Mysteries & Thrillers

Fallen Angel

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Marty Holland, born Mary Hauenstein, was an American screenwriter and author of pulp novels. Holland began her career as a typist in Hollywood and wrote several short stories for pulps. Her first novel, Fallen Angel, was published in 1945 and immediately adapted into the 1945 film of the same name.

1st edition; dust jacket in protective mylar cover; dj corners clipped; head and tail of spine chipped; edges worn; small area of front cover rubbed; back cover soiled; orange cloth with dark blue lettering on cover and spine; small areas on pastedowns and endpapers show evidence of scotch tape; small bookseller's stamp in upper corner of front facing endpaper; rough cut paper; text clean and bright. G/G

Far  Side  of  the  Dollar  (1st  edition)

Far Side of the Dollar (1st edition)

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In The Far Side of the Dollar, private investigator Lew Archer is looking for an unstable rich kid who has run away from an exclusive reform school—and into the arms of kidnappers. Why are his desperate parents so loath to give Archer the information he needs to find him? And why do all trails lead to a derelict Hollywood hotel where starlets and sailors once rubbed elbows with two-bit grifters—and where the present clientele includes a brand-new corpse? The result is Ross Macdonald at his most exciting, delivering 1,000-volt shocks to the nervous system while uncovering the venality and depravity at the heart of the case.

1st edition; dust jacket in protective mylar cover; spine and edges have some minor shelf wear; green cloth over brown boards; gilt lettering and decoration on spine; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG

Fatal Fried Rice: A Noodle Shop Mystery

Fatal Fried Rice: A Noodle Shop Mystery

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Lana Lee returns for another delectable cozy set in a Chinese restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio in Vivien Chien's Fatal Fried Rice...

Lana Lee runs her family's Chinese restaurant in Cleveland's Asia Village like nobody's business. When it comes to actual cooking, however, she's known to be about a step up from boiling rice. So Lana decides to go to culinary school on the sly--and prove that she has what it takes in the kitchen after all. But when course instructor Margo Chan turns up dead after class, Lana suddenly finds herself on the case, frying pan in hand.

Since she was the one who discovered the body, Lana must do double duty in finding the killer and clearing her name. Now, with or without the help of her boyfriend Detective Adam Trudeau, Lana launches her own investigation into Margo's life and mysterious death. Doing so leads her on a wild goose chase to and from the culinary school--and all the way back to the Ho-Lee noodle shop, where the guilty party may be closer than Lana thinks.

Ferguson  Affair  (1st  edition)

Ferguson Affair (1st edition)

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It was a long way from the million-dollar Foothill Club to Pelly Street, where grudges were settled in blood and Spanish and a stolen diamond ring landed a girl in jail.  Defense lawyer Bill Gunnarson was making the trip—fast.  He already knew a kidnapping at the club was tied to the girl's hot rock, and he suspected that a missing Hollywood starlet was the key to a busy crime ring.  But while Gunnarson made his way through a storm of deception, money, drugs, and passions, he couldn't guess how some big shots and small-timers would all end up with murder in common...

1st edition; dust jacket in protective mylar cover; dj lightly soiled; blue boards with red cloth spine; gilt decoration and lettering on spine; front hinge a little weak; handwritten baseball scoring in ink on rear free endpaper; some of the ink lines are continued onto rear flap. G-/G+

Find  a  Victim  (1st  UK  edition)

Find a Victim (1st UK edition)

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Las Cruces wasn’t a place most travelers would think to stop. But after private investigator Lew Archer plays the good samaritan and picks up a bloodied hitchhiker, he finds himself in town for a few days awaiting a murder inquest. A hijacked truck full of liquor and an evidence box full of marijuana, $20,000 from a big-time bank heist by a small-time crook, corruption, adultery, incest, prodigal daughters, and abused wives all make the little town seem a lot more interesting than any guide book ever could. And as the murder rate rises, Archer finds himself caught up in mystery where everyone is a suspect and everyone’s a victim.

