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OUR GOVERNMENT. James M. Cain. OUR GOVERNMENT.
New York: Knopf, 1930. First edition. The hard-boiled mystery writer's first regularly published book, essays of sorts in a series of imagined dialogues on the workings and non-workings of government. Octavo gray cloth boards stamped in black (or perhaps dark blue) on front and spine, publisher's logo blindstamped on back board; in first-issue dust jacket with dollar sign on front. Top edge stain faded and lightly foxed otherwise near fine in good or better dust jacket with toning, moderate chipping, some soiling and general wear, A scarce book, scarcer still in any jacket much less this first-issue one.

[Book #54059]       Price: $750.00
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TYPED LETTER SIGNED. Raymond Chandler. TYPED LETTER SIGNED.
(La Jolla: circa 1958). Undated TYPED LETTER SIGNED "RAY." To the British mystery writer who was Chandler's London solicitor, friend and frequent correspondent, Michael Gilbert, on 6 x 9" off-white paper with return address of the small cottage rented by Chandler near the end of his life at 824 Prospect Street in La Jolla. A short but quite interesting letter mentioning Kay West (who was briefly the main beneficiary of his will; the will itself (which was contested after his death); the Bahama company he formed on Gilbert's advice (presumably to ameliorate his British tax issues); and his desire to again become a resident of Great Britain. The letter closes with, "Please pour some oil on this [sic] troubled waters. Yours affectionately, Ray." Creased where folded to thirds for mailing otherwise fine. "YOURS AFFFECTIONATELY, RAY"

[Book #54900]       Price: $3,500.00
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A TIME FOR REMEMBERING: The Ruth Bell Graham Story. Patricia Daniels Cornwell. A TIME FOR REMEMBERING: The Ruth Bell Graham Story.
San Francisco: Harper & Row, (1983). First edition. The mystery AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. The story of Billy Graham's wife, a good friend of Cornwell. Quotation from Ruth 1:16-17 written on back of rear endpaper. Fine in dust jacket with minor wear on corners and a creased closed tear at top of back panel. Still, an attractive copy.

[Book #40925]       Price: $50.00
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THE SPORT OF QUEENS. Dick Francis. THE SPORT OF QUEENS.
London: Michael Joseph, (1957). First edition. SIGNED by Francis on the title page. From the author of the best-selling mysteries set in the world of horse racing. His first book, an autobiography. Cloth edges very slightly faded and small rubbed spot to front pastedown otherwise near fine; in very good or better, price-clipped dust jacket with subtle rumpling to front panel, light edge rubbing, a touch of foxing, and few small tears.

[Book #54763]       Price: $300.00
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THE HANGMEN OF SLEEPY VALLEY. Brett Halliday, Davis Dresser. THE HANGMEN OF SLEEPY VALLEY.
New York: William Morrow and Co. 1940. First edition. An early western by the mystery writer best known for his Michael Shayne novels. Written under his own name, Davis Dresser. Near fine in edge-rubbed dust jacket with few chips, tears and attendant creasing but otherwise very good.

[Book #54820]       Price: $125.00
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THE BATTLE OF THE ALEUTIANS. Dashiell Hammett, Robert Colodny. THE BATTLE OF THE ALEUTIANS.
(Adak, Alaska: Intelligence Section Field Force Headquarters, 1944). First edition. "In Honor and Memory of the Men of the North Pacific Theater Who Died so that a Continent Might Be Free." Hammett, who was stationed in the Aleutians Islands was assigned to help compile an accounting of the Aleutian Campaign under supervision of the Intelligence Section. Text by Hammett and captions by Colodny; illustrations, maps and layout by Harry Fletcher. Few small scrapes and light stains to rear cover, edges lightly rubbed, otherwise very good or better in oblong, stapled blue paperwraps. WWII TEXT BY HAMMET.

[Book #49126]       Price: $150.00
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