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1 CAIN, James M. Enchanted Isle . 1st US in dj
Mysterious Press, 1985, 
CAIN, James M. .The Enchanted Isle . NY : The Mysterious Press, 1985, first edition. Pp 152 , 8vo green cloth. Author of suspense thrillers Double Indemnity and The Postman always Rings Twice , Cain is from the "hard-boiled" school of writing. Blue"c" stamped on title page, else vg in dj. 20.00

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2 CHANDLER, Raymond) HASFORD, Gustav, association copy) BRUCCOLI, Matthew J., ed. BARZUN, Jacques, foreword Chandler Before Marlowe : Raymond Chandler's Early Prose and Poetry, 1908-1912. 2nd pr in dj. ex-libris Gustav Hasford
University of South Carolina Press, Columbia, SC, 1973, ISBN:0872493059 
(CHANDLER, Raymond). Chandler Before Marlowe : Raymond Chandler's Early Prose and Poetry, 1908-1912. Edited by Matthew J. Bruccoli. Foreword by Jacques Barzun. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, (1973). Second Printing. Pp. (5),vi-xvii,(1),[1]-109,(1). 8vo, red cloth with gilt lettering to spine. Includes the following poems: "The Unknown Love", "The Poet's Knowledge", "The Soul's Defiance", "The Wheel", "Art", "A Woman's Way", "The Quest", 'When I Was King", "The Hour of Chaos", "The Bed of Roses", "The Reformer", "The Perfect Knight", "A Pilgrim in Meditation", "The Pioneer", "The Hermit", "The Dancer", "The Death of the King", "The Clay God", "A Lament for Youth", "The Unseen Planets", "The Tears that Sweeten Woe", "The Fairy King", "Arise, ye phantoms of delight...", "An Old House", "The King", "Time Shall Not Die", and "Organ Music", as well as two sonnets and a requiem from his post-Marlowe period (1955-58); and the following essays: "The Genteel Artist", "The Remarkable Hero", "The Literary Fop", "Realism and Fairyland", "The Tropical Romance", "Houses to Let", "The Phrasemaker", and "The Rose-Leaf Romance"; as well as four book reviews. Ex-libris Gustav Hasford (1947-1993), author of the novel "The Short-Timers" (1977), which was put to film by Stanley Kubrick as "Full Metal Jacket" (the screenplay, to which Hasford was partially accredited, was nominated for the 1987 Academy Award). Hasford was also a friend and associate of science fiction authors Harlan Ellison, Frederik Pohl, Arthur Byron Cover, among others. With his "Reference Library of Gustav Hasford" and "Detective" stickers to ffep. (No indication of this book having been among the several thousand stolen from American libraries by Hasford in the mid-to-late-1980s). Remainder mark to bottom edge, else very good in dust jacket. 35.00

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3 DALY, Carroll John Hidden Hand.
Grosset & Dunlap, New York, 1929, 
DALY, Carroll John. The Hidden Hand. New York: Grosset & Dunlap,(©1929). Pp. (6),vii-viii,9-319,(1) ad page. 8vo, red cloth with red lettered black title blocks to front board and spine. (Daly b. September 14, 1889, d. January 16, 1958). A pulpy Race Williams murder-mystery novel by one of the earlycreators of hard-boiled detective fiction. Slightly cocked, faint dampstai n to rear board, small teastain to front board, light browning to spine, a couple inked underlining marks pencilling to flyleaf and front pastedown, else good. 35.00

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4 ELLISON, Harlan. Ace D-513. Juvies. Life and Death of the Gutter Kids. Ace Number D-513. Paperback Original.
Ace Books, Inc., New York, 1961, 
ELLISON, Harlan. The Juvies. [Front cover adds: "Life and Death of the Gutter Kids"]. New York: Ace Books, Inc., (1961). Paperback Original. Pp. (6),7-189,(3) of ads. Small 8vo, illustrated card covers with white spine, black, red and blue lettering to front cover, red and black lettering to spine. Ace Number D-513. Includes the following stories: "No Way Out", "Matinee Idyll", "No Game for Children", "The Rough Boys", "A Tiger at Nightfall", "School for Killers", "Memory of a Muted Trumpet", "Stand Still and Die!", and"Gang Girl". Faint diagonal crease to upper right front corner, name faint ly inked to white portion of front cover, nick to the middle of the front outer hinge, some repairs to rear outer hinge, else a very good copy. 80.00