London:  Severn House, 1976. 1st UK edition; originally published in 1954; dust jacket in protective mylar cover; very minor scuffing to head of spine; top corners very lightly chipped; maroon cloth with gilt lettering on spine; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/G+

Fingersmith

Fingersmith

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Raised by a loving family of thieves, orphan Sue Trinder is sheltered from the worst of the Victorian underworld until it becomes her turn to make the clan's fortune. She must help a professional rogue named Gentleman marry an heiress and then steal the girl's inheritance by declaring her insane. Sue wants to please everyone, but as she's confronted with the seemingly helpless victim, Maud, she begins to have her doubts.
Flex

Flex

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The first in a series by the author of The Sol Majestic is "what might result if you put Breaking Bad and Reddit in a blender and hit 'frappe.' " (B&N Sci-Fi Blog)

FLEX Distilled magic in crystal form. The most dangerous drug in the world. Snort it, and you can create incredible coincidences to live the life of your dreams.

FLUX The backlash from snorting Flex. The universe hates magic and tries to rebalance the odds; maybe you survive the horrendous accidents the Flex inflicts, maybe you don't.

PAUL TSABO The obsessed bureaucromancer who's turned paperwork into a magical Beast that can rewrite rental agreements, conjure rented cars from nowhere, track down anyone who's ever filled out a form.

But when all of his formulaic magic can't save his burned daughter, Paul must enter the dangerous world of Flex dealers to heal her. Except he's never done this before--and the punishment for brewing Flex is army conscription and a total brain-wipe.

File Under Urban Fantasy - Magic Pill - Firestarter - Bureaucramancy - The Flex & the Flux -

Flux

Flux

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Love something enough, and your obsession will punch holes through the laws of physics. That devotion creates unique magics: videogamemancers. Origamimancers. Culinomancers.

But when 'mancers battle, cities tremble...

ALIYAH TSABO-DAWSON The world's most dangerous eight-year-old girl. Burned by a terrorist's magic, gifted strange powers beyond measure. She's furious that she has to hide her abilities from her friends, her teachers, even her mother - and her temper tantrums can kill.

PAUL TSABO Bureaucromancer. Magical drug-dealer. Desperate father. He's gone toe-to-toe with the government's conscription squads of brain-burned Unimancers, and he'll lie to anyone to keep Aliyah out of their hands - whether Aliyah likes it or not.

THE KING OF NEW YORK The mysterious power player hell-bent on capturing the two of them. A man packing a private army of illegal 'mancers.

Paul's family is the key to keep the King's crumbling empire afloat. But offering them paradise is the catalyst that inflames Aliyah's deadly rebellious streak...

File Under Urban Fantasy [ Fiery Temper * Crystal Mess * King in His Empire * Flawless Victory! ]

Halo in Brass: A Paul Pine Mystery

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It started as a routine case for Paul Pine, just a job for a friend, the job of finding Laura Fremont, a girl who went to Chicago from Lincoln, Nebraska, and stopped writing her parents. But even before he left the land of the cornhuskers, Pine had been knocked cold and was involved in a murder.

1st edition; dust jacket in protective mylar cover; bottom inside corner of front cover missing; edges shelf worn and chipped; red cloth with gold lettering on cover and spine; water damage to inside rear cover. G-/G-

High Sierra

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William Riley (W.R.) Burnett (1899-1982) was an American novelist and screenwriter, best known for his crime novel Little Caesar, the film adaptation of which was considered to be the first of the classic American gangster movies. Burnett's characters exist in a world of twilight morality — virtue can come from gangsters and criminals, malice from guardians and protectors. Above all his characters are human and this could be their undoing. High Sierra, published in 1940 and made into a movie in 1941 starring Ida Lupino and Humphrey Bogart, tells the story of notorious criminal "Mad Dog" Roy Earle.

1st edition; gorgeous dust jacket with drawing by Bob Smith; dj in protective mylar cover; 1" tear at head of spine; spine creased; edges and corners shelfworn; orange cloth with blue decoration and lettering on cover and spine; edges darkened; covers lightly soiled; endpapers foxed; text clean. G-/G-