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"D" is for Deadbeat (USED)

"D" is for Deadbeat

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He called himself Alvin Limardo, and the job he had for Kinsey was cut-and-dried: locate a kid who'd done him a favor and pass on a check for $25,000. It was only later, after he'd stiffed her for her retainer, that Kinsey found out his name was Daggett. John Daggett. Ex-con. Inveterate liar. Chronic drunk. And dead. The cops called it an accident--death by drowning. Kinsey wasn't so sure.

Pulled into the detritus of a dead man's life, Kinsey soon realizes that Daggett had an awful lot of enemies. There's the daughter who grew up with a cheating drunk for a father, and the wife who's become a religious nut in response to an intolerable marriage. There's the lady who thought she was Mrs. Daggett--and has the bruises to prove it--only to discover the legal Mrs. D. And there are the drug dealers out $25,000. But most of all, there are the families of the five people John Daggett killed, victims of his wild, drunken driving. The D.A. called it vehicular manslaughter and put him away for two years. The families called it murder and had very good reason to want John Daggett dead.

Deft, cunning, and clever, this latest Millhone mystery also confronts some messy truths, for, as Kinsey herself says, "Some debts of the human soul are so enormous only life itself is sufficient forfeit"--but as she'd be the first to admit, murder is not a socially acceptable solution.

1st edition, 1st printing, ex-lib; dust jacket in protective cover. G/G

4  Novels:  They  Shoot  Horses,  Don't  They?  /  Kiss  Tomorrow  Goodbye  /  No  Pockets  in  a  Shroud  /  I  Should  Have  Stayed  Home

4 Novels: They Shoot Horses, Don't They? / Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye / No Pockets in a Shroud / I Should Have Stayed Home

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1st edition, published by Zomba Books, London, England, 1983; Black Box Thrillers, contains 4 novels in one; dust jacket in protective mylar cover; black cloth with gilt lettering on spine; glued binding - when opened flat the binding cracks and pages look cracked in gutters. G/G+

5000 Nights at the Opera (USED)

5000 Nights at the Opera

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Sir Rudolf Bing was the General Manager of the Metropolitan Opera for 22 years (1950-72). The New York Times called this book "a witty, arrogant, forthright memoir." (NYT, October 22, 2972)

1st edition. Inscribed by author. Dust jacket in protective mylar cover; spine has some wear and chipping; dark red cloth with gilt lettering on cover and spine; deckled edges; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/G

A Death in Belmont (Signed 1st edition)
A Death in Belmont (Signed 1st edition)

A Death in Belmont (Signed 1st edition)

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In the spring of 1963, the quiet suburb of Belmont, Massachusetts, is rocked by a shocking sex murder that exactly fits the pattern of the Boston Strangler. Sensing a break in the case that has paralyzed the city of Boston, the police track down a black man, Roy Smith, who cleaned the victim's house that day and left a receipt with his name on the kitchen counter. Smith is hastily convicted of the Belmont murder, but the terror of the Strangler continues.

On the day of the murder, Albert DeSalvo—the man who would eventually confess in lurid detail to the Strangler's crimes—is also in Belmont, working as a carpenter at the Jungers' home. In this spare, powerful narrative, Sebastian Junger chronicles three lives that collide—and ultimately are destroyed—in the vortex of one of the first and most controversial serial murder cases in America.

1st edition; inscribed by author; dust jacket near fine; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG+/VG+

A  Girl  Surveyed:  Drawings  in  Blue  by  William  Scott  with  Five  Poems  by  Edward  Lucie-Smith
A  Girl  Surveyed:  Drawings  in  Blue  by  William  Scott  with  Five  Poems  by  Edward  Lucie-Smith
A  Girl  Surveyed:  Drawings  in  Blue  by  William  Scott  with  Five  Poems  by  Edward  Lucie-Smith

A Girl Surveyed: Drawings in Blue by William Scott with Five Poems by Edward Lucie-Smith

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London: Hanover Gallery, 1971. Accordion-bound paperback artist's book; gouache drawings by William Scott reproduced as part of the 1970-1970 series A Girl Surveyed exhibited at the Hanover Gallery, March-April 1971; fifty copies were numbered and signed - this copy is not numbered or signed. Light smudges on covers; spine creased; interior clean and bright. G

A Separate Peace
A Separate Peace

A Separate Peace

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An American classic and great bestseller for over thirty years, A Separate Peace is timeless in its description of adolescence during a period when the entire country was losing its innocence to World War II.

