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INDIAN KILLER, Alexie, Sherman
1 Alexie, Sherman INDIAN KILLER
New York Atlantic Monthly Press 1996 087113652X / 9780871136527 1st Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Fine in Fine dust jacket 
The book is in Fine condition and has a Fine dust jacket. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition. There is just a hint of beginning rubbing to the bottom edges of the book cover. The dust jacket is crisp and clean. "A murderer is stalking and scalping white men in Seattle. While this so-called Indian Killer terrorizes the city, its Native American population is thrown into turmoil. John Smith, an Indian adopted as a newborn baby into a white family, is increasingly dissatisfied with his life and dreams of the existence he might have led on the reservation - he is gently descending into madness." 
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Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor Being the First Jane Austen Mystery, Barron, Stephanie
2 Barron, Stephanie Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor Being the First Jane Austen Mystery
New York Bantam Books 1996 1st Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dust jacket Illustrated by Carol Inouye 
Cover Art; This book is in Fine condition and has a Near Fine dust jacket. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition, as are the text pages. The dust jacket is crisp and clean with the exception of one tiny nick to the bottom front edge of the dust jacket. This is the first book in the Jane Austen Mystery series. "I would rather spend an hour among the notorious than two minutes with the dull. - To Jane Austen's surprise, her visit to the snowy Hertfordshire estate of young and beautiful Isobel Payne, Countess of Scargrave, will be far from dull. She has scarcely arrived when the Earl - a gentleman of mature years - is felled by a mysterious ailment to agonizing and violent to credit to a fondness for claret and pudding." ; Vol. 1 
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The Delights of Detection, Barzun, Jacques (edited and with an introduction by)
3 Barzun, Jacques (edited and with an introduction by) The Delights of Detection
New York Criterion Books 1961 Trade Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust jacket 
This book is in Very Good+ condition and has a Very Good+ dust jacket. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition. There is some light bumping to the spine ends of the book covers. The text pages are clean and bright. There is a previous owner's inked name on the front endpaper. The dust jacket has a couple of small edge nicks and tears, along with some rubbing and edge wear to the spine ends and corners. There is a small spot of red ink on the front panel of the dust jacket as well. This is an omnibus of short stories, including: The Tragedy of Brookbend Cottage by Ernest Bramah, The Bottomless Well by G. K. Chesterton, The Log Case by Kenneth Livingston, The Professor's Manuscript by Dorothy Sayers, The Unknown Peer by E. C. Bentley, The Greek Play by H. C. Bailey, A Case of Premeditation by R. Austin Freeman, the Nine-Mile Walk by Harry Kemelman, the Weir by Daniel Pettiward, The Homesick Buick by John D. MacDonald, Otherwhere by Edmund Crispin, One Word at a Time by Bayard Wendell, The Oyster Catcher by Michael Gilbert, Murder is No Joke by Rex Stout, Cloak Without Dagger by P.C. de Beaumarchais, The Rifle by William Leggett, and, The King's Private Eye by Alexandre Dumas. 
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This Week's Stories Of Mystery And Suspense, Beach, Stewart (edited by) with An Introduction by Alfred Hitchcock
4 Beach, Stewart (edited by) with An Introduction by Alfred Hitchcock This Week's Stories Of Mystery And Suspense
New York Random House 1957 1st Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Very Good in Very Good- dust jacket 
This book is in Very Good condition and has a Very Good- dust jacket. The book and its contents are in generally clean, bright condition. The spine ends and corners of the book covers have some light bumping and wear. There is a splotch of discoloration / toning to the bottom spine end and bottom rear edge of the book cover. The text pages are clean and bright. The price clipped dust jacket has edge wear, nicks and small chips missing. The dust jacket has some general wear and a couple creases and handling to the covers. The bottom rear edge of the dust jacket have some toning and tidemarking. This book contains a series of short stories, including: The Christmas Bogey by Pat Frank, Bluebeard's Bathtub by Margery Allingham, Trapped! By H. Vernor Dixon, Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie, The Spell by Arthur Gordon, 12 Flights up by David Chandler, The Mystery of Kela Ouai by Victor Canning, My Queer Dean by Ellery Queen, The Wagstaff Pearls by Mignon G. Eberhart, Night of Panic by Mackinlay Kantor, The Brigadier Smells a Rat by Bruce Marshall, and many more. 
