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Dancing Aztecs: A Novel.
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Dancing Aztecs: A Novel.

By Donald E Westlake.

New York, NY M. Evans and Company, 1976. Hardcover First Edition (1976), First Printing, indicated by a complete numerical sequence. First Edition (1976), First Printing, indicated by a complete numerical sequence. Very Good+ to Near Fine in Very Good+ to Near Fine DJ: The Book shows mild shelving wear to the bottom edge of the cloth-covered boards: a tiny insect dropping at the top edge of the text block; the text pages have tanned very slightly, due to aging; the binding is square and secure; the text is clean. Free of creased or dog-eared pages in the text. Free of underlining, hi-lighting, notations, or marginalia. Free of any ownership names, dates, addresses, notations, inscriptions, stamps, plates, or labels. A handsome copy, structurally sound and tightly bound, showing very light wear and minor, unobtrusive cosmetic flaws. The DJ shows mild rubbing; a couple of tiny nicks to the head of the backstrip; the lower corner of the inside front flap is creased; the price is intact. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. (8.55 x 5.9 x 1.25 inches). 374 pages. Language: English. Weight: 21 ounces. Hardback with DJ.

$24.50

Kill Him Twice (Shell Shot Series).

By Richard S. Prather.

Greenwich, CT Pocket Books, 1965. Paperback First Edition Thus (1965), Sixth Printing (1968). Near Fine in Wraps: shows indications of very careful use: just a touch of wear to the extremities; the mildest rubbing to the wrapper covers; the pages have tanned a bit, due to aging; else flawless; the binding is square and perfectly secure; the text is clean. Free of creases to the panels. Free of creases to the backstrip. Free of creased or dog-eared pages in the text. Free of underlining, hi-lighting, notations, or marginalia. Free of any ownership names, dates, addresses, notations, inscriptions, stamps, plates, or labels. A handsome, nearly-new copy, structurally sound and tightly bound, showing very mild wear and minor, unobtrusive cosmetic flaws. Bright and clean. Corners sharp. Not without flaw, but remains very close to 'As New', showing very little wear at all. REMAINDER, showing small unbtrusive marks at the bottom edge of the bottom edge of the text block. NOT a Book-Club or Ex-Library. 12mo. (7 x 4.25 x 0.5 inches) 185 pages. All Edges Tinted red. Language: English. Weight: 4 ounces. Pocket Book #55925. First Edition Thus (1965), Sixth Printing (1968). Mass Market Paperback. Richard Scott Prather (1921– 2007) was an American mystery novelist, best known for creating the "Shell Scott" series, of which this series of three novellas is the fifteenth. The first Shell Scott mystery, "Case of the Vanishing Beauty" was published in 1950. It would be the start of a long series that numbered more than three dozen titles featuring the Shell Scott character. Prather was awarded the Private Eye Writers of America Lifetime Achievement Award in 1986.

$2.94

Bank Shot.

By Donald E Westlake.

New York, NY Pocket Books, 1973. Paperback First Edition Thus (1973), Fifth Printing (1974). Very Good+ in Wraps: shows indications of careful use: the spine leans ever so slightly; just a hint of wear to the extremities; very mild rubbing to wrapper covers; the pages have tanned a bit, due to aging; three pages creased at the upper corner; the heel of the backstrip has been carefully tape-repaired; the binding is secure; the text is clean. Free of creases to the panels. Free of creases to the backstrip. Free of underlining, hi-lighting, notations, or marginalia. A handsome copy, structurally sound and tightly bound, showing light wear and minor cosmetic flaws. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 12mo. (7 x 4.25 x 0.5 inches). 189 pages. Language: English. Weight: 4 ounces. First Edition Thus (1973), Fifth Printing (1974). Mass Market Paperback.

$11.96

Caldo Largo.
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Caldo Largo.

By Earl Thompson.