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.

Set at a boys' boarding school in New England during the early years of World War II, A Separate Peace is a harrowing and luminous parable of the dark side of adolescence. Gene is a lonely, introverted intellectual. Phineas is a handsome, taunting, daredevil athlete. What happens between the two friends one summer, like the war itself, banishes the innocence of these boys and their world.

2nd printing; dust jacket in protective cover; water stain running along bottom of front cover from spine to inside flap; gray cloth; water damage to bottom front corner; former owner's name in ink on ffep; ffep lightly foxed. G-/G-

A Vision of Thoreau, With His 1849 Essay: Civil Disobedience. Woodcuts by Antonio Frasconi (USED)
A Vision of Thoreau, With His 1849 Essay: Civil Disobedience. Woodcuts by Antonio Frasconi (USED)
A Vision of Thoreau, With His 1849 Essay: Civil Disobedience. Woodcuts by Antonio Frasconi (USED)
A Vision of Thoreau, With His 1849 Essay: Civil Disobedience. Woodcuts by Antonio Frasconi (USED)

A Vision of Thoreau, With His 1849 Essay: Civil Disobedience. Woodcuts by Antonio Frasconi

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"A Vision of Thoreau is the third in a series and will be followed by volumes on Mark Twain, Emerson and Melville. All the woodcuts have been printed from the original blocks on hand-made Goyu paper from Japan. This edition has been limited to five hundred thirty copies, printed at the Spiral Press, New York, April 1965. This copy, here signed by the artist, is number 335."

Original decorative boards with black trees on green paper; binding tight; text clean and bright; pages uncut. VG

A Woman Intervenes, or The Mistress of the Mine (USED)

A Woman Intervenes, or The Mistress of the Mine

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Robert Barr (16 September 1849 – 21 October 1912) was a Scottish-Canadian short story writer and novelist, born in Glasgow, Scotland. He emigrated with his parents to Upper Canada at age four and was educated in Toronto at Toronto Normal School. Barr became a teacher and eventual headmaster of the Central School of Windsor, Ontario. While he had that job he began to contribute short stories—often based on personal experiences—to the Detroit Free Press. In 1876 Barr quit his teaching position to become a staff member of that publication, in which his contributions were published with the pseudonym "Luke Sharp." Hal Hurst (1865–1938), illustrator, was an English painter, etcher, miniaturist, illustrator and founding member of the Royal Miniature Society.

New York and London: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1896. 1st ed.; profusely illustrated by Hal Hurst. No dust jacket; tan cloth with pick-axe design in brown, silver, and blue on cover; spine darkened; spine edges frayed; corners bumped; covers lightly soiled; former owner's bookplate on pastedown; front hinge weak; text clean. G-

A World of Love (USED)

A World of Love

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Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973) was an Irish-British novelist and short story writer, known for her depictions of life during wartime. In A World of Love, an uneasy group of relations are living under one roof at Montefort, a decaying manor in the Irish countryside. When twenty-year-old Jane finds in the attic a packet of love letters written years ago by Guy, her mother’s one-time fiance who died in World War I, the discovery has explosive repercussions. It is not clear to whom the letters are addressed, and their appearance begins to lay bare the strange and unspoken connections between the adults now living in the house. Soon, a girl on the brink of womanhood, a mother haunted by love lost, and a ruined matchmaker with her own claim on the dead wage a battle that makes the ghostly Guy as real a presence in Montefort as any of the living.

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1955. 1st edition. Dust jacket in protective cover; spine edges chipped; corners chipped; top of flaps tanned; green cloth with red and blue design and lettering on cover and spine; deckled edges; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/G+

A Yankee Should Never Be Black (Signed 1st edition)

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Bascom Books, NY, 1973.  Signed by author.  VG/VG