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Farewell, My Lovely - Raymond Chandler

1940 - Alfred A. Knopf, New York - First Edition
I needed a drink, I needed a lot of life insurance, I needed a vacation, I needed a home in the country. What I had was a coat, a hat and a gun. I put them on and went out of the room.

Chandler's follow up to The Big Sleep. The second work featuring Philip Marlowe, but the first to make it to the big screen, with unconventional hero Dick Powell in his first leading role in an action film, directed by Edward Dmytryk for RKO Radio Pictures and released in 1944 as Murder, My Sweet. 
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The Simple Art of Murder - Raymond Chandler

1950 - Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston - First Edition
A lovely sharp first edition of this A Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone title, in a bright dust jacket designed by Boris Artzybasheff.

Prefaced by Chandler’s magnificently vicious, slightly paranoid induced
Atlantic Monthly essay of the same name, in which he argues the virtues of the hard-boiled detective genre.

This collection of twelve mysteries, mostly drawn from stories he wrote for the pulps prior to the publication of
The Big Sleep, demonstrates Chandler’s imaginative, entertaining facility with the form, for example Spanish Blood, Pearls Are a Nuisance, and Guns at Cyrano’s, among others. 
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1920 - Chatto & Windus, London - First English Edition
Of the eighteen hundred and ninety letters published by Chekhov’s family I have chosen for translation these letters and passages from letters which best to illustrate Chekhov’s life, character and opinions. The brief memoir is abridged and adapted from the biographical sketch by his brother Mihail’ - from the introduction.

The letters in this volume illustrate the charming blend of narration and wit that comprise Chekhov's signature style. Ranging from love letters, discussions of literature with publishers and directors, and descriptions of the landscapes, people and preoccupations of his daily life.
 
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The Urgent Hangman - Peter Cheyney

1938 - Collins, London - First Edition
Dennis Wheatley’s copy, inscribed by Peter Cheyney ‘To my good friend Dennis’ and dated ‘14. 6. 38’. With Wheatley’s illustrated bookplate.

A near fine copy of the first ‘Slim Callaghan’ novel, in fine and thus rare dust jacket.

Cheyney’s action-filled and action filled plots ran counter to the comfortable murder mysteries of the time, and Slim Callaghan was, like his American hard-boiled cousins, cynical tough and marginally mannered.
 
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Murder on the Orient Express - Agatha Christie

1934 - Published for The Crime Club Ltd. by W. Collins Sons & Co Ltd, London - First Edition
A finely bound first edition of this legendary title. One of the greatest locked-room mysteries, with one of the most original solutions.

A crowning point in Christie's career, and probably her most high profile title, helped to that prominence by the success of the 1974 film of the same name, featuring among its cast stage and screen luminaries such as Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Sean Connery, Anthony Perkins, John Gielgud, and Ingrid Bergman, the last of whom won an Oscar for her performance in the film. About to be adapted again (2017) with Kenneth Branagh directing and starring as Hercule Poirot, together with Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Derek Jacobi, and Michelle Pfeiffer.
 
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Death Comes As The End - Agatha Christie

1945 - Published for The Crime Club by Collins, London - First Edition, in unpriced Dust Jacket
Set in ancient Egypt, 2000 BC, a priest’s daughter investigating a suspicious death uncovers an asp’s nest of jealousy, betrayal, and serial murder.

A bright copy of this groundbreaking novel, in which Christie anticipates the modern popularity of historical detective stories by setting her murder plot in ancient Egypt.

The book was fully researched, with each chapter scrutinised by leading Egyptologist Professor Stephen Glanville, who was a colleague of the author's husband, British Museum archaeologist Max Mallowan. Christie accompanied the pair on many excavations and travelled extensively throughout Egypt and the Holy Land. She had a great knowledge of the area and was a junior member of archaeology team.
 
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Incendiary - SIGNED - Chris Cleave

2005 - Chatto & Windus, London - First Edition
‘An al-Qaeda bomb attack on a London soccer match provides the tragicomic donnée of former Daily Telegraph journalist Cleave's impressive multilayered debut: a novel-length letter from an enraged mother to Osama bin Laden. Living hand to mouth in London's East End, the unnamed mother's life is shattered when her policeman husband (part of a bomb disposal unit) and four-year-old son are killed in the stadium stands.’ – Publisher’s Weekly.

‘Arguably the strangest epistolary novel ever written’ –
Newsweek.

True first and limited edition issued two weeks before the trade edition. Signed by the author and with a typed note of thanks. Unfortunately, it was published on the 7 July 2005, the day of the London bombings and most of the major bookshops removed it from their shelves.
 
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Carrington’s Cases - J. Storer Clouston

1920 - William Blackwood and Sons, London - First Edition
‘I don’t believe there is any business in the world in which a man gets more puzzlers as to what is his duty, than in mine.’ said Carrington. ‘In the kind of private work I do, I’m constantly up against the nastiest snags, but one generally has to toughen one’s hide and go ahead anyway.’

Presented with a charmingly illustrated front cover, this Queen's Quorum thriller features the adventures of the wonderful F.T. Carrington, the monocled young private detective ‘with a round, ingenuous, very agreeable face... a little neatly trimmed moustache’ – the inquiry agent, as he preferred to call himself. He tackles crimes and mysteries such as misplaced spouses, haunted houses, and medical misnomers, all done with Clouston’s trademark talent for absorbing plot, balanced with his deft hand for humour.

‘One of the most sought-after collections of detective short stories’ – Eric Quayle,
Detective Fiction. 
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