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A Blood Affair

By: Roberts, Jan

Price: $9.20

Publisher: New York, Simon And Schuster: 1992

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 000435

ISBN: 0671744542

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dust jacket


The author's debut novel. India Grey is in a Georgetown beauty salon, when suddenly it is held up, and India is forced into the back by one of the men. She is brutally raped and her only avenue of survival is to black out; she avoids witnessing her own attack and the murder of her assailant. But now there are three groups looking for her, wanting to know what she knows, and as a most valuable witness she becomes a target for murder. The red and black binding is fine. The jacket is bent at the spine top and has a tiny tear at the back top by the flap. 287 pages, no marks or tears. Price not cli... View more info

A Season of Secrets

By: Cragin Herzig, Alison, and Lawrence Mali, Jane

Price: $11.07

Publisher: Boston, MA, Little, Brown and Company: 1982

Seller ID: CH-23025

Condition: Good


1982; HB. Ex-library. Binding is good, little wear on edges, scuffed on front. The pages are fine. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. . Quantity Available: 1. Category: Fiction::Mystery and Crime; Children::Juvenile. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: CH-23025. Hardcover View more info

A Stranger in the Dark

By: Smith, Alison

Price: $5.01

Publisher: Dodd, Mead & Company:

Seller ID: CH-12082

Condition: Fine with no dust jacket


1985; HB. Original title A Trap of Gold. Pictoral binding is fine, no wear. Part of the Weekly Reader Especially for Girls series. 133 pages, fine, no marks or tears. 5.25" x 8" high. ; Octavo (standard book size); 133 pages View more info

A Stranger in the Dark

By: Smith, Alison

Price: $5.54

Publisher: Dodd, Mead And Company: 1988

Seller ID: CH-01066

Condition: Fine with no dust jacket


Weekly Reader Book. Writer is the winner of the International Reading Association Children's Book Award. Binding has a few small bends at spine corners. Former owner's name written in front. Binding tight, pages yellowed at corners. 133 pages, no marks or tears noted. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. View more info

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A Time for Silence

By: Carr, Philippa

Price: $10.12

Publisher: New York, G. P. Putnam's Sons: 1991

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 004324

ISBN: 0399136193

Condition: As New in Fine dust jacket


This is and addition to Carr's popular Cornwall Saga. Secrecy and betrayal haunt two young women after leaving London for finishing school in Europe. They had no idea of the trouble to come, including an out-of-wedlock baby, the German invasion of Belgium, and upon fleeing Europe with the Germans one step behind, blackmail so severe it leads to murder. DJ has a bit of wear at one corner. Philippa Carr also writes as Victoria Holt. ; Octavo (standard book size); 349 pages View more info

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After Life

By: Ellis, Rhian

Price: $11.07

Publisher: New York, Ny, U. S. A., Viking Penguin: 2000

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 000621

ISBN: 0670892424

Condition: New in New dust jacket


This is the author's debut novel. It is about a woman named Naomi Ash, and Train Line, the town she lives in. The town is full of psychics, levitators, mind readers and all manner of occult practices. Beautifully written, this is a novel of secrets and lies, of a young woman's vision; of fakery, fraud and hovering spirits. It unveils a world where the secrets of the dead cannot stay buried and where Naomi's past must confront her precarious present. The black jacket is fine, as is the black & white binding. ; 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall View more info

Ambassador of the Dead

By: Melnyczuk, Askold

Price: $7.36

Publisher: Washington, D. C. , U. S.a., Counterpoint: 2001

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 001294

ISBN: 1582431329

Condition: Fine in Fine dust jacket


A harrowing tale about friendship and love, America and the immigrant's dream, this book introduces Ada Kruk, who is at once Mary and Medea, Sarah and Medusa. A study of ambitions gone awry and appetites too easily gratified, this novel is also an unflinching meditation on exile, assimilation and the price of love. The characters are haunting and vividly drawn. Remainder. ; 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall View more info

