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MERCY, Adler-Olsen, Jussi
1 Adler-Olsen, Jussi MERCY
Camberwell, VIC, Australia Michael Joseph/Penguin Books 2011 0718156889 / 9780718156886 Softcover Very Good + 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
503pp. Book clean, square. Spine firm. Leaves clean. Illustrated card wrapper negligibly scuffed only. Translated by Tiina Nunnally. "Copenhagen detective Carl Morck's been taken off homicide to run a newly created department for unsolved crimes. His first case concerns Merete Lynggard, who vanished five years ago. Everyone says she's dead. Everyone says it's a waste of time. He thinks they're right . . . " Book weight approx. 570g. 
Price: 18.22 AUD
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THE MORUTAU AFFAIR, Baker, Vernon H.
2 Baker, Vernon H. THE MORUTAU AFFAIR
Hartwell, VIC, Australia Sid Harta Publishers 2006 1921206446 / 9781921206443 First Edition Softcover Very Good+ 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
iv,+ 244pp., plus 3 page publisher's promo section at rear. Book clean, square. Spine firm. Leaves clean. Art-illustrated card wrapper negligibly edgeworn only. "In the steamy jungle of Southern Papua in the early 1950s, a white plantation owner is murdered. Bearing the marks of a horrific knife attack, his body is found in the verandah bedroom of the plantation's main house, four miles inland from Baxter Harbour . . . several suspects are uncovered: an expatriate sub-manager, Papuan natives and the victim's beautiful German-born wife . . . " Book weight approx. 320g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. 
Price: 16.39 AUD
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ON PROBATION: Detective Ludowski's Casebook  (Signed Copy), Bevege, Margaret
3 Bevege, Margaret ON PROBATION: Detective Ludowski's Casebook (Signed Copy)
Sydney, N.S.W., Australia Preszoom Pty. Ltd. 2001 1876409223 / 9781876409227 First Edition Softcover Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Inscribed and Signed
182pp. Book clean and square. Spine firm, minimally concaved. Illustrated, unsealed card wrapper lightly edgeworn, and scuffed. Inscribed "With best wishes" and signed by author on front flyleaf, else textblock unmarked. Detective Constble Elizabeth Ludowski, first female appointed to the Police Commissioner's Special Assignments Squad within the Queensland CIB. Complete with a criminology degree and backed by five years' exemplary service in uniform, she is eager to pursue the state's worst criminals . . . but what if her boss challenges her confidence, and her fellow team members resent her . . . ? In her introduction to the Special Assigment Unit she is faced with four cases: Mystery Baby, Domestic Politics, Anatomy of a Rape, Laddie Come Home. Book weight approx. 275g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. 
Price: 18.80 AUD
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THE CURSE OF THE GOLDEN YO-YO : A Cornelia Finnigan Mystery.   (Signed Copy), Bowles, Robin
4 Bowles, Robin THE CURSE OF THE GOLDEN YO-YO : A Cornelia Finnigan Mystery. (Signed Copy)
Rowville, VIC, Australia The Five Mile Press 2007 1741785332 / 9781741785333 First Edition Softcover Very Good + 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Inscribed and Signed By Author
279pp., plus 8 page, publisher's promotional section at rear. Book clean, square. Spine firm. Personal inscription, ""To xxxxxxx, best wishes" signed by Robin Bowles on first (author biog.) page, else leaves clean and unmarked, albeit very faintly tanned at edges. Illustrated card wrapper very mildly edgeworn at head. "With a swagger, a smile and a slash of lipstick she takes on the mystery of a torched Ferrari, investigates the case of the poisoned Pekinese puppies and stumbles into the world of missing persons, drug deals gone wrong, laundered money and murder . . . " A fictional debut by Robin Bowles, Australian true crime writer. Book weight approx. 413g. 
Price: 27.32 AUD
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THE SCREAMING MIMI, Brown, Fredric  (Frederic)
5 Brown, Fredric (Frederic) THE SCREAMING MIMI
United States Black Mask Books 2008 1596545836 / 9781596545830 Reprint Softcover Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Note: This book appears to have originally been published as a Print on Demand copy. 199pp. Book clean. Spine firm. Tiny spot to title page, else leaves clean. Illustrated card wrapper slightly splayed, corresponding spot to inside front cover, two corner creases. From the rear cover: "A touchstone of psychological horror, Frederic Brown's (1906-1972) cult novel 'The Screaming Mimi" (1949), was subsequently filmed in 1958 and again by Italian horror director Dario Argento in 1970 as 'The Bird with the Crystal Plumage'. Book weight approx. 310g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. 
