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2000/2001 2Vols Reginald Hill Dialogues Dead Signed Arms Women First Edition
2000/2001 2Vols Reginald Hill Dialogues Dead Signed Arms Women First Edition

Price: £40.00

A collection of two UK first edition Reginald Hill novels.Including a signed Arms and The Women and Dialogues of The Dead, the novels here both concern the detective partnership of Daziel and Pascoe, characters that would be given...

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2001 Acid Row First Edition First Impression Signed Minette Walters Crime Novel
2001 Acid Row First Edition First Impression Signed Minette Walters Crime Novel

Price: £55.00

A psychological crime novel by Minette Walters.Acid Row was shortlisted for the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger. The work is a study of contemporary reaction to paedophilia. The work is set in a British council...

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2001 Acid Row Minette Walters Signed First Edition in Dustwrapper Crime Novel
2001 Acid Row Minette Walters Signed First Edition in Dustwrapper Crime Novel

Price: £34.99

A first edition of this gripping crime novel from Minette Walters. Signed by the author to the title page. The novel examines contemporary reactions to paedophilia and resulting urban rioting, and was shortlisted for the Crime...

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2001 Adam and Eve Pinch Me Ruth Rendell First Edition Dustwrapper Psych Thriller
2001 Adam and Eve Pinch Me Ruth Rendell First Edition Dustwrapper Psych Thriller

Price: £25.00

A phsychological thriller by Ruth Rendell.First edition, first impression.With the number line 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2.Ruth Rendell was an English author of thrillers and psychological murder mystery. Adam and Eve and Pinch Me follows...

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2001 Arthur C. Clarke Collected Stories First Edition Dustwrapper Science Fiction
2001 Arthur C. Clarke Collected Stories First Edition Dustwrapper Science Fiction

Price: £90.00

The first edition of this collection of Arthur C. Clarke's work. In the original unclipped dustwrapper designed by Charles Adams. This collection of stories by Arthur C. Clarke is a collection...

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2001 Death Out of Season Meg Elizabeth Atkins First Edition in Dustwrapper
2001 Death Out of Season Meg Elizabeth Atkins First Edition in Dustwrapper

Price: £15.99

A first edition of this mystery novel from Meg Elizabeth Atkins. 'Jaynie Turner, divorced, beautiful, bossy and widely loathed, announces to anyone who cares to listen that she is doing historical research into the village of Clerehaven...

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2001 Desert Noir Betty Webb First Edition Lena Jones
2001 Desert Noir Betty Webb First Edition Lena Jones

Price: £24.99

The first edition of this Lena Jones mystery novel by Betty Webb. Signed by the author to the title page. Webb has stated that each book has been inspired by a real case.

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2001 Dying to Tell by Robert Goddard First Edition Signed
2001 Dying to Tell by Robert Goddard First Edition Signed

Price: £34.99

A copy of 'Dying to Tell' by Robert Goddard. Signed by the Author. First Edition.

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2001 Fidelis Morgan The Rival Queens First Edition In Unclipped Dustwrapper
2001 Fidelis Morgan The Rival Queens First Edition In Unclipped Dustwrapper

Price: £16.99

The Rival Queens A Countess Ashby de la Zouch Mystery by Fidelis Morgan in unclipped dustwrapper. First edition, first impression. A historical tale of artifice, gunpowder and murder in 17th Century London.

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2001 Forty Words for Sorrow by Giles Blunt, First English Edition
2001 Forty Words for Sorrow by Giles Blunt, First English Edition

Price: £19.99

A copy of 'Forty Words of Sorrow' by Giles Blunt. The first Cardinal story, Forty Words for Sorrow, won the British Crime Writers' Association Silver Dagger, and the second, The Delicate Storm, won the Crime Writers of Canada's...

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2001 J D F Jones Storyteller Many Lives of Laurens Van der Post Illus First
2001 J D F Jones Storyteller Many Lives of Laurens Van der Post Illus First

Price: £25.00

A first edition of J D F Jones' Storyteller.With 21 plates.Here J D F Jones explores the life of Laurens Van der Post, a diplomat and explorer, questions whether his life stories were fabricated.