New York, NY Carroll & Graf Publishers, 1991. Mass Market Paperback First Edition Thus (1991), so stated. First published in hardcover in 1976. First Edition Thus (1991), so stated. Very Good in Wraps: shows indications of careful use: shows very slight spine lean; light wear to extremities, mainly to the outside edge of the front panel, which also shows a couple fo very faint creases near the lower corner; the mildest rubbing to the panels; a couple of extremely faint creases to the backstrip; the binding is secure; the text is clean. Free of creased or dog-eared pages in the text. Free of any underlining, hi-lighting or marginalia or marks in the text. A handsome copy, structurally sound and tightly bound, showing moderate wear and minor cosmetic flaws. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 12mo. (6.85 x 4.25 x 0.8 inches). 285 pages. Language: English. Weight: 5.5 ounces. First published in hardcover in 1976. Mass Market Paperback.

$16.27

The Shape of SnakesISBN 10:  ISBN 13: 9780307277114.
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The Shape of Snakes ISBN 10: ISBN 13: 9780307277114.

By Minette Walters.

New York, NY Random House: Vintage/Black Lizard, 2008. Paperback First Edition Thus (2008); First Printing indicated by a complete numerical sequence. First Edition Thus (2008); First Printing indicated by a complete numerical sequence. Very Near Fine in Wraps: the binding is very slightly cocked off square, but remains perfectly secure; the text is clean. Free of creases to the covers. Free of underlining, hi-lighting, notations, or marginalia. Free of creased or dog-eared pages in the text. Free of any ownership names, dates, addresses, notations, inscriptions, stamps, plates, or labels. A handsome very nearly-new copy, structurally sound and tightly bound, showing a single unobtrusive flaw. Virtually 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. (8 x 5.25 x 0.8 inches). 370 pages. A map preceeds the text. Language: English. Weight: 12.8 ounces. Trade Paperback.

$7.06

Bangkok 8.
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Bangkok 8.

By Burdett, John.

New York, NY Alfred A. Knopf: Borzoi Books, 2003. Hardcover First Edition (2003), so stated. First Edition (2003), so stated. Very Good+ in Very Good+ DJ: The Book shows indications of light use: slight spine lean; a small bump and a tiny crack at the top edge of the rear panel; the binding remains perfectly secure; the text is clean. Free of underlining, hi-lighting, notations, or marginalia. Free of creased or dog-eared pages in the text. Free of any ownership names, dates, addresses, notations, inscriptions, stamps, plates, or labels. A handsome copy, structurally sound and tightly bound, showing a couple of notable flaws, but very little wear at all. Overall, despite noted flaws, remains close to 'As New'. The DJ shows mild rubbing to the panels; a 5/8" tear at the top edge of the rear panel; else flawless; the price is intact. Flawed, but remains close to "As New". NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. (9.5 x 6.5 x 1.25 inches). 318 pages. Deckle Fore-Edge. The Book has pictorail laminate boards. Language: English. Weight: 1 pound, 8.5 ounces. Hardback with DJ.

$6.47

Last Chants (A Willa Jansson Mystery).
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Last Chants (A Willa Jansson Mystery).

By Lia Matera.

New York, NY Simon & Schuster, 1996. Hardcover First Edition (1996); First Printing indicated by a complete numerical sequence. INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. First Edition (1996); First Printing indicated by a complete numerical sequence. Very Good+ in Very Near Fine DJ: The Book shows a single page has been dog-eared; barely discernible spine lean; lightest shelving wear along the bottom edge of the quarter-cloth boards; faint production crease at the front pastedown endpaper; the binding remains secure; the text is clean. Free of underlining, hi-lighting, notations, or marginalia. Free of any ownership names, dates, addresses, notations, inscriptions, stamps, plates, or labels. A handsome nearly-new copy, structurally sound and tightly bound, showing mild wear and minor, unobtrusive flaws. Close to 'As New'. The DJ shows very mild rubbing to the panels; the lower corner tips show the barest touch of wear; the price is intact; mylar-protected. No longer absolutely 'As New', but remains very close to it. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. (9.55 x 6.4 x 1 inches). 225 pages. Language: English. Weight: 19 ounces. Hardback with DJ. INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY AUTHOR.