Price: 10.93 AUD
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A MURDER OF QUALITY (Penguin C2271), Carre, John Le
6 Carre, John Le A MURDER OF QUALITY (Penguin C2271)
Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England Penguin Books 1964 First Thus. Softcover Good 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall 
155pp., plus (v). Book clean. Spine firm, but concaved and mildly canted. Art-illustrated card wrapper (Keith Burns) lightly edgeworn and bumped, and has a scratch and crease on rear wrap. Textblock noticeably tanned, else unmarked. This title is the second George Smiley mystery fiction by John le Carre (pseudonym of David John Moore Cornwell, b. 1931) and features George Smiley investigating a murder at one of England's leading public schools - a murder that was forecast by the victim . . . Book weight approx. 95g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall 
Price: 15.04 AUD
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MERINO MURDER, Casey, R.
7 Casey, R. MERINO MURDER
Hartwell, VIC, Australia Sid Harta [Temple House] 2005 192103095X / 9781921030956 First Edition Softcover Near Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
iii, + 456pp. Book clean and square. Spine firm. Leaves pristine. Illustrated card wrapper lightly bumped on foredge corners, else fine. This mystery thriller set in outback Australia finds Merino rams dying suddenly, violently and unaccountably, and a nearby agricultural research station is called upon to study the problem. An investigation is barely underway when a technician is found dead in a paddock, and the young scientist who was with him has mysteriously lost her memory, becoming, quite naturally, a suspect . . . throw in some hanky-panky, a bunch of activists, and some rams, and you have a 'Merino murder' . . . Book weight approx. 553g. 
Price: 26.05 AUD
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THE FINAL SOLUTION : A Story of Detection, Chabon, Michael
8 Chabon, Michael THE FINAL SOLUTION : A Story of Detection
London Fourth Estate 2005 0007196024 / 9780007196029 First U.K. Edition Hardcover and Dustjacket Very Good + Very Good + 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
127pp., b/white illustrations by Jay Ryan. Book clean. Spine firm, gilt title there-on. Plain black boards very lightly bumped on one foredge corner. Leaves clean. Illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket negligibly surface indented. In 'The Final Solution', prose magician Michael Chabon has "condensed his boundless vision to craft a short, suspenseful tale of compassion and wit that re-imagines the classic 19th-century detective story . . . " Book weight approx. 250g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. 
Price: 12.75 AUD
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9 Chandler, Raymond KILLER IN THE RAIN
London Quality Book Club 1964 3rd. Impression Hard Cover + D/J [Oblong] Good Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
xi, + 332pp., book clean, slightly cocked and bumped. Speck of colour fade on heel of backstrip. Former owner's name on ffep., splash stain on top of text block, very mild foxing specks on block edges, otherwise clean. Printed, loose-plastic protected dustjacket mildly edgeworn, slight abrading and spots on rear panel. First published in the U.K. by Hamish Hamilton, 1964. A compilation of eight short stories, with an informative intro. by Phillip Durham, the contents are: Killer In The Rain, The Man Who Liked Dogs, The Curtain, Try The Girl, Mandarin's Jade, Bay City Blues, The Lady In The Lake, and No Crime In The Mountains. Book weight approx. 400g. 
Price: 13.75 AUD
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THE DYING TRADE (First Cliff Hardy), Corris, Peter
10 Corris, Peter THE DYING TRADE (First Cliff Hardy)
Sydney, N.S.W., Australia McGraw-Hill Book Company, with Assistance by Grants from the Literature Board of the Australian Council 1980 007072928x / 9780070729285 First Edition Hardcover and Dustjacket Very Good Very Good + 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
229pp. Book clean and square. Bright gilt title over slightly bumped spine. Plain brown boards minimally bumped on foredge corners, else undamaged. A former owner's stamp on ffep., else textblock mildly tanned. Colour-art illustrated (Christine Bruessow), loose-plastic protected dustjacket lightly edgeworn only. Debut fiction by Peter Corris (b. Stawell, Victoria, Australia, 8 May, 1942), and the introduction of his phenomenally successful private investigator character - Cliff Hardy. The setting is Sydney, Australia . . . Is Dr. Ian Brave a psychologist or a mercenary? Did Ailsa Sleeman's husband commit suicide, and why was her car blown up? . . . Join Cliff Hardy from Hardy Investigations as he sets out to solve these mysteries . . . Book weight approx. 420g. 
