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Who Took The Weight? Black Voices From Norfolk Prison [Review Copy]
Boston: Little, Brown & Co. 1972. First Edition. Anthology of prison writings by inmates of the Norfolk Prison Colony in eastern Massachusetts. Foreword by Elma Lewis, under whose auspices much of the work was completed. With an introduction by James A. Lang, an inmate who presumably shared the editorial credit...
[Item #29341]
Price: $45.00
 
Who Took The Weight? Black Voices From Norfolk Prison [Review Copy]. AFRICAN AMERICANS - PRISONS, Elma LEWIS.
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The Black Gestapo
Los Angeles: Holloway House Publishing Company, 1975. First Edition. Scarce pulp novel by the popular Los Angeles-based African American author and Vietnam veteran, who during his career would crank out more than 60 books. The novel is centered around a Black Panther-like organization called the People's Army, which starts out...
[Item #30965]
Price: $150.00
 
The Black Gestapo. AFRICAN AMERICANS, Joseph NAZEL.
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The Big Hit
Los Angeles: Holloway House Publishing Company, 1975. First Edition. Novel of vengeance after a Black father's son is taken from him by a stray bullet from a local crime syndicate. Hitmen are hired, syndicate members are killed, and a war between Godfather's ensues. OCLC finds 14 copies. First Printing, a....
[Item #30980]
Price: $25.00
 
The Big Hit. AFRICAN AMERICANS, James-Howard READUS.
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Blind Man With A Pistol
New York: William Morrow and Company, 1969. First Edition. Sharp copy of the eighth novel in Himes's Harlem cycle, where detectives Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson "find themselves looking for the elusive murder of a white homosexual film producer, and in the process they move through a mad...
[Item #33585]
Price: $150.00
 
Blind Man With A Pistol. AFRICAN AMERICANS, LITERATURE, Chester HIMES.
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The China Governess: A Mystery
London: Chatto and Windus, 1963. First U.K. Edition. First Impression. Octavo; olive green paper-covered boards, with titles stamped in gilt and purple on spine; dustjacket; 254pp. Foxing to text edges, else Near Fine. Dustjacket is unclipped (priced 18s), lightly edgeworn, spine-sunned, with a tiny chip at crown; Very Good+. HUBIN...
[Item #20918]
Price: $50.00
 
The China Governess: A Mystery. Margery ALLINGHAM.
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Night Dogs [Limited Edition, Signed]
Tucson: Dennis McMillan Publicatons, 1996. First, Limited Edition. The author's highly regarded second novel, following Sympathy for the Devil. One of 100 numbered copies signed by Anderson and James Crumley, this being copy no.99. Octavo; 3/4 marbled paper over quarter black morocco, with titles stamped in gilt on spine; dustjacket;...
[Item #23420]
Price: $200.00
 
Night Dogs [Limited Edition, Signed]. Kent ANDERSON.
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Ex-Racketeer
New York: Rudolph Field, 1930. First Edition. Short novel, in monologue, in which a New York gangster reviews his sordid career. Dames, dope, and gats a-plenty; presented, in the jacket copy, as "primarily the dramatic story of an unusual man...also a vastly informative book...shedding light on a widely-publicized but little...
[Item #33455]
Price: $350.00
 
Ex-Racketeer. Anonymous.
8.

Attica: Two Years Later [drop-title] "We Have The Solution. The Solution is Unity"
Buffalo: Attica Defense Committee, 1973. Quarto (29cm). Bifolium, on newsprint [4pp]. Paper slightly toned, else a fresh, unworn copy, Very Good to Near Fine. Fundraising brochure for the Attica Defense Committee, calling for the dismissal of indictments against the 28 prisoners indicted for participating in the Attica Prison riots of...
[Item #24943]
Price: $75.00
 
Attica: Two Years Later [drop-title] "We Have The Solution. The Solution is Unity" ATTICA DEFENSE COMMITTEE.
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Ups and Downs of a "Crook's" Life. By an Ex-Convict
[New York]: Published by the Author, 1889. Written during the author's 5-year sentence in Clinton Prison, New York, and self-published in the hopes that "If I can sell enough of my books to earn a living, the temptation that sometimes drives ex-convicts back to crime will, in my case at...
[Item #21056]
Price: $750.00
 
