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The Chinese Bell Murders

By: Van Gulik, Robert

Price: $4.95

Publisher: Chicago, University of Chicago Press: 1980

Edition: Fifth Printing

Seller ID: 004439

Condition: Very Good-


Novel originally published in Tokyo 1951. One crease on spine, minor edgewear/bumping, PO name inside. Cracked at "Sketch Map of Poo-Yang" in front of book. Includes 15 plates drawn by the author in Chinese style. "The Chinese Bell Murders is the first 'Judge Dee Mystery' to appear in the United States. Each 'Judge Dee Mystery' is based upon three original old Chinese plots, rewritten as one continuous story, centering round Judge Dee, one of the most ... View more info

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The Lacquer Screen

By: Van Gulik, Robert

Price: $19.95

Publisher: New York, Garland Publishing, Inc.: 1983

Edition: Reprint Edition

Seller ID: 005463

ISBN: 0824049519

Condition: Good with no dust jacket


Ex-library with typical stamps, stickers, and markings. Green cloth with black lettering on spine, 181 pp. Spine is slanted, binding loose, corners chipped, significant edge wear and chipping expecially to top and base of spine, some rubbing. Interior is clean and unmarked. Basically a good reading copy. Written in 1961, with the first American publication in 1967, this reprint is number 47 in the Garland Series "50 Classics of Crime Fiction 1950-1975". Chose... View more info

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The Chinese Bell Murders

By: Van Gulik, Robert

Price: $4.70

Publisher: Chicago, University of Chicago Press: 1984

Edition: Seventh Printing

Seller ID: 005466

ISBN: 0226848620

Condition: Good


Novel originally published in Tokyo 1951. Spine somewhat creased, slanted, corners bumped, a little edge wear, covers a bit creased with some rubbing. Text is clean and unmarked. Includes 15 plates drawn by the author in Chinese style, and an introduction by Donald F. Lach (Univ. of Chicago). "The Chinese Bell Murders is the first 'Judge Dee Mystery' to appear in the United States. Each 'Judge Dee Mystery' is based upon three original old Chinese plots, rewritte... View more info

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The Emperor's Pearl (A Judge Dee mystery)

By: Van Gulik, Robert

Price: $4.95

Publisher: New York, Charles Scribner's Sons: 1963

Seller ID: 006773

ISBN: 0684173182

Condition: Very Good


Spine very slightly slanted minor edgewear. Text is bright and clean. "On the night of the Poo-yang dragonboat races, the drummer of the favorite boat collapses, poisoned. Investigation of this murder soon plunges the incomparable Judge Dee into an intricate puzzle involving a string of deaths, a missing domino, a malevolent River Goddess, and the unsolved, century-old theft of the legendary Emperor's Pearl."; 6¾" - 7¾" Tall View more info

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The Red Pavilion (A Judge Dee Mystery)

By: Van Gulik, Robert

Price: $9.25

Publisher: Chicago, University of Chicago Press: 1994

Seller ID: 007040

ISBN: 0226848736

Condition: Very Good


Small trade paperback (7" x 4.75"), 173 pp, 6 b/w illustrations by van Gulik done in 16th century Chinese illustrated blockprints, sketch map of Paradise Island. Spine slightly slanted, corners bumped, slight edge wear and a little rubbing. Interior bright and clean. A nice copy. Three short cases of Judge Dee -- 'The Case of the Callous Courtesan', 'The Case of the Amorous Academician', and 'The Case of the Unlucky Lovers'. "Judge Dee, the bearded d... View more info

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The Haunted Monastery and the Chinese Maze Murders : A Judge Dee Mystery

By: Van Gulik, Robert H.

Price: $8.50

Publisher: New York, Dover Publications, Incorporated: 1977

Edition: First Thus

Seller ID: 002562

ISBN: 0486235025

Condition: Good+


Some bumping/edgewear, 4 pages wrinkled, likely from dampness, a couple pages lightly stained, front cover bowed out a bit, spine slightly slanted. Overall a nice copy. Two Judge Dee novels in one volume. The Haunted Monastery: Judge Dee and his wives seek refuge from a violent mountain storm and are plunged into a bizarre series of interrelated crimes. Three women have been murdered in the monastery; Dee has seen something impossible, perhaps supernatural, and... View more info

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Murder in Trinidad

By: Vandercook, John W.

