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Death Drop
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Death Drop

By B.M. Gill

Scribner, 1980. Book. Good. Paperback. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Good condition paperback. No remainder marks or clippings. Covers are clean, show mild wear - no tears. NO writing or tears inside book. Tight spine, clean pages. 189 pages. .

$7.99

Hush Money
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Hush Money

By Parker, Robert B.

G.P Putnam's Sons, 1999. Book. Very Good. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Very-good condition hardback with jacket. NO remainder marks or price clippings. Tight spine, clean pages. ONLY writing/mark inside book is a date (12-03) written in book front on blank page. NO tears inside book. 309 pages. Jacket is clean, shows light wear - no tears. .

$7.99

Autumn Maze: A Scobie Malone Mystery
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Autumn Maze: A Scobie Malone Mystery

By Cleary, Jon

William Morrow & Co, 1995. Book. Fine. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Near-new condition - NO remainder marks or price clippings - Stated First U.S. Edition - NO writing, marks or tears inside book. In this eleventh mystery in the Inspector Scobie Malone series, Detective Inspector Malone tries to avoid office politics, but when the Sydney Police Minister's son falls to his death, Malone is caught in the middle. From the Publisher When the Sydney police minister's son falls twenty floors to his death, the politics of murder ripple the city like a boulder into a pool. Caught in the wash is Detective Inspector Scobie Malone, as he uncovers an elaborate financial scheme, a series of cold-blooded precision killings, and layers of political intrigue. Scobie thinks he is immune to politics, but he is soon engulfed in its consequences: The police minister applies pressure; a millionaire banker becomes less than his public image; a hit man goes about his grisly work; and three of Sydney's most powerful (and libidinous) women give Scobie a glimpse of how life in Sydney really operates. Finally, when he is forced to accept aid from his onetime enemy, top criminal Jack Aldwych, now retired but still ruthless, Malone learns once again that when politics and money are arrayed against him, the odds are never even..

$9.99

Black Betty
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Black Betty

By Mosley, Walter

W W Norton & Co Inc, 1994. Book. Near-Fine. Hardcover. First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Near-fine condition. Stated First Edition. Number line: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0. NO remainder marks or price clippings. Tight spine, clean pages. NO writing or tears inside book. Previous owner's embossed name stamp in book front on blank page (Frances W. Rhea). 255 pages. Detective Easy Rawlins returns in a mystery set in 1961 Los Angeles as Easy accepts a job searching for a beautiful woman nicknamed "Black Betty," who works as a housekeeper in Beverly Hills..

$9.99

The Fundamentals of Murder
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The Fundamentals of Murder

By Love, William F.

Donald I. Fine, 1991. Book. Near-Fine. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Near-fine condition. NO remainder marks or price clippings. Price inside dustcover: $18.95 - Number line (10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1). Tight spine - Bright pages. NO writing, marks or tears inside book 247 pages. Dustcover shows light wear (NO tears). When the Lord sent Jerry Fanning to New York City to convert sinners, the young Oklahoma fundamentalist had no idea that he'd soon be jailed for strangling three prostitutes and a model on four successive Fridays in Times Square. But Jerry has not been abandoned. Racing to the rescue are two rising stars on the investigative scene--the paraplegic Bishop Regan (more Nero Wolfe than Father Dowling) and his ex-cop assistant, Davey Goldman, ``a Jew ( and an atheist)''--introduced in The Chartreuse Clue. Despite occasional lapses in pace and a predictable solution, this ecumenical whodunit by a former Benedictine monk and banker is a brisk, diverting read with a smashing climax..

$8.99

The Waterworks
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The Waterworks

By Doctorow, E.L.

Random House Inc, 1994. Book. Fine. Trade Paperback. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Near-new condition. NO remainder marks or clippings. Tight spine, clean pages. NO writing or tears inside book. 257 pages. Synopsis: An elegant page-turner of nineteenth-century detective fiction. The Washington Post Book World One rainy morning in 1871 in lower Manhattan, Martin Pemberton a freelance writer, sees in a passing stagecoach several elderly men, one of whom he recognizes as his supposedly dead and buried father. While trying to unravel the mystery, Pemberton disappears, sending McIlvaine, his employer, the editor of an evening paper, in pursuit of the truth behind his freelancer's fate. Layer by layer, McIlvaine reveals a modern metropolis surging with primordial urges and sins, where the Tweed Ring operates the city for its own profit and a conspicuously self-satisfied nouveau-riche ignores the poverty and squalor that surrounds them. In E. L. Doctorow's skilled hands, The Waterworks becomes, in the words of The New York Times, a dark moral tale . . . an eloquently troubling evocation of our past. Startling and spellbinding . . . The waters that lave the narrative all run to the great confluence, where the deepest issues of life and death are borne along on the swift, sure vessel of [Doctorow's] poetic imagination. The New York Times Book Review Hypnotic . . . a dazzling romp, an extraordinary read, given strength and grace by the telling, by the poetic voice and controlled cynical lyricism of its streetwise and world-weary narrator. The Philadelphia Inquirer A gem of a novel, intimate as chamber music . . . a thriller guaranteed to leave readers with residual chills and shudders. Boston Sunday Herald Enthralling . . . a story of debauchery and redemption that is spellbinding from first page to last. Chicago Sun-Times An immense, extraordinary achievement. San Francisco Chronicle.