$5.88

The Godfather.

By Puzo, Mario.

New York, NY New American Library: Signet Books, 1978. Mass Market Paperback. First Edition Thus (1978); First Printing indicated by a complete numerical sequence. First Edition Thus (1978); First Printing indicated by a complete numerical sequence. Very Good in Wraps: shows indications of careful use: very light wear to the extremities; mild rubbing and a hint of soiling to the wrapper covers; three tiny spots of soil to the upper fore-edge; a single crease to the backstrip; the binding is square and secure; the text is clean. Free of creased or dog-eared pages in the text. Free of any ownership names, dates, addresses, notations, inscriptions, stamps, plates, or labels. No longer 'As New', but remains clean, sturdy, and quite presentable. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 12mo. (7 x 4.25 x 1 inches)., 446 pages. Language: English. Weight: 8.4 ounces. Mass Market Paperback.

$14.70

Dead Fishy.

By Derek Hansen.

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Reed Books: Mandarin, 1996. Paperback First Edition Thus [1996]; First Printing indicated by the absence of subsequent printings noted in accordance with Mandarin's customary practice. First Edition Thus [1996]; First Printing indicated by the absence of subsequent printings noted in accordance with Mandarin's customary practice. Very Near Fine in Wraps: shows only a very slight tanning to the text pages; else flawless. The binding is square and secure; the text is clean. Free of ownership names, dates, addresses, notations, inscriptions, stamps, or labels. Very close to 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 12mo. (7.05 x 4.35 x 1 inches). 327 pages. Weight: 6.1 ounces. Mass Market Paperback.

$245.00

Hit and Run: An Inspector West Mystery.

By John Creasey.

New York, NY Berkley Books, 1961. Paperback First Ed thus; First Printing indicated. First Ed thus; First Printing indicated. Very Good+ in Wraps: shows indications of very light use; light wear to extremities; mild rubbing to sheen of wrapper covers; binding square and secure; text clean. Remains close to 'As New'. NOT a Remainder. NOT a Book-Club Edition. NOT an Ex-Library copy. 12mo. 160pp. First Published in UK under the title 'Accident for Inspector West' in 1957. Berkley Medallion # G-552. Mass Market Paperback.

$5.29

Backtrack.
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Backtrack.

By Joseph Hansen.

New York, NY Penguin Books, 1983. Paperback First Edition Thus [1983], so stated. Very Good+ in Wraps: shows indications of very careful use: light wear to the extremities; mild rubbing to the wrapper covers, which also show faint, but pervasive soiling to the white background field of the rear panel; a couple of very faint creases near the rear corners; the binding is square and secure; the text is clean. The pages have tanned very slightly, due to aging. Not without some minor flaws, but remains structurally sound and tightly bound: clean, sturdy, presentable. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 12mo. 167pp. (Penguin Crime Fiction). First Edition Thus [1983], so stated. Previously published by The Countryman Press in 1982. Mass Market Paperback.

$5.29

The Murder of Old Comrades.

By Richard Rosenthal.

New York, NY Pocket Books, 1992. Paperback First Edition Thus; First Printing indicated. First Edition Thus; First Printing indicated. Fine in Wraps: the pages have tanned very slightly due to aging; else flawless; the binding is square and secure; the text is clean. Virtually 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 12mo. 263pp. Written with Amy Rosenthal. Edited by Eric Tobias. Mass Market Paperback. Richard Rosenthal is an American author and law enforcement officer. In 2011, he retired as the chief of police of Wellfleet, Massachusetts on Cape Cod, where he served for over 20 years. Prior, he served two decades as an NYPD officer, retiring at the rank of lieutenant. Rosenthal has written books on police craft, one on Skycops and one on K-9 units, as well as a novel and a memoir about police undercover work. As a rookie cop for the NYPD, he was assigned to work undercover in the JDL; it is the subject of his fourth book. Before becoming Chief of Police in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, Richard Rosenthal spent twenty years in the New York City Police Department, where he ran the Heavy Weapons and Undercover Weapons Training programs and, as a detective in the Bronx, dealt with homicide, narcotics, and armed robbery. Before joining the NYPD, he worked for U.S. Air Force military intelligence as a Russian language specialist. Pocket Books published his two popular books of police craft, Sky Cops and K-9 Cops, as well as his novel, The Murder of Old Comrades, which has been called “a spicy police procedural about KGB assassins on the loose in Manhattan,” according to The Wall Street Journal, which “put Mr. Rosenthal on the map in big-league publishing.”

