THE NIGHT.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Carroll & Graf, (1993) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Novel set in San Francisco - Kirkus Reviews called this a "asubtly shaded (and sometimes opaque) tale that flickers between illusion and reality, psychological and occult terror: Did Stratton Fields sell his soul for power--or are the deaths of his enemies and the triumph of his career due not to infernal intervention but to his own homicidal madness?" SIGNED on the title page. 318 pp. ISBN: 0-881849308.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 69603
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  • DONALD DUK by Chin, Frank
    Chin, Frank
    DONALD DUK

    Edition: First printing in wrappers. No hardcover edition.

    Minneapolis: Coffee House Press, 1991. SIGNED first edition - First novel by this Chinese American playwright, set in San Francisco's Chinatown during the 15 days of the New Year Festival. ' Donald Duk is a 12 year old kid with a name he doesn't like and a family that doesn't deserve him.' INSCRIBED on front endpaper '... Best in the year of the Sheep, 4/11/91, Minneapolis.' Cover illustration by Susan Nees. 173 pp. ISBN: 0-918273-838.

    Condition: Fine in red glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 26650
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  • DONALD DUK by Chin, Frank
    Chin, Frank
    DONALD DUK

    Edition: 2nd printing, a trade paperback

    Minneapolis: Coffee House Press, 1991. SIGNED - First novel by this Chinese American playwright, set in San Francisco's Chinatown during the 15 days of the New Year Festival. ' Donald Duk is a 12 year old kid with a name he doesn't like and a family that doesn't deserve him.' SIGNED and dated on the first page. Cover illustration by Susan Nees. 173 pp. ISBN: 0-918273-838.

    Condition: Ex-library with markings, creasing to cover, some corners creased, etc. Even though this is a signed copy, it is just a reading copy.

    Book ID: 67310
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  • CANDY FROM STRANGERS, #3 in the August Riordan series. by Coggins, Mark.
    Coggins, Mark.
    CANDY FROM STRANGERS, #3 in the August Riordan series.

    Edition: First edition.

    Madison, WI: Bleak House Books / Big Earth Publishing, (2006) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Noir mystery set in San Francisco featuring jazz bass-playing private investigator August Riordan. SIGNED on the title page. 307 pp. ISBN: 978-1932557169.

    Condition: Fine in very good dust jacket (tears to dj at upper corners)

    Book ID: 66094
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  • RUNOFF, #4 in the August Riordan series. by Coggins, Mark.
    Coggins, Mark.
    RUNOFF, #4 in the August Riordan series.

    Edition: First edition.

    Madison, WI: Bleak House Books / Big Earth Publishing, (2006) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Noir mystery set in San Francisco featuring jazz bass-playing private investigator August Riordan. SIGNED on the title page. 302 pp. Map of Chinatown on back cover of dust jacket. ISBN: 978-1932557534.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 66095
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  • RUNOFF, #4 in the August Riordan series. by Coggins, Mark.
    Coggins, Mark.
    RUNOFF, #4 in the August Riordan series.

    Edition: 1st trade paperback printing.

    Madison, WI: Bleak House Books / Big Earth Publishing, (2007). SIGNED - Noir mystery set in San Francisco featuring jazz bass-playing private investigator August Riordan. SIGNED on the title page. Author's note. Illustrated with photographs at the beginning of each chapter. 302 pp. ISBN: 978-1932557541.

    Condition: Near fine.

    Book ID: 70466
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  • BOHEMIAN HEART. by Dalessandro, James.
    Dalessandro, James.
    BOHEMIAN HEART.

    Edition: 2nd printing.

    New York: St Martin's, (1993.) dj. SIGNED hardcover - Screenwriter's first novel, a mystery set in San Francisco, and introducing Private Investigator Frank Fagen, a long haired former cop best known for his unconventional methods. SIGNED on the title page. 250 pp. ISBN: 0-312-097565.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket.

    Book ID: 43840
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  • BOHEMIAN HEART. by Dalessandro, James.
    Dalessandro, James.
    BOHEMIAN HEART.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: St Martin's, (1993) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Screenwriter's first novel, a mystery set in San Francisco, and introducing Private Investigator Frank Fagen, a long haired former cop best known for his unconventional methods. SIGNED on the title page, and dated in the month of publication. . ISBN: 0-312-097565.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 64617
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  • THE STRANGE FILES OF FREMONT JONES. by Day, Dianne.
    Day, Dianne.
    THE STRANGE FILES OF FREMONT JONES.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Doubleday, (1995) dj. Hardcover first edition - The first book in a wonderful series of historical mysteries, set in 1905 turn-of-century San Francisco. Introduces us to Fremont Jones, who has come West to embark on a career as an independent "type-writer" but who winds up involved in sleuthing, something a properly brought up young Bostonian should never do. Winner of the Macavity award for best first novel. 229 pp. ISBN: 0-385-475497.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 73985
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  • THE STRANGE FILES OF FREMONT JONES. by Day, Dianne.
    Day, Dianne.
    THE STRANGE FILES OF FREMONT JONES.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Doubleday, (1995) dj. Hardcover first edition - The first book in a wonderful series of historical mysteries, set in 1905 turn-of-century San Francisco. Introduces us to Fremont Jones, who has come West to embark on a career as an independent "type-writer" but who winds up involved in sleuthing, something a properly brought up young Bostonian should never do. Winner of the Macavity award for best first novel. Review copy with publisher's material laid in. 229 pp. ISBN: 0-385-475497.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 59159
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  • THE STRANGE FILES OF FREMONT JONES. by Day, Dianne.
    Day, Dianne.
    THE STRANGE FILES OF FREMONT JONES.