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The Loot of Cities Being the Adventures of a Millionaire in Search of Joy. A Fantasia., Bennett, Arnold
5 Bennett, Arnold The Loot of Cities Being the Adventures of a Millionaire in Search of Joy. A Fantasia.
Philadelphia, PA Oswald Train: Publisher 1972 1st American Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dust jacket Illustrated by William Dixon 
Cover Art; This book is in Fine condition and has a Near Fine dust jacket. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition. The text pages are clean and bright. The dust jacket has two tiny edge nick / tears to the top edge. There is a hint of beginning toning to the edges of the dust jacket as well. "The Loot of Cities is the only volume of detective short stories by the great English author, Arnold Bennett. He did write several other stories of this type, but they were scattered through several other short story collections. First published in Windsor Magazine in 1903, these stories were later gathered into a slim little volume in England. This present edition marks their first appearance in the United States." Included are the short stories: The Fire of London, A Comedy on the Gold Coast, A Bracelet at Bruges, A Solution of the Algiers Mystery, In the Capital of the Sahara, and, Lo! 'Twas a Gala Night! . "In 1889 Bennett won a literary competition run by the magazine Tit-Bits and was encouraged to take up journalism full-time. In 1894 he became assistant editor of the magazine Woman. He noticed that the material offered by a syndicate to the magazine was not very good, so he wrote a serial that was bought by the syndicate for 75 pounds (equivalent to 10,000 in 2015). He then wrote another. This became The Grand Babylon Hotel. Just over four years later his novel A Man from the North was published to critical acclaim and he became editor of the magazine. In 1900 Bennett gave up the editorship of Woman and dedicated himself to writing full-time. However, he continued to write for newspapers and magazines while finding success in his career as a novelist. In 1926, at the suggestion of Lord Beaverbrook, he began writing an influential weekly article on books for the London newspaper the Evening Standard. One of Bennett's most popular non-fiction works was the self-help book How to Live on 24 Hours a Day. His diaries have yet to be published in full, but extracts from them have often been quoted in the British press. " 
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Behind That Curtain, Biggers, Earl Derr
6 Biggers, Earl Derr Behind That Curtain
New York Grosset & Dunlap 1928 Reprint Hardcover Very Good+ 
This book is in Very Good+ condition and is lacking the dust jacket. The spine ends and corners of the book covers have some light rubbing, edge wear and beginning fraying. There is some ground-in dirt to the spine of the book. The text pages are mostly clean and bright. There is a previous owner's inked name and address on the front endpaper. The top edge of the text block has some ground-in dirt. This is the third Charlie Chan novel. "It is set almost exclusively in California (as opposed to Chan's native Hawaii) , and tells the story of the former head of Scotland Yard, a detective who is pursuing the long-cold trail of a murderer. Fifteen years ago, a London solicitor was killed in circumstances in which the only clue was a pair of Chinese slippers, which he apparently donned just before his death. Sir Frederic Bruce has been following the trail of the killer ever since. He has also been interested in what appears to be a series of disappearing women around the world, which has some connection to the disappearance of a woman named Eve Durand in rural India also fifteen years ago." 
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Keeper Of The Keys A Charlie Chan Story, Biggers, Earl Derr
7 Biggers, Earl Derr Keeper Of The Keys A Charlie Chan Story
New York Bobbs-Merrill Company 1932 Early printing Hardcover Very Good 
This book is in Very Good condition and is lacking the dust jacket. This copy is dated 1932, but lacks the First Edition statement on the copyright page. The book and its contents are in generally clean, bright condition. The spine ends and corners of the book covers have some bumping, rubbing and edge wear, along with fraying. The text pages have some light, but generalized toning. There is a previous owner's property bookplate (Harold H. Gibson) on the front pastedown page. "Keeper of the Keys (1932) is the sixth and last mystery in the Charlie Chan series of Earl Derr Biggers; Biggers was planning on continuing the series, but died in 1933 before he could. The films continued the series for him." 