Ups and Downs of a "Crook's" Life. By an Ex-Convict. Samuel A. BAILEY.
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Ups and Downs of a "Crook's" Life. By an Ex-Convict
[New York]: Published by the Author, 1889. Written during the author's 5-year sentence in Clinton Prison, New York, and self-published in the hopes that "If I can sell enough of my books to earn a living, the temptation that sometimes drives ex-convicts back to crime will, in my case at...
[Item #21473]
Price: $600.00
 
Ups and Downs of a "Crook's" Life. By an Ex-Convict. Samuel A. BAILEY.
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Trent's Own Case
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1936. First American Edition. Bentley's follow-up to his 1913 novel Trent's Last Case, co-written with his friend H. Warner Allen. HUBIN, p.31. First Printing. Octavo; orange cloth, with titles stamped in black on spine and front cover; black topstain; dustjacket; 324pp, [2]. Hint of darkening...
[Item #21927]
Price: $175.00
 
Trent's Own Case. E. C. BENTLEY, H. Warner Allen.
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Where Do I Go From Here? The Life Story of a Forger
New York: Lee Furman, Inc. 1936. First Edition. Pseudonymously-written account by a famous ex-convict, a career forger, whose misdeeds "resulted in prison sentences around the country. He decries racism and convict labor contracts at the Louisiana prison farm; spends a chapter adulating Eugene Debs, his cellmate at Atlanta; praises the...
[Item #19553]
Price: $100.00
 
Where Do I Go From Here? The Life Story of a Forger. Roger BENTON, Lewis E., as told to Robert O. Ballou. LAWES, introduction.
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After The Big House: The Adventures of a Parole Officer
New York: Crown Publishers, Inc. 1952. First Edition. Octavo (21cm). Gray cloth boards, lettered in red on spine; dustjacket; 238pp. Slightly worn and soiled copy in slightly worn and soiled jacket; about VG.
[Item #17207]
Price: $25.00
 
After The Big House: The Adventures of a Parole Officer. Fred BERSON.
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Jerk
San Francisco: Artspace Books, [1993]. First Edition. Slim octavo (21cm.); original red and white photo-illustrated boards; 54pp.; color photographic illus. throughout. Light dust-soil else Fine. Short story based on the confession of David Brooks, one of the accomplices of serial killer Dean Corll (a.k.a. the Candy Man).
[Item #30340]
Price: $15.00
 
Jerk. Nayland BLAKE, art, story Dennis Cooper.
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Policewomen on Patrol: Final Report
[Washington, D.C.]: Police Foundation, [1974]. First Edition. Quarto (27.5cm.); original red staplebound card wrappers; [2],vii,[1],67pp.; illus. Fine. Post-Equal Rights Amendment evaluation of policewomen.
[Item #33023]
Price: $25.00
 
Policewomen on Patrol: Final Report. Peter B. BLOCH, Deborah Anderson.
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A Drop of the Hard Stuff [Limited Edition, Signed]
New York: Mysterious Bookshop, 2011. First Edition. Attractive edition of Block's 17th Matthew Scudder novel. Limited Issue, one of 100 numbered copies signed by the author, this being copy no.47. Octavo; dark blue leather and marbled paper-covered boards, with titles stamped in gilt on spine; publisher's original acetate dustjacket; 319pp...
[Item #33880]
Price: $75.00
 
A Drop of the Hard Stuff [Limited Edition, Signed]. Lawrence BLOCK.
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All the Flowers Are Dying [Limited Edition, Signed]
Herefordshire: Scorpion Press, 2005. First, Limited Edition. Handsome edition of the 16th Matthew Scudder novel, with an appreciation of the Scudder series by Simon Kernick. One of 90 numbered copies signed by the author, this being copy no.42. Octavo; marbled paper over hunter green cloth, with titles stamped in gilt...
[Item #33882]
Price: $75.00
 
