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MURDER ON THE TRAP
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MURDER ON THE TRAP

By Smith, J. Preston

Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.: Durban House, 2004. 209pp., plus publisher promotional section at rear. Book clean, square. Spine firm. Leaves unmarked. Illustrated card wrapper negligibly edgeworn and indented only. From the rear panel: "Life has been pretty good to Ben Sandifer. After his tour in Vietnam he marries his childhood sweetheart, is a successful private investigator, and rides his Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Then the murders begin on Curley Trap Road . . . " Book weight approx. 375g. . First Edition, First Impression. Softcover. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$12.75

UNUSUAL BEHAVIOUR
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UNUSUAL BEHAVIOUR

By Cooper, Lettice

London: Gollancz, 1986. 174pp. Book clean. Bright gilt title over firm spine. Plain red boards undamaged. Textblock unmarked. Printed, loose-plastic protected dustjacket minimally edgeworn only. Lettice Cooper (1897-1994) has woven an enthralling mystery featuring a wide range of characters, including the previously introduced Chief Detective Inspector Corby. This story, set in the times of the 'Irish troubles', has its beginning when the British police receive an anonymous letter informing them that 'something strange' is going on at Hollycroft, a large, decaying Victorian house in a London suburb. At the time, the police are doing neighbourhood searches for IRA bombs and bombers . . . Contents include: Prelims., 4 'parts'. Book weight approx. 290g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. . First Edition. Hardcover and Dustjacket. Very Good +/Very Good +. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$14.17

BEHIND THE HEADLINES
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BEHIND THE HEADLINES

By Chapman, Robert

London: Werner Laurie , 1955. 196pp. Book clean and square. Spine firm. Black title over lightly bumped spine. Plain red boards minimally shelfworn. An indecipherable signature on front pastedown, random flecks, toned endpapers, else text-block good. "Behind the Headlines' is another fast-paced crime thriller by Robert Chapman featuring his key character, London's Banner's news agency newshound Rex Banner. It was a chilly June day in Nova Gardens when Rex Banner arrived in his old Ford . . . The dead woman had been pretty, she wasn't pretty any more . . . It was murder, the stuff that headlines are made of . . . Our sleuth has 15 chapters in which to solve the crime . . . Book weight approx. 285g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. . First Edition. Hardcover. Good +. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.

$14.17

THE FACELESS MEN
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THE FACELESS MEN

By Beeby, Otto

Richmond, Victoria, Australia: Hutchinson of Australia, 1969. 183pp. Book clean and square. Bright gilt title over lightly bumped spine. Plain charcoal boards have a minor blind indentation on foot or rear board, else unmarked. An original seller's sticker affixed to front pastedown, several formerly dog-eared leaves, else textblock unmarked. Illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket price-clipped, edgeworn, and abraded on edges. Of Note: This jacket is under Hutchinson's 'John Long' imprint. 'The Faceless Men' by Australian journalist/author Otto Beeby (1906-1981) is his second thriller featuring Tony Spencer - a conman with a conscience . . . It's New Year's Eve in Kings Cross, the cosmopolitan play centre of Sydney, but for Tony what began as a good night ended with him in a dimly-lit cellar beaten by a self-appointed 'court of faceless men'. In his quest for revenge, Tony starts out on a trail of murder and violence which leads him from Bondi Beach in the early hours of New Year's Day, through almost every strata of city life . . . This thriller unfolds over 15 chapters. Book weight approx. 315g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. . First Edition. Hardcover and Dustjacket. Very Good/Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" Tall.

$31.87

TO CATCH A FORGER  (Large Print Edition)
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TO CATCH A FORGER (Large Print Edition)

By Wallace, Robert

Melbourne, VIC, Australia: Bolinda Press, 1999. 354pp. Book clean and square. Spine firm. Illustrated card wrapper slightly bumped and pressure-marked. Textblock minimally flecked on edges, else leaves unmarked. This Bolinda Press Large Print title is - "easy to read, comfortable to the eye, and light and easy to handle . . . ". The Setting: The south of France. The Crime: Six priceless Degas monotypes have been stolen and replaced by forgeries. The Man for the Job: Essington Holt - but is he up for the task? He has twenty five chapters in which to solve the crime . . . Book weight approx. 275g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. . First Thus. Softcover. Very Good +. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$18.42