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Dreaming of Babylon A Private Eye Novel 1942, Brautigan, Richard
8 Brautigan, Richard Dreaming of Babylon A Private Eye Novel 1942
New York Delacorte Press 1977 1st Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket 
This book is in Fine condition and has a Very Good+ to Near Fine - dust jacket. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition. The text pages are clean and bright. There are two small semi-closed tears to the edges of the dust jacket along with some beginning rubbing and edge wear to the corners and spine ends. The reverse of the dust jacket has one thin strip of color bleeding which does not affect the dust jacket or the book. "It is early 1942. You are in San Francisco, and you need a private eye. Sam Space is rumored to be in Istambul. The Continental Op hasa been drafted and is a sergeant in the Aleutians." "Richard Gary Brautigan (January 30, 1935 ca. September 16, 1984) was an American novelist, poet, and short story writer. His work often employs black comedy, parody, and satire. He is best known for his novels Trout Fishing in America (1967) and In Watermelon Sugar (1968). Brautigan began his career as a poet, with his first collection being published in 1957. He made his debut as a novelist with A Confederate General from Big Sur (1964) , about a delusional man who believes himself to be the descendant of a Confederate general. Brautigan would go on to publish numerous prose and poetry collections until 1982, after which he committed suicide in 1984." 
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A Morning For Flamingos A Novel, Burke, James Lee
9 Burke, James Lee A Morning For Flamingos A Novel
Boston, MA Little Brown and Company 1990 1st Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Fine in Fine dust jacket 
; This book is in Fine condition and has a Fine dust jacket. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition. The text pages are clean and bright. The dust jacket is crisp and clean. "James Lee Burke (born December 5, 1936) is an American author of mysteries, best known for his Dave Robicheaux series. He has won an Edgar Award for Black Cherry Blues (1990) and an Edgar Award for Cimarron Rose (1998) , and has also been presented with the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. The Robicheaux character has been portrayed twice on screen, first by Alec Baldwin (Heaven's Prisoners) and then Tommy Lee Jones (In the Electric Mist). Burke's 1982 novel, Two for Texas, was made into a 1998 TV Movie by the same name. Burke has also written five (5) miscellaneous crime novels (including Two for Texas) , two short story collections, four books starring protagonist Texas attorney Billy Bob Holland, and four (4) books starring Billy Bob's cousin Texas sheriff Hackberry Holland and two (2) books starring Weldon Avery Holland, grandson of Texas legendary lawman Hackberry Holland." 
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The Demoniacs A Novel, Carr, John Dickson
10 Carr, John Dickson The Demoniacs A Novel
New York Harper & Row 1962 1st Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket 
This is a stand-alone historical mystery by the author best known for his Dr. Fell and Sir Henry Merrivale mysteries. The book is in Near Fine condition and has a Very Good+ dust jacket. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition. The text pages are clean and bright. There is some light toning to the edges of the text block. The dust jacket has several small edge nicks and some light edge wear and rubbing along with spots of discoloration / toning / foxing to the rear cover. "In the year 1757 a young man named Jeffrey Wynne, lean of face and form, gallantly rescued his true love, black-eyed Peg Ralston, at her uncle Mortimer's command, from Paris and apparently, a house of ill repute. Peg was beautiful, orphaned, fiery, soon to be an heiress, and, though not entirely virtuous (Jeffrey was invovled here) , deserved far better than what seemed to be in store for her. For back in London she was confronted by the lady in her uncle's life, Lavvy Cresswell, pale of hair, cold of eye. Thanks to Lavvy, it would seem, Peg was destined for Newgate Prison, sentenced as a wayward minor." "Carr is generally regarded as one of the greatest writers of so-called "Golden Age" mysteries; complex, plot-driven stories in which the puzzle is paramount. He was influenced in this regard by the works of Gaston Leroux and by the Father Brown stories of G. K. Chesterton. He was a master of so-called locked room mystery, in which a detective solves apparently impossible crimes. The Dr. Fell mystery The Hollow Man (1935) , usually considered Carr's masterpiece, was selected during 1981 as the best locked-room mystery of all time by a panel of 17 mystery authors and reviewers. He was also an author of historical mystery." 
