Because the Night

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A botched liquor store heist leaves three grisly dead. A hero cop is missing. Nobody could see a pattern in these two stray bits of information–no one except Detective Sergeant Lloyd Hopkins, a brilliant and disturbed L.A. cop with an obsessive desire to protect the innocent. To him they lead to one horrifying conclusion--a killer is on the loose and preying on his city. From the master of L.A. noir comes this beautiful and brutal tale of a cop and a criminal squared off in a life and death struggle.

1st edition; published by The Mysterious Press, New York, 1984; "A Lloyd Hopkins Novel of Suspense." Dust jacket in protective mylar cover; light shelf wear; corners chipped; dark green cloth with silver lettering on spine; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG

The Beguiled (Signed 1st edition)
The Beguiled (Signed 1st edition)

Beguiled (Signed 1st edition)

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Wounded and near death, a young Union Army corporal is found in the woods of Virginia during the height of the Civil War and brought to the nearby Miss Martha Farnsworth Seminary for Young Ladies. Almost immediately he sets about beguiling the three women and five teenage girls stranded in this outpost of Southern gentility, eliciting their love and fear, pity and infatuation, and pitting them against one another in a bid for his freedom. But as the women are revealed for what they really are, a sense of ominous foreboding closes in on the soldier, and the question becomes: Just who is the beguiled?

New York: Horizon Press, 1966. 1st edition. Inscribed by the author. Dust jacket in protective cover; top edge has some tears and creases; bottom rear corner missing; edges creased and worn; purple cloth over maroon boards; top edge faded; binding tight; text clean and bright; obituary of author laid in. G/G-

Behind that Curtain, A Charlie Chan Mystery

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Charlie Chan is in San Francisco for one week only – he absolutely must leave on Wednesday's boat to get back to Hawaii, where a new son awaits his return. Never mind that Sir Frederic Bruce, a former Scotland Yard detective he's only just met, but for whom he already has great respect, has been murdered at a dinner party he was attending. Never mind that Sir Frederic was hot on the trail of a fifteen-year-old mystery involving murder and a missing woman. Never mind that Chan catches twice as many clues as the bumbling San Francisco detective put on the case – he must get home to his son. But even Charlie Chan can't resist a challenge from a beautiful, intelligent woman like June Morrow, deputy district attorney and the lawyer in charge of prosecuting Sir Frederic's murder. One more week away from home should be plenty of time to catch a killer…

Published by Grosset & Dunlap, 1928. Dust jacket in protective mylar cover; some shelf wear to edges; small area of front cover rubbed; orange cloth with stylized lettering on cover and spine; small decoration on spine; endpapers slightly foxed from dj flaps. G/G

Bend for Home (Signed 1st edition)
Bend for Home (Signed 1st edition)

Bend for Home (Signed 1st edition)

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A funny, direct, lively and moving account of growing up in small-town Ireland. Healy lovingly coaxes his childhood into being until, one day, his elderly mother hands him the coded diary he kept as a teenage tearaway and the uncut past burst in like a blast of raw air.

London: The Harvill Press, 1996; 1st edition; signed by the author; dust jacket and book in very good condition.

The Better Sort

Better Sort

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A collection of eleven of the author's most remarkable short stories. 1st edition; no dj; brown cloth with gilt lettering on spine and cover; spine faded and dented; covers soiled; deckled edges; t.e.g.; page 423/424 torn, photocopied replacement laid in. G-

Between Wars and Other Poems

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Published by The Gehenna Press, Northampton, Mass., 1965. Limited edition, no. 293/500. Drawings by Leonard Baskin. Dust jacket in protective cover; spine and eges tanned; 1/2" at head of spine chipped away; covers lightly soiled; green cloth with gilt lettering on spine; binding tight; text clean and bright; page from The Massachusetts Review, volume 1, no. 2, February 1960, containing two poems by author laid in. VG/G

The Big Kiss-Off of 1944: A Jack Levine Mystery

Big Kiss-Off of 1944: A Jack Levine Mystery

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Searching for a chorus girl’s stag film, Jack LeVine stumbles on a sinister political plot
Like all chorus girls, Kerry Lane yearns to get her name on the marquee. After years of high-kicking, she lands a bit part in a Broadway smash hit which should lead to better things. The only thing holding her back is her past: specifically a series of stag films from her days as a struggling wannabe film starlet. When a blackmailer demands a payoff to keep them out of the public eye, Kerry comes to Jack LeVine. Stocky, sweaty, and bald, LeVine is a Jewish private detective who makes a living by being polite. But underneath his smile lies a bulldog. Lured by long legs and a roll of crisp twenties, LeVine takes Kerry’s case. But before he can speak to the blackmailer, the crook turns up dead. As LeVine hunts for Kerry’s pictures, he finds that the heart of this case is even uglier than greed, lust, or murder. It’s politics.

1st edition; dust jacket in protective mylar cover; head of spine chipped; covers lightly soiled; orange and white boards with black lettering; front free endpaper clipped; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG-

Black  Money  (1st  edition)

Black Money (1st edition)

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When Lew Archer is hired to get the goods on the suspiciously suave Frenchman who's run off with his client's girlfriend, it looks like a simple case of alienated affections. Things look different when the mysterious foreigner turns out to be connected to a seven-year-old suicide and a mountain of gambling debts. Black Money is Ross Macdonald at his finest, baring the skull beneath the untanned skin of Southern California's high society.

1st edition; dust jacket in protective mylar cover; top edge shelfworn; head of spine creased; small (3/4") tear on top back cover; blue boards with brown cloth spine; gilt lettering and decoration on spine; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/G+

Black Death: A Biological Reappraisal (USED)

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Blue  Hill  Avenue  (Signed  1st  edition)
Blue  Hill  Avenue  (Signed  1st  edition)

Blue Hill Avenue (Signed 1st edition)

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A Jewish politician stealing Boston's St. Patrick's day parade? A rabbi slipping down the abyss of his toilet bowl into a world of evil? These are some of the puzzles that Mark Mirsky assembles in his third novel, a mystery of the lost tribe of Jews who once inhabited the streets along Blue Hill Avenue in Boston's ghetto. Its protagonists are the godly Rabbi Lux, his high-strung wife, and her hysterical rival, the mother of the rabbi's missing pupil, Harvey Blatz. Forced by his conscience to set out on a search for Harvey, Rabbi Lux leaves the familiar surroundings of his study and descends into the world of Blue Hill Avenue, where he finds that the inhabitants are only half human and that an ancient antagonist, the snake, lurks in the bushes. The rabbi brings the whole of the Avenue to judgment in a tumultuous synagogue riot.

1st edition; inscribed to Cynthia Ozick and signed by the author on ffep; unclipped dust jacket in protective wrapper; spine edges lightly creased; small (1") closed vertical tear at top of rear cover; red boards with silver lettering on spine; binding tight; text clean. VG/G+ Very nice association copy.