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  • MARA, Bernard (Brian Moore)
    A BULLET FOR MY LADY. By Bernard Mara (pseud. of Brian Moore)

    Edition: First printing

    New York: Fawcett, 1955. Gold Medal PBO 472. A little leaned, very small chip across foot of spine, small soft crease to lower outer corner of front cover, else a very nice copy indeed, no names, colours bright, tight in the binding. The acclaimed Northern Irish / Canadian / American writer's fourth potboiler crime novel. Set in Barcelona. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Mass Market Paperback

    Book ID: 42115
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  • WRIGHT, Eric
    A FINE ITALIAN HAND (inscribed)

    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Doubleday Canada, 1992. Cloth and boards. Fine in fine jacket. Inscribed by the author "For Ray, with best wishes, Eric Wright". An Inspector Charlie Salter crime novel set in Toronto.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 52332
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  • WRIGHT, Eric
    A SINGLE DEATH

    Edition: First Canadian issue

    Toronto: Collins, 1986. Advance copy for review with dated slip pasted in. Red boards. Fine copy. Dust jacket has a very small skinned spot to front panel, soft ripples to rear panel, VG otherwise. Inspector Charlie Salter. Toronto setting.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 43767
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  • WOODS, Sara (pseud. of Sara Bowen-Judd)
    AND SHAME THE DEVIL (leather binding)

    Edition: First US edition

    New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1972. Bound in half brown morocco and brown cloth, spine with raised bands and gilt ornament, top edges gilt, marbled endpapers. Spine very lightly sunned, else a fine copy. Most unusual to see a modern crime novel in a bespoke leather binding. Sometimes publishers bind a copy or two in leather for the author's own library, and while that is plausible in this case, I can offer no evidence that is so. Woods has long lived in Nova Scotia, Canada, where she began writing, but has set all of her novels in her native England.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51704
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  • STRINGER, Arthur
    ARE ALL MEN ALIKE and THE LOST TITIAN. Twin Tales

    Edition: First Canadian issue

    Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1921. Blue cloth lettered and ruled in orange. 1929 ink name at front; newspaper clipping of Stringer pasted to verso of tiitle leaf with some consequent offset yellowing to facing page; page edges tanned; VG otherwise.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 52361
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  • WOODS, (Sara) [pseud. of Sara Bowen-Judd].
    BLOODY INSTRUCTIONS

    Edition: First printing

    London: Crime Club / Collins, 1962. Author's first book. Red boards. Faint sunning to upper inner corner of front cover; short tear (1/4 inch max) and tiny hole to lower edge of pp 201-12 ; else a fine copy, no owner names. Black dust jacket has slight sunning to the red portions of the spine; 1.5 inch tear and crease to upper inner corner of front panel; slight soiling to white rear panel; light rubbing to front panel, front flap fold; else VG, flap price intact. Woods has long lived in Nova Scotia, Canada, where she began writing, but has set all of her novels in her native England.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 9713
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  • ALLAN, Luke (pseud. of William Lacey Amy)
    BLUE PETE: REBEL

    Edition: First printing

    London: Herbert Jenkins, 1940. Orange cloth lettered in black. pp 286, (2, ads). Front cover a little bowed; offset tanning to free endpapers; occasional light foxing in text; VG clean and unworn copy otherwise. A crime story set in Western Canada. RCMP interest.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51105
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  • PACKARD, Frank L.
    BROKEN WATERS

    Toronto: Copp, Clark, (copyright 1925). A later printing. Green cloth stamped in black. 294, [2] pp. Xmas, 1936, ink gift inscription to front free endpaper, spine has the slightest of sunning, else fine. Dust jacket has short creased tears to head of spine and top edge of rear p anel; shallow chip to head of lightly darkened spine (no printing lost); creased tear to lower outer corner of rear panel; else VG, still quite attractive. "The Thrill of the Paris Underworld and The Spell of Tropic Isles." - jacket.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 16322
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  • WOODS, (Sara) [pseud. of Sara Bowen-Judd].
    CALL BACK YESTERDAY

    Edition: First printing

    London: Macmillan, 1983. Terra cotta boards. Text paper a bit yellowed; slight foxing to top pag edges; small light soil spot to fore edges; else fine in fine, price-clipped jacket. Woods began writing crime novels after moving from England to Nova Scotia, Canada, though they are all set in England.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 7099
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  • WOODS, (Sara) [pseud. of Sara Bowen-Judd].
    CALL BACK YESTERDAY.