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2001 John Baker Shooting In The Dark First Edition In Unclipped Dustwrapper
2001 John Baker Shooting In The Dark  First Edition In Unclipped Dustwrapper

Price: £29.99

Shooting in the Dark is the fifth Sam Turner crime novel by John Baker in unclipped dustwrapper. First edition. John Baker is a British author. He was born in 1942 in the city of Hull, in the North of England. To date he has published...

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2001 Kydd Julian Stockwin Proof Copy First Edition Naval Adventure
2001 Kydd Julian Stockwin Proof Copy First Edition Naval Adventure

Price: £19.99

The uncorrected proof copy of Julian Stockwin's naval adventure, Kydd Kydd, first published in 2001, is a historical novel by Julian Stockwin. This first instalment in Julian Stockwin's series of novels set during the Age of Fighting...

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2001 Like Angels Falling Jane Adams First Edition First Impression Detective
2001 Like Angels Falling Jane Adams First Edition First Impression Detective

Price: £14.99

A first edition of this detective story by Jane Adams from the Sergeant Ray Flowers series. First edition, first impression. 'With his resignation from the police force now approved, Ray Flowers' plans to set up a security business...

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2001 Maxwell's Reunion M.J. TROW FIRST EDITION
2001 Maxwell's Reunion  M.J. TROW  FIRST EDITION

Price: £24.99

A nice, clean first edition of M.J. Troy's Maxwell's Reunion. Bound in black paper-covered boards with an unclipped dust wrapper. First edition. Meirion James Trow (b.1949) is an author best known for his crime fiction, with popular...

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2001 Resurrection Men Ian Rankin First Edition in Dustwrapper
2001 Resurrection Men Ian Rankin First Edition in Dustwrapper

Price: £34.00

The first edition of this Inspector Rebus novel from Ian RankinDetective Inspector John Rebus is thrown off a murder inquiry, just days after the brutal death of an Edinburgh art dealer, for throwing a cup of tea at DCS Gill Templer....

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2001 The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke First US Edition Dustwrapper Short Stories
2001 The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke First US Edition Dustwrapper Short Stories

Price: £75.00

The first US edition of this collection of short stories by science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke. First edition, first impression, with a complete number line. First published in the UK...

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2001 The Dark Room Rachel Seiffert First Edition Dustwrapper Germany Nazi Novel
2001 The Dark Room Rachel Seiffert First Edition Dustwrapper Germany Nazi Novel

Price: £50.00

A novel by Rachel Seiffert.First edition, with original price-clipped dustwrapper.The Dark Room is composed of three unrelated novellas set in both pre and post World War II Germany. They are titled Helmut, Lore and Micha.Helmut follows...

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2001 Warlock Wilbur Smith First Edition Historical Novel Egypt
2001 Warlock Wilbur Smith First Edition Historical Novel Egypt

Price: £23.99

A first edition of this historical novel set in Ancient Egypt from Wilbur Smith. Warlock is part of a series of novels by Smith which follow the fate of the Egyptian Kingdom through the eyes of Taita, a multi-talented and highly...

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2002 BONE Dancing by Jonathan GASH FIRST Edition
2002 BONE Dancing by Jonathan GASH FIRST Edition

Price: £12.99

The first edition of a mystery novel from acclaimed Lovejoy author, Jonathan Gash.

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2002 Carol Goodman The Lake of Dead Languages Signed First Printing
2002 Carol Goodman The Lake of Dead Languages Signed First Printing

Price: £24.99

The first printing of this dark tale from Carol Goodman. Signed by the author to the title page. Jane Hudson left the Heart Lake School for Girls after the mysterious suicide of her roommates. Now, 20 years later, she is returning...

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2002 Colin Bateman The Horse With My Name First Edition In Unclipped Dustwrapper
2002 Colin Bateman The Horse With My Name First Edition In Unclipped Dustwrapper

Price: £16.99

The Horse With My Name is the fifth novel of the Dan Starkey series by Northern Irish author, Colin Bateman. Bateman wrote the novel while staying at the Fairyhouse Racecourse in County Meath. First edition, first impression, in...

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2002 First Edition Sarah Waters Fingersmith Victorian Crime Fiction Novel
2002 First Edition Sarah Waters Fingersmith Victorian Crime Fiction Novel

Price: £49.00

A first edition of Sarah Waters 2002 novel Fingersmith.Taking its name from the petty thieves that the book concerns itself with, Fingersmith is set in Victorian London and was nominated for the Man Booker Prize.It was adapted for...