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5 HAMMOND, Warren Kop. First Edition in dustjacket, signed.
Tor, New York, 2007, ISBN:9780765312723 
HAMMOND, Warren. Kop. New York : Tor, (2007). First Printing. Pp. (10),[11]-331,(5). 8vo, grey cloth with gilt titles to spine. The American author's first novel. "Lagarto once was a thriving colony world. Its booming economywas fueled bythe exportation of a unique brandy made from a plant found in its tropical rain forests. But after years of prosperity, the boom collaps ed when the brandy lost its unique appeal. An interstellar cartel had founda way to artificially synthesize a brandy that people liked almost as much ... and which cost much less to produce, leaving Lagarto a dark, destitute world overrun by corruption, prostitution, and drugs. Juno is a dirty copy with a difficult past and even more difficult relationships. Born on Lagar to to parents who emigrated from Earth during the planet's boom but arrivedafter its economy crashed, he is but one of the many Lagartans who live li ves of quiet desperation. But it wasn't always like this for Juno. When he was a young cop on the force of capital city Koba's Office of Police, he and his partner worked to break the drug trade. Now his former partner is thebeleaguered chief of police, and Juno is a copy on the take, facing a blea k future." - from the dust jacket. Very good in unclipped dust jacket. Signed without inscription by Hammond on the title page. 35.00

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6 HOOD, Ronald Chalmers, III Royal Republicans : The French Naval Dynasties Between the World Wars. First Edition in dustjacket.
Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London, 1985, ISBN:0807112119 
HOOD, Ronald Chalmers, III. Royal Republicans : The French Naval Dynasties Between the World Wars. Baton Rouge and London : Louisiana State UniversityPress, (1985). First Edition. Pp (16),1-221,(3). With a few b&w photos and tables in the text. 8vo, blue cloth, silver letering to spnie. An analysis of the forces that drove French naval officers toward antidemocratic movem ents in the years between the World Wars. ""In Royal Republicans, Chalmers Hood explores the forces that caused French naval officers to gravitate toward antidemocratic movements after the armistice of 1918. He seeks to explain their involvement in the Action Franc¸aise and in the breakdown of civil-military relations that helped decide the fate of the Third Republic in 1940. Hood shows that a variety of social and intellectual factors allowed for a stability of tradition and royalist sentiment in the navy in a period when the attitudes of mainstream French society were growing away from Cartesian and anti-republican beliefs. Only when the traditionally comfortable and carefree life-style of the naval officers was threatened did this rift between navy and nation begin to constitute a real danger to the French government. Static salaries and the rising cost of living after World War I provokedresentment toward resentment toward an initially unresponsive government that eventually boiled over in the summer of 1940. Royal Republicans comprises three sections. The first describes the social background of the French navy, emphasizing the elite grand corps, or line officers. These men were generally aristocrats in sentiment, if not always in fact. The extent towhich positions in the grand corps tended to remain 'in the family' especi ally prior to World War I, prompted one Frenchman to say that line officersconsidered themselves "the proprietors of the navy by hereditary means.' T he second section of the book describes the intellectual preparation of these officers. Although line officers could spend as much as three quarters of their careers at sea or in the colonies, they remained strong role modelsfor their sons. The wives ot these officers hoped to see their daughters m arry other naval aristocrats and their sons pass the rigorous entrance examinations for the École navale. Hard-won entrance to this prestigious navai academy signaled the beginning of an intense period of study, testing, and isolation deemed necessary for the demands of a post at the top of the strict naval hierarchy. In the final section of the book, Hood shows the ways in which the forces described in the first two sections contributed to the isolation of the French navy and shaped the activities of the line officers between the two world wars. Hood's study is broadly based on interviews with former naval officers, research in a variety of sources, including the archives of the French navy and the naval academy alumni society and sociological and political quantitative analysis. It illuminates the very interesting circumstances that prompted the French navy to challenge the very government that it was sworn to protect." - from the jacket. Preface; Introduction : Historical Burdens of a Naval Tradition, 1690-1918; Part I. Social Foundations. 1. Bourgeouis Roots; 2. Aristocratic Dreams. Part II. Family and Career Values. 3. The French Naval Household: Mothers and Sons; 4. As Fathers Did Before: The Life of a Knight Errant. Part III. The Officer Corps Engagé. 5. Temptations from the Right; 6. What do we do with the Legislature?; 7. La Politique d'Abord; 8. Denouement: Vichy and Beyond. Conclusion; Appendix : Composition of the French Naval Officer Corps in 1936. With Bibliographical Essay and index. Very good in dustjacket. 40.00

