Horrified Heirs / Fish or Cut Bait Two stories by Erle Stanley Gardner, and his pseudonym, A. A. Fair Published by Walter J. Black, for Detective Book Club, 1964. Hard cover, with mylar covered dust jacket, 5-1/2 x 7-3/4 inches, 171 pages for each story, total 342 pages. Ex-library, marks in front where once had pocket. Dust jacket with mylar cover has been taped to the book. Library stamp on bottom edge. Good condition. Under 2 lb.
Shepherd of the Hills Harold Bell Wright Has only one of its four illustrations by F. Graham Cookes A. L. Burt, 1907. Hard cover, 5 x 7-3/4 inches, 352 pages. Ex-library, with pocket inside front. Tape across spine and on bottom corners. Faded white title with worn paste-on picture on front. Front hinge is nearly off, and back is loose. Occasional small edge tear and spot. Good reading copy. Under 2 lb.
Desire Amanda Quick Upon her father's death, beautiful, headstrong Lady Clare knew that she must wed, for the protection of the Isle of Desire now fell to her. Yet when her guardian's choice of prospective husband rode through her castle gates, she felt utterly betrayed. All sinewy muscle and savage steel, Sir Gareth of Wyckmere was not the poet she'd requested but a fearsome knight whose only interest was in war. Bantam Books, 1994. ISBN 0-553-56153-7. Paperback, 372 pages. Front cover, and spine, have creases. Good. Under 1 lb.
When a retired tennis champion retires to a writing career, what does she write about? Why tennis, of course! And, in THE TOTAL ZONE, murder too! Written by Martina Navratilova (with Liz Nickles), the 302-page hardbound book was published in this 1994 FIRST EDITION by Villard Books, New York. One critic calls it a winning collaboration - a page-turner filled with tennis, suspense and murder. The hero is Jordan Myles, tennis champion turned sports therapist, who works with top players and aspiring stars, all drawn to her Desert Springs Sports Science Clinic. The hub of her $9-million business, however, is 16-year-old Audrey Armat - a combination of sugar and steel. She's a Grand Slam contender with a scorched-earth serve and she rarely loses. But when she disappears, the international world of pro tennis uncovers a startling story of abuse, suicide and murder. The book is in AS NEW condition with no defects apparent on either the book or the dust jacket! A wonderful gift or a great addition to your reading list! (r13rev)
Truth be told, the Irish of Chicago are fleeing to the suburbs and the political machine, so well-greased under Mayor Daley; is creaking a bit with rust. So no one blinks when the graveyard at old St. Pat's Church is sold and slated to become a gas station. That's part of what gets Democratic Precinct Captain Jimmy Flannery up off his duff in the 27th Ward and over to St. Pat's in the 14th. The other part is the body of a dead cat. Ignatius, Father Mulrooney's cat, has been found dead in the church and buried by the aging priest in the graveyard. Dead cats tell no tales, but the howls of Ignatius -- according to the good father -- startle him from a deep sleep the next night and send him into the church to investigate. On the sanctuary floor is a pentagon painted in blood and signs of a Black Mass. But all traces of the Satan worship vanish by the time he brings his housekeeper; Mrs. Thimble, to witness the sacrilege. Can't Jimmy; with his growing reputation for investigation, take a look-see? From Edgar Award winning author Robert Campbell, this is THE CAT'S MEOW. The 183-page hardbound book was copyrighted in 1988 and published in this book club edition by New American Library, NY. Condition is AS NEW with no apparent defects on book or dust jacket. (r13rev)
Thus book follows the lives of two Irish boys who grow up on the West Side of Chicago and enter the priesthood. One will remain a parish priest all his life; the other will become a powerful cardinal. We meet them in the last summer before they enter the seminary - the summer by the lake when they discover their sexual selves in the arms of two young girls whose love and lives will entwine with theirs all through the years. We share their triumphs and tragedies as Pat rises to the center of power in the Vatican itself, surrendering ideals, yielding to sexual temptation, sharing forbidden pleasures, yet achieving success in the world's eyes. For Kevin, for whom refusal to surrender principle is both his strength and his failing, success comes in another guise. Written by Andrew M. Greeley, this is THE CARDINAL SINS, a 350-page hardbound book. It was published in this 1981 FIRST PRINTING by Warner Books, New York. Condition is Very Good, although a spill on front of the dust jacket caused it to stick to front covers of the book. It's repairable. The dust jacket also shows some minor edge/corner wear and slight yellowing on edges. (r13rev)
According to the publisher, not since Raymond Chandler has a writer: so brilliantly taken possession of the American detective novel. In its characterization of men and women caught in relationships they are struggling to understand, in its profound suspense, and in its attention to language this book constitutes the first serious claim in twenty years for the private detective story as literature. Roderick Thorp's THE DETECTIVE was copyrighted by the author in 1966 and published by The Dial Press, NY. This book club edition hardbound book has 598 pages. It's in Very Good condition with no defects apparent on the book itself. The dust jacket is present, but has edge/corner wear, as well as some edge tears. (9r13rev)
