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  • YOU CAN'T WIN. by Black, Jack.
    Black, Jack.
    YOU CAN'T WIN.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Macmillan, 1926. Hardcover first edition - The autobiography of a professional burglar and hobo, Jack Black, this book describes describes his days on the road and as a professional thief, convict and escaped prisoner (his mother died when he was 10, and after a few years in a convent school, he hit the road at 14, was in the dock for burglary before he was 20 and by age 25 he was expert house robber) but it is even more an indictment of the criminal justice system. While this book was influential to writers like William S. Burroughs (who mentioned it in "Junkie" and who also wrote the foreword to the 1988 trade paperback) and the Beats,…

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    New York: Macmillan, 1926. Hardcover first edition - The autobiography of a professional burglar and hobo, Jack Black, this book describes describes his days on the road and as a professional thief, convict and escaped prisoner (his mother died when he was 10, and after a few years in a convent school, he hit the road at 14, was in the dock for burglary before he was 20 and by age 25 he was expert house robber) but it is even more an indictment of the criminal justice system. While this book was influential to writers like William S. Burroughs (who mentioned it in "Junkie" and who also wrote the foreword to the 1988 trade paperback) and the Beats, it is perhaps even more relevant to us now with its discussion on how the prison system can be a force for good - the library in a Canadian prison - and also something which dehumanize prisoners - including his experiences of flogging in Canada,and being constrained by a strait jacket at Folsom. Foreword by Robert Herrick. xi, 394 pp.

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    Condition: Very good in red cloth with gold lettering on the spine (offsetting to the endpapers, bookplate on front pastedown, corners somewhat bumped), no dust jacket.

    Book ID: 81836
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  • AMERICAN LIGHTNING: Terror, Mystery, Movie-Making, and the Crime of the Century by Blum, Howard.
    Blum, Howard.
    AMERICAN LIGHTNING: Terror, Mystery, Movie-Making, and the Crime of the Century

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Crown, (2008) dj. Hardcover first edition - A book which "evokes the original 'crime of the century' [the bombing of the Los Angeles Times building on Oct 1, 1910] and an aftermath even more dramatic than the crime itself - a seminal episode in America's history that would spark national debate and draw into its orbit master sleuth William J. Burns, crusading lawyer Clarence Darrow, and industry-shaping filmmaker D. W. Griffith." Cast of characters, photographs, notes on sources. 339 pp. Illustrated endpapers. ISBN: 0-307346943.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 71394
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  • THE FLOOR OF HEAVEN: A True Tale of the Last Frontier and the Yukon Gold Rush. by Blum, Howard.
    Blum, Howard.
    THE FLOOR OF HEAVEN: A True Tale of the Last Frontier and the Yukon Gold Rush.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Crown, (2011) dj. Hardcover first edition - In the last decade of the 19th century, the Wild West has been tamed - and then gold is discovered in Alaska and the adjacent Canadian Klondike and a new frontier suddenly looms. "'Klondicitis,' a mix of greed and lust for adventure, ignites a stampede. Fleeing the depths of a worldwide economic depression and driven by visions of vast wealth, tens of thousands rush northward. Among them are Charlie Siringo, a sharp-shooting cowboy who, after futilely trying to settle down with his new bride, becomes one of the Pinkerton Detective Agencys shrewdest; George Carmack, a California-born American Marine whos adopted by an Indian tribe, raises a family with a Taglish…