Price: 33.84 AUD
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DEEP MOAT GRANGE, Crockett, S.R.
11 Crockett, S.R. DEEP MOAT GRANGE
London Hodder & Stoughton 1908 First Edition Hardcover (Original Cloth) Good + 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
viii, + 344pp., bound-in, dark sepia, tissue-guarded, halftone plate frontispiece, plus seven tipped-in un-guarded like plates throughout. Book clean and square. Bright gilt title over bumped spine. Art-illustrated green cloth boards lightly shelfworn only. A former owner's name and date (1908) on ffep., untrimmed (deckle edge) foredge and foot of text-block, random splotches and flecks throughout. No dustjacket. Mystery and suspense set in the English village of Breckonside, in the county of Northumberland . . . Contents include: Prelims., 40 chapters. Book weight approx. 495g. 
Price: 30.08 AUD
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DEATH OF A CHANCELLOR : A Murder Mystery Featuring Lord Francis Powerscourt.  (Signed Copy), Dickinson, David
12 Dickinson, David DEATH OF A CHANCELLOR : A Murder Mystery Featuring Lord Francis Powerscourt. (Signed Copy)
London Constable and Robinson 2006 1845292251 / 9781845292256 2nd Impression (P/B) Softcover Very Good + 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed by Author
314pp. Book clean. Spine firm, slightly canted. Author signature to title page, otherwise leaves clean. Art-illustrated ('Salisbury Cathedral', John Constable) card wrapper negligibly scuffed only. "England, 1901, and beautiful Compton Cathedral, in the west of England, is preparing to celebrate a very special anniversary. Then, a few weeks before the ceremonies begin, the chancellor of the cathedral is found dead in mysterious circumstances . . . His sister suspects foul play, and that discreet aristocratic sleuth, Lord Francis Powerscourt, is asked to investgate . . . " Book weight approx. 242g. Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. 
Price: 20.04 AUD
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SHERLOCK HOLMES : The Complete and Unabridged Novels. A Study in Scarlet. The Sign of Four, The Hound of The Baskervilles. The Valley of Fear., Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan
13 Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan SHERLOCK HOLMES : The Complete and Unabridged Novels. A Study in Scarlet. The Sign of Four, The Hound of The Baskervilles. The Valley of Fear.
Crows Nest, N.S.W., Australia Crows Nest (Allen & Unwin) 2009 1741758432 / 9781741758436 First Australian Edition Flexible Boards Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
652pp. Book clean. Spine firm. Small edge-stain to illustrated ffep., else leaves clean. One leaf has an in-production corner crease. Colour-illustrated flexible boards mildly edge and corner creased. Attached ribbon bookmark mildly frayed at end. From the rear panel: "Although many more of Holmes' cases were recorded in short stories, these were the only novels. Each is faithfully reproduced in this one epic volume, complete and unabridged, providing an ideal introduction to Sherlock Holmes for the uninitiated as well as a nostalgically familiar collection for long-established Holmes fans." Book weight approx. 800g. * Buyers outside Australia - This item will incur extra postage charges as it will weigh over 1KG. with packing. Please email for quote. 
Price: 16.92 AUD
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14 Droit, Michel THE RETURN
London Andre Deutsch 1966 1st English Hardcover and Dustjacket Very Good Good + 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
352pp. Book clean and square. Spine firm, bright gilt title there-on. Mild bump on heel of backstrip. Leaves lightly acidic. Illustrated [author portrait on rear flap] loose-plastic protected dustjacket edgeworn and lightly soiled. Originally published in French, under the title 'Le Retour', 1964, Rene Julliard. This first English translation by Olwyn Hughes. A prize-winning novel, set in the period of Algerian independence from France, has as its hero Phillipe Thierry, a French barrister, born and bred in Algeria, but currently residing in Paris. Just and liberal, he is offered a partnership with a leading Parisian lawyer, and is instantly successful with his first case. However, other Algerian-French lawyers in Paris are indignant, and give rise to an obsessive hatred...Book weight approx. 500g. 
Price: 17.03 AUD
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THE TOWER, Duffy, Michael
15 Duffy, Michael THE TOWER
Crows Nest, N.S.W., Australia Allen & Unwin 2011 1742372619 / 9781742372617 First Thus Softcover Very Good + 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
469pp. Book clean, square. Spine firm. Leaves clean. Illustrated card wrapper negligibly edgeworn only. "Young detective Nicholas Troy is basically a good man, for whom working in homicide is the highest form of police work. But when a woman falls from the construction site of the world's tallest skyscraper, the tortured course of the murder investigation that follows threatens his vocation . . . " Book weight approx. 443g. 