$8.23

Three's a Shroud (Shell Shot Series).

By Richard S. Prather.

Greenwich, CT Fawcett: Gold Medal, 1957. Paperback First Edition, unstated. Very Good+ in Wraps: shows indications of very careful use: just a touch of wear to the extremities; the mildest rubbing to the wrapper covers; the pages have tanned a bit, due to aging; the binding leans somewhat, but remains quite secure; text clean. Not without flaw, but remains close to 'As New', showing very little wear at all. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 12mo. 156pp. Gold Medal Book #665. First Edition, unstated. Mass Market Paperback. Richard Scott Prather (1921– 2007) was an American mystery novelist, best known for creating the "Shell Scott" series, of which this series of three novellas is the fifteenth. The first Shell Scott mystery, "Case of the Vanishing Beauty" was published in 1950. It would be the start of a long series that numbered more than three dozen titles featuring the Shell Scott character. Prather was awarded the Private Eye Writers of America Lifetime Achievement Award in 1986.

$8.23

Potshot.
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Potshot.

By Gerry Boyle .

New York, NY Berkley Prime Crime , 1998. Paperback First Edition Thus; First Printing indicated. First Edition Thus; First Printing indicated. Near Fine in Wraps: shows only the most minute indications of use: just a hint of wear to extremities; very faint foxing to the fore-edge and bottom edge; a tiny soil spot at the top edge. The binding is square and secure; the text is clean. Not absolutely perfect, but very close to 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 12mo. 322pp. Jack McMorrow Mystery Series. Mass Market Paperback. Gerry Boyle's uncanny eye for the dangers that can lie just beneath the sleepy surfaces of rural Maine makes his fourth book about freelance journalist Jack McMorrow a marvelously mordant mystery. It's not hard to swallow the back story that the impulsive McMorrow gave up a job with the New York Times to savor the charms and rigors of northern New England; he takes the same kinds of chances here as he gets involved with a strange bunch of advocates for legal marijuana. Boyle's Jack McMorrow series has often been compared to Robert B. Parker's Spenser books. In fact, I expected to find a major rip-off of Parker, I was very pleasantly surprised to find tightly written, well-plotted stories with plenty of dry humor. I found Potshot to be one of the best of the McMorrow series. Boyle has a wonderful sense of style, particularly with characters that could easily veer off into stereotypes or just plain silliness. The legalized pot movement is just so ripe for satire, but even through the haze, each character is used to further the plot rather than just for comic relief. Bottom line: Boyle writes well enough that we can lay aside associations with Parker and his hero. Gerry Boyle can stand on his own. Lifeline and Bloodline are worth checking out too.

$8.82

Doll Eyes (A Rooster Franklin Mystery).

By Randy Russell.