    Edition: Uncorrected proof (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Doubleday, (1995). First edition - The first book in a wonderful series of historical mysteries, set in 1905 turn-of-century San Francisco. Introduces us to Fremont Jones, who has come West to embark on a career as an independent "type-writer" but who winds up involved in sleuthing, something a properly brought up young Bostonian should never do. Winner of the Macavity award for best first novel. 229 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine in glossy wrappers (offsetting from the ink on the frontispiece illustration to the title page) .

    Book ID: 59684
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  • HAVE YOU SEEN ME? by Denham, Laura.
    Denham, Laura.
    HAVE YOU SEEN ME?

    Edition: Uncorrected proof (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Carroll & Graf, (2002). First edition - The author's first novel, the story of a young girl's descent into the murkier levels of the sex-trade industry in San Francisco, only to find an unlikely refuge in a commune of ecoterrorists in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Issued as a trade paperback original. 245 pp.

    Condition: Fine in printed light gray wrappers.

    Book ID: 63470
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  • SHEAR THE BLACK SHEEP. by Dodge, David [1910-1974.]
    Dodge, David [1910-1974.]
    SHEAR THE BLACK SHEEP.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Macmillan, 1942. dj. Hardcover first edition - California author's second book - and the second of 4 featuring James 'Whit' Whitney, C.P.A. as detective. Dodge, an accountant himself, wrote his first mystery as a bet with his wife - and his fast-moving, and only semi-seriously hard-boiled first novel garnered him many comparisons to Dashiell Hammett and The Thin Man - as least partially because of the amount of alcohol consumed and the witty reparte between Whitney and his girl friend Kitty MacLeod. He went on to write darker mysteries, and is best known now for his 1952 novel 'To Catch a Thief' which was the basis for the Alfred Hitchcock film starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly.

    Condition: Good only in fair only dust jacket (from a private lending library, with 1 small stamp, but some discoloration to the endpapers from the old-fashioned brodart cover originally put on this, some spine slant, in a dustjacket with several chips to the bottom edge but a bright front panel.) Many flaws, but still a reasonable copy of a title very uncommon in the hardcover first edition in any condition, and especially hard to find in a dustjacket.

    Book ID: 31802
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  • OF GOOD AND EVIL. by Gann, Ernest K.
    Gann, Ernest K.
    OF GOOD AND EVIL.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, 1963. dj. Hardcover first edition - Early novel by Gann, a thriller of sorts - or a morality tale - which recounts the events of one day at the police headquarters in San Francisco. 288 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in a fair only dust jacket (dampstaining and crinkling to dj, mostly visible on the flaps and interior, not affecting the book itself.)

    Book ID: 51692
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  • Gold, Herbert
    DREAMING.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Donald I. Fine, Inc., (1988.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - From the very first scene, with Hutch (for whom life was supposed to be a festival) meeting his brother, a cab driver with a degree in literature, at Enrico's on Broadway in the North Beach, it is obvious that this is a novel which perfectly captures not only San Francisco, but Americans in general. ISBN: 1-55611-0715.

    Condition: SIGNED on the title page, and uncommon thus. Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 28778
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  • THE CHINESE JARS. by Gordon, William C.
    Gordon, William C.
    THE CHINESE JARS.

    Edition: First edition - a trade paperback original..

    Point Richmond, CA; Bay Tree Publishing, (2011.). SIGNED first edition - A noir mystery set in San Francisco's Chinatown in the early 1960s. SIGNED on the half title and dated in the year of publication. 256 pp. Gordon is a San Francisco trial attorney who is married to the writer Isabel Allende. ISBN: 978-0981957784.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 52411
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  • Gores, Joe.
    INTERFACE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: M. Evans and Company, Inc., (1974.) dj. Hardcover first edition - An early novel by one of the masters of the private eye genre (and a former PI himself): "Neil Fargo was a hard-nosed private investigator with a business on the side - heroin." 216 pp. ISBN: 0-87131-1462.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 34846
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  • Gores, Joe.
    32 CADILLACS.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Mysterious Press, (1992.). First edition - A DKA File novel - like Ed McBain, Gores uses an entire team of sleuths - the investigators of the Daniel Kearny Associates - in his gritty realistic novels. One review described the 'private-eye procedural is Gores speciality, maybe his invention.' 337 pp.

    Condition: Very good in glossy illustrated wrappers (some light creasing, crinkling to lower corner.).

    Book ID: 34213
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  • CONTRACT NULL AND VOID. by Gores, Joe.
    Gores, Joe.
    CONTRACT NULL AND VOID.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Mysterious Press, (1996.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A DKA File novel - like Ed McBain, Gores uses an entire team of sleuths - the investigators of the Daniel Kearny Associates - in his gritty realistic novels. One review described the 'private-eye procedural as Gores' speciality, maybe his invention.' Set in San Francisco. 309 pp. ISBN: 0-89296-5924.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 34214
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  • CONTRACT NULL AND VOID. by Gores, Joe.
    Gores, Joe.
    CONTRACT NULL AND VOID.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Mysterious Press, (1996.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A DKA File novel - like Ed McBain, Gores uses an entire team of sleuths - the investigators of the Daniel Kearny Associates - in his gritty realistic novels. One review described the 'private-eye procedural as Gores' speciality, maybe his invention.' Set in San Francisco. 309 pp. ISBN: 0-89296-5924.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 40233
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  • DEVIL WITH A GUN: A Dixie Flynn Mystery. by Grant, M. C. (aka Grant McKenzie.)
    Grant, M. C. (aka Grant McKenzie.)
    DEVIL WITH A GUN: A Dixie Flynn Mystery.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback.

    Woodbury, MN: Mystery Ink, (2013). First edition - Set in San Francisco, this is the second mystery featuring crime-beat journalist Dixie Flynn. ISBN: 9780738734996.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 61837
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