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A Black Night for the Bluegrass Belle; The Murder of Verna Garr Taylor and the Kentucky Honor Code Killing That Gave Her Justice  (signed, #80 of 500 copies)
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A Black Night for the Bluegrass Belle; The Murder of Verna Garr Taylor and the Kentucky Honor Code Killing That Gave Her Justice (signed, #80 of 500 copies)

By Punnett, Ian

Morley, Missouri; (2016): Acclaim Press. First Edition. Octavo. Limited to 500 copies signed by the author on mounted plate. 320 pages, photographs of the victim, the major characters, the scene of one of the fascinating crimes in Kentucky. As Ann Rule told the author before her death, she said the most important thing in writing of true crime is to "give the victims a voice". One of the best researched modern crime accounts of the past. A fine bright copy bound in pictorial glossy paper covered boards, in equally fine pictorial dust jacket.

$85.00

2 Page, Autographed Letter Signed, June 18, 1993
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2 Page, Autographed Letter Signed, June 18, 1993

By Grafton, Sue

After receiving a thoughtful letter from a serious fan who questioned Sue Grafton, why the language of Kinsey Millhone who is earthy yet does not use normal profanity? She answers with appreciation for the feedback and in an aside jokes about the dictionary having all those letters (she was writing K at the time which she notes). She agrees though in her earlier works she had received outrage on what here she calls "the naughty language". She goes on to admit that when she cleaned up the language, it started to feel flat as she had gotten into "self-censorship". She found that "Kinsey was losing all her spunk and sassiness". The truth is she wrote "I don't find such language offensive in the least....I don't go out of my way to incorporate crude talk, but I do deal with crime and criminals and to me it doesn't seem out of place." She then says she will be sending some other items on occasion such as Christmas cards, etc. Finally, she notes she has to get back to work "I'm four chapters into "K" and my deadline is always looming." Nice bold signature of Sue Grafton. Included here is the original mailing envelope from her Santa Barbara home to the fan as well a copy of the fan's original letter. Of course, her remarkable alphabet series have Kinsey Millhone running along the paths in and around Santa Barbara which gives a vividness and color to her works.

$325.00

D is for Deadbeat (Signed By the author)
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D is for Deadbeat (Signed By the author)

By Grafton, Sue

New York; (1987): Henry Holt and Co. First Edition. Octavo. Boldly signed by the author on the title page. A Kinsey Millhone Mystery. 229pp., bound in black paper covered boards, spine lettering gilt. A fine bright copy in unclipped dust jacket.

$300.00

Elements of Investigative Techniques (inscribed By the author)
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Elements of Investigative Techniques (inscribed By the author)

By Eiseman, James s.

Bloomington, Illinois; (1949): McKnight and McKnight. First Edition. Octavo. x, 182 pages, illustrations. Inscribed by the author to Tom Coll, FBI spokesman in1970's "to Tom Coll, the Innocent Bystander" James S. Eiseman, 1972. Eiseman was in Military Intelligence. As Robert H. Scott, Police Sciences, Michigan State wrote: "important for government agencies to know regarding the techniques of the investigator". Appendices (p. 131-175): A): Directory of commercial investigative agencies. B): City directories. C): Parole board data. D): Cities where geographical telephone lists are published.Bound in green cloth lettered in gilt, spine lettering gilt. Near fine.

$130.00

Dead End, Signed By Author, Illustrator, Limited to 150 Copies
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Dead End, Signed By Author, Illustrator, Limited to 150 Copies

By Coel, Margaret

Royal Oak, Michigan: Np, 1997. First Edition. Small Quarto. Limited to 150 copies, signed by Margaret Coel and James D. Doss who has written the introduction, and Phil Parks who has produced the four illustrations which are tipped in and finally a handwritten Arapaho word written by Coel for "thou shalt do no murder". While the author is known for her important work Chief Left Hand on the Arapho published by the University of Oklahoma Press in 1982, this is her masterful mystery of a murder that revolves around Father John O'Malley, a missionary priest at St. Francis Mission on the Wyoming reservation and Vicky Holden, a clever Araphao Attorney. OCLC records only one copy at Amhearst College. Bound in red cloth, decorative pastedown to upper board, spine lettering white. A fine copy.

