Hard-boiled Crime Fiction from Royal Books, Inc.

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One Lonely Night (First Edition)

by Mickey Spillane

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Published
1951
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First Edition
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New York: E.P. Dutton, 1951. First Edition. First Edition. The fifth Mike Hammer novel. Very Good in a Very Good dust jacket. Both book and jacket spine lightly faded, binding very slightly cocked. Jacket with light wear and shallow creasing at some of the extremities (see image). A very presentable copy overall.
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cover of The Postman Always Rings Twice (First Edition)

The Postman Always Rings Twice (First Edition)

by James M. Cain

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Published
1934
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First Edition
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$2,750.00

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New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1934. First Edition. First Edition. The author's seminal first novel, a cornerstone of hard-boiled fiction that was filmed twice: first in 1946 with John Garfield and Lana Turner, and more nihilistically, with a David Mamet screenplay, in 1981 with Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange. James M. Cain's initial title for the book… Read more
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Black Money (First Edition, Presentation Copy, inscribed to Robert Easton)

by Kenneth Millar writing as Ross Macdonald

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Published
1966
Edition
First Edition
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$1,850.00

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New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1966. First Edition. First Edition. INSCRIBED by the author to the book's dedicatee, writer and environmental activist Robert Easton, on the dedication page a month prior to publication: "King Kondor! / and a man I consider myself fortunate to know / Ken / Santa Barbara / December 1965." Easton and Kenneth Millar were… Read more
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The Embezzler (First Separate Edition)

by James M. Cain

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Published
1944
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$75.00

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New York: Avon Murder Mystery Monthly, 1944. No. 20 in Avon's Murder Mystery Monthly series. First Separate Edition. Originally published in 1943 in the hardcover anthology "Three of a Kind, this being the first separate issue. Very faint vertical crease to the front wrapper, else easily Near Fine in perfect bound digest size wrappers (softcover).
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cover of Original photograph of James Ellroy, circa 1992

Original photograph of James Ellroy, circa 1992

by James Ellroy (subject)

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Published
1992
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N.p.: N.p., 1992. Vintage photograph of noted crime novelist and essayist James Ellroy, circa 1992. Library stamp on the verso. Photograph used as a promotional shot for the fourth novel in Ellroy's LA Quartet, "White Jazz," released in 1992. 8.5 x 9.5 inches. Near Fine.
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Serenade (Hardcover, inscribed in 1938)

by James M. Cain

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Published
1937
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New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1937. Second printing. INSCRIBED by the author in the year after publication: "To Miriam Geiger / In memory of pleasant times / James M. Cain / Feb 17, 1938." Jacket art by W. A. Dwiggins. One of Cain's least-appreciated novels, a hard-boiled story about a dethroned opera singer who meets the love of… Read more
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Sideswipe (First Edition)

by Charles Willeford

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Published
1987
Edition
First Edition
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$25.00

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New York: St. Martin's Press, 1987. First Edition. First Edition. Fine and unread in a Fine dust jacket. The third Hoke Mosley novel.
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The Thin Man (First Edition, red jacket variant)

by Dashiell Hammett

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Published
1934
Edition
First Edition
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$4,750.00

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New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1934. First Edition. First Edition, in a lightly restored dust jacket. There are four jacket variants, of no established priority, this being red and with "Book of the Month" blurb on the front panel. Three advance reviews from other authors on the front flap. Basis for the 1934 film, and the characters that would… Read more
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The Restless Hands (Signed Paperback)

by Bruno Fischer

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Published
1950
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New York: Signet Books, 1950. No. 780. First printing of this edition, and first paperback edition. SIGNED by the author on the title page. Originally published in hardcover by Dodd, Mead the previous year. Very Good plus. Lightly toned and soiled, with a light reader's crease.
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The Perfect Frame (First Edition)

by William Ard

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Published
1951
Edition
First Edition
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$150.00

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New York: MS Mill and William Morrow, 1951. First Edition. First Edition. The first book in featuring series detective Timothy Dane. Near Fine in a Very Good dust jacket. Jacket lightly rubbed and soiled over all, with light foxing to the rear panel and rear flap, and a light chip to the upper front panel and crown,… Read more
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cover of The Little Sister in Cosmopolitan, April 1949 (Volume 126, issue 4)