Price: $9.50

Publisher: New York, NY, Penguin: 1944

Seller ID: 001624

Condition: Good


Covers are well-creased with some darkening, edge wear, chipping. However, they have protected the book itself. Some foxing, but text is clean, pages fairly tight. Isaac Anderson of the New York Times states: "Lynch enlists as his aide a fellow-traveler whom he has met on the steamer, and these two enter upon a series of hair-raising adventures guaranteed to give the most hardened reader his money's worth of thrills. . . Bertram Lynch has methods that are peculi... View more info

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The House of Stairs

By: Vine, Barbara (Ruth Rendell)

Price: $5.45

Publisher: New York, NY, Onyx: 1990

Edition: Third Printing

Seller ID: 001589

ISBN: 0451402111

Condition: Very Good


Spine a bit creased, corners bumped, slightly shelf-cocked, some darkening. "The beautiful, elusive Christabel Sanger is a murderer just released from prison. But whom has she killed? Elizabeth Vetch will never forget what happened fourteen years ago in the grand old house on Notting Hill called the House of Stairs. In that large, oddly built residence, Elizabeth was living with her recently widowed cousin, Cosette, and with a long, unending party of fascinati... View more info

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The Life and Times of Christmas Calvert... Assassin

By: Wainwright, John

Price: $6.50

Publisher: Thorndike, Maine, G K Hall & Co: 1996

Edition: Large Print Edition

Seller ID: 005788

ISBN: 0783814739

Condition: Very Good-


Minor edgewear & bumping, a few light creases, ex-library with minimal stamps. Text is clean, bright, and unmarked. "Fifty years ago, Christmas Calvert had distinguished himself as one of the most reliable 'vanishers' in the Button Squad, an elite team of RAF killers. Now he is an old man who's seen too much death, too much deception. Looking over his past with old comrade Avril Morton, Calvert relives his part in the foiling of the Dambusters sabotage, the ex... View more info

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The Shape of Snakes

By: Walters, Minette

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, G.P. Putnam's Son's: 2001

Seller ID: 005092

ISBN: 0399147330

Condition: Very Good in Very Good dust jacket


Spine slanted, corners bumped, slight edge wear. Jacket shows a little edge wear and rubbing. An attractive copy. "November 1978. The winter of discontent. Britain is on strike. The dead lie unburied, garbage piles in the streets - and somewhere in West London a black woman dies in a rain-filled gutter. Known as 'Mad Annie,' she was despised by her neighbors. Her passing would have gone unmourned and unnoticed but for the young woman who finds her and who be... View more info

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Floaters

By: Wambaugh, Joseph

Price: $7.25

Publisher: New York, NY, Bantam Books: 1996

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 001508

ISBN: 0553103512

Condition: Very Good in Very Good dust jacket


Ex-library with minimal stamps and markings, spine slightly shelf-cocked, corners bumped. Jacket is price clipped and taped to boards. "Mike Fortney and his partner Leeds manage to cruise above the standard police stress-pools of coffee and Pepto-Bismol-they're water cops in the 'Club Harbor Unit,' manning a patrol boat on San Diego's Mission Bay. . . . But now their days are anything but typical, because the America's Cup international sailing regattas have come... View more info

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The Glitter Dome

By: Wambough, Joseph

Price: $7.50

Publisher: New York, NY, Perigord Press: 1981

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 001505

ISBN: 0688002072

Condition: Very Good in Very Good dust jacket


Corners bumped, as are the top right corners of about 20 pages. Jacket shows slight edge wear. A clean, tight copy. "In his finest, most compelling blend of wild humor and powerful drama, Joseph Wambaugh leads us into the Hollywood scene to demonstrate the effects of that heady, amoral world on four sets of police partners enmeshed in the glamour and the grime, the hustle and the horror. . . . Suddenly, their grim world of vice, drugs, and child abuse is interrup... View more info

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Murderer's Choice

By: Wells, Anna M.

Price: $4.00

Publisher: New York, Perennial Library: 1981

Edition: First Perennial Library Edition

Seller ID: 006677

ISBN: 006080534x

Condition: Good


Some edgewear, corners a bit bumped, spot on edge, scuff along back bottom edge. Text is yellowing, but clean and unmarked. "An astonishing scene. Two cousins - one wealthy, the other with little in the way of worldly assets - are dining together. They have only one thing in common - they despise each other. The rich man casually remarks that he has made a will leaving all his money to his detested and impecunious relative, that he intends to commit suicide, ... View more info

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A Good Story and Other Stories

By: Westlake, Donald E.