ON PROBATION: Detective Ludowski's Casebook  (Signed Copy)
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ON PROBATION: Detective Ludowski's Casebook (Signed Copy)

By Bevege, Margaret

Sydney, N.S.W., Australia: Preszoom Pty. Ltd. , 2001. 182pp. Book clean and square. Spine firm, minimally concaved. Illustrated, unsealed card wrapper lightly edgeworn, and scuffed. Inscribed "With best wishes" and signed by author on front flyleaf, else textblock unmarked. Detective Constble Elizabeth Ludowski, first female appointed to the Police Commissioner's Special Assignments Squad within the Queensland CIB. Complete with a criminology degree and backed by five years' exemplary service in uniform, she is eager to pursue the state's worst criminals . . . but what if her boss challenges her confidence, and her fellow team members resent her . . . ? In her introduction to the Special Assigment Unit she is faced with four cases: Mystery Baby, Domestic Politics, Anatomy of a Rape, Laddie Come Home. Book weight approx. 275g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. . Inscribed and Signed. First Edition. Softcover. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$14.17

A MURDER OF QUALITY (Penguin C2271)
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A MURDER OF QUALITY (Penguin C2271)

By Carre, John Le

Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England: Penguin Books, 1964. 155pp., plus (v). Book clean. Spine firm, but concaved and mildly canted. Art-illustrated card wrapper (Keith Burns) lightly edgeworn and bumped, and has a scratch and crease on rear wrap. Textblock noticeably tanned, else unmarked. This title is the second George Smiley mystery fiction by John le Carre (pseudonym of David John Moore Cornwell, b. 1931) and features George Smiley investigating a murder at one of England's leading public schools - a murder that was forecast by the victim . . . Book weight approx. 95g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight.. First Thus. Softcover. Good. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.

$11.33

LOVE IN AMSTERDAM  (Penguin C2281)
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LOVE IN AMSTERDAM (Penguin C2281)

By Freeling, Nicolas

Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England: Penguin Books, 1965. 189pp. Book clean and square. Spine firm, a tiny unobtrusive puncture there-on. Illustrated card wrapper lightly bumped, toned, and pressure marked. Textblock noticeably toned, else unmarked. A title in the ever-popular 'Green Penguin' crime series, 'Love in Amsterdam', first published by Victor Gollancz, 1962, was Nicolas Freeling's (1927-2003) debut fiction and introduced his popular Dutch investigator Piet Van der Valk . . . harps on half-conscious fears in its study of a writer suspected by the police - and at times by himself and the reader - of having shot his former mistress . . . Book weight approx. 130g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight.. First Thus. Softcover. Very Good. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.

$11.33

MAIGRET IN MONTMARTRE (Penguin 1221)
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MAIGRET IN MONTMARTRE (Penguin 1221)

By Simenon, Georges

Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England: Penguin Books, 1961. 140pp., plus (iv). Book clean and square. Spine firm, slightly bumped on head. Illustrated card wrapper has several splash stains, soft foredge corners creases, plus an original price sticker on front. Textblock age-toned, else unmarked. A 'Green Penguin' from the 'timeless' Penguin Crime series. This Maigret story is set in a striptease club named 'Picratt's'. The action begins when a striptease girl informs the police that she overheard two men planning to murder 'the Countess'. Shortly after the girl herself is found murdered. The subsequent investigation, conducted by Maigret and the lugubrious and jealous Inspector Lagnan, involves a second murder and a chase which nearly removes Maigret from any further detective activities . . . Book weight approx. 85g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight.. First Thus, 3rd Impression. Softcover. Good +. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.

$11.33

MAIGRET TAKES A ROOM  (Penguin C2249)
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MAIGRET TAKES A ROOM (Penguin C2249)

By Simenon, Georges

Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England: Penguin Books, 1965. 154pp. Book clean and square. Spine firm. Illustrated card wrapper nominally bumped only. Textblock age-toned, else unmarked. This first printing 'Green Penguin' was published in 1965 - condition-wise it would suit the collector of these 'timeless' classics. It's springtime in Paris, things are slack. Madame Maigret is away, and Maigret is at a loose end. That is until Inspector Janvier, one of Maigret's favourites, is shot while on surveillance, watching the lodgings of a pretty thief. Soon Maigret is on the case . . . Book weight approx. 100g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight.. First Thus. Softcover. Very Good. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.

