Crime & Thrillers

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H. L. Adam | The Tragic Brides | Detective Story Club, Wm. Collins | n.d. | Reading copy in damaged cover, missing very top of spine & a portion of the lower edge of front panel. Back panel damp-marked. No problem with text block other than the invitable darkening of the paper with age. | £20

John Bingham | I Love, I Kill | Gollancz | 1968 | 575001828 First edition in unclipped jacket. Upper edge of jacket has been unobtrusively reinforced with tape on the reverse. Front cover is set a little forward. | £30

Guy Boothby | Dr Nikola’s Experiment | Hodder & Stoughton | 1899 | First edition. Pictorial cover still looks striking, but is damp-marked at upper edge. Lettering on spine is still bright. One plate, which should face p.111, is missing. | £50

Glyn Carr | A Corpse at Camp Two | Geoffrey Bles | 1955 | Ex-Boots Library copy, with sticker on front cover & label trace on rear pastedown. No jacket, spine creased & sunned. | £60

Michael Collins | Act of Fear | Michael Joseph | 1968 | First edition in unclipped jacket. Some loss to edge of jacket, most evident at top of spine. A couple of small nicks in the crease of the spine/back panel. | £40

Theodora du Bois | Seeing Red | Collins Crime Club | 1955 | Unclipped cover still looks impressive, but is worn, with several closed tears to the top edge & some loss to the edges. There is an old price written in biro on the ffep. | £20

Francis Durbridge | The Case of the Twisted Scarf | Dodd, Mead | 1961 | U.S. 1st edition in jacket. The front cover design of the jacket looks very impressive indeed, but the spine is rather worn with light blotchy marking, & the front flap is priceclipped. The binding underneath is bright, with a little wear at the edges. Overall, a handsome copy. | £75

Ron Goulart | The Hardboiled Dicks | Boardman | 1967 | hardback in unclipped jacket; white jacket is lightly marked, most evidently at top corner of front cover/spine; outer edge of pageblock is foxed | £20

Michael Hardwick | Prisoner of the Devil | Proteus | 1979 | 0906071119 Signed by author on title page. First edition in unclipped jacket. | £15

William Irish (Cornell Woolrich) | I Married a Dead Man | Hutchinson | n.d. | Third impression in rather clumsily clipped jacket. Jacket still looks impressive, but has closed tears & some loss to edges, worst affected at top of spine, & has been intermittently reinforced with tape on the reverse. The book itself is slant, with the front cover set forward, & what I take to be a date has been written in ink at the top of the title page. | £50

John Laurence | The Fanshawe Court Mystery | Hodder and Stoughton | n.d. | Front cover set forward, faint cup ring on cover, rear endpaper creased. | £35

Murray Latham | Even from the Law | Hutchinson | Some wear & a little loss to edges of unclipped jacket. Top of spine of jacket is reinforced with clear tape on the reverse. Pale cloth cover, edge of pageblock & endpapers are all foxed. | £30

George MacBeth | The Seven Witches | W. H. Allen | 1978 | 0491020155 First printing in unclipped jacket. Little scuff mark on rear panel. Front cover set slightly forward, paper tanned with age. | £20

Ian Kennedy Martin | Regan and the Manhattan File | Arthur Barker | 1975 | 213165600 First edition in unclipped jacket. The jacket has suffered wear & a little loss to extremities of spine & top edge of front flap. Back flap, endpapers & edge of page-block foxed. | £30

Robert Martin | A Key to the Morgue | Robert Hale | 1960 | Unclipped bright jacket. W. H. Smith Library label on front pastedown, but the book does not appear to have had significant use: it appears to be in very good condition apart from some blotchy foxing to the outer edge of the page block. Crossed out letters on ffep. Front cover set a little forward. | £20

Helen McCloy | The Early McCloy: Dance of Death; Deadly Truth; Who’s Calling? | Gollancz | 1973 | 575016752 No jacket, outer edge of page-block foxed. | £20

