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The Ninth Configuration - William Peter Blatty

1978 - Harper & Row, New York - First Edition Thus
Signed and inscribed by the author of The Exorcist.

‘In a decaying Gothic mansion hidden in a forest near the coast of the Pacific Northwest are twenty-seven men confined for the treatment of inexplicable mental disturbances.....

This novel is a reworking of the author's previously published novel
Twinkle, Twinkle Killer Kane whose basic concept Blatty states ‘was surely the best I have ever created,’ however the work ‘was no more than notes for a novel’. ‘But the idea mattered to me so once again I have written a novel based on it. This time I know it is the best that I can do’. 
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High Sierra - W. R. Burnett

1940 - Alfred A Knopf, New York. London - First Edition in First State Dust Jacket
‘In the darkness, in a vivid flash, he saw old Barmy’s thin wise face. Dead and buried now, poor guy! What was it he’d said about being buried? Yeah. Barmy said when they planted him he’d be wearing ‘the turning globe’ for an overcoat. Now, who’d think of a thing like that but him? It made you see the little earth lost in space, turning slowly through the night.’

‘In
High Sierra, Burnett, one of the most influential of the ‘Hard-Boiled’ crime writers, changed the typical characterisation of the gangster story from the aggressive, ambitious figure characterisation of the 1930’s to the ageing Roy Earle, a gangster well past his prime. A sense of fatalism pervades the story, and Burnett and John Huston scripted a film version for Warner Bros, which was released in 1941 with Humphrey Bogart as Earle.’ – Encyclopedia of Film Noir.

Housed in custom cloth slipcase.
 
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They Do It With Mirrors - Agatha Christie

1952 - Published for The Crime Club by Collins, London - First Edition
Miss Marple arrives at her friend Carrie’s sprawling estate to find that it’s been turned into a home for delinquent boys. What’s more, Carrie’s children have taken residence. Then a brutal murder occurs and Miss Marple finds that where there’s smoke, there are mirrors.

Published as ‘
Murder with Mirrors’ in the USA. The basis for the Emmy-nominated movie starring john Mills and Bette Davis. 
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A Pocket Full of Rye - Agatha Christie

1953 - Published for The Crime Club by Collins, London - First Edition
‘A tear rose in Miss Marple’s eyes. Succeeding pity, there came anger- anger against a heartless killer. And then, displacing both these emotions, there came a surge of triumph - the triumph some specialist might feel who has successfully reconstructed an extinct animal from a fragment of jawbone and a couple of teeth.’

Yet another case opens up for our distinguished sleuth, when a murder spree befalls a wealthy but troubled family, and the death of an innocent maid Miss Marple knew as a child compels her to investigate. A cracking murder-mystery with everything from poisoned teacups to sinister nursery rhymes- that will keep you up well past a sensible hour.
 
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After the Funeral - Agatha Christie

1953 - Published for The Crime Club by Collins, London - First Edition
The master of a Victorian mansion dies suddenly - and his sister is convinced it was murder... When Cora is savagely murdered with a hatchet, the extraordinary remark she made the previous day at her brother Richard's funeral suddenly takes on a chilling significance. At the reading of Richard's will, Cora was clearly heard to say: 'It's been hushed up very nicely, hasn't it! But he was murdered, wasn't he?' In desperation, the family solicitor turns to Hercule Poirot to unravel the mystery.

A Hercule Poirot mystery, published as 'Funerals are Fatal' in America and the basis for the 1963 film '
Murder at the Gallop', although Miss Marple replaced Poirot as the sleuth for the big screen. 
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The House of Lost Identity - and - The Haunted Jester - Donald Corley

1927 - Robert M. McBride & Company, New York - First Editions
“Far away on some dark road, the young man rode, in pouring rain, and often cold and penniless, eagerly asking of every one he passed where the Elixir of youth might be found...”

Two volumes adorned in the scarce and stunning gold dust jackets. Corley’s tales of mystery and wonder have become celebrated for their spin on traditional fairy-tale motifs, amplifying them with darker, sinister elements... along with occasional comedy.

Drawing influences famed myths and legends from Persia, Ireland, China and Greece, both volumes are profusely illustrated throughout with the author’s own Harry Clarke-esque illustrations, and include a foreword by American sci-fi writer, James Branch Cabell.

From the library of the infamous Joseph Alexander Sadony, philosopher-scientist, inventor and poet, whose Michigan based ‘Educational Research Laboratories’ at ‘Valley of the Pines’ studied the power of the mind...
 
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The Valley of Fear. A Sherlock Holmes Story. - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

1915 - Smith, London - First English Edition
‘Mr Mac, the most practical thing that you ever did in your life would be to shut yourself up for three months and read twelve hours a day at the annals of crime.’

The fourth and final full-length Sherlock Holmes novel, a retrospective or 'flashback' adventure set in Pennsylvania, 1888. '
The Valley of Fear' is also notable for the involvement of Holmes arch-nemesis Professor Moriarty. The plot is based on the activities of Molly Maguires, an Irish-American activist group known for their violent conflicts and long held status as a secret society.

With frontispiece of Sherlock by Frank Wiles. Housed in a custom clamshell case of scarlet morocco leather over matching cloth, spine lettered in gilt, interior felt lined.
 
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Off Sandy Hook and Other Stories - Clotilde Graves (Pseud. Richard Dehan)

1915 - Frederick A. Stokes Company, New York - First Edition
A fine copy of this collection of 26 short mystery and supernatural stories by the Irish born Clotilde Graves.

Scarce in the dust jacket, and even more so in this condition.
 
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