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1 AVALLONE, MICHAEL The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. The Birds of a Feather Affair
New York Signet 1966 
First Edition. Paperback original. Signed by the author, Michael Avallone on the title page. A novel based on the NBC television series starring Stephanie Powers and Noel Harrison: “She's 108 lbs. of dynamite. She's April Dancer, U.N.C.L.E.'s newest secret weapon!” Fine in pictorial wrappers depicting a very young Stephanie Powers posing with a very large gun. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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2 AVALLONE, MICHAEL The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. The Birds of a Feather Affair
New York Signet 1966 
First Edition. Paperback original. Signed by the author, Michael Avallone on the title page. A novel based on the NBC television series starring Stephanie Powers and Noel Harrison: “She's 108 lbs. of dynamite. She's April Dancer, U.N.C.L.E.'s newest secret weapon!” Near fine in pictorial wrappers depicting a very young Stephanie Powers posing with a very large gun. 
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3 AVALLONE, MICHAEL The Living Bomb
New York Curtis Books 1963 
First Edition. Paperback original. Signed by the author, Michael Avallone on the title page. A mystery novel: “Ed Noon blows his cool in a red hot caper featuring an atomic chick and a multimegathon menace.” Very good in pictorial wrappers. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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4 BANBURY, JEN Like A Hole in the Head. A Novel
Boston Little Brown 1998 
First Edition. Signed by the author, Jen Banbury. A part-time bookseller buys a first edition Jack London from a shady character, turns it over for a nice profit, and when he returns to get it back, the fun begins. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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5 BLOCH, ROBERT The Scarf
New York Dial 1947 
Second printing (September 1947). Inscribed by rhe author: “To Tex with warmest best wishers, Robert Bloch.” Pages tanned as always, very good in a very good chipped dust jacket. The dust jacket is the same as that of the first edition. The front panel of the dust jacket is a striking color illustration of a red scarf wrapped into a circular shape with a black dot in the center resembling an eye with concentric bright green ripples emanating out to the edges. A mystery novel. 
Price: 135.00 USD
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6 BLOCHMAN, LAWRENCE G See You at the Morgue
New York Duell, Sloan, and Pearce 1941 
First Edition. Signed presentation copy from Lawrence Blochman, inscribed by the author: “For Lu & Mike Klinger - in grateful recognition of their valiant and efficient service in throwing the F.B.I. off the author's tail. With cousinly love, Larry. New York, Nov. 30, 1941.” Additionally signed “Lawrence G. Blochman” on the title page. Very good with faint offsetting to the endpapers and subtle spotting to the cloth in a very good plus price-clipped dust jacket with a couple of tiny chips. A murder mystery involving a red haired femme fatale with a convict brother, a bunch of missing rare silver fox skins, and the corpse of a handsome gigolo. 
Price: 450.00 USD
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7 BLOCHMAN, LAWRENCE G Wives to Burn and Midnight Sailing
New York Harcourt Brace 1940 
First Edition Thus. Signed presentation copy from Lawrence G. Blochman. Inscribed by the author: “For Betty [Bryner], With the hope that the old fire will never grow dim - but that she won't burn! With the burning esteem of her friend the author. Lawrence G. Blochman.” Also signed on the title page: “Lawrence G. Blochman.” Two mystery novels by Lawrence G. Blochman: Wives to Burn originally published serially as Appointment in India and Midnight Sailing originally published serially as Sunset Voyage. Fine bright copy lightly used dust jacket with some chipping and small tears and a some red staining to the rear panel. The front panel of the dust jacket is a striking illustration of a a naked woman with long red hair lying under a white sheet with blurry greens and oranges surrounding her. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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8 BLOCK, LAWRENCE Death Pulls a Doublecross
New York Gold Medal 1961 
First Edition. Paperback original. Signed by the author, Lawrence Block. A mystery novel. 
Price: 85.00 USD
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9 BLOCK, LAWRENCE Out on the Cutting Edge
New York Morrow 1989 
First Edition. Inscribed and signed by the author, Lawrence Block. Inscribed: “To Russ - Hang in there! Best, Lawrence Block. 11-18-89.” Fine fresh copy in a near fine bright dust jacket with a little bit of spotting to the front panel. A Matt Scudder novel. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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10 BLOCK, LAWRENCE The Burglar In the Library
New York Dutton 1997 
First Edition. Signed by the author, Lawrence Block on the title page. Very fine in dust jacket. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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11 BOND, LARRY Vortex
Franklin Center, Pa. Franklin Library 1991 
First Edition. One of an unspecified number signed by the authorLarry Bond, and bound in the publisher's leather. As new. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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12 BOUTELL, ANITA Death Brings a Storke
New York Putnam 1938 
Second printing. Signed presentation copy from Anita Boutell, inscribed by the author: “For Amelie - With affection, Anita Boutell.” Very good copy with very minor edge wear without dust jacket. A murder mystery set in the English countryside where a young doctor and his amateur detective wife become involved in unraveling the story of how a neighbor is found dead from an apparently self-inflicted shotgun wound. 
Price: 95.00 USD
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13 BRANDNER, GARY The Wet Good-bye
Belmont, CA Fearon 1986 
First Edition. Signed by the author Gary Brandner on the title page. Paperbound, 4 1/4” x 5 1/2”, 29 pages. Fine condition in printed wrappers. Part of the Fastback Crime and Detection series, developed by members of the Southern California Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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14 BURKE, JAMES LEE Dixie City Jam
New York Hyperion 1994 
First Edition. Signed by the author, James Lee Burke. Fine in dust jacket. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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15 BURNETT, W.R Goodbye to the Past
New York Harpers 1934 
First Edition. Signed presentation copy inscribed by the author, to Paul Jordan Smith, the noted Los Angeles book reviewer. Inscribed on the half-title: “July 30 ‘52. For Paul Jordan Smith. I am certainly glad you like this one - as it is one of my pets. Kindest personal regards, W.R. Burnett.” Very good in a very good dust jacket with some tiny chips. 