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    New York: Crown, (2011) dj. Hardcover first edition - In the last decade of the 19th century, the Wild West has been tamed - and then gold is discovered in Alaska and the adjacent Canadian Klondike and a new frontier suddenly looms. "'Klondicitis,' a mix of greed and lust for adventure, ignites a stampede. Fleeing the depths of a worldwide economic depression and driven by visions of vast wealth, tens of thousands rush northward. Among them are Charlie Siringo, a sharp-shooting cowboy who, after futilely trying to settle down with his new bride, becomes one of the Pinkerton Detective Agencys shrewdest; George Carmack, a California-born American Marine whos adopted by an Indian tribe, raises a family with a Taglish squaw, makes the discovery that starts off the Yukon Gold Rush and becomes fabulously rich; and Soapy Smith, a sly and inventive predator-conman who rules a vast criminal empire.. . A fortune in gold bars has been stolen from the fortress-like Treadwell Mine in Juneau, Alaska, with no clues as to how the thieves made off with such an immensely heavy cargo. Charged with getting the job done is Charlie Siringo who discovers that, to run the thieves to ground, he must embark on a rugged cross-territory odyssey that will lead him across frigid waters and through a frozen wilderness where he must face down Soapy Smith and his gang of 300 cutthroats. At once a compelling true-life mystery and an unforgettable portrait of a time in Americas history when thousands were fired with a vision of riches so unimaginable as to be worth any price." Illustrated with vintage photographs. Note on sources. x, 420 pp. ISBN: 978-0307461728.

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    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket (toning to edges of textblock)

    Book ID: 89100
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  • THE HELICOPTER HEIST: A Novel Based on True Events. by Bonnier, Jonas.
    Bonnier, Jonas.
    THE HELICOPTER HEIST: A Novel Based on True Events.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Other Press, (2019). First edition - A novel which tells the story of "the biggest, and perhaps most audacious, heist ever to occur in Europe. Meticulously researched, this thriller unfolds with incredible humanity, capturing the wit and intelligence of the men and women who executed a true crime so wildly far-fetched it seems the stuff of fiction. (Jake Gyllenhaal) Translated from the Swedish by Alice Menzies. Issued as a trade paperback original in the US. 401 pp.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 84914
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  • Brownmiller, Susan.
    WAVERLY PLACE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Grove Press, (1989.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A fascinating first novel by this feminist writer. Based on an actual incident this has the immediacy of a documentary - as Brownmiller says 'the day the child died, I began to write, to imagine how the couple from my neighborhood whose image flashed repeatedly across my television screen - a lawyer and a woman with a bashed-in face who had once been a writer - could have traveled the distance from people I might have known to such a nightmare.' Dust jacket art by Wendell Minor. ISBN: 0-8021-10908.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 28972
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  • WELLS, FARGO DETECTIVE: A Biography of James B. Hume. by Dillon, Richard H.
    Dillon, Richard H.
    WELLS, FARGO DETECTIVE: A Biography of James B. Hume.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    Sanger, CA: The Write Thought, (2012). Reprint of this biography of one of Wells Fargo's greatest detectives originally published in 1969. Originally a sheriff in California's Mother Lode country, Hume was among the first to use "scientific detection" in the west - including the use of a laundry mark that helped him track down Black Bart. Photographs. 258 pp. ISBN: 978-1618097033.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 88260
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  • TANGLED VINES: Greed, Murder, Obsession, and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California. by Dinkelspiel, Frances.
    Dinkelspiel, Frances.
    TANGLED VINES: Greed, Murder, Obsession, and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: St Martin's, (2015). SIGNED first edition - A look at the dark underside of the California wine industry: "On October 12, 2005, a massive fire broke out in the Wines Central wine warehouse in Vallejo, California. Within hours, the flames had destroyed 4.5 million bottles of California's finest wine worth more than $250 million, making it the largest destruction of wine in history. The fire had been deliberately set by a passionate oenophile named Mark Anderson, a skilled con man and thief with storage space at the warehouse who needed to cover his tracks. . . Among the priceless bottles destroyed were 175 bottles of Port and Angelica from one of the oldest vineyards in California made…