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7 MURAKAMI, Haruki BIRNBAUM, Alfred, trans. RUBIN, Jay, trans. Elephant Vanishes : Stories. First American Edition in dustjacket
Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1993, ISBN:0679420576 
MURAKAMI, Haruki. The Elephant Vanishes : Stories. Translated from the Japanese by Alfred Birnbaum and Jay Rubin. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1993. First American Edition. Pp. (11),[4]-327,(1). 8vo, black cloth spine withb white paper-covered boards, silver lettering to front board and spine. A collection of 17 stories written between 1980 and 1991 by the renowned Japaneseauthor. "When his novel A Wild Sheep Chase was published in 1989, Haruki M urakami was hailed in The New York Times as "a mythmaker for the millennium, a wiseacre wise man." With Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World - his second novel to appear in English - his reputation as one of Japan's boldest writers at work today was firmly secured. Now, with The Elephant Vanishes, we have his first collection of short stories. Murakami renders aworld in which an aura of surrealism pervades everyday life: cause and eff ect change place, memory and illusion change the shape of the present moment, the most ordinary thoughts and actions result in the most unexpected revelations and events. And so it is in these seventeen spare, mesmerizing, serenely funny stones. The narrator of the title story - obsessed with the unaccountable disappearance of an elephant from the local elephant house - thinks he may have glimpsed what only seems impossible . . . the protagonist of another story knows that she has taken part in an impossible reality when she telepathically slays a small green monster who has just proposed marriage to her . . . a store clerk's reply to a letter of complaint reveals the vast clutter of his own thoughts, at the center of which hangs his theoryof "The Nobility of Imperfection". . sleeplessness becomes a foretaste of death for a young mother. . . a man's life is invaded by TV People who may be illusory but nonetheless have a surer sense of what's really going on than he does. . . a young man invited into the carefully preserved room of a stranger's absent daughter begins to sense the armature of fiction beneath the malleable surface of recollection. The Elephant Vanishes invites us to see what might otherwise remain hidden: the sure existence of the inexplicable - both chaotic and comic - in the demure dailiness of life. It is a continually surprising, altogether remarkable collection of stories." (from the dj). Small remainder mark (a dot) to bottom edge, else very good in unclipped dustjacket. 150.00

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8 RUTLEDGE, Joseph Lister, Phyllis AXFORD, and F. F. FIELD (eds.) HAMMETT, Dashiell Canadian. Vol. 88, No. 2. August 1937
Hugh C. Maclean Publications Limited, Toronto, 1937, 
RUTLEDGE, Joseph Lister, Phyllis AXFORD, and F. F. FIELD, (eds.). Canadian.Vol. LXXXVIII, No. 2. August 1937. Special Summer Fiction Number. Toronto : Hugh C. Maclean Publications Limited, 1937. Pp (2),3-52. Illustrated. Large 8vo (10¼ x 14 Inches), colour-illustrated stapled wrappers, lettered in red, black, blue & white. The appearance of this story in this magazine is not noted in the Dashiell Hamett bibliography by Layman. Cover illustrationof a blonde girl in a one-piece swimsuit and a hat on the beach. Contents : [The Stories] Pilot Beware (by Hugh B. Cave); The Happy Ending (by E. M. Scott); Death & Co. (by Dashiell Hammett); Owner's Interest (by Van Harrison); The Woman at Tovelt's Cottage (by Victor Lauriston); The Caretaker Takes Care (by Ma*y Turner). [In Photogravure] Radium Traill (by John Graves); Canada's Blood Trust in Spain (by Ted Farah); These Men Labor to Keep him Safe; Beauty After Forty (by Joan Crystal); Why Don't You ?; Midsummer Make-Believe. [The Features] What's Happening in Russia? :(by Willson Woodside);Nuts Go Native (by F. F. Field); Teaching Swimming from the Beach (by Hele n Dickson); Silhouettes - Fall 1937 (by Phyllis Axford). [Regular Departments] Canada: Briet Pages from her Story (by Dr. W.A.L. Styles); For the Children; Mister Editor. Samuel Dashiell Hammett (b. May 27, 1894 – d. January 10, 1961) was an American author of hard-boiled detective novels and short stories, screenwriter, and political activist. Among the enduring characters he created are Sam Spade (The Maltese Falcon), Nick and Nora Charles (TheThin Man), and the Continental Op (Red Harvest and The Dain Curse). Hammet t "is now widely regarded as one of the finest mystery writers of all time". Very good. 150.00