Philip McCutchan | The German Helmet | George G. Harrap | 1972 | 0245506748 First edition in unclipped jacket. A little loss to top edge of jacket, label trace on back cover, tiny nick on crease of back panel/spine, top of spine inconspicuously reinforced with clear tape on reverse of jacket. | £15

Philip McCutchan | Rollerball | Hodder and Stoughton | 1983 | 9780340344446 First edition in unclipped jacket. Front cover set very slightly forward. | £100

James Mitchell | Death and Bright Water | Hamish Hamilton | 1974 | 0241891396 First edition in unclipped jacket. Spine of jacket mildly sunned. Some wear to extremities of spine of book itself. | £15

Baroness Orczy | The Old Man in the Corner | Greening | 1909 | First edition. Cover is in very rough condition, with cup rings on the front panel, & the edge of the spine split from the back panel. Bookplate & previous owner’s name on front pastedown. Small pencil marks on title page & its reverse, a little pencil writing on rear endpaper. Outer edge of page-block worn, intermittent foxing on text pages. | £100

John Walter Putre | A Small and Incidental Murder | Scribners | 1990 | 9780684191393 First edition in unclipped jacket. Front cover set slightly forward. The cards of UK literary agent Carolyn Brunton & US agency Goodman Associates are stapled to the lower corner of the ffep. The staple has left an impression on the first few pages of the book. | £15

Robin Cook, writing as Derek Raymond | Dead Man Upright | Little, Brown | 1993 | Proof copy | £50

Robin Cook, writing as Derek Raymond | He Died with His Eyes Open | Alison Press | 1984 | 1st edition hardback in unclipped jacket – the book still looks good, but there are faint label traces on the front cover, & the outer edge of the front flap is creased, with a closed tear down about the first quarter of the crease; the paper is inevitably tanned with age & foxed on the upper edge | £200

Sax Rohmer | The Green Eyes of Bast | Cassell | 1922 | First print of “popular edition” (original publication was 1920, with a further printing that year). Worn pocket edition with embossed design on cover & decorated spine, name on ffep, paper foxed. | £20

Margaret Scherf | The Owl in the Cellar | Nimmo | Undated hardcover in unclipped jacket. The book itself has a lightly marked cover, name on front pastedown, lightly marked blurb page, foxed outer edge.The jacket still looks impressive, but is damaged, with loss to the edges & back cover. | £50

Genevieve Scott | The Water Horse | Gollancz | 1974 | 0575016981 First edition in unclipped jacket. Front cover set slightly forward. | £15

Georges Simenon | Strange Inheritance | Routledge and Kegan Paul | 1950 | First English edition in poor condition. No jacket, tea/coffee mark on front panel, faded spine. The book is slant, with the front cover set forward. No problem with text pages. | £15

Grant Tracey | Call it Murder | Robert Hale | 1972 | 0709123868 First edition in price-clipped jacket. Edges of jacket rather worn, with a short closed tear at lower edge of front panel. | £15

David Williams | Copper, Gold, and Treasure | Collins | 1982 | 0002312972 Inscribed by author to ‘my favourite galley slave’ on title page. First edition in unclipped jacket with faded spine. | £15

Sara Woods | They Love Not Poison | Macmillan | 1972 | 0333137051 First printing in unclipped jacket. Edges of jacket worn, with a little loss, outer edge of page-block foxed. | £30

Cornell Woolrich (as William Irish) | I Wouldn’t be in Your Shoes | Hutchinson | nd (1946). | Contents: I Wouldn’t be in Your Shoes; Last Night; Three o’Clock; Nightmare; & Papa Benjamin. No dustjacket, cover lightly worn, most evidently on spine & at lower corner of spine/front cover, where cloth is a little frayed, very light trace of erased pencil writing (a signature or similar) on ffep. | £50.00

Cornell Woolrich, Ellery Queen [intr.] | The Ten Faces of Cornell Woolrich | Boardman | 1966 | UK 1st. Hardback in jacket. Price has been crossed out in ink on front flap of jacket. White background of jacket is foxed, as are endpapers. The logo on the spine of the book is rather faded. | £20.00