We recently took in a large collection of Georges Simenon books. It’s a mix of Maigrets and non-Maigrets, maybe half are paperback or hardcovers without dust jackets – nice reading copies! – and the other half are inexpensive hardcovers with dust jackets ($10 - $20), and a few are more expensive ($25 - $50). Sorry, no comprehensive list will be forthcoming. If you want something, send us a list of what you want and we’ll try to figure out, amongst the blizzard of alternate titles, if we have them. Otherwise, stop in and look ‘em over!
They’re available in Whatever Denomination You Want; They Don’t Expire; You can Order Them by Phone, e-mail or through the Website, and we can Mail them directly to the Recipient if you’d like. Perfect for all sorts of occassions.
Links of Interest:
Here’s a story to warm a booklover’s heart – hand-made books. From PBS’s NewsHour (what some of us still call “MacNeil/Lehrer”), a visit with the bookbinders at Arion Press in San Francisco.
While we specialize in mystery and crime books, we can order virtually any new book that you might want, no matter what its topic.
New Signings (with authors who will be visiting the shop)
(Atria hc, $26.00). Prosperous, ME, is as wealthy as it sounds and guards itself carefully. It doesn’t accept strangers, only begrudgingly allowing tourists to come to look at the ancient church, moved there and reconstructed stone by stone, from England. But there is something ugly and morbid going on – a dead hobo and a missing girl – and PI Charlie Parker is heading their way. The results ripple far and wide. 12th in the series by the Irishman, a series highly recommeded by JB, Fran, and Adele.[JB’s review next week!]
(Sept., Poisoned Pen tp, $14.95, hc $24.95 by special order). UW Professor Bradshaw is drawn into the controversy over electrical services. Edison wants his help but Bradshaw resists. When Edison’s device is tossed into Elliot Bay, great effort is put into finding it. Then one of the divers is found dead in a window of The Bon Marché wrapped in holiday lights powered by Edison’s gizmo and things get nasty as the holidays approach. [For anyone wanting a book earlier than Thanksgiving Weekend, let us know and Bernadette will come in to sign reserves when the book is just out.]
Signed Copies to Reserve (the authors will not be here for a formal signing or we’ll be getting the copies from other sources):
The story of 24 days in LA, starting on Dec 6th, 1941. 608 pages of masterful noir. The first of a new L.A. Quartet we’re promised – presumably covering ’41 – the Black Dahlia murder. Characters from earlier books grapple with massive change within their city: Dudley, Bucky, Lee, Buzz, Kay, Sid, Ward, along with historical figures – detectives, police chiefs, mayors, gangsters, studio bosses and actors. A sprawling epic of crime, paranoia, racism, violence, betrayal, narcissism and, of course, war. The hardest of noir, not a nice book but a great book – JB recommends – his review comes next week.
[Please understand – this is a stock signing. We’re told he will sign older titles as long as you buy the new book only from us. Check with us before you drop anything off as time will be limited.]
See the calendar of all currently-scheduled events on our website. The website calendar contains plot synopses. At the bottom of it is the updated, complete list of signed copies that we’ll be getting from other sources. Click Here.
Greg Rucka, Aug 2
Kat Richardson, Aug 9
Mary Daheim, Aug 14
Martin Limón, Aug 19
Chelsea Cain, Aug 20
Jayne Castle, Aug 26
Neil Low, Sept 20
Yasmine Galenorn, Oct 4
Hank Phillippi Ryan, Oct 10
Urban Waite, Oct 21
And there are always more on the way!
Remember, too, that while it is always fun to come in and meet the author in person, that isn’t always possible. So reserve a signed copy to be mailed to you or for you to pick up later. Those who reserve in advance get the copies in the best condition!
Word of the Week
scot-free (adj.) Old English scotfreo "exempt from royal tax," from scot "royal tax," from Old Norse skot "contribution," literally "a shooting, shot; thing shot, missile," from Proto-Indo-European *skeud- "to shoot, chase, throw" (see shoot (v.); the Old Norse verb form, skjota, has a secondary sense of "transfer to another; pay") + freo (see free (adj.)). First element related to Old English sceotan "to pay, contribute," Dutch schot, German Schoß "tax, contribution." French écot "share" (Old French escot) is from Germanic. (thanks to etymonline.com)
What We’ve Been Reading
Amber’s project for 2014: My 52 Weeks of Agatha Christie. Here’s her explanation.
This Week: Hellos, Goodbyes & the Black Museum
Bravo is one of Greg Rucka’s best books to date. It is whip-smart, tense, and sets a world-record action pace. It is full of strong women and difficult decisions, questions of duty and love and is it possible to do your job and protect those close to you. And trust – trusting others, trusting yourself, trusting your ideals.
At the center of the story is Jonathan “Jad” Bell, Master Sergeant, team leader, operational agent and father. He’s pulled in many directions at once and these distractions can be dangerous to all involved. He’s chasing bad guys – really bad guys. But no one knows exactly who they are. That’s the thrill of the hunt, the sense that you’re getting close but how do you know?
The plot of Bravo continues from Alpha (Mulholland, $8) as the Americans work to find those responsible for the attack on the theme park and stop whatever they have planned next. It is almost a two-part story, or one split into consecutive books. So you might as well start with Alpha.
