Salute The Toff – By John Creasey
Award Books # AN1212
Cover Price 95¢
Copyright and first printing 1971 – This appears to be the first paperback printing 1973
Some staining to cover. Some creasing on spine and back cover. Spine leans. Pages browning and some corner creasing but tight. Good reading copy.
She was young, beautiful, and she was standing unannounced in the doorway of the Hon. Richard Rollison’s study. Her name was Fay and she’d come to the Toff for help – her employer was missing. She was afraid to go to the police.
He was thirtyish, handsome, and very dead sprawled across the floor of a Grey Street flat. His identification said he was Mr. Draycott, Fay’s missing employer. But a half hour later, Mr. Draycott phoned a business associate.
In a super detective mystery, the Hon. Richard Rollison – also known as the Toff – is faced with the impossible task of searching out a murderer and his victim.
Green Light For Death – By Frank Kane
Dell Books. Good+ 1949. Softcover. Copyright 1949, later printing. Dell 918. Light creasing to cover and spine, interior pages clean & tight, age tanning to pages, darker at the top. Some pages folded over.
Rear Cover Text:
She was a gorgeous, and mysterious, girl from New York, who had taken a low-paying job in a small-town night club.
When they fished her out of the local river, she had nothing on. It didn’t matter, she was past caring.
Johnny Liddell cared, though. The girl was his client and it didn’t make sense. Why would she strip, pile her clothes neatly on the pier, and then take the plunge.
A waste, Liddell thought mournfully. A great waste.
Then he cheered up. Any case that began with a killer and a naked woman was bound to produce more of the same….
Way Of A Wanton – By Richard S. Prather
Gold Medal k1382
8th Printing January 1964
Covers show age spotting and staining. Cover coming unglued. Pages tight. Pages 71/72 and 115/116 corners turned down. Pages 121-144 have water staining top outside corner almost to spine and 2 inches down outside edge.
Front Cover Text:
“There was a fire in her eyes that was scorching me – me, Shell Scott, the private eye who couldn’t tell whether a dame wanted to kiss me, or kill me!”
Rear Cover Text:
No matter how you look at it, 36-22-35 are magic numbers. They have a real message for me. I’m Shell Scott, the private eye, and I’m very good at figures. You might say I follow them very carefully. I’ve been following this one figure for several days and learned her name is Sherry. She looks as though she were designed by a sex fiend, and I hated to think she was mixed up in murder. It almost made me crawl back into my Shell. But somebody was planning to send me to my friendly neighborhood mortician and I had to find out who – or die trying.
Book Description: Harper Large Print Edition, 2004. Soft Cover.
Book Condition: Good, Ex-library copy with standard stamps and markings inside. Covers have been laminated with plastic. Some edge and corner bumping and page edge discoloration.
From the rear cover: Sophisticated yet down-to-earth, philosophical yet practical, Bernie is a gentleman who knows and loves his territory, the gloriously diverse and electric streets of Manhattan. He is minding his own business when he’s asked for a favor — a neat, uncomplicated bit of vengeful larceny that will reap a tidy profit — an offer the intrepid thief can’t refuse. But with a few days to go before the crime, Bernie gets restless. So what does a burglar do to change his mood? Go on the prowl, of course. This bit of prowling lands Bernie in a pile of trouble that includes four murders and the burglary of his own home. Caught in the center of a deadly mystery, Bernie must use his wits and wiles to connect the dots and add up the coincidences. Because if he doesn’t catch a killer, he’ll lose not only his freedom but his life.
Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine from January 1967. Back cover in bad shape. Some water discoloration on the pages. Pages brown and brittle. Cover coming loose at top of the spine. Front cover has previous owners name written in ink. Some pencil marks on at least one inside page. Some page corners folded over and damaged. Poor condition but still readable.
Went to the local Salvation Army yesterday (Monday May 11, 2009) and came home with a pile of mysteries including 9 paperbacks by Rex Stout and one hardback by Goldsborough. Will get them scanned and up for view asap. For now here are a couple of pictures of the lot to drool over… 😉
Nero Wolfe and Red Threads Salvation Army finds
Assorted mysteries Salvation Army finds
Some of these will be put up for sale at Bonanza. When I get them up I’ll post the page links here for anyone interested.