$11.33

MAIGRET IN COURT (Penguin C2251)
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MAIGRET IN COURT (Penguin C2251)

By Simenon, Georges

Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England: Penguin Books, 1965. 110pp. Book clean. Spine firm, minimally canted. Illustrated card wrapper nominally bumped only. Textblock age-toned, else unmarked. This first printing 'Green Penguin' was published in 1965 - condition-wise it would suit the collector of these 'timeless' classics. Maigret investigates when the case against meek picture-frame maker Gaston Meurant, accused of the brutal murder of his aunt, for money, and the smothering of a small child for good measure, doesn't fit the facts . . . Book weight approx. 100g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight.. First Thus. Softcover. Very Good. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.

$11.33

BOSTON AUGUST 22nd
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BOSTON AUGUST 22nd

By Sinclair, Upton

London: Heinemann, 1978. 476pp. Book clean. Vivid silver title over cocked, and lightly bumped spine. Plain black boards nominally shelfworn only. Text-block unmarked. Text-printed, loose-plastic protected dustjacket creased and edgeworn, abraded, with a light sticker ghost, plus clear tape reinforcing on verso folds. Reprint of the first British edition by Cedric Chivers Ltd. 1971. Fictionalized account of a dubious murder conviction for a crime that occurred on 15 April, 1920, in South Braintree, Massachusetts, when a payroll truck was held up and its driver murdered. Two Italian immigrants, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, were accused, tried and eventually executed for the crime, but did they do it? . . . Contents include: Prelims., Preface (Author), Introduction, 22 chapters, Note. Book weight approx. 505g. . Reprint. Hardcover and Dustjacket. Good +/Good. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.

$49.58

MOON MUSIC  (Signed Copy)
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MOON MUSIC (Signed Copy)

By Kellerman, Faye

London: Headline Feature, 1998. This edition printed in Australia. 376pp. Book clean and square. Spine firm, several soft reading creases there-on. Illustrated card wrapper slightly edgeworn and creased. A concise personal inscription, signed by author on title page, else text-block mildly tanned. Crime thriller set in Las Vegas reveals a four-way connection between two detectives, one wife, a murdered showgirl - and a possible link to a twenty-five year old unsolved case . . . Book weight approx. 505g. . Inscribed and Signed By Author. First Thus, 2nd Impression. Softcover. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$14.17

BLOOD IS THICKER (Signed Copy)
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BLOOD IS THICKER (Signed Copy)

By McGrath, J.S.

Blackburn, Victoria, Australia: Penfolk Publishing, 2003. x, + 296pp. Book clean, square. Spine firm. Bold author signature to title page, else leaves clean and unmarked. Pictorially-illustrated card wrapper has a soft corner crease to front panel. Edition limited to 2000 copies. From the rear cover: "In the bayside suburb of St Kilda a teenage girl is murdered. It is no ordinary murder . . . Battling conflicting evidence, no suspects, and a crime scene as cold as a Melbourne winter, the Homicide Squad is further hampered by political obstruction. When the second and third signature murders are committed, Inspector Ryan McAbbey assigns a taskforce and a manhunt begins . . . " Book weight approx. 390g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. . First Edition [Limited]. Softcover. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Limited Edition.

$11.33

THICKER THAN WATER
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THICKER THAN WATER

By Tilsley, Frank

London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1955. 316pp. Book clean. Bright gilt title over slightly bumped and canted spine. Plain burgundy cloth boards undamaged. Textblock tanned, with flecked edges, plus an old dog-ear on front fly-sheet. Art-illustrated (uncredited), loose-plastic protected dustjacket mildly edgeworn, else very good. First published in November, 1955, this second impression ditto. Crime drama featuring the Greensmith family, most of whom are attending a lively family party. Noticeably missing from the occasion, but expected, is youngest son Sid. Who arrives is not Sid, but a couple of plain-clothes men, enquiring for him . . . And so begins Frank Tinsley's (1904-1957) drama, 'Thicker Than Water". Book weight approx. 405g. . First Edition, 2nd Impression. Hardcover and Dustjacket. Good +/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$11.33