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Arcadia Falls

By: Goodman, Caarol

Price: $11.04

Publisher: New York, NY, Ballantine Books: 2010

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 003964

Condition: New in New dust jacket


This novel is a deftly woven, mesmerizing narrative of passion: For revenge, for art, and for love. After the unexpected death of Meg's husband, she and her daughter Sally make a fresh start in upstate New York, where Meg accepts a teaching job at a boarding school. One of her students plunges to her death during the schools First Night bonfire. The sheriff finds the death suspicious, but he has secrets and a dark past. He is investigating the death, and Meg's long-buried secrets emerge, with danger enveloping Sally. Shadows of the past grow longer and deadlier like a fairy tale. Praised by th... View more info

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Birdman : a Novel

By: Hayder, Mo

Price: $8.28

Publisher: New York, Ny, U. S. A., Doubleday Publishing: 1999

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 001158

ISBN: 038549694X

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket


Detective Jack Caffery - young, driven, and seemingly unshockable - catches a career-making or career-breaking homicide in his first case as lead investigator with London's crack murder squad. A young woman's body has been discovered, dumped on wasteland near the Millennium Dome site in Greenwich, England. It's the most brutal degradation of the human form that the squad has ever uncovered. Caffery's well-deserved reputation is that of the most stoic of detectives, but his initial inspection of the corpse will forever sear his psyche. The black binding has a small rubbed spot on the front at t... View more info

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Broke Heart Blues

By: Oates, Joyce Carol

Price: $7.38

Publisher: New York, New York, U. S. A., E P Dutton: 1999

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 001508

ISBN: 0525944516

Condition: Near Fine in Fine dust jacket


In the heat of a languid July, fresh from Las Vegas, John Reddy Heart drives into the quiet upstate town of Willowsville, New York. Eleven years old, piloting a trafic-stopping, salmon-colored Cadillac, he arrives with his stunning mother beside him, his grandfather and younger siblings in the backseat. His mysterious past has been left behind, but his legend is about to be born. 369 pages, the spine is shifted forward a bit. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. View more info

By Foul Means

By: Leyton, Patrick

Price: $7.38

Publisher: New York, The World Syndicate Publishing Company: 1929

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 000838

Condition: Near Fine with no dust jacket


Green binding; light wear to the corners and spine ends. One spot on an otherwise clean binding. 288 pages, no marks or tears; the pages have darkened with age. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. View more info

Coast of Fear

By: Crane, Caroline

Price: $7.36

Publisher: New York, Dodd, Mead & Company: 1981

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 004333

ISBN: 0396079504

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dust jacket


On a sightseeing trip to the French Riviera, Jessica Hayden makes a sympathy call on the family of her friend Francoise Lannier. Francoise had been killed by a mugger while she was a student in the United States. The family did not seem to mind her getting in touch with them, but someone did as she was followed by a man she recognized as one of the last to visit her late friend. Acts of violence seem to follow in her wake, and her hotel room was searched. It was clear Francoise's death was more than just a mugging. Somehow Jessica is involved, but she does not know how, and needs help from thi... View more info

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Cold Flat Junction

By: Grimes, Martha

Price: $6.44

Publisher: New York, Ny, U. S. A., N A L: 2002

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 001058

ISBN: 0451205235

Condition: Near Fine with no dust jacket


Martha Grimes returns the reader to the same small town as in Hotel Paradise, intertwining the threads of one young girl's unexplained death with another young girl's attempt at making sense of her own life Twelve-year-old Emma Graham is fascinated by something that happened forty years ago: The suspicious drowning of another twelve-year-old in Spirit Lake, near the Hotel Paradise, the once fashionable resort belonging to the Graham family. And that first tragedy has spawned two more. The bottom front corner at the spine is bumped, with the paper slightly unglued. 432 pages. 8vo - over 7¾&#... View more info

