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1 (Jack-the-Ripper). Ellis, Wesley LONE STAR AND THE RIPPER
New York: Jove Books, (1990). First edition: Paperback Original. Mass market paperback. Fine in pictorial wraps. 
A prostitute is brutally butchered in a chilling imitation of Jack-the-Ripper's style and the Long Star duo arrive and find themselves tracking a diabolical killer who's leaving a trail of dead beauties from St. Louis to Cheyenne. Mass market paperback. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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2 Adcock, Thomas Larry PRECINCT 19
Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1984 0385184530 / 9780385184533 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 
Adcock, then a Manhattan police reporter, tagged along with the 179 cops of New York City's 19th Precinct for a year to portray a vivid and accurate behind-the-scenes view of a high-pressure police station. First book by the Edgar Award-winning author. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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3 Ambler, Eric THE ABILITY TO KILL and Other Pieces
London: The Bodley Head, (1963). First edition, second (expurgated) issue. Hardcover. Fine; in a price-clipped, else fine dust jacket with grim cover drawing by Don Higgins. 
Collection of non-fiction pieces about the "gifted but aberrant minority" of real life murderers. Ambler treats Burke and Hare, Madeleine Smith, Crippen, Landru, Haigh, and Christie. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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4 Anonymous MONTE CARLO AND PUBLIC OPINION: Edited by A Visitor to the Riviera, with Illustrations
Waterloo Place, London: Rivingtons, 1884. First edition. Hardcover. Spine slightly darkened with light bubbling to the covers; early owner's name on the front endpaper with some light scattered foxing, otherwise a very good plus copy in a handsome cloth binding illustrated with a palm tree in gilt. 
Octavo. Anti-gambling work, focusing on Monte Carlo with supporting opinions from England, France, Italy and America. 313pp., frontispiece, two plates, illustrations of Roulette-wheel and table. Scarce. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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5 Barracato, John with Michelmore, Peter ARSON!
New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., (1976). First edition. Hardcover. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. 
One of the nation's top investigators gives us exciting true stories of arson motivated by hate, personal revenge, anger, perversion, murder, larceny, and more. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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6 Beavan, Colin FINGERPRINTS: The Origins of Crime Detection and the Murder Case that Launched Forensic Science
New York: Hyperion, (2001). 0786866071 / 9780786866076 First edition: Review copy, with publisher's materials laid in. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 232 pages; chronology of fingerprints; illustrations; figures; source notes; bibliography; and index. 
"A lively, fascinating recounting of how fingerprints came to be a means of identification, with emphasis on the personalities, claims, and peccadilloes of the men involved. Beavan admirably brings to vivid life the tangled human tale."--Kirkus Reviews. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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7 Bell, Josephine CRIME IN OUR TIME
London/New York/Toronto: Abelard-Schuman, (1962). First U.S. edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine, in gilt-lettered black boards, with errata slip tipped in; in a faintly age-toned, mildly rubbed dust jacket. 
Bell sets aside the entertainment of her traditional and "quiety ironic" (Nancy Talburt) detective tales to address "the great and horrifying growth of crime since the Second World War," which concerns her as a physician, a mother and a citizen. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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New York: Random House, [circa 1997]. 0679429220 / 9780679429227 Movie tie-in re-issue; with promotional band. Hardcover. Fine in black boards; in the familiar photo-illustrated dust jacket; with publisher's wraparound band announcing the release of Clint Eastwood's film adaptation of the book. 
"A gorgeous and haunting blend of travel book and murder mystery. It is enchanting and disturbing and deeply atmospheric."--Michael Herr. This copy SIGNED by Berendt to the front free endsheet. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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9 De La Torre, Lillian ELIZABETH IS MISSING: Or, Truth Triumphant: An Eighteenth Century Mystery
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1945. First edition. Hardcover. Very good with wear and abrasion to extremities, foxing to page edges, agency sticker to front free endsheet; in age-darkened dust jacket with chipping, nicking, creasing, rubbing, splitting at flapfolds. Jacket art by E. Mcknight Kauffer. 
De La Torre based this story on the true accounts of this real-life mystery. Dedicated to and with a short preface by John Dickson Carr. Illustrated with plates on coated stock and two fold-out maps. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Boston: Little, Brown and Company. (1985). 0316208833 / 9780316208833 First edition. Hardcover. A fine copy; in a near fine illustrated dust jacket with a hint of shelfwear and a slightly faded spine. 