New York, NY Doubleday: Perfect Crime Books , 1992. Hardcover First Edition; First Printing indicated. First Edition; First Printing indicated. Fine in Fine DJ: Book shows binding square and secure; text clean. DJ unclipped; mylar-protected. As New. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. 181pp. Hardback with DJ. After a two-year split, the engagingly corrupt Rooster Franklin has decided he can't live without Rosalinda, and when he shows up on her Kansas City doorstep, he fully expects her to marry him. The problem? Rosalinda has already married snooty Joseph Warman--plus there's a dead body at Rosalinda's former address. Who murdered pretty Kathleen, and why? The artist was supposedly a prot‚g‚e of Rosalinda and Warman's, even though her work wasn't being shown at Inside Moves, their fancy gallery. Then an arsonist burns Kathleen's entire output, and Rooster is convinced Warman is behind it. Hellbent on separating Warman from Rosalinda, he pokes and pries and comes up with a steamy videotape that sets his romantic prospects even further back. Meanwhile, Rosalinda's mobster brother is tailing Rooster, and the cops are sizing him up for a jail cell. Finally, though, a million-dollar pane of stamps will end Rooster's chances of marrying--and explain the motive behind several other murders. A mean, funny spin on what happens when you talk yourself into being in love.

$9.41

Nightfall.

By David Goodis.

New York, NY Random House: Vintage Crime / Black Lizard, 1991. Paperback First Edition Thus; First Printing indicated. Very Good in Wraps: shows indications of very careful use: light wear to extremities, with a tiny crease right at the lower front corner tip; mild rubbing to wrapper covers and a bit of faint soiling; the binding leans a little, but remains perfectly secure; text clean. Remains structurally sound and tightly bound, and despite light wear, is clean, sturdy, presentable. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. 139pp. First Edition Thus; First Printing indicated [1991]. Copyright 1947. Trade Paperback. 'Nightfall' is a short novel by David Goodis, written at the height of his career. True to form, Goodis focuses on a single character and his angst. This time we have a man who has difficulty remembering the details of his involvement with $300,000 taken in a bank heist. On his tail are the bank robbers and the police. a man on the run from the law, and the sympathetic policeman who takes an interest in his case. A beautiful book, spare and haunting. Not a wasted word. Goodis sometimes reaches for poetry in his tales, but here he achieves it with a delicate poise. This is one of the great post-war thrillers, and as close as anyone's ever come to evoking film noir on the page. Dark, brooding and claustrophobic. Just the way we like it. A must-read for those into 'noir' fiction.

$24.50

Shadow Trade.

By Alan Furst.

London, UK Quartet Books, 1984. Hardcover First Ed UK, so stated. First Ed UK, so stated. Very Near Fine in Very Near Fine DJ: Both book and DJ show only minute indications of use. Book shows barely discernible spine lean; the binding remains perfectly secure; text clean. DJ shows only the mildest rubbing; price unclipped; mylar-protected. Overall, very close to 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. 214pp. Hardback with DJ. This is the last installment, the fourth, of Alan Furst's first phase. Soon he would be immersed in the shadows and espionage of pre-WWII Europe. These works are, nevertheless, the works of a masterful craftsman. Shadow Trade is a damn fine read. Suspenseful, with splendid charactor development and wit. If this book were to be rewritten w/today's technological advancements, it'd be a best-seller. Alan Furst (born February 20, 1941) is an American author of historical spy novels. Furst has been called "an heir to the tradition of Eric Ambler and Graham Greene," whom he cites along with Joseph Roth and Arthur Koestler as important influences. Most of his novels since 1988 have been set just prior to or during the Second World War and he is noted for his successful evocations of Eastern Europe peoples and places during the period from 1933 to 1944. Writing in the New York Times, the novelist Justin Cartwright says that Furst, who lives in Sag Harbor, Long Island, "has adopted a European sensibility." Awarded a Fulbright teaching fellowship in 1969, Furst moved to Sommières, France, outside of Montpellier, and taught at the University of Montpellier. He later lived for many years in Paris, a city that he calls "the heart of civilisation" which figures significantly in all his novels. In 2011, the Tulsa Library Trust in Tulsa, Oklahoma selected Furst to receive its Helmerich Award, a literary prize given annually to honor a distinguished author's body of work.

$196.00

God is a Bullet.

By Boston Teran.