$9.99

The Big Bad Wolf
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The Big Bad Wolf

By Patterson, James

Little Brown & Company, 2003. Book. Fine. Hardcover. First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Near-new condition. Stated First Edition. Number line: 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. NO remainder marks or price clippings. Tight spine, clean pages. Price inside dustcover: $27.95. 390 pages. NO writing, marks or tears inside book. - "Alex Cross battles the most ruthless and powerful killer he has ever encountered - a predator known only as the Wolf." "Alex Cross's first case since joining the FBI has his new colleagues stymied. Across the country, men and women are being kidnapped in broad daylight and then disappearing completely. These people are not being taken for ransom, Alex realizes. They are being bought and sold. And it looks as if a shadowy figure called the Wolf - a master criminal who has brought a new reign of terror to organize crime - is behind this business in which ordinary men and women are sold as slaves." "Even as he admires the FBI's vast resources, Alex grows impatient with the Bureau's clumsiness and caution when it is time to move. A lone wolf himself, he has to go out on his own in order to track the Wolf and try to rescue some of the victims while they are still alive." As the case boils over, Alex is in hot water at home too. His ex-fiancee, Christine Johnson, comes back into his life - and not for the reasons Alex might have hoped..

$9.99

The Oxford Murders
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The Oxford Murders

By Martinez, Guillermo

Abacus, 2006. Book. Near-Fine. Trade Paperback. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Near-fine condition. NO remainder marks or clippings. Tight spine, clean pages. NO writing, marks or tears inside book. 197 pages. Covers are clean and bright, show light wear (NO tears)..

$7.99

Protocol for Murder

By Nathan, Paul

Sag Harbor, New York, U.S.A.: Permanent Pr Pub Co, 1994. Book. Fine. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. A photo of this book is available. Near-new condition. NO remainder marks or dustcover clippings. Dustcover is clean and bright, shows slight wear (NO tears). Tight spine, clean pages. NO writing, marks or tears inside book. 176 pages. From Publishers Weekly: In his first novel, Nathan, who writes PW 's Rights column, introduces a likable, witty amateur detective who could be a model of his kind for the '90s. Bert Swain is a divorced, middle-aged writer with an understated sense of humor--the sort of fellow who is polite but never stuffy. When offered a job in New York directing publicity for the Krinsky Research Center, a major medical research facility, the Florida-based Bert jumps at the chance to get back to the city he loves and be nearer his 11-year-old daughter, who lives with her mother in Toronto. His first task is to handle the abrupt decamping of a prominent scientist; his second, to help find missing researcher Faith Frawley, is not as easy. He learns that Faith may have been seeing someone from the Center, but his only clue is a bottle of Tullamore Dew Irish whiskey in the teetotaling woman's apartment. Suspecting murder, Bert contacts the police, and while working with them must toe a fine line to keep his job at a company harboring a killer even while helping to rout out the miscreant. Aided by a new lady love, who is the Center's comptroller, genteel Bert manages to solve a few crimes, avoid violent death and save both the reputation of the Center and his job. Delighted readers will welcome the next promised Bert Swain adventure. Mystery Guild selection. Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

$9.99

Quarry: A "Nameless Detective" Mystery

By Pronzini, Bill

New York, New York, U.S.A.: Delacorte, 1992. Book. Fine. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. A photo of this book is available. Very-nice, clean condition. NO remainder marks or price clippings. Price inside dustcover: $18.00. Number line: 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. Tight spine, bright pages. 216 pages. NO writing, marks or tears inside book. From Publishers Weekly: Pronzini's ( Breakdown ) brisk, efficient, action-packed mystery is set on the earthquake-ravaged San Francisco waterfront and in the now-arid salad-bowl country to the south. Here the Nameless Detective hunts for a methodical, brutal stranger who is pursuing withdrawn Grady Haas, 31, daughter of rancher Arlo Haas, the detective's old friend. Secretive Grady won't tell why she has suddenly left her job as an insurance adjuster specializing in marine claims and returned to the Salinas Valley . Nameless finds that her San Francisco apartment has been thoroughly tossed. All he has to go on are the three claims Grady had been investigating and her ex-boyfriend's savage beating by a stranger seeking Grady's whereabouts. Nameless may lack a moniker but he's full of character, describing himself as a "throwback--the kind of man who hates progress, mistrusts technology, and never quite feels comfortable in any place where he can't see or touch some small piece of the past." Still haunted by the horror described in Shackles (1988), in which he was chained for three months to the wall of an isolated mountain cabin, Nameless now must endure a new ordeal, being locked inside a burning building. The book's exciting final scene nicely plays on the title's double meanings. Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc..

