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  • Keep Murder Quiet – Selwyn Jepson – 1942

    Keep Murder Quiet – Selwyn Jepson – 1942

    Rare Sun Dial edition. Published in 1942 and in very good condition for a war book.

    Roger Spain avenges his father’s death but it’s not easy.

    Thrilling complex plot – one of the best.

    When this book was published the author was an officer in SOE recruiting female spies, he thought they worked better alone than men who required companionship!

    $60.00

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  • Diary of Death – Wilson Collinson – First edition 1932

    Diary of Death – Wilson Collinson – First edition 1932

    A first edition published by Tudor, New York in 1932. Octavo, 245. Very good condition with a super period dust jacket.

    An intimate diary and many lovers at the heart of the murder of beautiful Laura Carlin.

    Wilson Collinson was quite a character. Also a successful playwright, his Red Dust was made into a movie starring Clarke Gabel. He penned some unusual titles … Expensive Women and Getting Gertie’s Garter are examples.

    Tape your fingernails!

    $60.00

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  • The Man Who Was Murdered Twice – Leitfred – First Edition 1932

    The Man Who Was Murdered Twice – Leitfred – First Edition 1932

    Published by Green Circle books, New York first edition 1932.

    Octavo, 255 pages in excellent condition bar some dust jacket chips. Classic period dust jacket design …. Well better than that!

    Author Robert Leitfred had also penned “The Corpse that Spoke” so this is not the first time he has tackled life after death.

    A wealthy playboy returns home to find he has been swindled out of his inheritance. The swindler dies in a car crash … but has he? … fast moving drama 1930’s style

    Double the suspense with “twice murdered”

    $80.00

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  • The Human Factor – Graham Greene – Australian First Edition

    The Human Factor – Graham Greene – Australian First Edition

    A first Australian edition published by The Bodley Head in Australia, Sydney in 1978.

    Octavo, 339 pages top edge stained lilac as required. Very good if not better condition with a super dust jacket.

    Graham Green himself an ex spy back in the world of spies. “Out of reality are our tales of imagination fashioned” – superb Greene. A leak has occurred in SIS and a suspicions and tensions build. Among a number of characters, Maurice Castle, dull but brilliant enjoys sausages for lunch at Voyager Bill’s favourite pub … must be smarter than they think!

    Australian First Greene out Spying.

    $40.00

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  • The Young Hornblower ( A Trilogy) – C.S. Forester

    The Young Hornblower ( A Trilogy) – C.S. Forester

    A super trilogy of Hornblower in his energetic years. Includes Mr Midshipman Hornblower; Lieutenant Hornblower and Hornblower and the Hotspur.

    Thick octavo, 633 pages in pretty good condition a couple of marks to page edges a little to what is a good dust jacket.

    First published in this form in 1964 this is the second printing 1969. Michael Joseph, London… one of the finest.

    Hornblower – three in a row and undefeated.

    $50.00

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  • The Invisible Island –  Alexander MacDonald – 1911

    The Invisible Island – Alexander MacDonald – 1911

    A Story of the Far North of Queensland … by Alexander McDonald and illustrated by Charles M Sheldon.

    Published by Blackie & Sons, London, Glasgow, octavo 360 pages with pictorial image to front cover and spine. A little age otherwise a very good copy and especially clean internally.

    The book opens on an island in the south west of the Gulf of Carpentaria … “Through the dank, shimmering heat haze the island loomed in ghostly outline”

    Six full page illustrations including the frontispiece.

    Adventure and gold in the Far North

    $60.00

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