    Edition: First Canadian issue

    Toronto: Lester & Orpen Dennys, 1983. Orange boards. Cheap text paper yellowed, else fine. Black jacket slightly rubbed to rear panel, rear flap fold, outer corners; half inch creased tear to front panel; VG otherwise, no chips or clips. Woods has lo ng lived in Nova Scotia, Canada, but all her novels have been set in her native England.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 9714
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  • CALL FOR THE SAINT by CHARTERIS, Leslie
    CHARTERIS, Leslie
    CALL FOR THE SAINT

    Edition: First UK printing

    London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1948. Light blue cloth. Slight yellowing to page edges, spine only faintly darkened, a bit leaned, else fine. Dust jacket has nicks; rubbing to front flap fold and spine ends; rear panel is dusty, with a short creased tear; else a VG copy, colours bright, flap price intact. Two stories. "King of the Beggars" and "The Masked Angel". An attractive copy.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.

    Book ID: 51992
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  • CAP'N SUE. by FOOTNER, Hulbert
    FOOTNER, Hulbert
    CAP'N SUE.

    Edition: First printing

    New York: Doubleday, Doran, 1928. Yellow cloth lettered in black. vi, 314 pp. Yellowing to page edges; small stars rubber stamped on bottom page edges; very small frayed spot at head of spine; else fine, no owner names. Colourful dust jacket has a thumbnail-size chip at head of very lightly darkened spine (no lettering lost); a few short edge tears; rear panel dusty; VG otherwise, quite attractive. A crime novel set in Maryland - "Hi-jackets and bootleggers - a mysterious gang under federal suspicion." Canadian author. Watters p. 289. Hubin p. 147. Uncommon title, especially in jacket.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.

    Book ID: 21723
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  • SELLERS, Peter, editor
    COLD BLOOD IV

    Edition: First printing

    Oakville, Ontario: Mosaic Press, 1992. Cream boards. Small bruise to top edge of front cover, else fine in fine jacket. An anthology to mark Bouchercon XXIII, which was held in Toronto in 1992. Crime stories by Peter Robinson, Ted Woods, Charlotte MacLeod, Eric Wright, the editor, and others. Edition of 2K copies.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 11782
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  • GARDNER, John
    COLD FALL

    Edition: First US printing

    New York: Putnam's, 1996. Black and purple boards, green endpapers. Fine copy. Jacket has light sunning to the yellow spine, else fine, flap price intact. His 14th and last James Bond novel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 48527
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  • WOOD, Ted
    CORKSCREW: a Reid Bennet mystery.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Scribner's, 1987. Cloth & boards.Ffine in fine, price-clipped jacket. Set in cottage country north of Toronto.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.

    Book ID: 43765
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  • WOOD, Ted
    CORKSCREW: a Reid Bennet mystery.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Scribner's, 1987. Cloth & boards. Two small light grey spots to top page edges, else fine in fine, price-clipped jacket. Signed by the author on the title page "Ted Wood 1987". Set in cottage country north of Toronto.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.

