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1 (Allingham, Margery). Pike, B.A. CAMPION'S CAREER: A Study of the Novels of Margery Allingham
Bowling Green, OH: Bowling Green State University Popular Press, (1987). 0879723807 / 9780879723804 First edition, first printing: Simultaneous trade paperback: Review copy, with publisher's review bookmark laid in. Trade Paperback. Fine, tight and clean in illustrated wraps. Octavo. 253 pages; bibliography and story checklist. 
A biography of Allingham's career and an analytical study of the mystery novels with commentary on plot and character details. Pike explains the author's influences, and how and why her characters continue to thrive from book to book. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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New York: Atheneum, 1966. First U.S. edition. Hardcover. A very good plus copy in a like photo-illustrated dust jacket. 
A biography of the popular author of OLD WIVE'S TALE and ANNA OF THE FIVE TOWNS, drawing upon previously unpublished documents, letters and personal reminscences. Illustrated with photographs. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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3 (Biggers, Earl Derr). Hanke, Ken CHARLIE CHAN AT THE MOVIES: History, Filmography, and Criticism
Jefferson, North Carolina and London: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, (1989). 0899504272 / 9780899504278 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in blue linen with gilt titles to the front cover and spine; without dust jacket, as issued. Octavo. 270 pages; episode guide; and index. 
Delightful and scholarly, this detailed film guide and fascinating historical film chronicle also brags an interview with "Number One Son" actor Keye Luke, and Warner Oland's relatives, and is enhanced with numerous photos, stills and lobby cards. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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4 (Cain, James M.) Madden, David JAMES M. CAIN
New York: Twayne Publishers, Inc., (1970). 0805701281 / 9780805701289 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in blue cloth with gilt titles and decorations to front cover and to spine; in a near fine very mildly rubbed dust jacket. Octavo. 200 pages; references; selected bibliography; and index. 
Madden, a highly acclaimed literary critic, poet, novelist, and playwright, not only offers a biography but also examines Cain's work in relation to other hard-boiled writers, explains a popular career success, and reveals why Cain's technique was unique. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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5 (Chandler, Raymond). Gross, Miriam, edited by THE WORLD OF RAYMOND CHANDLER
New York: A & W Publishers, Inc., (1978). 0894790161 / 9780894790164 First U.S. edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine, as new; in a fine, as new, publisher price-clipped dust jacket with the new price sticker added. 
Essential examination of Chandler's oeuvre by critics, colleagues and collaborators. Illustrated with dozens of photographs printed on glossy stock. Introduction by Patricia Highsmith. Contributors include Billy Wilder, John Houseman, Julian Symons. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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6 (Chandler, Raymond). Marling, William RAYMOND CHANDLER
Boston: Twayne Publishers/A Division of G.K. Hall, (1986). 0805774726 / 9780805774726 First edition, first printing. TUSAS 508. Hardcover. Fine, in full blue cloth with gilt spine titling; in a price-clipped, else fine dust jacket with a hint of edge wear. Nice! 
Study centered on Chandler's style, tracing the relation between style and era for each of the 7 full-length books; sections on metaphor and simile, on Los Angeles period references and California history, on traditional themes and mythic sources. Scarce! 
Price: 75.00 USD
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7 (Chandler, Raymond). Olson, Brian & Bonnie TAILING PHILIP MARLOWE
(St. Paul, Minnesota): (Burlwrite), (2003). 097292390X / 9780972923903 First edition: Trade Paperback Original. Trade Paperback. New, a fine copy in slick, illustrated wraps. SIGNED by the authors to the title-page. 
Three day-tours of Los Angeles, with b&w photo illustrations and color maps, visiting over forty locations referred to by Chandler in his mystery novels: Marlowe's Hollywood, Marlowe's Downtown, and Marlowe's Drive. Great fun! 
Price: 14.99 USD
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8 (Chandler, Raymond). Parker, Robert S. (sic) 'LXXXVIII: RAYMOND CHANDLER CENTENNIAL DINNER Program; presented at the 4th International Congress of Crime Writers
New York: (1988). First edition, first printing: 6.5 X 10'' folded cardstock program, presented ''Through the generosity of Alfred A. Knopf.'' Fine; black-and-white photo-pictorial cover, two printed pages within, rear cover blank. 
Program for a Chandler tribute which featured a Welcome by Robert Parker, Dana Gioia's poem "In Chandler Country"; readings from Chandler's works and letters by Frank MacShane, Parker and Harry Davis (actor husband of Dorothy S. Davis), a film montage. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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9 (Chandler, Raymond). Spier, Jerry RAYMOND CHANDLER
New York: Frederick Ungar Publishing Co., (1981). 0804428263 / 9780804428262 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in cream linen with black titles to the spine; in a fine dust jacket. Unusually fresh and clean. Octavo. 166 pages; bibliography; notes; and index. 
Following the acclaimed biography of Ross MacDonald, Spier again draws on his extensive knowledge of the detective novel in Los Angeles. This critical work sheds light on the source for the novels by examining Chandler's life, styles and philosophies. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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10 (Chandler, Raymond). Thorpe, Edward CHANDLERTOWN: The Los Angeles of Philip Marlowe
New York: St. Martin's Press, (1984). 0312128517 / 9780312128517 First U.S. edition, first printing. Hardcover. Near fine; in a near fine, photo-pictorial dust jacket internally paper tape repaired, with a tear to the rear panel and minor shelfwear. Tall octavo. [113] pages. 