Prudence Ann Markham was as careful as her name. After she packed up the film she'd been editing, she checked the studio gear, hit the three-digit code on the alarm pad, snapped off the lights, and locked the outer door. Then she headed across the deserted parking lot to her car. It was 10:40 on the night of November 20. Prudence Ann never made it to 10:45 -- though her blood continued to flow, reddening the white gravel of the parking lot for long moments after she died. The seventh Matthew Hope novel, this ranks with the best of the author's 87th Precinct police procedurals: cunningly plotted, richly peopled, tensely told -- and, like Prudence Ann's last film, probably X-rated, which only adds to its power and suspense. Here is detective fiction in the hands of a Grand Master, which is what the Mystery Writers of America called Ed McBain in 1986. Ed McBain's hero, Matthew Hope, stars in this 185-page hardbound mystery, PUSS IN BOOTS. The book was copyrighted in 1987 and published in this book club edition by Henry Holt, NY. This copy is in AS NEW condition with no defects apparent on the book itself and only very slight edge wear on the dust jacket. (r13rev)
A Song Heard in a Strange Land: Narcissa: Her Story Book 1 A Biographical novel by Marje Blood Signed by the author Narcessa Whitman ignored her father's predictions of peril to pursue a destiny that promised adventure and fulfillment, but inflicted tragedy. She had embraced the dream of a distant Eden described by her husband, medical missionary Marcus Whitman. She traveled across the continent on horseback a century and a half ago -- one of the two first white women to make that journey of 4000 miles, counting the bends in trails and rivers. Vast seas of grass obscuring the horizon, rivers curling through them like dragons, stark mountain barriers thrusting through endless forests, presented barely-endurable challenges. Image Imprints, 1985. Soft cover with dust jacket, 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches, 209 pages. A few minor spots along the front edge, very slight corner wear, otherwise near fine. Under 2 lb.
Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy First published in 1888, Looking Backward tells of a night in 1887 when Julian West, a young Boston insomniac, is put to sleep in his sound-proofed basement room by a hypnotist. Time passes -- indeed, exactly 113 years, three months and 11 days. And Julian West awakes, to his amazement, in the year 2000 -- to a wondrously utopian world of peace and plenty. This is a portrayal of a 'perfect society' -- by a humane romantic 19th century American disturbed by the squalor and injustice of his time. Published by Magnum Easy Eye Books, 1968, the type is 30% larger than normal paperbacks, according to the book. Paperback, 351 pages. The cover is worn, and spine creased. The paper has darkened a bit. Otherwise it is in good condition. Under 1 lb.
No Armour Against Fate Margaret Pedler A novel of the musical world of a great violinist and an even greater prima donna. Will their fame get in the way of their marriage? Doubleday, Doran & Co., New York, 1938, first edition. Hard cover, 317 pages. Ex-library, pocket inside back. Spine has been taped with library tape, and is slanted. Front gutter is cracked. Last page is glued to back free fly. Some foxing. one inside page torn and taped. Reading copy. Under 2 lb.
The Eyes of the World Harold Bell Wright, color plates by F. Graham Cootes Set in San Bernardino Co., California, this book is about the promise of a young man to his dying mother. Set in Southern California, this romatic novel was the basis for the 1930 black and white film directed by Henry King and starring Fern Andra and Frederick Burt. The Book Supply Co., 1914. Hard blue cloth cover, 464 pages. Cover is separated along front of spine. Hinges cracked. Worn corners and edges. Names on inside front cover. Front fly is detatched. Missing plate at 152. The other three color plates are present. Under 2 lb.
King Arthur and His Knights Sir Thomas Malory Based on Sir Thomas Malory's Morte d'Arthur, this edition was compiled and arranged by Elizabeth Lodor Merchant. Illustrated in black and white, with color endpapers by Edward F. Cortese. Holt, Rinehart & Winston, NY, Childrens Classics series, 1961. Hard cover, 274 pages. Light wear to corners and spine ends. Very good condition. Under 2 lb.
Favorite Greek Myths Retold by Mary Pope Osborne, illustrated by Troy Howell Welcome to a strange and beautiful world, where the moon, the sun, and the wind are all gods; where a human form can easily change into a plant or an animal; where nature's secrets are magically revealed through tales of wonder. Welcome to the world of Greek mythology. Scholastic, Inc., 1989, 2nd printing. Soft glossy cover, 8 x 11 inches, 81 pages. Light corner wear, crease along front of spine. Back cover has crease and sticker scar. Very good condition. Under 2 lb.
Rip Van Winkle and Other American Essays from The Sketch Book Washington Irving Also contains The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Philip of Pokanoket , plus a biographical sketch of Irving. Includes a map of the regions mentioned in the stories. Houghton Mifflin - Riverside Press, Boston, No. 51, 1891. Heavy paper cover, 4-1/2 x 6-13/16 inches, 100 pages. Name inside front free fly, and small stain along top edge. Cover paper darkened, especially along the spine. Under 1 lb.