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9 STARK, Richard. Nobody Runs Forever.
Mysterious Press, New York / Boston, 2004, ISBN:0892967986 
STARK, Richard. Nobody Runs Forever. New York / Boston : Mysterious Press, (November 2004). First Printing. Pp (6),[1]-295,(3). 8vo, black paper covered boards, red metallic lettering to spine. "When Donald E. Westlake works under the name Richard Stark, the results are hard-boiled masterpieces unrivaled by anything else being written today. From Comeback to his most recent hit, Breakout, Richard Stark's criminal antihero, Parker, has stolen, killed, and fought his way into the hearts of modern noir fans. This time, Parker may prove that... NOBODY RUNS FOREVER. Seven men came to a meeting in Cincinnati. One wore a wire, and another didn't hesitate to kill him-fast and hard. Now Parker has left that meeting and the murder behind, and gotten involved in a scheme that is stuffed with money and trouble. In the rural northwestern corner of Massachusetts, Parker and a pal plan to steal an armored car. But the human element gets in the way. From a nervous ex-con and his well-intentioned sister to a bank manager's two-timing wife and a beautiful, relentless cop, too many people have their hands too close to Parker'spie. Then a bounty hunter, who just happens to be hunting the man who neve r left the Cincinnati meeting, joins the fray. Parker can see this job turning bad, yet he can't let go of the score. And when guns go off and the heist goes down, the perfect plan will explode with a sound and fury all its own. For Parker, there's always the choice of turning from fight to flight-even if there's nowhere to run..." - from the dj. Very good in unclipped dustjacket. 30.00

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10 STERANKO CHANDLER, Raymond PREISS, Byron (ed.) Red Tide : A Chandler Novel
Pyramid Publications, New York, 1976, 
STERANKO. Red Tide : A Chandler Novel. Fiction Illustrated Volume Three. Edited by Byron Preiss. New York : Pyramid Publications, (1976). First Edition. Pp (6),7-127,(1). Colour Illustrated. Double Column. Small 8vo, ilustrated blue card covers, lettered in yellow, green, pink and white. Introduction by Joe Gores. A hard-boiled detective thriller by Steranko in the tradition of Chinatown and Maltese Falcon. Tiny nick to spine ends, lightly rubbed, else very good. 30.00

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Heed the Thunder.  News Stand Library Number 54.  Paperback., THOMPSON, Jim. News Stand Library, 54.
11 THOMPSON, Jim. News Stand Library, 54. Heed the Thunder. News Stand Library Number 54. Paperback.
Export Publishing Enterprises Limited / News Stand Library, Toronto / London / New York, 1949, 
THOMPSON, Jim. Heed the Thunder. (Toronto / London / New York : Export Publishing Enterprises Limited) / News Stand Library, (June 1949). Pp (4),5-[160]. 12mo, illustrated card covers with yellow spine, white and red lettering to front cover, red lettering to spine.

News Stand Library No. 54.

Cover art by D. Rickard.

"This book has been abridged for easier reading," as per the copyright page. Thompson's second novel, originally published in 1946.

"'Heed the Thunder' is the story of rural America, stripped of pseudo respectability, richly revealed in its earthy boisterousness, its lust and greed, its humor and happiness, its stark cruel tragedies." - from the introductory preamble.

Crease to bottom left and bottom right corners of front cover (spine has been repaired at lower front hinge to reattach split/creased portion), covers lightly rubbed, name pencilled to rear cover, leaves slightly browned as per usual, (presumed faint sunning to spine -- small strip of the rear green is now pale blue), else a very good, tight, tidy copy. Scarce in this format. 500.00

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After Dark, My Sweet : A novel of suspense. Popular Library number 716. Paperback., THOMPSON, Jim. Popular Library 716.
12 THOMPSON, Jim. Popular Library 716. After Dark, My Sweet : A novel of suspense. Popular Library number 716. Paperback.
Popular Library, Toronto , 1955, 1955 
THOMPSON, Jim. After Dark, My Sweet : A novel of suspenseM. [Front cover adds: "A Novel Of Twisted Lives And Tormented Loves"]. Toronto: Popular Library, (December 1955). Pp. (4),5-128. Small 8vo, illustrated card covers with white and yellow spine, red, black and yellow lettering to front cover, red and black lettering to spine.

Popular Library, number 716. Complete and unabridged.

"Lovely Fay Anderson went to pieces after her husband died. She took a bottle for a lover and fell in with twisted, scheming characters like Uncle Bud. But Kid Collins was different. Big, handsome, and confused, Fay couldn't help loving him. And the Kid went along with the plot to kidnap young Charles Vanderventer III for her sake. Yet when the boy was spirited to their rendezvous, Fay realized that Uncle Bud had pressured them into committing a hideous crime. Then it was too late for anything but reaping the whirlwind of disaster." - from rear.

Small sticker abrasion to front cover (affecting the very bottom portion of the "T" in "Sweet", a couple of short,very slight spine roll, faint vertical creases to front cover, a couple of faint creases to rear corners, light browning to leaves, else a very good, bright, tight copy. 150.00

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