"No other fictional detective has been so identified, so involved with the environment of a particular city as Marlowe is with Los Angeles."--Thorpe. An ingenious social history of L.A., inspired by Chandler's writings and illustrated with photographs. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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11 (Christie, Agatha). Adams, Tom; with a commentary by Julian Symons AGATHA CHRISTIE: The Art of Her Crimes
New York: Everest House Publishers, (1981). 0896961443 / 9780896961449 First U.S. edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in mildly age-toned, otherwise fine pictorial dust jacket. Quarto. 
Ninety of Adams's distinctively eerie and evocative Christie cover paintings are reproduced here with commentary by the artist and by mystery author and critic Julian Symons. Introduction by John Fowles. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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12 (Christie, Agatha). Bunson, Matthew THE COMPLETE CHRISTIE: An Agatha Christie Encyclopedia
New York: Pocket Books, (2000). 0671028316 / 9780671028312 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 
Quarto. 454 pages; appendices. "A thoroughly entertaining, delectably detailed tour of the life and works of mystery's Grand Dame--simply the most comprehensive Agatha Christie reference guide available!" 
Price: 20.00 USD
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13 (Christie, Agatha). Gill, Gillian AGATHA CHRISTIE: The Woman and Her Mysteries
New York: The Free Press/A Division of MacMillan Publishing, (1990). B000GLI8J8 Book Club edition. Hardcover. Fine, in black boards with gilt spine titles; in an about near fine, lightly worn, somewhat age-toned, photo-pictorial dust jacket, that shows a few tiny edge tears. 
"If you have ever wondered how a Victorian lady got to be the most widely read author in the twentieth century, here is a book that will tell you how it happened. A spellbinder from page one."--John McAleer. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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14 (Christie, Agatha). Keating, H.R.F., editor AGATHA CHRISTIE: First Lady of Crime
New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, (1977). Second printing. SIGNED by Keating at his essay, ''Hercule Poirot--A Companion Portrait,'' page 205 and by Brand at page 193, ''Miss Marple, A Portra Hardcover. Pages show the expected mild tanning, else this is a near fine copy in pictorial dust jacket with a hint of edgewear and some light age-toning. Index. Christie chronology. 
Fascinating compendium of articles about Christie by a dozen distinguished mystery authors, critics and film/theatre historians, including Julian Symons, Michael Gilbert, Emma Lathen, Celia Fremlin, Colin Watson, Dorothy Hughes. Generously illustrated. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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15 (Christie, Agatha). Morgan, Janet AGATHA CHRISTIE: A Biography
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1985. 039452554X / 9780394525549 First U.S. edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine, in silver-lettered bugg cloth over pale brown boards; in a mildly age-toned, else fine illustrated dust jacket with color photo-portrait of Christie. 
Authorized biography hailed by Antonia Fraser as "masterly and gripping" and written with a "verve and lucidity worthy of Dame Agatha." Illustrated with 24 b&w photographs reproduced on coated stock inserts. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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16 (Christie, Agatha). Robyns, Gwen THE MYSTERY OF AGATHA CHRISTIE
Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1978. 0385126239 / 9780385126236 First U.S. edition, first printing. Hardcover. Very good: lighly used and somewhat worn, remainder sprayed to the lower page edges; in a very good, lightly worn and somewhat soiled, illustrated dust jacket. 
Bio of the bestselling mystery author. 247 pages, indexed. Illustrated with photographs. 
Price: 7.50 USD
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17 (Christie, Agatha). Toye, Randall, compiled by THE AGATHA CHRISTIE WHO'S WHO
New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, (1980). 0030575885 / 9780030575884 First edition. A Jonathan-James Book. Hardcover. Fine, in gilt-lettered brown textured cloth shelfback over tan boards; in a mildly age-toned illustrated dust jacket with portrait of Christie by Tom Adams. Laid in, printed on heavy cardstock is ''The Agatha Christie Who's Who Crossword Puzzle.'' 
More than 2000 cross-referenced character entries, most supplemented with descriptive quotes from Dame Agatha's texts. With over 50 original b&w intext illustrations by Ron Berg. Bibliography of Christie's stories and novels. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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18 (Christie, Agatha). Tynan, Kathleen AGATHA
New York: Ballantine Books, (1978). 034527718X / 9780345277183 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Very nearly fine in red cloth lettered in silver; in mildly faded dust jacket. 
An imaginary solution to the authentic mystery of Agatha Christie's amnesia-induced disappearance in December of 1926. Filmed with Dustin Hoffman and Vanessa Redgrave. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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19 (Clancy, Tom). Greenberg, Martin, editor THE TOM CLANCY COMPANION
New York: Berkley Books, (1992). 0425134075 / 9780425134078 First edition: Trade Paperback Original. Trade Paperback. Fine, an unread, as-new copy, in illustrated wraps. 
Terrific cache of info about the techno-thriller king: a complete concordance to the works--characters, weapons, ships, tanks, hardware, compiled by Roland J. Green; photos; articles; never-before-published Clancy interview. Introduction by Larry Bond. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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20 (Collins, Wilkie). Andrew, R.V. WILKIE COLLINS: A Critical Survey of His Prose Fiction With A Bibliography
New York & London: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1979. 0824096673 / 9780824096670 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Lower corner of pages damp-stained leaving mild page-waves, lower corners of rear cover soil-stained, else good and tight in red linen with black titles and rules to the spine; no dust jacket. Quarto. 358 pages; detailed bibliography; references. 
One of 24 volumes in Garland's Fiction Of Popular Culture series selected by E.F. Bleiler. This fascimile of a quality thesis offers an well-researched, in-depth, analytical study of Collins prose writings and with influences (Dickens) and techniques. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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