Mysteries & Thrillers

Past All Dishonor

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James M. Cain (1892-1977) was a novelist whose "violent, sexually obsessed, and relentlessly paced melodramas epitomized the “hard-boiled” school of writing that flourished in the United States in the 1930s and ’40s. He was ranked with Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler as one of the masters of the genre. Three classics of the American screen were made from his novels: Double Indemnity (1936; film 1944), Mildred Pierce (1941; film 1945, TV miniseries 2011), and The Postman Always Rings Twice (1934; stage version 1936, films 1946, 1981)."  [https://www.britannica.com/biography/James-M-Cain].

In Past All Dishonor, a Confederate spy risks his life to win the heart of a fallen woman. Early in the Civil War, the Confederacy sends Roger Duval to Sacramento, to keep an eye on the situation in California in hopes of turning the Western territory towards the Southern cause. It’s a plush assignment, well out of the line of fire, but Duval hasn’t been there long before he comes into mortal danger. On a swim in the Sacramento River, he gets knocked on the head by a paddleboat, and is drowning in the muck when Morina, a quick-witted woman of the night, tosses him a rope. Suffocated by instant, irresistible love, Roger follows Morina to her home turf: Virginia City, Nevada. For the miners, gamblers, and gunfighters who populate this hardscrabble town, her price is negotiable. But for a man in love, she charges a thousand dollars. Roger will sacrifice body, mind, and soul to get that money—but will his sacrifice be enough to make her love him?

Dust jacket in protective mylar cover; head of spine torn above lettering; bottom of spine and corners chipped; red cloth with gilt lettering on spine; previous owner's signature in ink on front pastedown; binding tight; text clean and bright. G/G

Pathways To Bliss (USED)

Pathways To Bliss (USED)

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Joseph Campbell famously defined myth as "other people's religion." But he also said that one of the basic functions of myth is to help each individual through the journey of life, providing a sort of travel guide or map to reach fulfillment -- or, as he called it, bliss. For Campbell, many of the world's most powerful myths support the individual's heroic path toward bliss.

In Pathways to Bliss, Campbell examines this personal, psychological side of myth. Like his classic best-selling books Myths to Live By and The Power of Myth, Pathways to Bliss draws from Campbell's popular lectures and dialogues, which highlight his remarkable storytelling and ability to apply the larger themes of world mythology to personal growth and the quest for transformation. Here he anchors mythology's symbolic wisdom to the individual, applying the most poetic mythical metaphors to the challenges of our daily lives.

Campbell dwells on life's important questions. Combining cross-cultural stories with the teachings of modern psychology, he examines the ways in which our myths shape and enrich our lives and shows how myth can help each of us truly identify and follow our bliss.

Police (1st edition US)

Police (1st edition US)

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Finalist -- GoodReads Choice Award -- Mystery/Thriller

Harry Hole returns--or does he?--in a terrifyingly paced, vertiginous new roller coaster of a thriller by the internationally best-selling author of The Snowman and The Redeemer, "the king of Scandinavian crime fiction" (Kirkus).
The police urgently need Harry Hole . . . A killer is stalking Oslo's streets. Police officers are being slain at the scenes of crimes they once investigated but failed to solve. The murders are brutal, the media reaction hysterical.

But this time, Harry can't help . . . For years, detective Harry Hole has been at the center of every major criminal investigation in Oslo. His dedication to his job and his brilliant insights have saved the lives of countless people. But now, with those he loves most facing terrible danger, Harry is not in a position to protect anyone.

Least of all himself . . .

Q Is for Quarry (USED)

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Raylan (1st Edition) (USED)

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"Elmore Leonard can write circles around almost anybody active in the crime novel today."
--New York Times Book Review

With more than forty novels to his credit and still going strong, the legendary Elmore Leonard has well earned the title, "America's greatest crime writer" (Newsweek). And U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Pronto, Riding the Rap, Fire in the Hole) is one of Leonard's most popular creations, thanks in part to the phenomenal success of the hit TV series "Justified." Leonard's Raylan shines a spotlight once again on the dedicated, if somewhat trigger-happy lawman, this time in his familiar but not particularly cozy milieu of Harlan County, Kentucky, where the drug dealing Crowe brothers are branching out into the human body parts business. Suspenseful, darkly wry and riveting, and crackling with Leonard's trademark electric dialogue, Raylan is prime Grand Master Leonard as you have always loved him and always will.