Price: 675.00 USD
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16 CARSTAIRS, JOHN PADDY Touch a French Pom-Pom
London W.H. Allen 1960 
First Edition. Signed by the author, John Paddy Carstairs and inscribed: “David, Some light nonsense for your flight! Grateful thanks! Paddy. Ardmore ‘61.” Slight touch of use, else a fine copy in a lightly used price-clipped dust jacket with some rubbing and a few tiny nicks. A mystery novel. John Paddy Carstairs was a British film and television director, comic novelist, and painter. He directed 37 films in total, including Spare a Copper, Dancing with Crime, Up to His Neck, Up in the World, Tommy the Toreador, Sands of the Desert, and Weekend with Lulu. He had a long association with the character of Simon Templar (the character's creator, novelist Leslie Charteris, dedicated his 1963 book, The Saint in the Sun to Carstairs). He also directing the 1939 Saint film, The Saint in London, as well as two episodes of The Saint television series in the 1960s, making him the only individual (other than Charteris himself) to be connected to both the Hollywood film and British series of The Saint. Carstairs is the author of But Wishes Aren't Horses, Movie Merry-Go-Round, No Thanks for the Shroud, Nicer to Stay in Bed,Vinegar and Brown Paper, A Novel of Pre-War London, Kimmie, Gardenias Bruise Easily, and three autobiographical works - Honest Injun, Hadn't We the Gaiety, and Kaleidoscope and a Jaundiced Eye. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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17 CAUDWELL, SARAH The Sirens Sang of Murder
London Collins/The Crime Club 1989 
First Edition. Inscribed and signed by the author, Sarah Caudwell, to fellow writer, Wayne Warga. Inscribed: “Happy tax-planning! Sarah Caudwell, London, 14/6/1989. For Wayne Warga, with warmest wishes, Sarah Caudwell, Boucheron ‘98.” A Professor Hilary Tamar mystery. Fine bright copy in a fine dust jacket. From the library of Wayne Warga. The youngest editor at Life Magazine at age 25, Warga reported on John F. Kennedy's race for the Presidency, and went on to cover the Civil Rights movement for the magazine. For many years, Warga was one of the leading writers at the Los Angeles Times where he did in depth articles and features on writers and people in the arts. Later, Warga became a mystery novelist, creating three well-received bibliomysteries: Hardcover, Fatal Impressions, and Singapore Transfer, featuring Los Angeles rare book dealer, Jeffrey Dean. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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18 CHANDLER, RAYMOND Typed Letter Signed from Raymond Chandler
La Jolla, CA 1 page, octavo Dec. 30, 1958 
Original Typed Letter Signed by the author, “Raymond Chandler” on Raymond Chandler's personal printed light blue stationery in which Mr. Chandler responds to a letter from a noted European literary critic to clarify his intent regarding his essay The Simple Art of Murder as “an attack on classical English detective stories...” and goes on to say “I think my best book was The Long Goodbye; but I am not positive about this, since it is only my opinion - and my opinions are often wrong.” Fine condition. 
Price: 4500.00 USD
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19 CHANDLER, RAYMOND Typed Letter Signed from Raymond Chandler
La Jolla, CA 1 page, octavo Nov. 20, 1948 
Original Typed Letter Signed by the author, “Raymond Chandler” on Raymond Chandler's personal printed stationery in which Mr. Chandler responds to an inquiry from a fan in England about his work. Mr. Chandler responds in generous detail and the letter reads in full: Dear Mr. Lea, Thanks for your very kind letter. The facts about The Little Sister are that I started it several years ago but always had to drop it to do picture (film) work. Hamilton [publisher, Hamish Hamilton], thinking it would come along one year, announced it prematurely. However, it is now done and in his hands, and will be published after whatever lapse of time it takes over there [United Kingdom]. It takes about six months here, and we have no shortages. / The first Philip Marlowe story was The Big Sleep, although under other names he sort of grew in several first person novelettes. You might say all the first person stories I wrote were about the character I afterwards named Marlowe. / As to Red Wind and Spanish Blood (which are cloth editions containing the same stories, although not in the same order, as Five Murderers and Five Sinister Characters), it may be that you already have these stories, if you collect those old pulp magazines. The titles were: Red Wind, Blackmailers Don't Shoot, I'll Be Waiting, Goldfish, Guns at Cyrano's, Spanish Blood, The King in Yellow, Pearls are a Nuisance, Nevada Gas, Trouble is My Business. / Some of these will be published over there in a Penguin Book. If you lack any of the above, let me know and I may (but do not definitely promise) be able to dig you out a paper back pocket size edition. There are two or three more in another book of which I seem not to have a copy myself. People are always lifting them. But from memory it contained at least three stories called Finger Man, Smart Aleck Kill, a fantastic story called The Bronze Door which had no business in that company. Yours ever, Raymond Chandler.” Minor creases from folding, a hint of dust soiling and a couple of tiny spots not affecting the text. 
Price: 9500.00 USD
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20 CHARTERIS, LESLIE The Happy Highwayman - A Saint Novel
London Hodder & Stoughton 1939 
First Edition. Signed by the author, Leslie Charteris, on the endpaper in a contemporary fountain pen: “All good wishes, Leslie Charteris” followed by Charteris' drawing of The Saint. A little sunning to cloth and spine and light use, very good tight copy in an excellent facsimile dust jacket. 
Price: 850.00 USD
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