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Cards on the Table, Christie, Agatha
11 Christie, Agatha Cards on the Table
New York Dodd, Mead & Co 1937 1st American Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Good Ex-Library 
Ex-Library copy. This is a First American edition. The book is in Good only condition and is a starter copy. The book has a red buckram library binding and is lacking a dust jacket. There are standard library markings, including ink stamps, a library card pocket and date stamp page. Several of the pages have edge tearing and there is very noticeable wear and tear to the book in general. The text pages have toning and some spots of foxing. Early Agatha Christie books are becoming harder and harder to find - and while this is not a collectable copy, it would be a decent starter copy to hold in a collection until a better copy can be found. "There is an idea prevalent that a detective story is rather like a big race - a number of starters - likely horses and jockeys. You pays your money and you takes your choice! The favourite is by common consent the opposite of a favourite of the race course." "Guinness World Records lists Christie as the best-selling novelist of all time. Her novels have sold roughly 2 billion copies, and her estate claims that her works come third in the rankings of the world's most-widely published books, behind only Shakespeare's works and the Bible. According to Index Translationum, she remains the most-translated individual author having been translated into at least 103 languages. And Then There Were None is Christie's best-selling novel, with 100 million sales to date, making it the world's best-selling mystery ever, and one of the best-selling books of all time. Christie's stage play The Mousetrap holds the world record for longest initial run. It opened at the Ambassadors Theatre in the West End on 25 November 1952 and as of 2017 is still running after more than 25,000 performances." 
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Nemesis, Christie, Agatha
12 Christie, Agatha Nemesis
New York Dodd, Mead & Company 1971 1st American Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good- dust jacket 
This book is in Near Fine condition and has a Very Good- dust jacket. The book and its contents are in mostly clean, bright condition. The text pages are clean and bright. The price clipped dust jacket has noticeable fading to the spine and spine joints, along with several small edge nicks and rubbing to the spine ends. "Christie wrote her first short story, The House of Beauty (an early version of her later-published story The House of Dreams) , while recovering in bed from an undisclosed illness. This was about 6,000 words on the topic of "madness and dreams", a subject of fascination for her. Biographer Janet Morgan commented that, despite "infelicities of style", the story was nevertheless "compelling". Other stories followed, most of them illustrating her interest in spiritualism and the paranormal. These included "The Call of Wings" and "The Little Lonely God". Magazines rejected all her early submissions, made under pseudonyms, although some were revised and published later, often with new titles." 