$11.55

The Last Cop Out

By Spillane, Mickey

A Signet Book / New American Library, 1973. Book. Very Good +. Mass Market Paperback. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. A photo of this book is available. Very-good+, clean copy. NO remainder marks or clippings. Covers are clean, show light wear (NO tears). Signet book number: 451-Y5626. NO writing, marks or tears inside book. Tight spine, clean pages. Pages show tanning..

$9.99

Provence - To Die For: A Murder, She Wrote Mystery
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Provence - To Die For: A Murder, She Wrote Mystery

By Fletcher, Jessica; Bain, Donald

Signet, 2002. Book. Near-Fine. Mass Market Paperback. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Near-fine condition. NO remainder marks or clippings. Covers are clean (NO tears). Tight spine, bright pages. NO writing, marks or tears inside book. 265 pages. Synopsis In her seventeenth book adventure, bestselling author Jessica Fletcher travels to Provence for some haute cuisine, and becomes embroiled in a culinary murder mystery..

$6.99

Photo Finished: A Scrapbooking Mystery
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Photo Finished: A Scrapbooking Mystery

By Childs, Laura

New York, New York, U.S.A.: Prime Crime, 2004. Book. Fine. Mass Market Paperback. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Fine condition. NO remainder marks or clippings. Tight spine, clean pages. NO writing, marks or tears inside book. 262 pages. Synopsis New Orleans scrapbooking shop owner Carmela Bertrand is hosting a late-night "Crop Till You Drop" session-when a neighboring antique-shop owner winds up murdered in the alley. Now, the scrapbooking expert must rearrange the jumble of clues and pick out the killer..

$6.99

Murder She Wrote: Murder in a Minor Key
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Murder She Wrote: Murder in a Minor Key

By Fletcher, Jessica;Bain, Ronald

Signet, 2001. Book. Fine. Mass Market Paperback. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Like-new copy. Appears unread. NO remainder marks or clippings. Tight spine, bright pages. NO writing, marks or tears. 263 pages. Synopsis There's big trouble brewing in the Big Easy. Jessica Fletcher is getting an insider's view of the New Orleans Jazz Festival from arts critic Wayne Copely. But when Copely turns up dead next to the grave of an old voodoo queen, Jessica must prove that she's no tourist when it comes to murder..

$6.99

Something Rotten: A Thursday Next Novel
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Something Rotten: A Thursday Next Novel

By Fforde, Jasper

New York, New York, U.S.A.: Viking Press, 2004. Book. Fine. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Near-new copy. Appears unread. NO remainder marks or price clippings. Price inside dustcover: $24.95. Number line: 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2. Tight spine, bright pages. NO writing, marks or tears inside book. 391 pages. Synopsis: Detective Thursday Next has had her fill of her responsibilities as the Bellman in Jurisfiction, enough with Emperor Zhark's pointlessly dramatic entrances, outbreaks of slapstick raging across pulp genres, and hacking her hair off to fill in for Joan of Arc. Packing up her son, Friday, Thursday returns to Swindon accompanied by none other than the dithering Danish prince Hamlet. Caring for both is more than a full- time job and Thursday decides it is definitely time to get her husband Landen back, if only to babysit. Luckily, those responsible for Landen's eradication, The Goliath Corporation- formerly an oppressive multinational conglomerate, now an oppressive multinational religion- have pledged to right the wrong. But returning to SpecOps isn't a snap. When outlaw fictioneer Yorrick Kaine seeks to get himself elected dictator, he whips up a frenzy of anti-Danish sentiment and demands mass book burnings. The return of Swindon's patron saint bearing divine prophecies could spell the end of the world within five years, possibly faster if the laughably terrible Swindon Mallets don't win the Superhoop, the most important croquet tournament in the land. And if that's not bad enough, The Merry Wives of Windsor is becoming entangled with Hamlet. Can Thursday find a Shakespeare clone to stop this hostile takeover? Can she prevent the world from plunging into war? Can she vanquish Kaine before he realizes his dream of absolute power? And, most important, will she ever find reliable child care? Find out in this totally original, action-packed romp, sure to be another escapist thrill for Jasper Fforde's growing legion of fans..