Redbreast: A Harry Hole Novel (USED)

Redbreast: A Harry Hole Novel (USED)

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"An elegant and complex thriller...ingenious...harrowingly beautiful."--New York Times Book Review

The third novel in the brilliant and epic Harry Hole series from the author of The Snowman.

Detective Harry Hole embarrassed the force, and for his sins he's been reassigned to mundane surveillance tasks. But while monitoring neo-Nazi activities in Oslo, Hole is inadvertently drawn into a mystery with deep roots in Norway's dark past, when members of the government willingly collaborated with Nazi Germany. More than sixty years later, this black mark won't wash away--and disgraced old soldiers who once survived a brutal Russian winter are being murdered, one by one.

Now, with only a stained and guilty conscience to guide him, an angry, alcoholic, error-prone policeman must make his way safely past the traps and mirrors of a twisted criminal mind. For a conspiracy is taking rapid and hideous shape around Hole...and Norway's darkest hour may be still to come.

Return of Solar Pons (Signed 1st edition)
Return of Solar Pons (Signed 1st edition)

Return of Solar Pons (Signed 1st edition)

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It will be good news to many devotees of the deductive story — particularly the pastiche of Sherlock Holmes — that Solar Pons is back in a third major collection after a lapse of seven years. In his introduction to this collection, Mr. Smith echoes the sentiments of many readers when he writes, "These pastiches come the closest of any that have been written, consistently, to capturing the true flavor of the Holmesian Saga, and to making its people and its places and its happenings entirely credible."

There are thirteen tales in this collection, ranging from the complex problem set forth in "The Adventure of the Lost Dutchman" to the sanguine events chronicled in "The Adventure of the Swedenborg Signatures". Here are such provocative exploits as "The Adventure of the Penny Magenta", "The Adventure of the Trained Cormorant", "The Adventure of the Little Hangman", "The Adventure of the Remarkable Worm", "The Adventure of the Camberwell Beauty". Here is a puzzle with supernatural overtones — "The Adventure of the Devil's Footprints", and here, too, another which touches upon the early exploration of atomic secrets — "The Adventure of the Rydberg Numbers". And one of these entertaining accounts is a double pastiche — not only of the Master of Baker Street, but also of the sinister Oriental of Limehouse! These tales will bring back long-missed Baker Street days, for No. 7 Praed Street bears a striking resemblance to 221B Baker Street, and Solar Pons and Dr. Parker seem often interchangeable with Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. No living writer has equaled August Derleth's achievement in these pastiches, offered to readers with no intention to deceive, but only to entertain. Here once again is London of decades ago, and here, once again, "the game is afoot."

1st edition; Mycroft and Moran, 1958.  Signed by author.  Introduction by Edgar W. Smith. Dust jacket artwork by Frank Utpatel; dj in protective mylar cover; top edge chipped; water stains on back cover; black boards with bright green lettering on spine; water damage to portions of front and rear covers near foredge; text slightly warped. G-/G

Reykjavik Nights: Murder in Reykjavik (USED)

Reykjavik Nights: Murder in Reykjavik (USED)

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The loner Erlendur has recently joined the police force as a young officer.
The beat on the streets in Reykjavik is busy: traffic accidents, theft, domestic violence, contraband... And an unexplained death.
When a tramp he met regularly on the night shift is found drowned in a ditch no one seems to care. But his fate haunts Erlendur and drags him inexorably into the strange and dark underworld of the city.
Features the young Erlendur: "Reykjavik Nights "is a prequel to the long-running, acclaimed series that recently concluded with "Strange Shores.""
Sad Case of Harpo Higgins (Used)

Sad Case of Harpo Higgins (Used)

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Shot  in  the  Dark
Shot  in  the  Dark

Shot in the Dark

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"An Inner Sanctum Mystery" 1st printing. Dust jacket in protective cover; covers have very light soiling along top and spine edges; orange cloth spine over green paper boards with black lettering on spine; small dent at bottom of front cover; binding tight; text clean. VG/VG