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1 (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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2 (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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3 (Hammett, Dashiell). Nolan, William F. HAMMETT: A Life at the Edge
New York: Congdon & Weed, Inc. (1983). 0312922817 / 9780312922818 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. About near fine, in gilt-lettered milk chocolate shelfback over natural boards; in a lightly age-toned illustrated dust jacket. 276 pages including notes, bibliographies, and an index. Illustrated. 
Full-length biography of the brilliant and influential detective writer. Nolan is a genre author himself, and he helped to launch the serious study of Hammett as an important American novelist with his 1978 DASHIELL HAMMETT: A Case Book. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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4 (Macdonald, Ross). Macdonald, John THE MOVING TARGET
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1949. 9997519493 / 9789997519498 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fading to spine, light wear and abrasion at spine ends and corner tips, dot of damp-fading to red-purple top-edge tint, scattered staining within; thus very good only; lacking dust jacket. 
The first Lew Archer novel--released as by John Macdonald, before Kenneth Millar had adopted "Ross" as his nom de noir; eventually filmed as HARPER with Paul Newman as the rechristened heir apparent to Marlowe and Spade. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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5 Appel, Benjamin THE RAW EDGE
New York: Random House, (1958). B0006AVE54 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fading to black top-edge coloring, hint of wear at the extremities, thus very good plus, in a lightly rubbed, mildly age-toned photo-pictorial dust jacket that shows just a hint of edgewear. 
A behind-the-scenes novel of the New York waterfront by "one of the early contributors to noir."--Ed Gorman. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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6 Arnote, Ralph A RAGE IN PARADISE
New York: Forge Books/A Tom Doherty Associates Book, (1997). 0312861982 / 9780312861988 First edition, first printing: Review copy, with publisher's materials laid in. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 
The first title in the Willy Hanson series to be published in hardcover. "Hard-boiled and lean, with fast-paced action and gritty characters."--Winnipeg Sun. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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7 Bergman, Andrew THE BIG KISS-OFF OF 1944
London: Hutchinson of London, (1975). 0091229204 First U.K. edition, first printing. Hardcover. Pages age-toned, as expected, hint of splaying to the boards, thus very nearly fine; in crimson boards with gilt spine stamping; in a fine, if age-toned, pictorial dust jacket. Splendid jacket art--quite different than the U.S. issue--is by Bill Botten. 
40's era shamus pastiche by the remarkable Mr. Bergman, who first made an impression with his dissertation film history, WE'RE IN THE MONEY, co-authored BLAZING SADDLES, wrote THE IN-LAWS, and is now a writer/director of such films as HONEYMOON IN VEGAS. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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8 Brown, Fredric THE FAR CRY
Berkeley: Black Lizard Books, 1987. 0887390455 / 9780887390456 First edition thus: a paperback. Fine, unread copy in illustrated wraps with artwork by Kirwan. 
George Weaver was looking for peace and quiet when he rented a house outside of Taos, New Mexico, however, murder soon occupies George's waking thoughts when he begins to dig out details of a celebrated and unsolved case from years before. 
Price: 12.50 USD
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9 Cain, James M. CLOUD NINE
New York: The Mysterious Press, (1984). 0892960795 / 9780892960798 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Foxing to page edges, especially upper page edges, else near fine; in turquoise cloth with gilt spine titles; in a lightly worn, about near fine dust jacket with some tiny edge tears, small spots of foxing. 
Posthumously published novel called by Booklist, "a minor masterpiece and a publishing event of some note" and by the Chicago Tribune, "as moving and unnerving as DOUBLE INDEMNITY or THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE. " Afterword by Roy Hoopes. 
Price: 12.50 USD
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10 Cain, James M. JEALOUS WOMAN
Berkeley: Black Lizard Books, 1989. 0887390889 / 9780887390883 First edition thus: a paperback. Fine, an as-new, unread example, in illustrated wraps with artwork by Kirwan. 
"Cain can get down to...greed and sex in fewer words than any writer we know."--NY Times. Keyes, the insurance investigator from DOUBLE INDEMNITY makes an appearance in this "sizzling divorce novel set in Reno" reworked from the earlier NEVADA MOON. 
Price: 7.50 USD
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11 Cain, James M. SINFUL WOMAN
Berkeley: Black Lizard Books, 1989. 0887390897 / 9780887390890 First edition thus: a paperback. Fine, an as-new, unread copy in illustrated wraps with artwork by Kirwan. 