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Postern Of Fate, Christie, Agatha
13 Christie, Agatha Postern Of Fate
New York Dodd, Mead & Co 1973 1st American Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket 
This book is in Near Fine condition and has a Near Fine dust jacket. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition. The spine of the book has a very slight slant. The text pages are clean and bright. The dust jacket has some beginning sunning to the spine and very beginning nicking to the top spine ends. "Tommy and Tuppence Beresford, the engaging detective duo of N or M? And By the Pricking of My Thumbs, return in their most chilling adventure. It begins with their discovery of an artfully hidden message: It was one of us. I think I know which one." "The Guinness Book of World Records lists Christie as the best-selling novelist of all time. Her novels have sold roughly 2 billion copies, and her estate claims that her works come third in the rankings of the world's most-widely published books, behind only Shakespeare's works and the Bible. According to Index Translationum, she remains the most-translated individual author having been translated into at least 103 languages" 
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THE BLANK  PAGE, Constantine, K. C. (Carl Constantine Kosak)
14 Constantine, K. C. (Carl Constantine Kosak) THE BLANK PAGE
New York & Cleveland Saturday Review Press / E. P. Dutton 1974 1st Edition; 1st Printing Fine in Fine dust jacket Illustrated by Roy Kuhlman 
Cover Art; This book is in Fine condition and has a Fine dust jacket. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition. The top edge of the book cover (both front and rear) has the faintest hint of sunning. The text pages are clean and bright. The dust jacket is crisp and clean with only some beginning fading / toning to the spine. This is the third book in the Chief Mario Balzic mysteries, set in Rocksburg, PA, and of the books in the series, this is one of the most difficult to find. "It was hot. The temperature on Memorial Day had tied the record set in 1910. In the five days since, the weather report was notable for its sameness. When Miss Cynthia Summer called to say that she hadn't seen one of her student roomers, Police Chief Mario Balzic was glad to stop working on the budget report. But then he saw Janet Pisula's body on the floor of her room." "Little is known about Kosak, as he prefers anonymity and has given only a few interviews. He was born in 1934 and served in the Marines in the early 1950s. He lives in Greensburg, Pennsylvania with wife Linda. He is an alumnus of Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania and claims that he "flunked freshman composition twice" because he "did not know how to make an English sentence." (As reported in the bulletin of that college's "Friends of the Library" Autumn, 1990.) Other than that, information is sketchy. He may have been a minor league baseball player (some had even been suggesting that Kosak was a pseudonym for former Major League baseball player Phil Rizzuto) and he may have studied at the University of Iowa's writers' program in the 1960s. Other evidence suggests he never got near a baseball and instead was a journalist at a western Pennsylvania newspaper." 
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The Bone Collector, Deaver, Jeffery
15 Deaver, Jeffery The Bone Collector
New York Viking 1996 Advance Review Copy Paperback Fine Signed by Author
Advanced Review Copy. SIGNED EDITION. This is a trade paperback book. The book is in Fine condition and was issued thus without a dust jacket. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition. The text pages are clean and bright. This copy has been signed by the author on the title page. "Lincoln Rhyme, ex-head of NYPD forensics, was the nation's foremost criminalist, the guy who could work a crime scene and come up with a perfect profile of the killer, frozen in time." ; Signed by Author 
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THE LESSON OF HER DEATH, Deaver, Jeffery Wilds
16 Deaver, Jeffery Wilds THE LESSON OF HER DEATH
New York Doubleday / Perfect Crime 1993 Uncorrected Proof; 1st Printing Paperback Near Fine Trade PB 
This is an Uncorrected Proof copy. Review copy. Spine ends & corners of book covers have a bit of extremely light bumping and rubbing. Cardstock covers are illustrated with the - Perfect Crime - eyes logo. Spine is clean, straight and uncreased. There is a bit of very beginning rubbing to the rear cover of the book. The text pages are clean & bright. Laid in are the folded review slip and a contest card (to win one of 10 autographed copies of the bound volume). A wonderful clean, bright copy of the author's sixth novel. "Bill Corde looked down at the face of the murdered girl and saw there beauty and youth and the horror of sudden death. He could not know, as he stood thera at that trampled, muddy scene beside the college girl's corpse, that his own life was about to slip into terror. He could not know that everything he held precious was about to shatter before his eyes." 