All the Flowers Are Dying [Limited Edition, Signed]. Lawrence BLOCK, novel, Simon KERNICK, appreciation.
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The Burglar in the Library
Blakeny: Scorpion Press, 1997. First, Limited Edition. Handsome edition of Block's eighth Bernie Rhodenbarr novel, with an appreciation by James Sallis. One of 99 numbered copies signed by the author, this being copy no.64. Octavo; marbled paper over hunter green cloth, with titles stamped in gilt on spine; blue topstain;...
[Item #33883]
Price: $125.00
 
The Burglar in the Library. Lawrence BLOCK, novel, James SALLIS, appreciation.
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Hope to Die [Limited Edition, Signed]
Gladestry: Scorpion Press, 2001. First, Limited Edition. Handsome edition of the fifteenth Matthew Scudder novel, with an appreciation of the Scudder series by noted horror writer Peter Straub. One of 99 numbered copies signed by the author, this being copy no.90. Octavo; marbled paper over hunter green leather, with titles...
[Item #33881]
Price: $75.00
 
Hope to Die [Limited Edition, Signed]. Lawrence BLOCK, novel, Peter STRAUB, appreciation.
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Killing Jazz: A Detective Story
New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1928. First Edition. Jazz-age mystery novel featuring Detective Jim Bliss. HUBIN p.41. Octavo; rust-colored cloth, with titling and decorations stamped in gilt on spine; dustjacket; 252pp. Minor wear to spine ends, rear hinge starting; Very Good+. Dustjacket lightly shelfworn, with a few tiny nicks and...
[Item #27992]
Price: $85.00
 
Killing Jazz: A Detective Story. Christopher BOOTH.
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Stealing Through Life
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1929. First Edition. Narrative account of Ernest Booth, a career criminal who by his own admission was an accomplished burglar and forger. "Booth's career as a thief was punctuated by several brief stays in county jails and over half of a five-year sentence at San...
[Item #19739]
Price: $750.00
 
Stealing Through Life. Ernest BOOTH.
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Blood on the Tongue [Limited Edition, Signed]
Gladestry: Scorpion Press, 2002. First, Limited Edition. Handsome edition of the British crime writer's third novel, featuring Derbyshire detectives Cooper and Fry. One of 80 numbered copies signed by the author, this being copy no.76. Octavo; marbled paper over hunter green leather, with titles stamped in gilt on spine; green...
[Item #33555]
Price: $75.00
 
Blood on the Tongue [Limited Edition, Signed]. Stephen BOOTH, novel, Reginald HILL, appreciation.
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The Closing Argument of W. E. Borah for the Prosecution, in the Great Coeur d'Alene Riot-Murder Trial, Delivered July 27, 1899, Wallace, Idaho [cover title]
N.p. ca. 1899. First edition, octavo (22cm.); stitched printed self-wrappers; [2],49pp. Very faint toning along edges, else about Fine. A portion of the closing argument delivered at the trial of Paul Corcoran for the killing of James Cheyne during the the Coeur d'Alene's mining strike of April, 1899.
[Item #21777]
Price: $30.00
 
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Crusade
New York: D. Appleton and Co. 1931. First Edition. Novel featuring a small-town Y.M.C.A. leader and municipal reformer who is corrupted by the forces he seeks to destroy. Set in a fictional middle-western town in the midst of bootleg wars, bombings, and general violence. HANNA 435. First Printing. Octavo (19.5cm);...
[Item #26597]
Price: $125.00
 
Crusade. Royce BRIER.
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The Screaming Mimi
New York: E.P. Dutton & Co. 1949. First Edition. Basis for Gerd Oswald's 1958 film noir, starring Anita Ekberg, Philip Carey, and Gypsy Rose Lee. HUBIN, p.54. First Printing. Octavo; yellow paper-covered boards, with titling and publisher's logo stamped in black to spine and front cover; dustjacket; 248, [8]pp. Slight...
[Item #21947]
Price: $125.00
 
The Screaming Mimi. Fredric BROWN.


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