    Book ID: 21494
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  • KENNEDY, J. de N. (John de Navarre Kennedy, 1888-79)
    CRIME IN REVERSE

    Edition: First printing

    London: Thomas Nelson, 1939. Green cloth, spine lettered in yellow. pp (346), [2]. Light soil spot on spine, small tan spot to rear free endpaper, light yellowing to page edges and endpapers, else a fine, bright copy. Dust jacket has chips, rubbing and small tears to ends of lightly darkened spine but only a small part of two letters affected; fingernail size chip to front panel; small chips to outer corners; two inch split to lower rear spine fold; rear panel lightly soiled, with a skinned spot to blank lower margein; generally VG otherwise, colours bright, flap price (7/6) intact, decent in appearance. A crime novel in which we are told at the outset that the K.C. who is…

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    London: Thomas Nelson, 1939. Green cloth, spine lettered in yellow. pp (346), [2]. Light soil spot on spine, small tan spot to rear free endpaper, light yellowing to page edges and endpapers, else a fine, bright copy. Dust jacket has chips, rubbing and small tears to ends of lightly darkened spine but only a small part of two letters affected; fingernail size chip to front panel; small chips to outer corners; two inch split to lower rear spine fold; rear panel lightly soiled, with a skinned spot to blank lower margein; generally VG otherwise, colours bright, flap price (7/6) intact, decent in appearance. A crime novel in which we are told at the outset that the K.C. who is defending an accused man is himself the murderer. Features an authentic murder trial. "Jack" Kennedy, born in London, UK, was a member of Toronto's Arts and Letters Club where he knew Canadian crime writer William Lacey Amy ("Luke Allan") and where he bet Amy he could write a crime novel as good as any of the Luke Allan tales. After taking his degree at Cambridge, he was sent to British Columbia to be a fruit farmer. He instead chose to study law and was called to the BC bar in 1918. He next moved to Port Arthur, ON, and then to Toronto, being called to the Ontario bar in 1921. He became an outstanding lawyer and a partner in Manning, Mortimer and Kennedy. He was also an outstanding tennis player, though he had only one usuable arm owing to a childhood bout with polio. Kennedy became a more than competent watercolourist, claiming that Lawren Harris taught him how to paint while he taught Harris how to play tennis. He wrote the official history of the Dept. of Munitions and Supply in WWII, and in 1952 moved to Peterborough where he served as a judge until his retirement in 1963. The present book is the second of his three crime novels. Skene-Melvin p 120. Uncommon book, scarce in jacket.

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    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 49963
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  • CRY WOLFRAM by SANDERSON, Douglas
    SANDERSON, Douglas
    CRY WOLFRAM

    Edition: First UK printing

    London: Secker & Warburg, 1959. Red boards, spine lettered in yellow. pp 190, [2]. Page edges yellowed and lightly foxed; small bumps to lower outer corners of covers; slight musty odour; else fine and bright, no owner names. Thin dust jacket has tears and small chips to spine ends; spine folds lightly rubbed; small tears, very small chips, to outer corners; VG otherwise, flap price intact. A "Knockout Thriller" set in Spain. First edition in hardcover. 1959 US edition was a paperback original titled MARK IT FOR MURDER. This novel was reprinted by Stark House in Eureka, CA, in 2015. Of this original edition, AMICUS locates three copies (BViV, LAC, ACU).

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 48339
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  • WOOD, Ted
    DEAD IN THE WATER

    Edition: First printing

    New York: Scribner's, 1983. Black boards. Fine copy. Price-clipped jacket has two creased tears to upper rear panel, else fine. Inscribed by the author "To___ who really spread the word. With sincere thanks, Ted Wood". The Canadian author's first crime novel, a winner of the Scribner Crime Novel Award. Set in the Muskoka cottage country north of Toronto.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 41909
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  • WILLIAMS, Valentine
    DEAD MAN MANOR

    Edition: First printing

    London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1936. Black cloth, yellow spine panel gilt lettered (first binding). pp 316, (4, ads). Bruise to lower outer corner of front cover, VG clean an unworn copy otherwise. A crime novel set in Quebec by this prolific British crime novelist and journalist. AMICUS locates two copies. Uncommon in first printing.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50735
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