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    New York: St Martin's, (2015). SIGNED first edition - A look at the dark underside of the California wine industry: "On October 12, 2005, a massive fire broke out in the Wines Central wine warehouse in Vallejo, California. Within hours, the flames had destroyed 4.5 million bottles of California's finest wine worth more than $250 million, making it the largest destruction of wine in history. The fire had been deliberately set by a passionate oenophile named Mark Anderson, a skilled con man and thief with storage space at the warehouse who needed to cover his tracks. . . Among the priceless bottles destroyed were 175 bottles of Port and Angelica from one of the oldest vineyards in California made by Frances Dinkelspiel's great-great grandfather, Isaias Hellman, in 1875. Mark Anderson was not the first to harm the industry. The history of the California wine trade, dating back to the 19th Century, is a story of vineyards with dark and bloody pasts, tales of rich men, strangling monopolies, the brutal enslavement of vineyard workers and murder. Five of the wine trade murders were associated with Isaias Hellman's vineyard in Rancho Cucamonga beginning with the killing of John Rains who owned the land at the time" SIGNED on the half title page and dated in October 2015, in the month of publication. List of major characters, notes, sources. xiv, 289 pp.

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    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 69972
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  • MY DARK PLACES: An L.A. Crime Memoir by Ellroy, James
    Ellroy, James
    MY DARK PLACES: An L.A. Crime Memoir

    Edition: 1st trade paperback printing.

    New York: Vintage Books, (1997.). SIGNED - An L. A. Crime memoir - the true story of the unsolved murder of Ellroy's mother. SIGNED on the title page. 419 pp. ISBN: 0-679-762051.

    Condition: Near fine in wrappers.

    Book ID: 49028
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  • MY DARK PLACES by Ellroy, James
    Ellroy, James
    MY DARK PLACES

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1996. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - An L. A. Crime memoir - the true story of the unsolved murder of Ellroy's mother, and of his investigation into her life and death. One of an undisclosed number of copies SIGNED by the author on a blank preliminary page. 353 pp. ISBN: 0-679-441859.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 58465
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  • MY DARK PLACES by Ellroy, James
    Ellroy, James
    MY DARK PLACES

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1996. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - An L. A. Crime memoir - the true story of the unsolved murder of Ellroy's mother. One of an undisclosed number of copies SIGNED by the author on a tipped in page with a silver sticker on the front of the dustjacket. 353 pp. ISBN: 0-679-441859.

    Condition: Fine in a fine dustjacket.

    Book ID: 56584
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  • SHOT ALL TO HELl: Jesse James, the Northfield Raid, and the Wild West's Greatest Escape. by Gardner, Mark Lee.
    Gardner, Mark Lee.
    SHOT ALL TO HELl: Jesse James, the Northfield Raid, and the Wild West's Greatest Escape.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Morrow (imprint of Harper Collins), (2013). First edition - "It was the most famous bank robbery of all time, involving the Wild West's most celebrated gang of outlaws and their iconic leader, Jesse James." A detailed account of their last robbery and the two-week chase that followed. Illustrations, extensive notes, resources. 290 pp.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 72949
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  • EASY MONEY. by Goddard, Donald.
    Goddard, Donald.
    EASY MONEY.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (1978) dj. Hardcover first edition - In the early 70s with the supply of heroin virtually dried up on the streets two cocaine smugglers saw a chance for "easy money." George Ramos, a Cuban American conspired with Frank Matthews to smuggle into the United States a shipment of European heroin worth one hundred million dollars on the streets. Although the feds got wind of their scheme (in fact Ramos turned government witness and provides much of the information included here) this book sheds light on the enormously lucrative drug business of the Spanish and Black "mafias." 366 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 85396
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  • THE ART OF POLITICAL MURDER: Who Killed the Bishop? by Goldman, Francisco.
    Goldman, Francisco.
    THE ART OF POLITICAL MURDER: Who Killed the Bishop?