Corruptly Procured

By: Bowen, Michael

Price: $5.08

Publisher: New York, St. Martin's Press: 1994

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 000086

ISBN: 031210524X

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dust jacket


Retired from the Foreign Service, Michaelson is at government reception in the library of congress. A sudden explosion lands him in the hospital, and allows a German nationalist to steal the library's Gutenberg bible. After leaving the hospital, a top Washington D. C. Law firm offers him a consulting job; while he is preparing to decline, one of the partners is crushed to death. Jacket has a tiny horizontal tear at the front fold. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. View more info

Cracking Open a Coffin, a Case for John Coffin

By: Butler, Gwendoline

Price: $16.61

Publisher: New York, Ny, U. S. A., St. Martin's Press: 1993

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: M-02005

ISBN: 0312097778

Condition: Fine in Fine dust jacket


A John Coffin Mystery. Two students from the Second City of London's university are missing, and one is later found dead. Coffin's investigation of the situation soon probes deep into the past, laying bare a series of deaths in settings that range from the university to a refuge for battered women to St. Luke's Theatre. The jacket is in a mylar cover. Both it and the binding are fine. 239 pages, no marks or tears. The back end paper has what looks like glue or a spill on it; doesn't affect the rest of the book. Price is not clipped. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. View more info

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Criminal Convictions: Errant Essays on Perpetrators of Literary License

By: Freeling, Nicolas

Price: $8.74

Publisher: Jaffrey, New Hampshire, U. S. A., David R Godine Pub: 1994

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 001537

ISBN: 0879239735

Condition: New in Near Fine dust jacket


Universally recognized as one of today's premier writers of crime fiction, Nicolas Freeling here displays yet another side of his original mind in these "enviably perceptive and lyrical" essays (Kirkus) on other players in the same field. Freeling's definition of "crime fiction" is refreshingly broad, comprising not only the usual suspects - Sayers, Conan Doyle, Simenon, to name but a few of those he discusses, but also such unlikely candidates as Dickens, Kipling, Stendhal, and Conrad. For Freeling, the mystery genre embraces multitudinous forms and an astounding variety of pr... View more info

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Custard's Last Stand : a Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery with Recipes

By: Myers, Tamar

Price: $11.04

Publisher: New York, Ny, U. S. A., N A L: 2003

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 001048

ISBN: 0451207823

Condition: Near Fine in Fine dust jacket


Kentury colonel George Custard thinks Magdalena's hometown of Hernia, PA is perfect; so perfect, in fact, that he has decided to build his new mega five-star hotel there. And if everything goes according to plan, roads will widen and wealthy tourists will pour in. Not everyone thinks this is a good idea, because the new superstructure will destroy the town's quaint and quiet ambience. At a town council meeting several vocal citizens protest Custard's project. Soon after, the colonel is found murdered - shot at the PennDutch Inn. With the police investigation going nowhere Magdelena gets involv... View more info

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Dirty Linen

By: Kilmer, Nicholas

Price: $14.72

Publisher: New York, NY, Henry Holt & Co: 1999

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 003877

ISBN: 0805050345

Condition: Fine in Fine dust jacket


A Fred Taylor Mystery, signed by the author on the title page. A cache of old erotic paintings is purchased clandestinely at a benefit seaside auction in Massachusetts. Boston collector Clayton Reed and his agent, Fred Taylor, must provide a cloak of respectability for the auction - and then defend it from the increasingly violent enthusiasm of others who suspect its value only after the sale. Word gets out that this collection may illuminate the dark side of an artist. As this happens, so too is its dubious history, which leads from murder to double-dealing in the margins of the Boston and Lo... View more info

Fast Copy

By: Jenkins, Daniel

Price: $5.01

Publisher: New York, Simon And Schuster: 1988

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 000018

ISBN: 0671602063

Condition: Fine in Very Good dust jacket


Story of a reporter, set in 1935 Texas; she comes home with a new husband to take over dad's newspaper business. While she's out finding stories she uncovers the "Texas Murder Machine. " The discovery and a personal tragedy leads her to strip bare the secrets of her hometown. 396 pages. Jacket is protected by a plastic that is fine in the front but scratched on the back. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. View more info