$165.00

Nero Wolfe Mystery Magazine, Vol. 1
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Nero Wolfe Mystery Magazine, Vol. 1

By Stout, Rex

Chicago; (January, 1954): Hillman Periodicals. First Edition. Small Octavo. 144 pages. In 1954, Rex Stout decided to publish a small magazine with both classic and original detective stories. The opening page addresses the public as to why he hopes this magazine will entertain them. This copy is the first issue (January), Vol. 1, no. 1 and included his long shot novel "Before I Die" which dealt with a strike in 1946 that prevented meat getting to the market. As a large man who was both a gourmand as well as obsessed, he decided to contact the underworld so he could acquire enough quality beef to keep Fritz busy. Other stories by Mary Robert Rinehart; Ellery Queen, Edmund Crispin, Dorothy Says, Wilbur Daniel Steele and Agatha Christie. There is an amazing crossword puzzle by Margarite Petherbridge Farrar who was puzzle editor of the New York Times from 1942 to 1967. She claims it was created by the famous crossword detective Moa Webster (a clever play on words since Noah Webster was the author of American's first great dictionary). A very scarce issue of one of the best (but short-lived detective magazines in the post-World War II era). OCLC shows only six copies (the magazine's history ended after only four issues). Bound in pictorial color wraps slightly rubbed and a bit toned.

$55.00

Here's to Crime (signed with great Inscription By author)
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Here's to Crime (signed with great Inscription By author)

By Cooper, Courtney Ryley

Boston: Little, Brown, 1937. First Edition. Octavo. . 454 pages. One of the most fascinating books on the nature of crime books with the following inscription: "to Jeneeve, who was the first one who ever knew (when she was trying to wash my face) that I surely was headed for a life of crime, with deepest love from her brother, Ryley, Courtney Ryley Cooper. Cooper dreamed of the circus and at the age of 16, he left home to join a traveling circus and eventually became a circus clown. He later worked as a reporter, journalist, radio personality and author of over 30 books ranging from biography to crime. His close friend J. Edgar Hoover once said he is "the best informed man on crime in the U. S. Cooper eventually committed suicide. He was found hanging inside a motel's closet. Was it suicide or as some believed.... murder. A very good copy bound in black cloth ruled and lettered in red, spine lettering red. light wear to corners and spine.

$65.00

1967 International Directory of Detective Agencies; the World's Official Detective Blue Book
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1967 International Directory of Detective Agencies; the World's Official Detective Blue Book

Neosho, Missouri: Inter-State Service Company, 1967. Octavo. 283 pages, spiral-bound. This is composed entirely of the advertisements for the chief detective agencies in the world. Lawyers, Gangsters, and ordinary criminals who traveled considered this a useful reference. The advertisements for their services stress criminal, divorce, as well as civil and insurance issues firms dealt with. From Argus Investigation in Israel to those in Australia and Brazil and India are listed as well as everywhere in Europe. Those in California (27 pages) emphasized listening devices, two-way radio, basic surveillance of several started at $5.50 an hour. Reading the ads tell you that tailing a wandering spouse was a major source of business. Many ads for electronic eavesdropping equipment. The names of the agencies are interesting: Big Brother Detectives of Columbus, Georgia to Mary Ross Detective Agency of Los Angeles to Hindenberg International of Berlin. Some toning or soiling to edges of wraps.

$75.00

The Quintessential Sherlock Holmes
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The Quintessential Sherlock Holmes

By Boyer Richard L.

Alexander, N.C.; (2008): Alexander Books. First Edition. Octavo. 496pp., Illustrated by Phil Hawkins. This collection of stories has been from the time of its conception, a serious attempt to continue the Sherlockian saga much as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would have written it were he alive today. It is not an attempt, comical or otherwise, to show that Sherlock Holmes was what he wasn't or wasn't what he was. A fine copy bound in maroon cloth lettered and pictorially stamped in gilt,, raised bands, lettering and all edges gilt, in publisher's pictorial slipcase. Very nice.

$175.00

Gallions Reach
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Gallions Reach

By Tomlinson, H.M.

New York: Harper & Brothers, 1927. Limited Edition. Octavo. Limited to 350 copies of which only 250 copies are for sale. The present coy is number 158 and signed by Tomlinson. Illustrated with nicely executed mounted wood-block illustrations. A murder mystery set in London. 283pp., bound in 1/4 beige cloth over light blue paper covered boards, paper spine label with tiny smudge. A fine bright copy in clear mylar jacket. No names o bookplates.

$90.00

The 9th Directive (signed By the author)
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The 9th Directive (signed By the author)

By Hall, Adam (pseud. Elleston Trevor)

New York, (1966): Simon & Schuster. First Edition. Octavo. 256pp. Author's first book after his Quiller Memorandum. Signed. A great spy novel where you really believe that this is how a secret agent would think and act. Finely bound in full black morocco, raised bands with lettering and top edge gilt, marbled endpapers. A fine copy.