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Grove Press, (2007.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The first non-fiction book by this noted novelist, this is a penetrating look at the brutal death of Bishop Juan Geradi in Guatemala City in April 1998 - just 2 days after he had issued a human rights report that found the Guatemalan Army primarily responsible for the deaths and disappearances of 200,000 civilians. Goldman spent seven years following the investigation into this murder, and the result is a riveting and complex work. Index. 396 pp. ISBN: 0-8021-18283.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 57163
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  • DREAMS DIE HARD. by Harris, David.
    Harris, David.
    DREAMS DIE HARD.

    Edition: Uncorrected proof (trade paperback format. )

    New York: St Martin's, (1982.). First edition - "Three Men's Journey Through the Sixties" - An account of three men who, as friends and opponents, fought the battles of the idealistic '60's; a story which was inspired by the murder in 1980 of one of the three - the attorney Allard Lowenstein - by another, the anti-war and civil rights activist, Dennis Sweeney. Harris, the third of these men, the former husband of Joan Baez, was himself imprisoned for his refusal to be drafted for the Vietnam War, Publisher's letter laid in which comments that Harris "looks back in sorrow and makes us weep for what we could have been."

    Condition: Good in printed cream wrappers (toning to the covers, crease to upper corner of front cover.)

    Book ID: 47844
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  • DREAMS DIE HARD. by Harris, David.
    Harris, David.
    DREAMS DIE HARD.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: St Martin's, (1982.) dj. Hardcover first edition - "Three Men's Journey Through the Sixties" - An account of three men who, as friends and opponents, fought the battles of the idealistic '60's; a story which was inspired by the murder in 1980 of one of the three - the attorney Allard Lowenstein - by another, the anti-war and civil rights activist, Dennis Sweeney. Harris, the third of these men, the former husband of Joan Baez, was himself imprisoned for his refusal to be drafted for the Vietnam War.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 46705
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  • Harris, David.
    DREAMS DIE HARD.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: St Martin's, 1982. dj. Hardcover first edition - "Three Men's Journey Through the Sixties" - An account of three men who, as friends and opponents, fought the battles of the idealistic '60's; a story which was inspired by the murder in 1980 of one of the three: the attorney Allard Lowenstein, by another, the anti-war and civil rights activist, Dennis Sweeney. Harris, the third of these men, the former husband of Joan Baez, was himself imprisoned for his refusal to be drafted for the Vietnam War, 341 pp. ISBN: 0-312-219563.

    Condition: Fine in a very good dust jacket (price-clipped, one short closed tear to back panel of dj.)

    Book ID: 32000
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  • Harris, David.
    DREAMS DIE HARD.

    Edition: First thus- a trade paperback.

    San Francisco: Mercury House, 1993. SIGNED - "Three Men's Journey Through the Sixties" - An account of three men who, as friends and opponents, fought the battles of the idealistic '60's; a story which was inspired by the murder in 1980 of one of the three: the attorney Allard Lowenstein, by another, the anti-war and civil rights activist, Dennis Sweeney. Harris, the third of these men, the former husband of Joan Baez, was himself imprisoned for his refusal to be drafted for the Vietnam War, Originally published in 1982. 341 pp. ISBN: 1-56279-034x.

    Condition: SIGNED on the title page by the author. Near fine.

    Book ID: 23674
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  • THE CYANIDE CANARY by Hilldorfer, Joseph & Robert Dugoni.
    Hilldorfer, Joseph & Robert Dugoni.
    THE CYANIDE CANARY

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Free Press, (2004.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A fascinating account of the struggle to bring justice after an environmental crime at an acid fertilizer plant in Soda Springs, Idaho, that left a young man permanently brain damaged. This precipitated a three-year investigation and trial. Written by Joseph Hilldorfer, the Environmental Protection Agency special agent sent to look into the crime, and by Robert Dugoni, this reads like fiction, but it also explores important issues involved in white collar crime and the reluctance of the government - and the public - to see this as 'real crime.' SIGNED by Dugoni on the title page. Photographs. Endnotes, index. 336 pp. ISBN: 0-743246527.