TRIAL AND RETRIBUTION III
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TRIAL AND RETRIBUTION III

By La Plante, Lynda

London: Macmillan, 1999. 280pp. Book clean, square. Spine firm. Leaves clean, rectanglar piece excised from top corner of half title page (previous owner's details?). Illustrated card wrapper softly creased. "A routine visit by Detective Inspector Pat North to appease persistent complainer Stephen Warrington spirals into something far more sinister . . . " Book weight approx. 430g. . Second Impression. Softcover. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$14.17

THREE SECONDS
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THREE SECONDS

By Roslund and Hellstrom

London: Quercus, 2010. 506pp. Book clean, square. Spine firm, gilt title there-on. Plain black boards undamaged. Leaves clean. Illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket negligibly edge-creased, some black offset to reverse (inner) surface. Winner of the Swedish Crime Novel of the Year. Translated from the Swedish by Kari Dickson. From the jacket flap: "Piet Hoffmann is the best undercover operative in the Swedish police force, but only one other man is even aware of his existence. After a drug deal he is involved in goes badly wrong, he must face the hardest mission of his life - infiltrating Sweden's most infamous maximum-security prison . . . " Book weight approx. 895g. * Customers outside Australia - This item will incur extra postage charges as it will weigh over 1KG. with packing. Please email for quote.. First U.K. Edition, 4th Impression . Hardcover and Dustjacket. Very Good +/Very Good +. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$12.75

SHERLOCK HOLMES : The Complete and Unabridged Novels. A Study in Scarlet. The Sign of Four, The Hound of The Baskervilles. The Valley of Fear.
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SHERLOCK HOLMES : The Complete and Unabridged Novels. A Study in Scarlet. The Sign of Four, The Hound of The Baskervilles. The Valley of Fear.

By Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan

Crows Nest, N.S.W., Australia: Crows Nest (Allen & Unwin), 2009. 652pp. Book clean. Spine firm. Small edge-stain to illustrated ffep., else leaves clean. One leaf has an in-production corner crease. Colour-illustrated flexible boards mildly edge and corner creased. Attached ribbon bookmark mildly frayed at end. From the rear panel: "Although many more of Holmes' cases were recorded in short stories, these were the only novels. Each is faithfully reproduced in this one epic volume, complete and unabridged, providing an ideal introduction to Sherlock Holmes for the uninitiated as well as a nostalgically familiar collection for long-established Holmes fans." Book weight approx. 800g. * Buyers outside Australia - This item will incur extra postage charges as it will weigh over 1KG. with packing. Please email for quote.. First Australian Edition. Flexible Boards. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$12.75

THE BIG WEIRD
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THE BIG WEIRD

By Moore, Christopher G

Thailand: Book Siam, 1996. 320pp. Book clean. Spine firm. Leaves clean. Illustrated, flapped card wrapper minimally edgeworn only. The fifth novel in the Vincent Calvino Private Eye series. From the jacket flap: "The Year of The Rat. Private Eye Vincent Calvino has been hired by Quentin Stuart, a dying Hollywood screenwriter. His assignment is to investigate the apparent suicide of Samantha McNeal, the daughter of Quentin's ex-agent . . . While working on the case, Calvino gains access to the inner circle of expats seeking the Hollywood dream in Bangkok." Book weight approx. 450g. . First Edition. Softcover with Fold-in Flaps. Very Good +. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.

$14.17

THE FINAL SOLUTION : A Story of Detection
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THE FINAL SOLUTION : A Story of Detection

By Chabon, Michael

London: Fourth Estate, 2005. 127pp., b/white illustrations by Jay Ryan. Book clean. Spine firm, gilt title there-on. Plain black boards very lightly bumped on one foredge corner. Leaves clean. Illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket negligibly surface indented. In 'The Final Solution', prose magician Michael Chabon has "condensed his boundless vision to craft a short, suspenseful tale of compassion and wit that re-imagines the classic 19th-century detective story . . . " Book weight approx. 250g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight.. First U.K. Edition. Hardcover and Dustjacket. Very Good +/Very Good +. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$9.92

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