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, International Polygonics, Ltd.: 2000

Seller ID: 007076

ISBN: 1558820353

Condition: Near Fine


259 pp. Corners bumped, binding fairly tight. A bright, attractive copy. "Westlake has selected his best non-series short fiction spanning a writing career of more than forty years. All the familiar Westlake hallmarks are in evidence. "A lone castaway on a desert island commits a murder for which he is the only suspect. "A genealogist learns just how far rotten apples fall from the family tree. "A con man, impersonating a minister, gets... View more info

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The Burden

By: Westmacott, Mary (Agatha Christie)

Price: $2.50

Publisher: New York, NY, Dell Publishing: 1976

Edition: 1st New Dell Edition

Seller ID: 001059

ISBN: 0440008638

Condition: Fair


Reading copy only. Spine/covers somewhat creased. Spine is cracked down the center of the book -- a few center pages are detached, but all pages are present. Some general shelf wear, darkening. "Laura and Shirley were sisters, bound together by intense love and loyalty, yet painfully driven apart by the handsome, ruthless man who came between them. Thus the stage was set for an ever-tautening drama of passion and peril, suspicious death and secret guilt, that mov... View more info

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The Ebony Swan

By: Whitney, Phyllis A.

Price: $3.45

Publisher: New York, NY, Fawcett: 1993

Seller ID: 000671

ISBN: 0449221970

Condition: Fine


Slight shelf wear, one page dog-eared. "Susan Prentice has come home to Virginia's eastern shores to find her past. 25 years ago, her mother fell to her death down the steps of the family's ancestral home. Susan has little memory of that accident, or of her maternal grandmother, Alex Montoro, a proud, intense, aging doyenne of the ballet. But Susan's arrival has alarmed people who fear what may lie dormant in Susan's memory. Especially Alex. For she believes... View more info

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Death in Covert

By: Willock, Colin

Price: $5.75

Publisher: Baltimore, Penguin: 1963

Seller ID: 005658

Condition: Good


Spine somewhat slanted and creased, corners bumped, tiny chip at bottom of spine, PO name inside. Text is starting to yellow, but clean and unmarked. "When Sir Peregrine Piers decided to open his stately home to the public, Regency Rakes Ltd was formed to promote it. Spectacular stunts were planned: a regency rout and hunting supper, and a midnight steeplechase. Nathaniel Goss, magazine publisher and amateur detective, took a lively interest in Regency Rakes, ... View more info

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Bloody Instructions (A Joan Kahn-Harper Novel of Suspense)

By: Woods, Sara

Price: $4.25

Publisher: New York, Popular Library: 1962

Seller ID: 005655

Condition: Good


Spine slanted and creased, reading crease on front cover, edgewear and a little chipping, PO name inside. Text is yellowing, but clean and unmarked. "Antony Maitland, up-and-coming barrister, was used to waiting for James Winter, senior partner of Messrs. Ling, Curtis, Winter and Winter. But when he finally entered the revered gentleman's office he was quite unprepared for such an icy greeting. James Winter was slumped over his desk, staring blankly ahead, wit... View more info

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Serious Intent

By: Yorke, Margaret

Price: $7.95

Publisher: Nashville, TN, Mysterious Press: 1995

Edition: Book Club (BCE/BOMC)

Seller ID: 004574

ISBN: 0892965835

Condition: Very Good in Very Good dust jacket


Spine somewhat slanted, PO name inside. DJ has 1/4" tear and two tiny chips. A bright, attractive copy. "A tale of malice and murder set in the provincial town of Haverscot, England, where the houses are large, the gardens well-tended, and the interiors. . . deadly."; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall View more info

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A Small Deceit [Large Print]

By: Yorke, Margaret

Price: $11.50

Publisher: Thorndike, Maine, Thorndike Press: 1992

Edition: Large Print Edition

Seller ID: 007336

ISBN: 1560542802

Condition: Good with no dust jacket


Ex-library with typical stamps and labels, pocket pasted to rear end paper. Spine cocked, corners bumped, slight edge wear. Mylar cover has been removed except for the flaps which were glued to the pastedowns. Interior is clean and unmarked. A nice copy in large print. "Williams Adams is a killer who has never been convicted of murder. He has never confessed, even when convicted of rape and criminal assault. Nor has he admitted to the other attacks upon women. He... View more info