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

    Book ID: 88999
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  • Hunter, Evan.
    LIZZIE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Arbor House, 1984. dj. Hardcover first edition - The story of Lizzie Borden - alternating between the story of a trip she took to Europe and the story of the inquest and trial - Hunter, of course, is also well known for the mysteries he writes under the name of Ed McBain. 430 pp. ISBN: 0-87795-5700.

    Condition: Fine in very good dust jacket (some short closed edgetears to dj.)

    Book ID: 34205
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  • THE OFFICER'S DAUGHTER: A Memoir of Family and Forgiveness. by Johnson, Elle.
    Johnson, Elle.
    THE OFFICER'S DAUGHTER: A Memoir of Family and Forgiveness.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harper Collins, (2021) dj. Hardcover first edition - A book which begins with an act of shocking violence: ÒWhen I was sixteen, my sixteen-year-old cousin, Karen, had her face blown off at pointblank range by a sawed-off shotgun . . .Ó In 1981, Elle Johnson and her cousin, Karen, were both daughters of Black law enforcement officers. both very protective - but also unwilling to discuss the events behind the murder and the manhunt that followed. It was only many years later, when the author was asked by a cousin to write a statement opposing parole for the killer that she realized she needed to understand more about what happened. Michael Connelly calls this "a powerful dissertation…

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    New York: Harper Collins, (2021) dj. Hardcover first edition - A book which begins with an act of shocking violence: ÒWhen I was sixteen, my sixteen-year-old cousin, Karen, had her face blown off at pointblank range by a sawed-off shotgun . . .Ó In 1981, Elle Johnson and her cousin, Karen, were both daughters of Black law enforcement officers. both very protective - but also unwilling to discuss the events behind the murder and the manhunt that followed. It was only many years later, when the author was asked by a cousin to write a statement opposing parole for the killer that she realized she needed to understand more about what happened. Michael Connelly calls this "a powerful dissertation on the legacy of violence; a telling journey to the place in the heart where forgiveness is found. Elle JohnsonÕs words are beautiful, poignant, and painful; and always deeply resonant with truth. This book has an echo that stays with you well after you have turned the last page.Ó 210 pp. ISBN: 978-0063011328.

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    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 85806
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  • EVERYDAY DEATH: The Case of Bernadette Powell. by Jones, Ann.
    Jones, Ann.
    EVERYDAY DEATH: The Case of Bernadette Powell.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1985. dj. Hardcover first edition - The story of the young black woman who killed her abusive husband - and was sentenced to 15 years to life. An examination of how issues of race and sex affect the justice system. 202 pgs. ISBN: 0-03-0629764.

    Condition: Near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 15961
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  • THE NEW WAR: The Web of Crime That Threatens America's Security. by Kerry, Senator John.
    Kerry, Senator John.
    THE NEW WAR: The Web of Crime That Threatens America's Security.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, (1997) dj. Hardcover first edition - A book which warns how the growing sophistication of global crime organizations is robbing us not only of our money but also threatening our way of life. Index. 210 pp. . ISBN: 0-684818159.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 87079
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  • NIMROD: Courts, Claims, and Killing on the Oregon Frontier. by Lansing, Ronald B.
    Lansing, Ronald B.
    NIMROD: Courts, Claims, and Killing on the Oregon Frontier.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    Pullman, WA: Washington State University Press, (2005). First edition - An account of one of the first widely publicized murder trials in Oregon history. At the 65, Nimrod O'Kelly trekked from Missouri along the Oregon Trail in 1845 and "became one of the first to stake a claim in the lush Willamette valley. Although he made few improvements to the land, he professed that he had a wife and family back home and thus had a right to 640 acres - one full square mile - of fertile ground. Over the next seven years, settlers continued to arrive, and many of these new neighbors grew suspicious of his entitlement. Slowly they began to encroach on his property. Eventually the…

