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Dead and Buried: the Horrible History of Bodysnatching, Adams, Norman
1 Dead and Buried: the Horrible History of Bodysnatching
Adams, Norman
New York Bell Publishing Company 1972 0517135973 / 9780517135976 First Hardcover Very Good+ Very Good+ Jacket 
First Edition, First Printing (letterline on copyright page begins with "a") in clean dust jacket. Clean gray boards with black lettering on spine. No bumping or wear. Binding is tight and square, pages and edges are clean with clean endpapers - no names, writing or marks. Illustrated with photographs.152 pages. Clean dust jacket has a few tiny edge nicks and short closed edge tears. Enclosed in new archival quality removable mylar cover. The horrible history of body-snatching, which reached its peak at the beginning of the 19th century. Fron Land's End to John o'Groats, people lived and died in terror of the bodysnatchers, for the old saying you are worth more dead than alive was never as true as in those days, when the ressurectionists busied themselves in the graveyards of the land at the dead of night--in search of "things for the surgeon." 026845

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Pinkerton's Great Detective: The Amazing Life and Times of James McParland, Beau Riffenburgh
2 Pinkerton's Great Detective: The Amazing Life and Times of James McParland
Beau Riffenburgh
New York Viking 2013 0670025461 / 9780670025466 First Hardback Fine Fine Jacket 
First Edition, First Printing in clean unclipped dust jacket. Gift quality, as new condition. Clean dove gray boards with charcoal spine, red stamped lettering on spine. No bumping, fading or wear. Binding is tight and square, pages and edges are clean and bright with clean endpapers. No names, writing or marks. Illustrated with black and white photographs. 384 pages with index. Clean dust jacket is not price clipped, no wear, no tears, not price clipped. Enclosed in new archival quality removable mylar cover. Author presents the first biography of Mcparland and the agency's cloak-and-dagger methods. Both action-packed and meticulously researched, this book brings readers along on McParland's most challenging cases. 026782

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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Berend, John
3 Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Berend, John
New York Random House 1994 0679429220 / 9780679429227 Later printing Hardback Very Good Near Fine Jacket Signed
Later printing, SIGNED by author John Berend. Black paper-covered boards with black cloth spine, metalic lettering on spine. Small water stain at base of cloth spine front and back. No bumping or fraying. Binding is tight and square, hinges are sound - no cracking. Signed by author on front free endpaper: "John Berend." 388 pages. Clean dust jacket is unchipped, no tears, not price clipped. Enclosed in new archival quality removable mylar cover. A gorgeous and haunting blend of true crime mystery and travel book that exposes Savannah, Georgia as the alluring place it has always been and will always be, not only because of the place, but because of the people. 026569

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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Berendt, John
4 Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Berendt, John
New York Random House 1994 0679429220 / 9780679429227 Later printing Hardback Fine Very Good+ Jacket Signed
Later printing, SIGNED by the author, in clean dust jacket. Clean black boards with green metallic lettering on spine. No fading, bumping or wear. Binding is tight and square, pages and edges are clean and bright. Signed "John Berendt" on a bookplate affixed to front free endpaper; publisher's "autographed copy" sticker affixed to front panel of dust jacket. 392 pages. Clean dust jacket is unchipped, has one very short closed edge tear, price clipped at upper corner of front inside flap. Enclosed in new archival quality removable mylar cover. 026921

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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Berendt, John
5 Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Berendt, John
New York Random House 1994 0679429220 / 9780679429227 Later printing Hardback Fine Fine Jacket Signed
Later printing, SIGNED by the author, in clean unclipped dust jacket. Clean unfaded black boards with metallion author initials on cover, metallic lettering on spine. No bumping or wear. Binding is tight and square, pages and edges are clean and bright. Flat signed "John Berendt" on front free endpaper. No other marks. 388 pages. Clean bright dust jacket is unchipped, no tears, not price clipped (25.00/35.00 on front inside flap). Enclosed in new archival quality removable mylar cover. 025562