Cain's short novel, THE GALLOPING DOMINO (based on his early play 7-11) was first issued as a paperback original by Avon in 1948 under the more marketable title, SINFUL WOMAN. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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12 Cain, James M. THE ROOT OF HIS EVIL
Berkeley: Black Lizard Books, 1989. 0887390870 / 9780887390876 First edition thus: a paperback. Fine, an as-new, unread copy in illustrated wraps with artwork by Kirwan. 
Cain's 1937 serial "The Modern Cinderella" was made into the 1939 movie WHEN TOMORROW COMES, starring Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer, and retitled by Avon (with Cain's input) as a 1952 PBO. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Berkeley: Black Lizard Books, 1987. 0887390773 / 9780887390777 First edition thus: a paperback. Fine, an as-new, unread copy in illustrated wraps with artwork by Kirwan. Introduction by Bill Pronzini. 
Seven tales by "the hardest of the hard-boiled writers."--Pronzini. Chandler dubbed Cain (George Sims under pseudonym) "some kind of high point in the ultra hard-boiled manner." 
Price: 10.00 USD
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14 Chandler, Raymond FINGER MAN And Other Stories
New York, N.Y.: Avon Publishing Co., Inc., (1950). First edition thus, first printing: Avon #219; no cover price. A whisper of wear at the extremities, one tiny tiny nick to the upper front cover, very faint, nearly invisible corner crease to rear; thus a superb near fine; in bright, unfaded illustrated wraps. 
First pocket-sized reprint of a collection originally issued in digest format by Avon as Murder Mystery Monthly #43, in 1946. Collects "Finger Man"; "The Bronze Door"; "Smart-Aleck Kill"; and "The Simple Art of Murder." 
Price: 75.00 USD
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(New York, N.Y.): The Library of America, (1995). 1883011086 / 9781883011086 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine, in full blue cloth with gilt lettering and rules against a black spine panel; blue satin ribbon marker; in a fine dust jacket. Chronology, Note on the Texts, Notes. 
Comprises THE LADY IN THE LAKE; THE LITTLE SISTER; THE LONG GOODBYE, PLAYBACK, DOUBLE INDEMNITY and Selected Essays and Letters, including "The Simple Art of Murder" and "Twelve Notes on the Mystery Story," among others. [1078] pages. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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16 Chandler, Raymond THE BIG SLEEP
San Francisco: North Point Press, 1989. 0886474028 First edition thus. The Arion Press edition. Hardcover. Fine in grey cloth with silver spine titling; in a near fine photo-pictorial dust jacket that shows some overall age-toning and some darker offsetting to the flaps. 
Deluxe re-issue of the first Philip Marlowe novel, designed by Andrew Hoyem and illustrated with 40 photographs by Lou Stoumen. Introduction by Lawrence Clark Powell. Square octavo. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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17 Chandler, Raymond THE LITTLE SISTER
New York, NY: Otto Penzler Books, (1996). Facsimile reprint. Hardcover. New in skrinkwrap! 
Chandler's fifth novel--which has been adapted for film, theatre, and as a graphic novel. "Chandler wrote like a slumming angel and invested the sunblinded streets of Los Angeles with a romantic presence."--Ross Macdonald. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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London: Hamish Hamilton, (1962). First U.K. edition, first printing. Hardcover. Mild foxing to page edges, prelims and rear matter, musty odor, thus near fine, in blue cloth with gilt spine stamping; in a faintly foxed, somewhat age-darkened dust jacket with a short closed tear to upper front panel. 
Gathers three Marlowe novels, THE LITTLE SISTER, THE LONG GOODBYE, and PLAYBACK, along with Chandler's introduction to THE SIMPLE ART OF MURDER. 550 pages. Elusive. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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19 Collins, Max Allan THE DARK CITY: An Elliot Ness Novel
Toronto/New York/London/Sydney/Auckland: Bantam Books, (1987). 0553265393 / 9780553265392 First edition, first printing: a paperback original. Mass market paperback. Pages and inside covers tanned, else fine, unread, uncreased, bright, tight, sharp; in illustrated wraps. 
After the Untouchables, Ness Goes Solo. "This is Collins at his best--lean, hard, powerful."--Ed Gorman. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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20 Crais, Robert THE TWO MINUTE RULE
New York/London/Toronto/Sydney: Simon & Schuster, (2006). 0743281616 / 9780743281614 First edition, first printing. SIGNED by the author. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 
"A veritable cat's cradle of plot lines. Crais writes a spare prose that modulates into something bordering on poetic. This mix of observant sharpness and emotional obtuseness...defines the heartbreaking hardboiled world."--Philadelphia Inquirer. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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