Fatal Cure

By: Cook, Robin

Price: $5.06

Publisher: New York, Ny, U. S. A., Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated: 1994

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 000345

ISBN: 039913879X

Condition: Fine in Fine dust jacket


Fatal Cure is a hair-raising, timely foray into the dark side of medical reform, proving that with "managed care" the unthinkable can be as close as the local hospital. A doctor couple with their child move to an East Coast hospital to practice. After a resplendent fall, a stark landscape looms, revealing more than the skeletons of trees. Gradually at first, then at a quickening pace, their Nirvana disintegrates as mysterious, unexplained deaths become more than coincidences. The deadly nightmare of their life threatens them all, even their child, the most vulnerable. The jacket and bi... View more info

Garfield's Tales of Mystery

By: Kraft, Jim

Price: $5.54

Publisher: New York, Ny, U. S. A., Grosset & Dunlap: 1991

Seller ID: 000672

ISBN: 0448401320

Condition: Near Fine with no dust jacket


100% pure Garfield! Five (not very) scary stories are included: The Clue in the Chicken Coop, The Purloined Pie, The Secret of the Slippery Hippo, The Phantom of Funland, and The Case of the All-Gone Goldfish. Garfield is involved in every caper. The purple glossy binding has slight wear to one corner. 32 pages, no marks or tears. There is a very small date stamp on the fep that is illegible. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. View more info

Grimsoyke

By: Unsworth, Walter

Price: $7.38

Publisher: Thomas Nelson, Inc. , Publishers: 1974

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: CH-01089

Condition: Very Good in Very Good dust jacket


This is a mystery and detective story that takes place in England. The binding and dust jacket are in very good condition. There is a 1" tear at the right bottom corner, the back bottom left has some wrinkles, but minimal wear elsewhere. Remainders of a library label on the spine. Inside front cover and title page have usual library marks. View more info

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Heresy (A Thriller)

By: Parris, S. J.

Price: $11.04

Publisher: New York, NY, Doubleday: 2010

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 003970

Condition: New in New dust jacket


An historic thriller set in Oxford, 1583. Within the cloistered academic and spiritual home of the most revered scholars in the world, within the private chambers of the university, a brutal killer lurks. Fugitive Italian monk Giordano Bruno arrives in England on the run from the Holy Roman Inquisition, charged with heresy. Recruited as a spy, he is at Oxford publicly to take part in a debate. But he is there to infiltrate the underground Catholic network and learn what he can of a conspiracy to overthrow Queen Eliz. I. While there, two Oxford fellows are murdered, and his search for the kille... View more info

In Full Possession

By: Flint, Helen

Price: $5.52

Publisher: New York, Ny, U. S. A., St. Martin's Press: 1989

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 000104

ISBN: 0312038488

Condition: Fine in Fine dust jacket


This book, with it's acid wit, dark humor, and fresh storytelling, is a novel of insight and originality about the bruising power of love and the nature of obsession. In a 3 flat, Ben lives in the middle above his mother, Bet and below the sit-in tenant, Marguerite. When Bet finds her health again on a vacation to Australia, her doctor advises Ben to sell the old damp, musty house and move. However, the sit-in tenant refuses to budge, and if she won't move there's no throwing her out or selling the house. Bet dies, and Ben decides to exact his revenge on the woman above him. ; 8vo - over 7¾... View more info

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In the Deep Woods

By: Conde, Nicholas

Price: $5.98

Publisher: St. Martin's Press: 1989

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 004329

ISBN: 0312025882

Condition: As New in As New dust jacket


NYPD Detective Eric Gaines is part of a special interstate task force that is tracking a serial killer, so far with maddeningly little effect. There are just too many suspects - but when one more is added to the list, he realizes that book illustrator Carol Warren is in mortal danger. Book is crisp. Appears never to have been read. ; Octavo (standard book size); 306 pages View more info