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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Berendt, John
6 Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Berendt, John
New York Random House 1994 0679429220 / 9780679429227 First Hardback Fine Near Fine Jacket 
First Edition, First Printing with correct number line and all correct first edition points, in clean dust jacket. Clean unfaded dark green boards with black cloth spine, metallic lettering on cover (author's initials) and spine. No bumping or wear. Binding is tight & square, pages and edges are clean and bright. Clean endpapers; no names, writing or marks. 388 pages. Clean dust jacket is unchipped, no tears, small price clip at upper corner of front inside flap. Enclosed in new archival quality removable mylar cover. . To assist in determining the first edition, first printing these are the identifying points: Dustjacket price of $23.00 on front inside flap. On page eleven, line thirty-two contains the spelling error "fmr" instead of "for." The Random House correct number line of (2 4 6 8 9 7 5 3) above first edition statement on copyright page. On rear of dustjacket - Ann Beattie is listed first. On later printings each letter of the alphabet represents an additional ten thousand printing and appears only on later printings. The first printing of this book will not contain letters or the number "1" in the number line. On later printings, the rear of dustjacket Edmund White is listed first. This is one of the most misrepresented first edition, first printing books of the 21st century. 023170

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The Poison Trail, Boos, William F., M.D.
7 The Poison Trail
Boos, William F., M.D.
Boston / New York Hale, Cushman & Flint 1939 First Hardcover Very Good+ Very Good+ Jacket 
First Edition, First Printing (stated "First Printing, April 1939" on copyright page. Clean unfaded brown cloth boards with dark brown lettering on cover and spine. No bumping or fraying. Binding is tight & square, no cracking. Pages and edges are clean. Very faint browning to front free endpaper from enclosed newspaper clipping; no names, writing or bookplates. 380 pgs. with index. Clean bright dustjacket is not price clipped, has a few very tiny edge chips. Enclosed in new archival quality mylar cover. In this unique book a well known toxicologist tells the story of man's constant struggle against his most insidious enemy. He draws fully from his own experiences as a physician in his special field; as consultant in the use of poison for industrial purposes and foods; and as an expert witness in many of the famous civil and criminal cases of the last twenty years. 023483

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Fingerprints - Fifty Years of Scientifc Crime Detection, Browne, Douglas G. and Alan Brock
8 Fingerprints - Fifty Years of Scientifc Crime Detection
Browne, Douglas G. and Alan Brock
London George G. Harrap 1953 First Hardcover Very Good Very Good Jacket 
First Edition statement on copyright page, in clean original jacket. Clean unfaded red cloth boards with gold lettering on spine. Tiny spots of wear to two corner tips and top spine corner. Binding is tight & square, no cracking. Pages and edges are clean. Clean endpapers; no names, writing or marks. 224 pp. with index. Illustrated with black and white plates. Foreword by Ex-Chief Superintendent F. R. Cherrill, M.B.E. Dustjacket is price clipped, has chip at top spine edge (maximum depth 3/4" - title unaffected). Very small chip at base of front panel, a few tiny nicks and closed edge tears. Enclosed in new archival quality removable mylar cover. First full non-technical account of fingerprinting and its various uses. History and development of the science, with discussion of particular cases in which fingerprinting has played a significant role. 020401

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Holes in Time, Costantino, Frank (as told to John Caldwell)
9 Holes in Time
Costantino, Frank (as told to John Caldwell)
Atlanta, Georgia Cross Roads Books 1979 First Hardcover Very Good+ Very Good + Jacket Signed
"First Edition" stated on copyright page, SIGNED by author, in clean unclipped original jacket. Clean purple boards with gold lettering on spine. A few spots of light surface wear at base of spine, no fraying, no fading. Binding is tight & square, no cracking. Pages and edges are clean, with clean endpapers; no previous owner names, writing or marks. Inscribed and signed by author on front free endpaper: "Charles - Thank you for your prayer & support - Your Brother in Christ - Frank Costantino." 184 pp. Clean dustjacket is not price clipped, unchipped, with one 1/3: closed edge tear, very slight edge wear. Enclosed in new archival quality removable mylar cover. Autobiography of a gangster who found a new life in Christ. 020666

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Yours for Eternity: A Love Story on Death Row, Damien; Davis, Lorri Echols
10 Yours for Eternity: A Love Story on Death Row
Damien; Davis, Lorri Echols
New York Blue Rider Press (Penguin Group) 2014 039916619X / 9780399166198 First Hardback FIne Fine Jacket 
First Edition, First Printing in clean unclipped dust jacket. As new condition. Clean maroon boards with blind stamped metallic lettering on cover, brown spine with stamped metallic lettering. No fading, bumping or wear. Binding is tight and square, pages and edges are clean and bright, with clean endpapers. 427 pages. Clean dust jacket is unworn, not price clipped. Enclosed in new archival quality removable mylar cover. One of the most unlikely -- and unforgettable -- true love stories. Damien Echols was just eighteen years old when he was condemned to death for a crime he didn't commit. His case--that of the infamous "West Memphis Three" -- gained notoriety after a documentary, "Paradise Lost", exposed the biased nature of the trial and Echols as the charming--and tragic--figure at its center. New York City Architect Lorri Davis saw the documentary and was forever changed. She sent a letter to Damien, from which sprung a 16 year correspondence. 025668