$9.99

No Business Being A Cop

By O'Donnell, Lillian

G.P Putnam's Sons, 1978. Book. Fine. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. A photo of this book is available. Very-nice, clean condition. NO remainder marks or duscover clippings. Dustcover shows light wear (NO tears). Tight spine, bright pages. NO writing, marks or tears inside book. 186 pages. Blue boards with dark-blue lettering (clean and bright)..

$9.99

Underkill: An Allen Choice Novel
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Underkill: An Allen Choice Novel

By Chang, Leonard

New York, New York, U.S.A.: Minotaur Books / St. Martin's, 2003. Book. Fine. Hardcover. First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Like-new condition. Appears unread. Stated First Edition. NO remainder marks or price clippings. Tight spine, bright pages. NO writing, marks or tears inside book. 309 pages. Synopsis: Edgy and as engrossing as Leonard Chang's acclaimed debut crime novel Over the Shoulder, Underkill finds Korean American investigator Allen Choice on a case that becomes as much a personal journey as an exploration of murder and its harrowing consequences. Two years have passed since Allen examined his late partner's death in San Francisco, which eventually exposed secrets about the death of Allen's immigrant father twenty years earlier, with the help of journalist and girlfriend Linda Maldonado. Now Allen follows Linda down to Los Angeles and into the unfamiliar world of illegal raves and small-time drug dealers to uncover the details of her brother's unexpected and suspicious death, hoping to repair their deteriorating relationship and aiding her as she once helped him. Underkill is a dark and riveting look at the mysteries of families and relationships, and delves deeply into Allen's complicated interior life. With Allen Choice in this new series, Chang is skillfully creating an unforgettable and unique character in the world of noir..

$7.99

In The Company Of Cheerful Ladies
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In The Company Of Cheerful Ladies

By McCall Smith, Alexander

New York, New York, U.S.A.: Pantheon Books, 2004. Book. Fine. Hardcover. First American Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Near-new condition. Appears unread. Stated First American Edition. NO remainder marks or price clippings - Tight spine - Bright pages. NO writing, marks or tears inside book. 233 pages. - In the newest addition to the universally beloved No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, the charming and ever-resourceful Precious Ramotswe finds herself overly beset by problems. She is already busier than usual at the detective agency when added to her concerns are a strange intruder in her house on Zebra Drive and the baffling appearance of a pumpkin. And then there is Mma Makutsi, who decides to treat herself to dance lessons, only to be partnered with a man who seems to have two left feet. Nor are things running quite as smoothly as they usually do at Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors. Mma Ramotswe's husband, the estimable Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, is overburdened with work even before one of his apprentices runs off with a wealthy woman. But what finally rattles Mma Ramotswe's normally unshakable composure is a visitor who forces her to confront a secret from her past. . . . All this unfolds against the sunlit background of Mma Ramotswe's beloved homeland, Botswana-a land of empty spaces, echoing skies, and an endless supply of soothing bush tea..

$7.99

The Seraphim Kill: A Detective Lieutenant Abe Rainfinch Mystery
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The Seraphim Kill: A Detective Lieutenant Abe Rainfinch Mystery

By Shaw, P. B.

New York, New York, U.S.A.: Walker & Co, 1994. Book. Fine. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. A photo of this book is available. Near-new copy. NO remainder marks or price clippings. Price inside dustcover: $21.95. Tight spine, clean pages. NO writing, marks or tears inside book. 236 pages. Synopsis: No one was surprised at the outcries that followed the opening of The Seraphim, a dance club located in what once had been High Bluff Presbyterian Church, especially when it became obvious that most of the clientele was gay. And the voices of outrage and the I-told-you-so's were even louder late one nasty evening when a man who should have known better showed up in an evening dress. and turned up knifed to death in the alley between the club and Maude Mae Haslip's apartment. For Detective Lieutenant Abe Rainfinch of the Oklahoma City Police Department, finding the killer is just part of the job; he also has to deal with a press attache with dreams of glory; the governor's chief of staff, who sees his dreams of an office in the White House going down the tubes; and then a second murder, and a third. While Rainfinch's investigation continues in the face of governmental stonewalling, Maude Mae Haslip sits at her apartment window, watching and waiting..

$9.99

The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

By Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan; Shreffler, Philip A. (Afterword)

Reader's Digest Association, 1993. Book. Illus. by Johnson, David. Fine. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. A photo of this book is available. Like-new copy of this attractive hardback. NO remainder marks or clippings. Nicely illustrated. NO writing, marks or tears inside book. Tight spine, clean pages. 219 pages. Biography Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was both a doctor and a believer in spirits, which may partly explain why his Sherlock Holmes is one of literature's most beloved detectives: Holmes always approaches his cases with the gentility and logic of a scientist, but the stories are suffused with an aura of the supernatural. Narrated by devoted assistant Dr. John H. Watson, Holmes's adventures were so addictive that fans protested the master deducer's "death" in 1893 and Doyle had to resurrect him..

$9.44

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