King Arthur Sir Thomas Malory ''The clash of arms and the tramp of horses! The -clang- of warfare! The Age of Chivalry! live again among the brave men who devoted their lives to daring deeds. Bring back the mystic past and that lost world where knights were bold. Learn the noble mottoes of the Princes of the past.'' This is the classic story of King Arthur and the Round Table, as told by Sir Thomas Malory. Giant Junior Classics, published by Books, Inc., 1946. Soft cover, 5 x 8, 246 pages. Cover is scuffed and creased, corners are worn, and pages have slightly darkened with age. Binding is in good condition. Under 1 lb.
Robinson Crusoe Daniel DeFoe ''For a time, Crusoe's life becomes ours and we the solitary castaway himself. To be able to bring this about is indeed the supreme gift of the great storyteller.'' David A. Pitt in the introduction. Robinson Crusoe was written in 1719. An Airmont Classic, Airmont Books, 1963. Paperback, 318 pages. Complete and unabridged. Cover has edgewear and light corner creases, otherwise very good. Under 1 lb.
The Velvet Doublet Street, James A novel of Columbus -- the dreamer who built a bridge to the New World. There are excitement and intrigue, rich good fortune and bitter tragedy, whirlwind passion and uncanny tricks of fate in store for you as you read the exciting account of the years when Columbus built an ocean bridge to the New World. Doubleday & Co., 1953. Book Club edition. Hard cover/dust jacket. 5-3/4 x 8-1/2 inches, 317 pages. Owner's name inside front cover. DJ has wear and small tears to top and bottom, and darkening along the spine. Under 2 lb.
Wine of Satan Laverne Gay A novel of the First Crusade. This is a powerful and dramatic tale of love and war in the high Middle Age, the story of Bohemond, a man of superb subtlety and passion, whose amazing personality captivated his age and mapped the destinies of the First Crusade. Every page of this novel is pointed with action and imbued with the excitement that the rally gifted storyteller can impart. But even more enthralling is the great sweep of events across its chapters, and the magical way it recreates for the reader the mood and atmosphere of an incredible era -- its color, splendor, violence, spirituality -- against the vivid backdrop of Syria and the fantastic adventures of the First Crusade. Charles Scribner's Sons, 1949. Book Club edition. Hard cover/dust jacket. 5-3/4 x 8-1/2 inches, 308 pages. Owner's name inside front. Dust jacket has wear to edges, with small pieces out of top and bottom of spine and a stain along back. Under 2 lb.
Lady and the Deep Blue Sea Garland Roark The Lady and the Deep Blue Sea is far more than a sea story. Here are two men and a woman defying the sea and their own weaknesses. How Jenny Broadwinder met these conflicts is the surprising and moving finish of this exciting novel. Garland Roark has drawn from nineteenth-century accounts of clpper-ship racing to give his story its salty flavor. Doubleday & Co., 1958. Book Club edition. Hard cover/dust jacket. 5-3/4 x 8-1/2 inches, 256 pages. Blue coloring from top edges has run down and stained front edges of some pages and inside gutters, but reading is not affected. Owner's name inside front cover. Dust jackes has wear to edges, with small tears along top and bottom and bits out of top and bottom of spine portion. Still a very good reading copy. Under 2 lb.
This edition of Miss Pinkerton by Mary Roberts Rinehart, is copyrighted 1932 and published by P.F. Collier and Son. I have found it listed from 100-300 dollars. It has no dust jacket, otherwise in excellent condition.
1986 Readers Digest Vol. 2. 4 novels include An Ark On The Flood By Anne Knowles, The 7th Secret By Irving Wallace, Come Spring By Charlotte Hinger, And Break In By Dick Francis. In excellent condition. L186x27.
1991 Vol. 2 Readers Digest Condensed Books. Includes Longshot By Dick Francis, The Woman In His Life By Barbara Taylor Bradford, Crackdown By Bernard Cornwell, And Something To Hide By Patricia Robinson. In good condition. L192x9.
1978 Vol. 1 Readers Digest. Includes Snowbound Six By Richard Martin Stern, The Summer Of The Spanish Woman By Catherine Gaskin, Elephants In The Living Room, Bears In The Canoe By Earl And Liz Hammond, Arrest Sitting Bull By Douglas Jones, And I Can Jump Puddles By Alan Marshall. In good condition. L192x8.
This version of the Jules Verne classic is the 1887 copyright by George Munro. It was published by Donohue and Co. In very good condition with some pencil marking on the inside back cover. Also on front inside is an inscription. No dust cover. Some water stain on the front cover.
Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde By Robert Louis Stevenson Illustrated by Olindo Giacomini Published by Golden Press, 1978. Soft cover, 5 x 7-1/2 inches, 140 pages. There is a corner crease on the lower front cover. One page also has a corner crease. Slight wear to edges and corners. Under 1 lb.