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Elizabeth is Missing, De La Torre, Lillian
11 Elizabeth is Missing
De La Torre, Lillian
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1945 First Hardcover Near Fine Very Good+ Jacket 
Clean beige cloth boards with gold and red decoration on cover, red title box with gold lettering and decoration on spine. No bumping or wear. Binding is tight & square, no cracking. Pages and edges are clean. Clean endpapers; no names, writing or marks. 266 pgs. + index. Clean unfaded dustjacket with photo of author on front inside flap; small neat cross-out to price at top corner of front flap; very shallow tiny chips at top and bottom spine edge, a few short closed edge tears. Enclosed in new archival quality removable mylar cover. True Crime mystery, the intriguing story of the four-weeks disappearance of Elizabeth Canning in the fifteenth century London; she now lies buried near Hartford, Connecticut. 017606

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Elizabeth is Missing, De La Torre, Lillian
12 Elizabeth is Missing
De La Torre, Lillian
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1945 First Hardcover Near Fine good Jacket 
Stated First Edition in unclipped dust jacket. Clean beige cloth boards with gold and red oval decoration on cover, red title box with gold lettering on spine. No bumping or wear. Binding is tight and square, pages and edges are clean with blank endpapers - no names, writing or bookplates. Illustrated. 266 pages + four-page index. Dust jacket has edge chipping, closed tears to flap folds, not price clipped. Photo of author on front inside flap. Enclosed in new archival quality removable mylar cover. True Crime mystery, the intriguing story of the disappearance of Elizabeth Canning in the fifteenth century London and her reappearance four weeks later; she now lies buried near Hartford, Connecticut. 027069

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U.S. Marshals - Inside America's Most Storied Law Enforcement Agency, Earp, Mike and David Fisher
13 U.S. Marshals - Inside America's Most Storied Law Enforcement Agency
Earp, Mike and David Fisher
New York William Morrow 2014 0062227238 / 9780062227232 First Hardcover Fine Fine Jacket 
First Edition, First Printing in clean unclipped dust jacket. Very clean unfaded black boards with bright silver lettering on spine. No bumping or wear. Binding is tight and square, pages and edges are clean and bright. Clean decorated endpapers - no names, writing or bookplates. 361 pages. Clean bright dust jacket is unchipped, no wear, no tears, not price clipped. Enclosed in new archival quality removable mylar cover. This book tells the thrilling inside story of today's U.S. marshals in their own words. Based on interviews with more than fifty current and former deputies, as well as Earp's personal case notes, here are the greatest cases, hairiest arrests, and most unforgettable moments, all revealed for the first time. 026562

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News of a Kidnapping, Garcia Marquez, Gabriel
14 News of a Kidnapping
Garcia Marquez, Gabriel
New York Random House Inc 1997 0375400516 / 9780375400513 First Hardcover Near Fine Fine Jacket 
First American Edition stated on copyright page, in clean unclipped jacket. Clean tan boards with unfaded black spine, bright gold lettering on spine. Corner tips sharp and unworn, slightest hint of bumping at base spine corners. Binding is tight & square, no cracking. Pages and edges are clean and bright. Clean endpapers; no names, writing or marks. 291 pp. Clean dustjacket is unchipped, no tears, not price clipped. Enclosed in new archival quality removable mylar cover. Chronicles the kidnappings of ten Colombian men and women--all journalists but one--by the Medellin drug boss Pablo Escobar. 018864

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A Little Girl is Dead, Golden, Harry
15 A Little Girl is Dead
Golden, Harry
Cleveland and New York World Publishing 1965 First Hardcover Very Good No Dust jacket Jacket Signed
"First Printing" stated on copyright page, SIGNED by author on front free endpaper. Brown cloth boards, no fading, hint of very light soiling. Binding is tight & square, pages are clean (slight browning to endpapers). 363 pp. with bibliography. 019798

