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Death is a Lonely Business

By Ray Bradbury

London: Guild Publishing, 1986 Binding is black cloth with gilt letteron spine minor bump to base of spine. In the great tradition of Chandler and Hammett this book is a carnival of extraordinary characters - a classic mystery, a love story, and a nostalgic evocation of a time and place. The time is 1949. In Venice, California, they are tearing down the amusement pier. Already the roller coaster has fallen to its knees under the wrecking ball and lies scattered on the ground like dinosaur bones. And the theatre that enchanted with Chaney and Fairbanks has only one word on its marquee: goodbye. Death is everywhere. In one of the lion cages that lie submerged in the canal a body has been found. Down the block in a fogbound apartment house, there is another body, an ancient woman found in a room full of empty birdcages. they could be natural deaths, but at least two people think otherwise: a detective named Elmo Crumley, and a young man who sits at his typewriter all day pounding out stories that he sells to Black Mask, Dime Detective and Weird Tales. The young writer and Detective Crumley believe the deaths are murders. And suddenly the killer is stalking them. With a cast of grotesques both lovable and unloveable - from the dat diva Fannie (so fat that she can't sleep lying down) to the sexy ageing film star, from the barber with his dreams of Scott Joplin to the blind man who sees more than he lets on - Death is a Lonely Business is a joy of a novel.

$8.10

Fishhead: The Darker Tales of Irvin S. Cobb

By Irvin S. Cobb

Oswaltwistle Lancashire: Parallel Universe Publications, 2017 Brand new copy in fine condition. Contains fourteen of Irvin S. Cobb's darker stories: Fishhead, The Escape of Mr Trimm, The Gallowsmith, Mr Lobel's Apoplexy, The Unbroken Chain, The Second Coming of the First Husband, Masterpiece, January Thaw, Cabbages and Kings, We Can'y All Be Thoroughbreds, Queer Creek, Ace, Deuce, Ten Spot, Joker, Balm of Gilead, Faith, Hope, and Charity. It also includes an introduction and a bibliography, plus a frontispiece specially drawn for the edition by the artist Jim Pitts. Size: 6" x 9"

$26.99

Fishhead: The Darker Tales of Irvin S. Cobb

By Irvin S. Cobb

Oswaltwistle Lancashire: Parallel Universe Publications, 2017 Brand new copy in fine condition. Contains fourteen of Irvin S. Cobb's darker stories: Fishhead, The Escape of Mr Trimm, The Gallowsmith, Mr Lobel's Apoplexy, The Unbroken Chain, The Second Coming of the First Husband, Masterpiece, January Thaw, Cabbages and Kings, We Can'y All Be Thoroughbreds, Queer Creek, Ace, Deuce, Ten Spot, Joker, Balm of Gilead, Faith, Hope, and Charity. It also includes an introduction and a bibliography, plus a frontispiece specially drawn for the edition by the artist Jim Pitts. Size: 6" x 9"

$26.99

Fishhead: The Darker Tales of Irvin S. Cobb

By Irvin S. Cobb

Oswaltwistle Lancashire: Parallel Universe Publications, 2017 Brand new copy in fine condition. Contains fourteen of Irvin S. Cobb's darker stories: Fishhead, The Escape of Mr Trimm, The Gallowsmith, Mr Lobel's Apoplexy, The Unbroken Chain, The Second Coming of the First Husband, Masterpiece, January Thaw, Cabbages and Kings, We Can'y All Be Thoroughbreds, Queer Creek, Ace, Deuce, Ten Spot, Joker, Balm of Gilead, Faith, Hope, and Charity. It also includes an introduction and a bibliography, plus a frontispiece specially drawn for the edition by the artist Jim Pitts. Size: 6" x 9"

$26.99

Into the Dark

By Andrew Jennings

Oswaltwistle Lancashire: Parallel Universe Publications, 2016 As new, fine copy of this novel. In stock now, straight from the publisher. Andrew Jennings' horror crime noir novel Into the Dark is Parallel Universe's nineteenth book. "There's a serial killer at loose in London. Janice, who has a chronic fear of the dark, stumbles into a relationship with the man who may secretly be the murderer. Neither know that in the North of England, in a place previously owned by his dead mother, activities are taking place that may unleash a horror that could spell the end of civilisation in Britain - an ancient evil that would make the activities of any serial killer look like child's play by comparison. Could a psychotic killer be the only man capable of ending this?"

