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1 Westlake, Donald E. Killing Time
New York Random House 1961 First Edition 
Near Fine in a Very Good dustjacket. Decorative gray and black boards. The spine is stamped in silver and yellow. Octavo. Light blue topstain. 183pps. Stated First Printing. There is mild bumping to the tips and rubbing to the spine-ends, otherwise clean, tight, and bright. No previous ownership markings. The dustjacket, glossy in a new mylar sleeve, has very light edgewear and is rubbed -- particularly along the folds and the extremities; two small, round holes are punched into the front flap, though the original price is intact. A nice, presentable copy of the author's scarce second novel.

"...Winston was a town where, as in a mobile, everything balanced precariously. It looked all right to visitors, and even to most of the people who lived there. Children got to school safely, and there wasn't much union trouble, and the streets were fairly clean and well paved. A few people knew better about Winston -- because they ran the town.
'Killing Time' is the story of what happened when a couple of outsiders tried to interfere with those few people..."


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2 Westlake, Donald E. Money for Nothing
New York Mysterious Press / Warner 2003 0-89296-787-0 / 9780892967872 First Edition, First Printing SIGNED by the Author
Near Fine in a Fine dustjacket. Light gray boards. The spine is stamped in black. Octavo. 294pps. There is a remainder mark to an edge of the textblock, otherwise as new: clean, tight, square, and bright. All tips are sharp. Yet to be read. The dustjacket, glossy in a new mylar sleeve, is flawless; the original price is intact. SIGNED by the author -- without further inscription -- on the title-page.

"...Once a month they came in the mail. As regular as clockwork. Addressed to Josh Redmont. Issued by something called 'United States Agent.' Each check for the exact same amount: $1000. At first, Josh tried to find out if some mistake had been made. After a while, he simply accepted that for unknowable reasons some obscure, untraceable branch of the U.S. government was paying him $1000 a month. A poor temp when the checks first appeared seven years ago, Josh has now become successful in his field, with a wife and child, a nice Upper West Side apartment, a summer rental on Fire Island -- so the checks don't mean that much anymore. That is, until a smiling stranger approaches Josh with words that chill him to the spine: 'I'm from United States Agent. You are now active.' Josh has been paid for a job that he now must do... a job that will turn out to be a growing horror for him, for his family, and possibly for all of us..."

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3 Westlake, Donald E. And Tenn, William (editors) Once Against the Law
New York Macmillan 1967 First Edition Cloth 
[1967]. Near Fine in a Very Good+ dustjacket. Bound in full green cloth. The spine is stamped in mustard yellow and metallic green. Octavo. Yellow endpapers. xvii + 330pps. Stated First Printing. The boards are mildly bumped and the the textblock is slightly and uniformly dulled. Otherwise clean and tight. No previous ownership markings. The dustjacket, glossy in a mylar sleeve, is rubbed and has light edgewear; the original price (6.95) is intact.

"...22 master tales of mystery and suspense dedicated to the proposition that 'great writers, when they write mystery stories, write great mystery stories."

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4 Westlake, Donald E. The Fugitive Pigeon
New York Random House 1965 Book Club (BCE/BOMC) 
Near Fine in a Near Fine dustjacket. Pebbled blue boards. The spine is stamped in black. Red topstain. 172pps. There is mild rubbing to the heel of the spine and the spine has a slight, nearly imperceptible lean. Also, there is a small abrasion on the front pastedown. Otherwise clean, tight, and bright. The text is immaculate; no reading wear and no previous ownership markings. The dustjacket, glossy in a mylar sleeve, has a clipped lower flap-corner and a faintly sunned spine; no chips, soiling, or tears of note. A very nice and colorfully-jacketed copy: the introduction of Charlie Poole.

"...There's no doubt that Charlie Poole was a completely innocuous, lazy, ambitionless young man until the night two of his uncle's friends came to murder him.
Charlie tended bar in his uncle's Brooklyn saloon and was perfectly happy to do so. There weren't many customers, but his uncle didn't seem to care. Uncle, as a matter of fact, had very good connections with the Syndicate, so Charlie passed messages and mysterious packages about whose contents he never asked questions. He simply didn't care. He lived above the saloon in a small apartment and read most of the day. Nothing uplifting, mind you, just killing time. This, then, was his happy life until it was rudely interrupted the night that two of the Syndicate's enforcers came to enforce him out of the world.
All in all, 'The Fugitive Pigeon' is a delight, a breathlessly fast-paced and very amusing mystery, with a rare antic quality..."


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