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2002 Head Shot By Quintin Jardine First Edition In Unclipped Dustwrapper
2002 Head Shot By Quintin Jardine First Edition In Unclipped Dustwrapper

Price: £16.99

Head Shot is a crime novel in the series featuring senior Edinburgh policeman Bob Skinner by Quintin Jardine. First edition, first impression. Quintin Jardine (born 1945) is a Scottish author of three series of crime novels,...

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2002 Oxford Proof VERONIA STALLWOOD 1st EDITION SIGNED
2002 Oxford Proof VERONIA STALLWOOD 1st EDITION  SIGNED

Price: £39.99

A signed first edition of Veronica Stallwood's Oxford Proof. Bound in black paper-covered boards with an unclipped dust wrapper. Signed by author. First edition. Veronica Stallwood is a British author who lives near Oxford, and...

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2002 Private Heat Robert Bailey Art Hardin Mystery Signed Crime Novel
2002 Private Heat Robert Bailey Art Hardin Mystery Signed Crime Novel

Price: £19.99

A signed copy of the first printing of this crime thriller by Robert E. Bailey. Signed by the author to the title page.

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2002 The Babes in The Wood Ruth Rendell Crime Novel Inspector Wexford First Ed
2002 The Babes in The Wood Ruth Rendell Crime Novel Inspector Wexford First Ed

Price: £20.00

A novel from the Inspector Wexford Series.First edition.With original unclipped dustwrapper.Numberline is 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4The novel is set, as usual for the Wexford novels, in Kingsmarkham. It was selected by The New York Times as...

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2002 The Corrections Jonathan Franzen First Edition Fine Copy
2002 The Corrections Jonathan Franzen First Edition Fine Copy

Price: £37.99

The first edition of this award-winning novel from Jonathan Franzen.The Corrections is a 2001 novel by American author Jonathan Franzen. It revolves around the troubles of an elderly Midwestern couple and their three adult children,...

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2002 The Dream of Scipio, by Iain Pears, First Edition
2002 The Dream of Scipio, by Iain Pears, First Edition

Price: £13.99

A copy of 'The Dream of Scipio' by Iain Pears. Iain Pears (born in 1955) is an English art historian, novelist and journalist, also the author of 'An Instance of Fingerpost'. First Edition.

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2002 The Grenadillo Box Janet Gleeson First Edition Historical Mystery Novel
2002 The Grenadillo Box Janet Gleeson First Edition Historical Mystery Novel

Price: £14.99

A smart copy of the first edition of this historical mystery novel from Janet Gleeson. 'A powerful fiction debut, The Grenadillo Box is a gripping detective story as intricately crafted as a Chippendale cabinet of curiosities.'...

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2002 The Seahorse Jania Unsworth Signed First Edition in Dustwrapper
2002 The Seahorse Jania Unsworth Signed First Edition in Dustwrapper

Price: £22.99

A signed first edition of this moving novel from Jania Unsworth. Signed by Unsworth to the title page.

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2002 The Walkaway Scott Phillips Limited Edition Signed AS NEW
2002 The Walkaway Scott Phillips Limited Edition Signed AS NEW

Price: £195.00

An as-new copy of this limited edition novel from Scott Phillips. Signed and numbered by the author. The prequel to his acclaimed novel, The Ice Harvest.  

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2003 Boris Akunin The Winter Queen First Edition Historical Mystery Novel
2003  Boris Akunin The Winter Queen First Edition Historical Mystery Novel

Price: £29.99

The first UK edition of this historical mystery novel set in nineteenth-century Moscow. Translated from the Russian by Andrew Bromfield.

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2003 Colin Bateman Chapter And Verse Second Impression In Unclipped Dustwrapper
2003 Colin Bateman Chapter And Verse Second Impression In Unclipped Dustwrapper

Price: £15.99

Chapter and Verse is a 'stand-alone' crime novel by Colin Bateman. In unclipped dustwrapper. First edition, second impression. Colin Bateman (known mononymously as Bateman) is a novelist, screenwriter and former journalist from...