London, UK Macmillan: Pan Books, 2000. Mass Market Paperback First Ed thus, later printing. Very Near Fine in Wraps: shows only the most minute indications of use: just a hint of wear to the upper corner tips and barely discernible nicks a the top and bottom of the front hinge; the pages have tanned very slightly, due to aging; else flawless. Binding square and secure; text clean. Very close to 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 12mo. 306pp. Winner of the CWA John Creasey Dagger For Best First Crime Novel. Mass Market Paperback. I cannot praise this book highly enough. It is written third-person present tense, like a screenplay and it ROCKS. I am a lover both both crime noir and horror fiction, and although there are no specificly supernatural elements here they are certainly hinted at (the left hand path, a fascination with death, the snake that eats its tail). Boston Teran is a genius. His writing makes your eye stumble at times because it borders on poetry but he is just amazing. I have read all three of his books now and they all are great but this is the best. As I said it is not marketed as horror, but certainly borders on it and has the same anger and drive as Harry Shannons "Night of the Beast" without being specific to the horror genre at all. don't miss this one.

$7.64

The Bricklayer.
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The Bricklayer.

By Noah Boyd.

New York, NY HarperCollins: William Morrow, 2010. Hardcover First Ed; First Printing indicated. First Ed; First Printing indicated. Very Good in Very Good+ DJ: Both book and DJ shows indications of careful use. Book shows light wear to the extremities; binding square and secure; text clean. DJ shows mild rubbing; faint soiling; light wear to the extremities; price intact. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. 390pp. Hardback with DJ. The Bricklayer is the outstanding debut novel of Noah Boyd. Steve Vail aka the Bricklayer is a former FBI agent, who had a problem with bureaucracy and chose to be fired than let a cop killer go free. Although his present occupation is that of a brick layer, he is soon called upon when the FBI has exhausted it's resources on a case. It's been a while since I have read anything closely related to a crime novel. I gave up on them a few years ago because it seemed like they were all the same. So, when I got a chance to review this book, I almost passed because it was about crime and the FBI. I'm sure glad I decided to give it a chance. Steve Vail, the bad boy of the book is a really enjoyable guy, as long as you enjoy someone who has no respect for authority, and does things his own way. I found the character of Steve to be enjoyable. He's the type of guy you can have a beer and watch a game with. The relationship between Steve and Kate, his temporary FBI handler is one of mutual respect and admiration, as well as sexual overtones. The author provides an excellent storyline to showcase Steve's special character traits. The story is fun, exciting, and nonstop from the very beginning. I read the book within a few days, and found it hard to put down.

$4.70

Slam the Big Door.

By John D. MacDonald.

New York, NY Mysterious Press, 1987. Hardcover First Ed thus; First Printing indicated. REMAINDER, showing a mark at the top edge of the text block. Else, Very Near Fine in Fine DJ: Book shows no flaws other than the remainder mark; binding square and secure; text clean. DJ flawless; price unclipped. Virtually As New. Not a Book-Club or Ex-Library. 8vo. 212pp. First Ed thus; First Printing indicated, but the copyright date is 1960. Hardback with DJ. This well crafted novel contains a number of fully fleshed out characters, all of whom are quite believable. It would be wrong to classify Slam the Big Door as a mystery; all the important events that go to make up the plot take place right out in the open, in full view of the reader. Nor is it a crime story; DUI is just about the most serious violation of the legal system described in its pages. This is a book about relationships, complex human relationships that bind the characters together and, at times, wrench them apart. Mike Rodenska having recently lost his beloved wife, travels to Florida's gulfcoast ostensibly for a relaxing visit with his friend Troy Jamison and Troy's wife Mary. Once there, it becomes abundantly apparent that Troy needs Mike's help a lot more than Mike needs Troy's hospitality. The Jamisons' marriage is very much on the rocks and Troy's latest business venture is about to go belly up. With the use of very detailed and evocative descriptions, MacDonald succeeds in bringing to life the characters who together compose the circle of family, friends and acquaintances inhabiting the Jamisons' not so idyllic world. This is a thoughtfully written novel about friendship, love, self loathing, human fraility and the emptiness of affluence too easily obtained. Recommended to readers interested in exploring the psychological underpinnings of human behavior.

$9.41

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