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SCIMITAR, DeMarinis, Rick
17 DeMarinis, Rick SCIMITAR
New York E. P. Dutton 1977 0525198059 / 9780525198055 1st Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket Signed by Author
SIGNED EDITION. Spine ends & corners of book covers have a bit of extremely light bumping and rubbing. Yellow paper covered boards have an orange cloth spine with purple gilt lettering. The text pages are clean and bright. Endpapers are a solid white color. Signed in black ink on the title page by the author. Spine ends & corners of dust jacket have a bit of very light bumping & rubbing. There is a bit of very beginning yellowing to the spine of the dust jacket. Overall, a very nice clean, bright copy. This is the author's second novel. "His hero, Arjay Ponce, is a typical suburban husband whose comfortable Southern California life has suddenly gone awry. Just when Dynablast, the aerospace plant he works for, is about to land Project Scimitar - the big gravy defense contract co-financed by Arab oil money - Arjay fails to get the promotion he's been in line for." ; Signed by Author 
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The Shadow of Quong Lung, Doyle, Dr. C. W.
18 Doyle, Dr. C. W. The Shadow of Quong Lung
Philadelphia, PA J. B. Lippincott Company 1900 2nd Edition Hardcover Very Good+ 
This book is in Very Good+ to Near Fine- condition and is lacking the scarce dust jacket. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition. There is some light spotting and ground-in dirt to the book covers. The text pages are clean and bright. This is an early Chinese / American crime lord mystery story set in San Francisco's Chinatown similar to the Fu Manchu mysteries. The author, an Englishman, settled in California in 1888 and became acquaintances with Ambrose Bierce upon Bierce's relocation to Santa Cruz in 1894. "This does not set forth to be that destable thing, a book with a purpose; but if it should incidentally draw attention to the terrible conditions of life of the slave girls in Chinatown, and if any amelioration of those conditions should ensue, I shall feel that I have not written in vain." 
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Andy East's Agatha Christie Quiz Book, East, Andy
19 East, Andy Andy East's Agatha Christie Quiz Book
New York Drake Publishers Inc 1975 1st Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket 
This book is in Near Fine condition and has a Very Good+ dust jacket. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition. There is some light bumping to the spine ends of the book covers. The text pages are clean and bright. The price clipped dust jacket has some light edge wear and rubbing to the spine ends and corners. "Mystery buffs everywhere will want to test their acumen in this challenging mind-teaser of a quiz book." "Guinness World Records lists Christie as the best-selling novelist of all time. Her novels have sold roughly 2 billion copies, and her estate claims that her works come third in the rankings of the world's most-widely published books, behind only Shakespeare's works and the Bible. According to Index Translationum, she remains the most-translated individual author having been translated into at least 103 languages. [5] And Then There Were None is Christie's best-selling novel, with 100 million sales to date, making it the world's best-selling mystery ever, and one of the best-selling books of all time. Christie's stage play The Mousetrap holds the world record for longest initial run. It opened at the Ambassadors Theatre in the West End on 25 November 1952 and as of 2017 is still running after more than 25,000 performances." 
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Five Passengers From Lisbon, Eberhart, Mignon G.
20 Eberhart, Mignon G. Five Passengers From Lisbon
New York Random House 1946 1st Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dust jacket 
This book is in Near Fine condition and has a Very Good to Near Very Good+ dust jacket. The book and its contents are in mostly clean, bright condition. There is a light slant to the spine of the book. The text pages are clean and bright. The dust jacket has several semi-closed edge tears, some rubbing and wear to the spine ends and some beginning toning to the rear cover. "Mignon Good Eberhart (July 6, 1899, Lincoln, Nebraska October 8, 1996, Greenwich, Connecticut) was an American author of mystery novels. She had one of the longest careers (from the 1920s to the 1980s) among major American mystery writers...Eberhart was one of the more prolific of the practitioners of the classic romantic suspense novel that had begun with some of the earliest work of Anna Katherine Green, and was brought to its height by Mary Roberts Rinehart in the early 20th century. [4] There had been many female sleuths featured in short stories previously, and Rinehart had introduced her own nurse-detective, Hilda Adams, aka "Miss Pinkerton," in the second decade of the 20th century. But in 1929, when Eberhart introduced Nurse Sally Keate -- her only series detective -- Keane was still a relative rarity as a female lead in novel-length "straight detective stories"." 
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