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    Pullman, WA: Washington State University Press, (2005). First edition - An account of one of the first widely publicized murder trials in Oregon history. At the 65, Nimrod O'Kelly trekked from Missouri along the Oregon Trail in 1845 and "became one of the first to stake a claim in the lush Willamette valley. Although he made few improvements to the land, he professed that he had a wife and family back home and thus had a right to 640 acres - one full square mile - of fertile ground. Over the next seven years, settlers continued to arrive, and many of these new neighbors grew suspicious of his entitlement. Slowly they began to encroach on his property. Eventually the dispute boiled over, leaving young Jeremiah Mahoney dead, a gaping gunshot wound in his chest. The killer - 72 year-old Nimrod O'Kelly - chose not to run, but to turn himself in, claiming self-defense. The events that followed provide an intricate look at law on the frontier - a place without jails, courtrooms, coroners, and crimelabs, where many settlers were as wild as the land, where judges traveled on horseback to conduct legal proceedings, and where convicted murderers often met their end on the gallows. Ultimately, Benton County vs. Nimrod O'Kelly was heard by the fledgling territory's Supreme Court." Several appendices, references, sources index. xiii, 301 pp.,. ISBN: 1-87422280X.

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    Condition: Near fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 86915
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  • THE COMPANY THAT BOUGHT THE BOARDWALK: A Reporter's Story of Resorts International Came to Atlantic City. by Mahon, Gigi.
    Mahon, Gigi.
    THE COMPANY THAT BOUGHT THE BOARDWALK: A Reporter's Story of Resorts International Came to Atlantic City.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Random House, (1980) dj. Hardcover first edition - "A detailed examination of Resorts International's financial dealings and of the company's connections with Watergate and such figures as Bebe Rebozo and Robert Vesco draws on FBI Justice Department records." Review copy with author's photo laid in.Index. 262 pp. ISBN: 0-394509781.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 71618
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  • THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF BILLY McCUNE. by McCune, Billy (1929-2007); introduction by Danny Lyon.
    McCune, Billy (1929-2007); introduction by Danny Lyon.
    THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF BILLY McCUNE.

    Edition: First printing.

    San Francisco: Straight Arrow Books, (1973) dj. Hardcover first edition - An indictment of our prison system - McCune, a "low IQ" man, was convicted of rape and sentenced to death although his sentence was eventually commuted (but not until after he mutilated himself), and even after the commutation he spent months in isolationm but despite this he continued to write his story. Illustrated with photographs by Lyon, who also wrote the introduction. Many of McCune's drawings were included in Lyon's 1971 book 'Conversations with the Dead." 154 pp. ISBN: 0-879320494.

    Condition: Near fine in black cloth in a good only dust jacket with a large chip to the lower corner f the front cover.

    Book ID: 88516
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  • THE BASEMENT: Meditations on a Human Sacrifice. by Millett, Kate.
    Millett, Kate.
    THE BASEMENT: Meditations on a Human Sacrifice.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, (1979) dj. Hardcover first edition - More than just an account of the horrifying, prolonged torture and murder of 16 year old Sylvia Likens in Indianapolis in 1965, this is an attempt to understand how this could happen, and how so many people could be complicit in it. 342 pp plus an appendix with black and white photographs. ISBN: 0-671-247638.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 61497
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  • THE BASEMENT: Meditations on a Human Sacrifice. by Millett, Kate.
    Millett, Kate.
    THE BASEMENT: Meditations on a Human Sacrifice.

    Edition: Book of the Month Club edition (same size and quality as trade edition).