The dramatic, lightly fictionalized account of one of the most diabolical and, paradoxically, least-known serial murderers of all time, Herman W. Mudgett, alias H.H. Holmes, with approximately one hundred and thirty-five victims. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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11 Ellroy, James MY DARK PLACES
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1996. 0679441859 / 9780679441854 First edition, first printing. SIGNED by the author to a preliminary page. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 
Autobiographical enquiry into the homicide of his mother by the author of L.A. CONFIDENTIAL, WHITE JAZZ, and AMERICAN TABLOID. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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12 Everett, Peter NEGATIVES
New York: Simon and Schuster, (1965). First U.S. edition. Hardcover. Light wear to the shelf edges, else a nearly fine copy in a fine photo-collage dust jacket. 
"Disturbing. Mr. Everett writes with an astonishing sensibility. Many of the details of this tour de force are deliberately shocking and nauseating--but each drives home the author's point."--Sunday Telegraph. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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13 Everett, Peter NEGATIVES
New York: Simon and Schuster, (1965). First U.S. edition. Hardcover. Wear and spotting to the edges and covers, else very good in a price-clipped dust jacket that shows some mild edgewear and age-toning and a short closed edge tear to the front panel. 
Somerset Maugham Award-winning debut about a modern couple who live a fantasy life--dressing up in Victorian clothes and playing at Dr. Crippen and Belle. "A brilliant macabre tour de force. This will stay with me a long time."--Manchester Guardian. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, (1975). First edition. Hardcover. Fine in dust jacket with on closed tear to the upper front panel. 
An early study of computer fraud and industrial criminology. 194 pages. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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15 Gorman, Ed and Martin H. Greenberg, editors SOLVED
New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers, Inc., (1991). 0881846899 / 9780881846898 First edition. Hardcover. Pages just showing a hint of tanning, else fine; in an illustrated dust jacket. 
"Wherein great mystery writers crack classic unsolved crimes." John Lutz on the assassination of Martin Luther King, and Alan Dean Foster on the death of Marilyn Monroe, among others. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Cape Town: Howard Timmins, 1960. First edition. Hardcover. Lower corner tips slightly bumped, otherwise near fine in lightly rubbed dust jacket. 
This study focuses on the precursors of the scientific detective of today and the baffling cases they were called upon to solve. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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17 Hettche, Thomas THE ARBOGAST CASE
New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, (2003). 0374138125 / 9780374138127 First U.S. edition: Review copy, with materials laid in. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 
The German author makes his English-language debut with this complex erotic thriller based on an actual, sensational German courtroom case. The Robert Walser Prize-winning author's fourth book. Translated by Elizabeth Gaffney. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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18 James, P.D. & Critchley, T.A. THE MAUL AND PEAR TREE: The Ratcliffe Highway Murders 1811
New York: The Mysterious Press, (1986). First U.S. edition: Uncorrected Proof. Proof. Slight lean to the spine, mild tanning to the spine and shelf extremities, with hints of soiling to the covers, else a very good plus copy in light grey wraps. 
This first non-fiction work to be made available to American readers by the bestselling mystery writer P.D. James; she teams here with a highly respected police historian (Critchley) to analyze a notorious early nineteenth-century murder case. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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19 MacKenzie, Jeanne and Norman, editors THE MURDER OF MARIA MARTEN
New York: Pellegrini & Cudahy, 1948. First edition thus. Hardcover. Minor rubbing to the shelf extremities, otherwise a very good plus copy in a lightly shelf worn and uniformly tanned dust jacket. 
The true and superstitious story of the 1828 murder of Maria Marten, one of the most famous in English history. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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20 Martin, John Bartlow BREAK DOWN THE WALLS: American Prisons: Present, Past and Future
New York: Ballantine Books, (1954). First edition: hardcover issue. Hardcover. Two faint paperclip indentations on the front endsheets, slight bumping to the spine ends, corner tips and the upper shelfedge, else a very good copy in blue cloth; no dust jacket. 
This study includes a lengthy treatment of the Jackson, Michigan riot of 1952. 310 pages, appendices, bibiography, and an index. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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