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Crime of the Fictional Variety

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  • The Short Stories of John Steinbeck – Steinbeck

    The Short Stories of John Steinbeck – Steinbeck

    A 1958 edition of Stenbeck’s collection of his very best short stories.

    Published by Heinemann, London, Octavo 568 pages in all. Very good condition bar the jacket spine is light faded as usual

    The jacket gives a clue … includes these delights … Tortilla Flat; Of Mice and Men; The Red Pony; The Moon is Down; Cannery Row and The Pearl.

    Steinbeck Feast – six of the best.

    $35.00

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  • The Doomed Oasis (A Novel of Arabia) – Hammond Innes

    The Doomed Oasis (A Novel of Arabia) – Hammond Innes

    Hammond Innes a master of the thriller.

    First published 1960, this is the 1962 Readers Book Club edition which we prefer for its more evocative dust jacket.

    Octavo, 286 pages, very good condition.

    Set in Arabia a ex British Army Colonel has taken to Arab life. His son a wayward lad from Cardiff flees trouble to the same locale to be a geologist. Accused of murdering his father things get a bit hot under the Arabian Sun. Packed with action among the sand dunes.

    Hammond Innes and Adventure and Thrills in the Desert

    $25.00

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  • Fruit of the Poppy – Robert Wilder First Edition 1965

    Fruit of the Poppy – Robert Wilder First Edition 1965

    First edition of the upmarket version of Fruit of the Poppy by Robert Wilder, author of Flamingo Road etc.

    Published by Allen, London in 1965. Octavo, 267 pages. Very good condition albeit some dust jacket nicks to spine.

    An early war on drugs novel and more interesting for its serious approach to the story… no car chases or ambushes. Set in the Mexican valleys we have a proper novel in the style of Greene or Le Carre. Judge for yourself.

    Powerful 1960’s novel against the Mexican drug trade

    $30.00

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  • Maigret Victorious – Georges Simenon – First Collection 1975

    Maigret Victorious – Georges Simenon – First Collection 1975

    Published by the Book Club with arrangement with Hamish Hamilton, a first of type 1975.

    Octavo, 281 pages all in excellent condition.

    Three on a plate – Maigret’s Memoirs (better than most); the Headless Corpse (A Voyager favourite) and Maigret and the Saturday Caller.

    Maigret trifecta – get your pipe lit!

    $30.00

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  • Ursula Andress & Sean Connery in Bond Movie Dr No Large promotional photograph signed by Ursula

    Ursula Andress & Sean Connery in Bond Movie Dr No Large promotional photograph signed by Ursula

    Large colour promotional photograph signed boldly by Ursula Andress. 25cm by 20cm, no creases, excellent condition.

    Dr No the very first Bond Movie. Made in Jamaica, in 1962 and, financially successful making its money back more than sixty times.

    Introduced Swiss actress Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder. Her entrance onto the beach is remembered more for the white bikini than the song she was singing “Under the Mango Tree”. She happily admitted it was that bikini that made her career.

    Bond and Honey Ryder on the Beach with the Shells

    $190.00

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  • Maigret’s Rival – Georges Simenon – First English Edition

    Maigret’s Rival – Georges Simenon – First English Edition

    Published by Hamish Hamilton, London a first English edition 1979. Translated from the French by Helen Thomson.

    Octavo, 154 pages, fine dust jacket, all in very good condition.

    Maigret investigates a murder as a favour to the examining magistrate. It gets more complicated than first expected. Private detective, Cavre, is shadowing his moves. Maigret is afraid Cavre will get the upper hand.

    Maigret not keen on competition.

    $35.00

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