The Little Sister in Cosmopolitan, April 1949 (Volume 126, issue 4)

by Raymond Chandler

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Published
1949
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New York: Hearst Magazines, 1949. The first appearance of the novel, in an abridged pre-publication format, preceding the version published by Hamish Hamilton in the UK later the same year, and the US edition, published just after that. Chandler's fifth novel, written after several years working as a screenwriter, and dripping with his contempt for Hollywood. Basis for… Read more
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Phantom Lady (First Edition)

by Cornell Woolrich writing as William Irish

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Published
1942
Edition
First Edition
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$4,750.00

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Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 1942. First Edition. First Edition. Haycraft Queen Cornerstone. A Woolrich high spot, basis for the 1944 film directed by Robert Siodmak and starring Ella Raines and Franchot Tone. From the collection of Otto Penzler. About Fine in a Near Fine, price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket is exceptional for this title, with a touch of… Read more
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I Should Have Stayed Home (First Edition)

by Horace McCoy

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Published
1938
Edition
First Edition
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$2,200.00

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New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1938. First Edition. First Edition. The author's third book, a Hollywood novel. From the collection of Otto Penzler. Easily the most difficult McCoy first edition to find in superior condition, as the jacket spine tends to fade almost completely away. This copy Near Fine in every respect, with only slight toning… Read more
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Snarl of the Beast (First Edition)

by Carroll John Daly

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Published
1927
Edition
First Edition
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$28,500.00

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New York: Edward J. Clode, 1927. First Edition. First Edition. In the first state dust jacket, priced $2.00 and with a blurb for this title on the front flap and an advertisement for Richard H. Watkin's "Half a Clue" on the rear flap. From the collection of Otto Penzler. In the early days of the seminal… Read more
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The Dain Curse (First Edition)

by Dashiell Hammett

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Published
1930
Edition
First Edition
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$550.00

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New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1930. First Edition. First Edition, first printing of the author's second novel, the second book appearance of the Continental Op. About Good lacking the dust jacket. Binding square, but with soiling and some spotting/staining to the boards; fore-edges chipped on a few pages, and droplet stains on a few of the internal pages. … Read more
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Night Has a Thousand Eyes (First Edition)

by Cornell Woolrich writing as George Hopley

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Published
1945
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First Edition
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$1,500.00

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New York: Farrar and Rinehart, 1945. First Edition. First Edition. An exceptionally bright copy of a key Woolrich title normally found the worse for wear. Basis for the 1948 film noir written for the screen by Jonathan Latimer and starring Edward G. Robinson. Near Fine in an about Near Fine dust jacket.
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cover of The Moth (First Edition in paperback, inscribed to Signet Books founder Kurt Enoch)

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New York: Signet Books, 1950. No. 811. First printing of this edition. INSCRIBED by the author to Signet Books founder Kurt Enoch: "To Kurt Enoch / 'Long may they weave." From the Kurt Enoch collection, with a letter of provenance included. Kurt Enoch was the founder of Signet Books and a publisher whose desire was to bring… Read more
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cover of Galatea (First Edition in paperback, inscribed to Signet Books founder Kurt Enoch)

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New York: Signet Books, 1954. No. 1152. First printing of this edition. INSCRIBED by the author to Signet Books founder Kurt Enoch: "To Kurt Enoch / Another in a series which I hope will ever grow longer and longer / James M. Cain / Hyattsville, MD / August 22, 1954." From the Kurt Enoch collection, with a letter of… Read more
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$650.00
cover of Love's Lovely Counterfeit (First Edition in paperback, inscribed to Signet Books founder Kurt Enoch)

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New York: Signet Books, 1957. No. 1445. First printing of this edition. INSCRIBED by the author to Signet Books founder Kurt Enoch: "To Kurt Enoch / With warmest regards / James M. Cain / Hyattsville, MD / October 13, 1957." From the Kurt Enoch collection, with a letter of provenance included. Kurt Enoch was the founder of… Read more
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cover of Everybody Does It (First Edition in paperback, inscribed to Signet Books founder Kurt Enoch)

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New York: Signet Books, 1949. No. 759. First printing of this edition. INSCRIBED by the author to Signet Books founder Kurt Enoch: "To Kurt Enoch / With my best congratulations on a job well-done / James M. Cain / Hyattsville, MD / December 26, 1949." From the Kurt Enoch collection, with a letter of provenance included. Kurt… Read more
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