$90.00

Blood Money
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Blood Money

By Hammett. Dashell

Cleveland and New York: The World Publishing Co. (1943). First Edition. Octavo. 188pp., bound in red cloth covered boards with a bat stamped in black to lower corner, spine lettering black, pages are browned, light wear to corners and spine ends, a very good copy in pictorial dust jacket with a few tape mends to underside, some chipping to edges and spine ends. Suspenseful and full of action with memorable scenes of violence and unspeakable brutality and merciless killings. A hard core crime detective story.

$75.00

The Traveller Returns
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The Traveller Returns

By Wentworth, Patricia

London:(1948): Hodder & Stoughton. First Edition. Octavo. First printing. The story of detective Maud Silver and the case of back from the dead Anne Jocelyn.253(1)pp., bound in light blue cloth lettered in black, spine lettering black, some soiling to board edges, previous owner's bookplate, A very good copy in unclipped pictorial dust jacket with edge wear and chipping to corners and spine ends.

$115.00

The Case of the Crying Swallow, a Perry Mason Novelette and Other Stories
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The Case of the Crying Swallow, a Perry Mason Novelette and Other Stories

By Gardner, Earl Stanley

New York; [1970]: William Morrow. First Edition. Octavo. The second book by Earl Stanley Gardner to be published after his death. A novelette starring Perry Mason. 192pp., bound in gray paper covered boards lettered in white, minor fading to spine ends, a very good copy in near fine unclipped pictorial dust jacket.

$40.00

the Case of the Fenced-In Woman
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the Case of the Fenced-In Woman

By Gardner, Earl Stanley

New York; (1972): William Morrow & Co. First Edition. Octavo. The first of two Perry Mason mysteries in Earl Stanley Gardiner's pending file at the time of his death.242pp, (2)pp., listing of al the books by Gardner to date, bound in black paper covered boards lettered in gilt. A fine bright copy in near fine unclipped pictorial dust jacket.

$35.00

The Case of the Grinning Gorilla
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The Case of the Grinning Gorilla

By Gardner, Earl Stanley

New York; (1952): William Morrow. First Edition. Octavo. A sensational new scientific discovery is found in this criminal investigation. 271pp., (2)pp. bound in light green paper covered boards lettered in black one corner bumped a very good copy in unclipped pictorial dust jacket showing light edge wear.

$45.00

Pursuit of a Parcel
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Pursuit of a Parcel

By Wentworth, Patricia

Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Co, 1942. First Edition. Octavo. During the war period, the author plunges into the violent, dangerous underground of international espionage, military intelligence and murder and brings forth a new era of crime. 314(1)pp., bound in red cloth, spine lettering black, top edge black, previous owner's bookplate, lacks dedication page, sharp corners, clean and bright in scarce unclipped pictorial dust jacket rubbed with light wear to spine ends.

$175.00

Outrageous Fortune
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Outrageous Fortune

By Wentworth, Patricia

Philadelphia; (1933): J.B. Lippincott Co. First Edition. Octavo. The who-done-it mystery of emeralds and the death of Elmer Van Berg. 320pp., bound in yellow cloth lettered in gray-blue, spine lettering gray-blue, in unclipped pictorial dust jacket. There is a damp stain to front and rear bottom corner of jacket which extends to lower corner of boards and endpapers. scratch to front panel, chipping to spine ends, with wear to corners and edges. A good copy.

$200.00

Fear By Night
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Fear By Night

By Wentworth, Patricia

Philadelphia; (1934): J.B. Lippincott Co. First Edition. Octavo. The mystery of Ann, the wealthy heir who was despised by her cousin. 316(1)pp., bound in blue cloth lettered and decorated in yellow spine lettering yellow, minor bump to one corner, glue residue to both pastedowns(?), previous owner's bookplate. A very good copy in unclipped pictorial dust jacket with light chipping and wear to spine ends, jacket lightly rubbed with some finger soiling.

$350.00

The Fat Lady's Ghost
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The Fat Lady's Ghost

By MacLeod, Charlotte

New York; (1968): Weybright and Talley. First Edition. Octavo. . Charlotte MacLeod was a Canadian-born American author of mystery novels. This is the first juvenile fiction book to be published under her own name. 147pp., bound in white cloth, spine lettering orange and fuchsia. A very nice, clean bright copy in clipped pictorial dust jacket with just a hint of toning along upper edge.

$75.00

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