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2003 Holy Fools First Edition Signed Joanne Harris
2003 Holy Fools First Edition Signed Joanne Harris

Price: £29.99

A signed copy of the first edition of this novel set in seventeenth-century France from Joanne Harris. In 2012 Harris became one of only four female members of the "Millionnaires' Club," the elite group of authors who have achieved...

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2003 John Banville Prague Pictures First Edition With Unclipped Dustwrapper
2003 John Banville Prague Pictures First Edition With Unclipped Dustwrapper

Price: £30.00

A first edition of John Banville's Prague Pictures, in original dustwrapper.Tracing the city's history from its origins up until the present day, Banville captures the character of the city adeptly, with the volume in turn presented...

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2003 Murder in the Museum the Fethering Mysteries Simon Brett First Edition
2003 Murder in the Museum the Fethering Mysteries Simon Brett First Edition

Price: £17.99

A first edition of this crime novel by Simon Brett, and the fourth in his Fethering Mysteries series. Fethering is a fictitious village on England's south coast (adjacent to Tarring). It is the place of residence of amateur sleuths...

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2003 No Laughing Matter Melissa Craig Mystery Betty Rowlands First Edition Novel
2003 No Laughing Matter Melissa Craig Mystery Betty Rowlands First Edition Novel

Price: £55.00

A novel by Betty Rowlands.A part of the 'Melissa Craig Mystery' series.First edition, first impression.With original dustwrapper. 'No Laughing Matter' is a part of the 'Melissa Craig Mystery' series by Rowlands. The...

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2003 Ragtime In Simla Barbara Cleverly Signed First American Unclip Dustwrapper
2003 Ragtime In Simla Barbara Cleverly Signed First American Unclip Dustwrapper

Price: £14.99

A signed copy of Ragtime in Simla by Barbara Cleverly second novel featuring Joe Sandliands set in 1920s India with author's signature to title in ink. In unclipped dustwrapper. First American edition. Barbara Cleverly is a British...

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2003 Stage Fright Christine Poulson Signed First Edition in Dustwrapper Thriller
2003 Stage Fright Christine Poulson Signed First Edition in Dustwrapper Thriller

Price: £29.99

A signed copy of the first edition of this thriller novel from Christine Poulson, featuring her popular character, Cassandra James. Signed by the author to the title page. First edition, first printing.

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2003 The Delicate Storm, by Giles Blunt, First Edition
2003 The Delicate Storm, by Giles Blunt, First Edition

Price: £19.99

A copy of 'The Delicate Storm' by Giles Blunt. 'Giles Blunt grew up in North Bay, Ontario. After living for a number of years in New York City writing scripts for Law & Order and Night Heat, he has recently set up shop...

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2003 The Fire Eaters David Almond First Edition Children's Fiction Signed
2003 The Fire Eaters David Almond First Edition Children's Fiction Signed

Price: £53.00

The first printing of this children's fantasy novel from David Almond. Signed by the author to the title page.

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2003 The Winter Queen Boris Akunin First Edition Historical Mystery Novel
2003 The Winter Queen Boris Akunin First Edition Historical Mystery Novel

Price: £19.99

The first UK edition of this historical mystery novel set in nineteenth-century Moscow. Translated from the Russian by Andrew Bromfield.

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2003 Vivien Armstrong No Birds Singing First Edition In Unclipped Dustwrapper
2003 Vivien Armstrong No Birds Singing First Edition In Unclipped Dustwrapper

Price: £15.99

No Birds Singing is a crime novel by Vivien Armstong, in unclipped dustwrapper. First edition. A DCI Hayes murder mystery set in a 'peaceful Oxfordshire village' where, all is not quite as it seems.

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2003 Waxwings Jonathan Raban Signed First Edition in Dustwrapper American Dream
2003 Waxwings Jonathan Raban Signed First Edition in Dustwrapper American Dream

Price: £29.99

A signed first edition of Jonathan Raban's second novel.First edition, first printing. Signed by the author to the title page.

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2003 White Skin Man John Baker First Edition in Dustwrapper Crime Fiction
2003 White Skin Man John Baker First Edition in Dustwrapper Crime Fiction

Price: £14.99

A first edition of this mystery novel by John Baker. 'White Skin Man is John Baker at his best. Powerful, moving and very human, this is a novel both of tension and huge emotion.'