Price: 16.39 AUD
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THE MERRY WIDOWER, Fleming, Joan
16 Fleming, Joan THE MERRY WIDOWER
London Hamish Hamilton 1975 First Thus Hardcover and Dustjacket Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
215pp. Book clean, very slightly canted. Spine firm, gilt title there-on. Plain maroon boards undamaged. Leaves clean, very small circular surface abrasion to title page. Illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket mildly discoloured on rear (text) panel. First published in Great Britain in 1955 under the title 'The Deeds of Dr Deadcert'. A stand-alone title in the Fingerprint Books series. "Joan Fleming's novel is a masterpiece of technique; swift, witty, polished, and detached as always, it never fails to entertain." Book weight approx. 330g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. 
Price: 10.93 AUD
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RAT RACE (Second Impression before Publication), Francis, Dick
17 Francis, Dick RAT RACE (Second Impression before Publication)
London Michael Joseph 1970 First Edition Hardcover and Dustjacket Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
205pp. Book clean and square. Bright gilt title over lightly bumped spine. Teal blue coloured boards minimally shelfworn only. An original 'Foyles' sticker affixed to front pastedown, minor flecks on free endpapers and edges, plus a strip approx. 35mm x 5 mm (1 1/2 in. x 1/4 in.) torn from lower foredge margin of 201/202 (no text loss). Illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket slightly edgeworn, with a degree of tanning on spine. Printed in October 1970 : Second impression before publication (9 digit ISBN). This mystery thriller finds Matt Shore flying for a small air-taxi charter firm, taking five passengers on a routine flight to the races - two jockeys, a trainer, an owner and a friend. At afternoon's end, he flew them off homewards, discussing the successes and disasters of their day. But this was no routine flight . . . Book weight approx. 345g. Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. 
Price: 50.09 AUD
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LOVE IN AMSTERDAM  (Penguin C2281), Freeling, Nicolas
18 Freeling, Nicolas LOVE IN AMSTERDAM (Penguin C2281)
Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England Penguin Books 1965 First Thus Softcover Very Good 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall 
189pp. Book clean and square. Spine firm, a tiny unobtrusive puncture there-on. Illustrated card wrapper lightly bumped, toned, and pressure marked. Textblock noticeably toned, else unmarked. A title in the ever-popular 'Green Penguin' crime series, 'Love in Amsterdam', first published by Victor Gollancz, 1962, was Nicolas Freeling's (1927-2003) debut fiction and introduced his popular Dutch investigator Piet Van der Valk . . . harps on half-conscious fears in its study of a writer suspected by the police - and at times by himself and the reader - of having shot his former mistress . . . Book weight approx. 130g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. 
Price: 15.04 AUD
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SOME DAY TOMORROW, Freeling, Nicolas
19 Freeling, Nicolas SOME DAY TOMORROW
New York St Martin's Minotaur 2000 0312262302 / 9780312262303 First U.S.Edition Hardcover and Dustjacket Very Good + Very Good + 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
204pp. Book clean, square. Spine firm. Plain black boards very good. Leaves clean. Illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket negligibly edge-creased and mildly indented. "Hubertus van Bijl's family has a long and respected history in the Dutch flower trade . . . through a diary-like narrative, the reader learns that Bert is not the docile botanist he - and everyone who knows him - considers himself to be. In a novel that plumbs the depths of madness, Nicolas Freeling creates his most compelling and disturbing work to date in this chilling examination of crime from the inside out." Book weight approx. 380g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. 
Price: 12.75 AUD
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KILL TWO BIRDS & GET STONED, Friedman, Kinky
20 Friedman, Kinky KILL TWO BIRDS & GET STONED
New York William Morrow 2003 006620979x / 9780066209791 First Edition (Stated) Hardcover and Dustjacket Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
221pp. Book clean, square. Red spine firm, black title there-on. Plain black boards lightly corner bumped. Remainder stripe to lower textblock edge, else leaves clean. Illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket has a degree of sunning to spine (title clearly legible), a small, faint dampstain with red off-set to foot of spine on reverse, else negligible edge-creasing. "A tale of the nature of sanity, the cost of inspiration, and the art and business of creativity, 'Kill Two Birds & Get Stoned' has the absurd and provocative hijinks that could only come from the fertile, frenzied mind of veteran soul Kinky Friedman." Book weight approx. 482g. 
Price: 18.22 AUD
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