$13.48

Fishhead: The Darker Tales of Irvin S. Cobb

By Irvin S. Cobb

Oswaltwistle Lancashire: Parallel Universe Publications, 2016 As new, fine copy. In stock now, straight from the publisher. During his lifetime Irvin S. Cobb was one of the most celebrated writers in American literature, though nowadays he is almost forgotten, apart perhaps from his Lovecraft connection. Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb was born in Paducah, Kentucky on the 23rd June, 1876. His father, unable to cope with the death of his own father, succumbed to alcoholism when Cobb was only sixteen. As a result, Cobbs education came to an end and he started work, first on the Paducah Daily News, then the Louisville Evening Post. By 1904 Cobbs career in journalism was doing so well that he moved to New York, where he would go on to spend the rest of his life, starting work at the Evening Sun, though it wasnt long before an assignment to cover the Russian-Japanese peace conference in Portsmouth, New Hampshire so impressed Joseph Pulitzer that he offered Cobb a job at the New York World, where he became the highest-paid staff reporter in the United States. In 1911 Cobb moved to the Saturday Evening Post. Three years later he was asked to cover the Great War. Amongst the many stories he wrote while there were the exploits of the Harlem Hellfighters, a unit of black American soldiers who had gone on to earn distinction for their courage and discipline, which Cobb celebrated in his book The Glory of the Coming. Besides his prolific work as a journalist, Cobbs fame largely came from his humorous stories, which were published in the leading magazines of his day, and collected in numerous books during his lifetime. But, though he was best known as a humourist, he did have a darker side, exemplified by the tales collected in this volume. Two of the most famous succeeded in catching the attention of H. P. Lovecraft. It is claimed that Fishhead influenced Lovecrafts The Shadow Over Innsmouth. And there is certainly no doubt that Lovecraft was favourably impressed with this tale. In his groundbreaking essay, Supernatural Horror in Literature, Lovecraft wrote: "Fishhead, an early achievement, is banefully effective in its portrayal of unnatural affinities between a hybrid idiot and the strange fish of an isolated lake" The Unbroken Chain gave Lovecraft the key idea behind The Rats in the Walls, though in all other respects the two tales are totally different. Besides writing and journalism, Cobbs career extended to Hollywood, where legendary director, John Ford, made two films based on his books: Judge Priest (1934) and The Sun Shines Bright (1953). Other films included Pecks Bad Boy (1921), starring Jackie Coogan, and The Woman Accused (1933), with a young Cary Grant. Cobb also did a stint at acting himself, appearing in ten movies altogether, including Pepper, Everybodys Old Man (1936), Steamboat Round the Bend (1935) and Hawaii Calls (1938). Its a sign of the prominence he had achieved that in 1935 he was invited to host the 7th Academy Awards. Other than the tales that inspired Lovecraft, Cobb also wrote some brilliantly dark stories that culminate in a kind of sadistic irony. They are some of the finest conte cruel ever written. Amongst the best of these is the final story in this collection: Faith, Hope, and Charity, whose protagonists, as is often the case in Cobbs stories, struggle against fates that are not only pre-ordained but are horrendously appropriate! It must be added his hapless victims are far from blameless. What fates await them under Cobbs pen have most definitely been brought upon them by themselves! Through most of the tales there is a wry sense of humour, so wry, in fact, that it never detracts from the impact at the end; indeed, it often adds to and embellishes it! I hope you enjoy reading these stories as much as I did and share with me the conviction that it is high time they were revived. Contents are: Fishhead The Escape of Mr. Trimm The Gallowsmith Mr. Lobel's Apoplexy The Unbroken Chain The Second Coming of the First Husband Masterpiece January Thaw Cabbages and Kings

$13.48

The Bone Bed
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The Bone Bed

By Patricia Cornwell

UK: Audiogo, 2012 Complete and unabridged recording of this book, narrated by Lorelei King. 10 x CD. Running time 10 hours 55 minutes. In an as new condition.

$13.50

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

UK: Marshall Cavendish, 1992 Fine copy. Colour illustration attached to front covergilt lettering and border to front board and spine, with marbled endpapers.

$4.05

The Mortal Sickness: a Lydmoutrh Mystery

By Andrew Taylor

London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1995 294 pages. Some mild tanning to the pages due to age.

$20.24

Elephants Can Remember

By Agatha Christie

London: The Companion Book Club, 1973 Blue faux leather boards with gilt banding to the spine and corners. Bright gilt title to the spine. 251 clean firm pages. No jacket as published.

$2.70

Father's Music
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Father's Music

By Dermot Bolger (editor) Roddy Doyle, Anne Enright, Hugo Hamilton, Jennifer Johnston, Joseph O'connor, Colm Toibin

Flamingo, 1998 No creases to the covers or to the spine. 388 very tight pages. This book looks to be unread.

$4.72

Super Sleuth ! a Casebook of Crimes to Solve

By Falcon Travis

London: Knight Books, 1982 One crease to the back cover. 128 pages which are browning. Shelf wear. Name to the back page. Reading copy only.

$1.69

The Live of the Savages

By Robert Edric

Hornsea, England: PS Publishing, 2010 One minor bump to top of spine, otherwise fine. Unread copy.

$16.19

Inspector Ghote Breaks an Egg

By H. R. F. Keating

London: Collins Crime Club, 1970 Red boards with a gilt title to the spine. Ex-library copy with library atamps. ffep missing. 221 pages. The jacket is clean with some wear to the top of the spine. Reading copy.

$4.05

Get Carter

By Ted Lewis

Alison and Busby, 2013 Michael Caine to front cover. 286 pages.

$4.05

One Last Breath
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One Last Breath

By Stephen Booth

London: Harper Collins A new and unread copy of this book in stock now.

$3.71

The Venice Train

By Georges Simenon (translated By Alastair Hamilton

London: Hamish Hamilton, 1974 An ex-library copy of this book. Withdrawn stamp. ffep missing. tape remains to inner board and lighter to inner back board. Very clean bright blue boards with a gilt title to the spine. 152 pages. The jacket is clean and in good condition as it has been removed from the library plastic cover. Slight 'lean' to the book.

$16.19

Broken Bodies

By June Hampson

London: Orion, 2007 Very clean black boards with a red title to the spine. 321 pages. The jacket is also very clean.

$6.75

Smooth Justice

By Michael Underwood

U K: The Book Club, 1979 Very clean black boards with a silver title to the spine. Clean, firm pages. The jacket is also in good condition, and is now protected in a removable clear book covering.

$4.72

The Finger of Saturn

By Victor Canning

London: Book Club Associates, 1974 Clean green boards with a gilt title to the spine. Firm pages. The jacket is also in good condition, and is now protected in a mylar removeable clear book covering.

$3.37

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