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The Wyoming Lynching of Cattle Kate, 1889, Hufsmith, George W.
16 The Wyoming Lynching of Cattle Kate, 1889
Hufsmith, George W.
Glendo, Wyoming High Plains Press 1993 0931271142 / 9780931271144 First Hardcover Near Fine Very Good Jacket Signed
First Edition, SIGNED by author, in clean unchipped dust jacket. Clean purple cloth boards with gold lettering on spine. No bumping or fraying. Binding is tight and square, hinges are sound - pages and edges are clean and bright. Clean endpapers - no names, writing or marks. Illustrated with black and white photographs. 368 pages with index. Clean bright dust jacket is unchipped, has two 1" closed edge tears near base of spine. Enclosed in new archival quality removable mylar cover. The lynching of Cattle Kate (Ellen Watson) and Jim Averell by six politically powerful Wyoming cattlemen rocked the nation in July 1889. Newspapers proclaimed that Ellen Watson was a prostitute on horseback who bartered sex for calves, that Averell was her pimp, that both were rustlers, and that somehow they deserved to be hanged from a tree in Spring Creek Gulch of the Sweetwater Valley. 028063

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A Thief's Primer, Jackson, Bruce
17 A Thief's Primer
Jackson, Bruce
New York Macmillan 1969 First Hardcover Very Good+ Fine Jacket 
Stated First Printing in unclipped dust jacket. Clean gray cloth boards with bright gold lettering on spine. Very slight fading. No bumping or wear. Binding is tight and square, hinges are sound - no cracking. Pages and edges are clean, with clean endpapers. 243 pages. Clean dust jacket is unchipped, no tears, not price clipped. Enclosed in new archival quality removable mylar cover. The life and times of an American character, a safe-cracker and check-passer, who makes his living completely outside the law but has some principles about it. 026476

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The Prince of Thieves, Lynx, J. J.
18 The Prince of Thieves
Lynx, J. J.
New York Atheneum 1964 First Hardcover Very Good+ Very Good Jacket 
Stated First American Edition in original unclipped dust jacket. Clean charcoal gray boards with blind-stamped lettering on cover, purple cloth spine with gold lettering. No fraying or wear-through. Binding is tight and square, hinges are sound - no cracking. Pages and edges are clean with clean red endpapers. No names, writing or marks. 237 pages. Dust jacket is unchipped, has several short closed edge tears and slight edge wear, small piece of clear reinforcement tape at top spine edge. Enclosed in new archival quality removable mylar cover. True story of a gentleman thief who stole nearly ten million dollars (most of it in jewels), lived in outrageous luxury in the world's watering places, consorted with royalty and masqueraded for years as a prince, was the lover of scores of wealthy and highborn women (and husband to two of them), consantly outmaneuvered the police, lost several fortunes at the gaming tables, and never committed a mean or cruel act in his life. Reputed to be the inspiration for such literary rascals as Raffles, Arsene Lupin and Felix Krull, Monolesco in the flesh was more dashing, bizarre and incredible than any of his fictional descendants. 028163

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No Deadly Drug, MacDonald, John D.
19 No Deadly Drug
MacDonald, John D.
Garden City Doubleday 1968 First Hardcover Very Good+ Very Good+ Jacket 
"First Edition" stated on copyright page, in original unclipped jacket. Clean unfaded black cloth boards with gold lettering on spine. Hint of slightest surface wear to spine edges, no fraying. Binding is tight & square, pages and edges are clean. Clean red endpapers; no names, writing or marks. 656 pp. Jacket is clean (very slight age-toning), unchipped, no tears, not price clipped (7.95 on front inside flap). Enclosed in new archival quality removable mylar cover. A very nice collectible quality copy of MacDonald's book about the murder trial of Doctor Carl Coppolino. 019583

Price: 95.00 USD
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Fallen Angels: Chronicles of L.A. Crime and Mystery, Mader, Katherine and Marvin J. Wolf
20 Fallen Angels: Chronicles of L.A. Crime and Mystery
Mader, Katherine and Marvin J. Wolf
New York Facts On File 1986 0816011710 / 9780816011711 First Hardcover Fine Very Good+ Jacket Signed
First Edition, First Printing, SIGNED by both authors, in unclipped dust jacket. Very clean red boards with gray cloth spine, crisp black lettering on spine. No fading, bumping or wear. Binding is tight and square, hinges are sound, pages and edges are clean. Signed on front free endpaper by both authors: "Marvin Wolf" and "Katherine Mader". No other writing or marks. 301 pages with index. Dust jacket is unchipped, has a few short closed edge tears, is not price clipped (17.95 on front inside flap), very light soiling. Enclosed in new archival quality removable mylar cover. True stories of L.A.'s most outrageous, bizarre and historically significant crimes and mysteries - among them, Patty Hearst and the SLA shootout, the killings by the Manson family, the death of John Belushi, but also some much more interesting and less well publicized intriguing crimes. 027327

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