    New York: Simon & Schuster, (1979) dj. Hardcover - More than just an account of the horrifying, prolonged torture and murder of 16 year old Sylvia Likens in Indianapolis in 1965, this is an attempt to understand how this could happen, and how so many people could be complicit in it. 342 pp plus an appendix with black and white photographs. ISBN: 0-671-247638.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket (gift inscription)

    Book ID: 86787
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  • RACE AGAINST TIME: A Reporter Reopens the Unsolved Murder Cases of the Civil Rights Era. by Mitchell, Jerry.
    Mitchell, Jerry.
    RACE AGAINST TIME: A Reporter Reopens the Unsolved Murder Cases of the Civil Rights Era.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, (2020) dj. Hardcover first edition - An investigative reporter's account of his efforts to bring the Klansmen who were responsible for some of the most notorious murders of the civil rights movement to account. On June 21, 1964, more than twenty Klansmen murdered three civil rights workers - James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner. The killings, in what would become known as the Mississippi Burning case, were among the most brazen acts of violence during the civil rights movement. And even though the killers identities, including the sheriffs deputy, were an open secret, no one was charged with murder in the months and years that followed. 41 years later the mastermind was brought…

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    New York: Simon & Schuster, (2020) dj. Hardcover first edition - An investigative reporter's account of his efforts to bring the Klansmen who were responsible for some of the most notorious murders of the civil rights movement to account. On June 21, 1964, more than twenty Klansmen murdered three civil rights workers - James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner. The killings, in what would become known as the Mississippi Burning case, were among the most brazen acts of violence during the civil rights movement. And even though the killers identities, including the sheriffs deputy, were an open secret, no one was charged with murder in the months and years that followed. 41 years later the mastermind was brought to trial and finally convicted. In addition, Mitchell worked on building up evidence in the assassination of Medgar Evers, the firebombing of Vernon Dahmer, and the 16th Street Church bombing in Birmingham. Notes, selected bibliography, index. 421 pp. ISBN: 978-1451645132.

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    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket (a few corners dog-eared)

    Book ID: 86404
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  • O'Dell, Darlene.
    I FOLLOWED CLOSE BEHIND HER.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original, not issued in hardcover.

    Denver: Spinsters Ink Books, (2003.). SIGNED first edition - An attempt to explain why a woman like Susan Smith would drive into a lake with her two babies and leave them in the car to drown - this story is about incest, poverty, loyalty, expectations placed on women, and more. The author was born in the same town as Susan lived - Union, South Carolina. SIGNED on the title page by the author. ISBN: 1-883523-605.

    Condition: Fine (a new copy)

    Book ID: 30344
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  • QUIET DELL. by Phillips, Jayne Anne.
    Phillips, Jayne Anne.
    QUIET DELL.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Scribner, (2013) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A novel inspired by a real crime and the ensuing trial that occurred in the 1931, in the West Virginia town of Quiet Dell, not far from where Phillips grew up. A crime that Phillips mother, herself haunted by memories of watching townspeople flocking to the scene, had told her about when she was a girl. A counterpoint to the sensational stories that filled the newspapers at the time is the role of Emily Thornhill, a woman determined to make it in the man's world of journalism (one of the few characters in the novel whom Phillips said were "wholly invented"), but also focused on justice for the murderer…

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    New York: Scribner, (2013) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A novel inspired by a real crime and the ensuing trial that occurred in the 1931, in the West Virginia town of Quiet Dell, not far from where Phillips grew up. A crime that Phillips mother, herself haunted by memories of watching townspeople flocking to the scene, had told her about when she was a girl. A counterpoint to the sensational stories that filled the newspapers at the time is the role of Emily Thornhill, a woman determined to make it in the man's world of journalism (one of the few characters in the novel whom Phillips said were "wholly invented"), but also focused on justice for the murderer of Asta Eicher, a lonely young widow, and her three children, who were imprisoned and murdered by Harry Powers, a charming serial killer who seduced scores of women through lonely hearts columns all around the country with the promise of making them his wife. SIGNED on the title page. Phillips was awarded the 2024 Pulitzer Prize for her novel 'Night Watch.' 441 pp. ISBN: 978-1439172537.

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    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 84148
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