If I could sight one small flaw it is that, two books in, I really don’t know much about Bell as a human. I understand Reacher and Swagger and Bosch and Patrick and Angie. I understand Marlowe and Archer and even Mallory. I don’t understand Bell. He’s a blank in his own stories and I hope that as the series goes on I get to know him.
Still and all, Bravo is a crackerjack story. I was so intent on reading last night going home that I missed my bus stop and had a longer walk home. That meant, too, more time to get home so that I could finish the damn book! (Can’t read and walk at the same time – neither gets the attention they deserve…)
We have three Tumblr blogs, in addition to our regular shop blog:
Books and Decay, maintained by Amber – interesting photos with literary quotes to match
Hardboiled, maintained by JB – pulp covers, film noir and other images of crime and mystery
On This Date
Aug 4, 1892 – somebody took an axe and gave the Bordens 40 whacks
Aug 4, 1918 – Robert Beck was born, earning a place on list by writing hard-edged urban crime novels as Iceberg Slim
Aug 4, 1950 – Sunset Boulevard and Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye premiered
Aug 4, 1964 – victims of domestic terrorism, the bodies of civil rights workers Goodman, Chaney and Schwerner are found
Aug 4, 1955 – Billy Bob Thornton was born in Hot Springs, AR
Aug 4, 1965 – Dennis Lehane was born in Dorchester, just like Angie, Patrick and Bubba
Aug 4, 1968 – Daniel Dae Kim – the new Chin Ho Kelly – was born in Pusan
Aug 4, 1972 – Super Fly premiered
Aug 4, 19?? – Early Happy Birthday to long-time customer and Film Noir informant Benjamin C.
Aug 5, 1868 – Marie Adelaide Elizabeth Rayner Lowndes was born in London. Her classic, The Lodger, was published in 1913
Aug 5, 1906 – actor and director John Huston was born in Nevada, MO
Aug 5, 1911 – Robert Taylor was born in Filley, NE
Aug 5, 1926 – Per Wahlöö was born (yes, there were internationally best-selling Swedish mystery writers before Stieg Larsson)
Aug 5, 1960 – thriller writer David Baldacci was born in Richmond, VA
Aug 5, 1962 – Marilyn Monroe died. Accident, suicide or murder?
Aug 6, 1901 – at the Pan-American exhibition in Buffalo, NY, anarchist Leon Czolgosz shot President William McKinley
Aug 6, 1902 – Dutch Schultz (aka Arthur Flegenheimer at birth) was born in Newark
Aug 6, 1911 – novelist and prolific short story writer Gerald Kersh – born in the UK but a naturalized American – was the master of the bizarre story
Aug 6, 1917 – Robert Mitchum was born in Bridgeport, CN
Aug 6, 1930 – Judge Crater gets into a cab and was never seen again
Aug 6, 1932 – Bonnie Parker met Clyde Barrow and never left his side
Aug 6, 1962 – Michelle Yeoh was born in Malaysia
Aug 6, 2005 – a gang tunneled into the vault of the Banco Central branch in Fortaleza, Brazil and, taking the weekend, removing five contains (weighing in all about 3.5 tons) holding about $71.6 million in Brazillain cash
Aug 6, 2009 – two thieves enter Graff Diamonds on New Bond Street, London, and made off with £40 in jewelry
Aug 7, 1876 – Margaretha Geertruida ‘Grietje’ Zelle was born in Denmark. An exotic dancer by profession, the world remembers her as Mata Hari
Aug 7, 1885 – Cecil William Mercer was born in Walmer, Kent. As Dornford Yates, he would become one of the Big Three British writers between Doyle and Christie (along with Sapper and John Buchan)
Aug 7 - E. X. Giroux was born in Elmira, NY (1924) and Stephen Marlowe was born in NYC and Anthony Lejeune in London (1928)
Aug 7, 1932 – Edward Hardwicke – Watson to Brett’s Holmes – was born in London
Aug 7, 1934 – TV writer Richard Levinson was born in Philadelphia. He co-created Columbo and Mannix
Aug 7, 1947 – future Edgar-winner Thomas Perry was born in Tonawanda, NY – Jane Whitefield’s territory
Aug 7, 1952 – translator and novelist Tiina Nunnally was born in Chicago
Aug 7, 1960 – David Duchovny was born in NYC
Aug 7, 1969 – model and future bounty hunter Domino Harvey was born in London
Aug 7, 1975 – Oscar-winner Charlize Theron was born in South Africa
Aug 8, 1891 – Street and Smith begin publishing the ‘Nick Carter Library’ series of dime novels
Aug 8, 1900 – the great film noir director Robert Siodmak was born in Germany
Aug 8, 1937 – Dustin Hoffman was born in LA
Aug 8, 1963 – Britain’s “Great Train Robbery”. The bulk of the £2.6 million was never recovered. One of the gang, Ronnie Biggs was born on this day in 1929
Aug 8, 1975 – Farewell, My Lovely, with Robert Mitchum and Charlotte Rampling, premiered
And Have a Relaxing and Book-Filled Weekend!