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2003 Wine of Violence Priscilla Royal SIGNED First Edition Medieval Mystery
2003 Wine of Violence Priscilla Royal SIGNED First Edition Medieval Mystery

Price: £19.99

The first printing of this medieval mystery by Priscilla J. Royal. Signed by the author to the title page.

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2003-05 2vol Colin Forbes No Mercy and The Main Chance First Editions
2003-05 2vol Colin Forbes No Mercy and The Main Chance First Editions

Price: £25.00

Two first editions of the action novels of Colin Forbes. Containing No Mercy (2003) and The Main Chance (2005).Raymond Harold Sawkins (born in Hampstead, London 14 July 1923, died 23 August 2006) was a British novelist, who mainly...

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2003/2006 2Vols Bernard Cornwell Sharpe Fury Havoc Napoleonic Wars First Edition
2003/2006 2Vols Bernard Cornwell Sharpe Fury Havoc Napoleonic Wars First Edition

Price: £26.00

A two volume collection of UK first edition Sharpe novels by Bernard Cornwell. Including Sharpe's Havoc and Sharpe's Fury, the novels see the eponymous soldier on campaign in Spain and Portugal respectively, seeing action in the Battle...

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2004 Black Tide Caroline Carver Fiction Crime Signed First Edition Dustwrapper
2004 Black Tide Caroline Carver Fiction Crime Signed First Edition Dustwrapper

Price: £39.99

An excellent copy of this crime thriller by Caroline Carver. Title page signed by the author. First edition.

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2004 Darkly Dreaming Dexter Jeff Lindsay First Edition Signed
2004 Darkly Dreaming Dexter Jeff Lindsay First Edition Signed

Price: £235.00

The first edition of this crime thriller by Jeff Lindsay, on which the hit TV series Dexter was based. Signed by Lindsay to the title page. The novel's protagonist, Dexter Morgan, works for the Miami-Dade Police Department as...

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2004 Ingrid Black Dark Eye First Edition First Impression Unclipped Dustwrapper
2004 Ingrid Black Dark Eye First Edition First Impression Unclipped Dustwrapper

Price: £19.99

The Dark Eye is a crime novel by Ingrid Black in unclipped dustwrapper. First edition, first impression. Eilis O'Hanlon (born 1965) is an Irish journalist. She writes for the Sunday Independent. She has also co-authored four novels...

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2004 Leviathan Boris Akunin Erast Fandorin Mystery First Edition
2004 Leviathan Boris Akunin Erast Fandorin Mystery First Edition

Price: £29.99

The first UK edition of this mystery novel by Boris Akunin, who has been credited as, 'The Russian Fleming.' 'On 15th March 1878 Lorld Littleby, an English eccentric and collector, is found murdered in his Paris house together with...

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2004 Lighthousekeeping by Jeanette Winterson First Edition Signed by Author
2004 Lighthousekeeping by Jeanette Winterson First Edition Signed by Author

Price: £35.00

A first edition, first impression of this work by noted author Jeanette Winterson.Signed by Jeanette Winterson to the title page.Winterson is perhaps best known for her work Oranges are not the Only Fruit, which won...

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2004 Philip Pullman The Scarecrow and His Servant SIGNED First Printing
2004 Philip Pullman The Scarecrow and His Servant SIGNED First Printing

Price: £70.00

A smart, signed first printing of this children's novel from Philip Pullman.It tells the story of a scarecrow who comes alive after being struck by lightning and sets out on a quest with Jack, an orphan he hires as his servant. As...

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2004 That Way Murder Lies Ann Granger Signed First Edition in Dustwrapper Crime
2004 That Way Murder Lies Ann Granger Signed First Edition in Dustwrapper Crime

Price: £19.99

A signed first edition of this Mitchell and Markby mystery by Ann Granger. First edition, first printing. Signed by the author to the title page.

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2004 The Blood-Dimmed Tide Renni Airth Signed First Edition John Madden Mystery
2004 The Blood-Dimmed Tide Renni Airth Signed First Edition John Madden Mystery

Price: £34.99

A first edition of this crime novel by Rennie Airth. Signed by the author to the title page. The Blood-Dimmed Tide is a sequel to his award-winning River of Darkness.

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2004 The Blood-Dimmed Tide Rennie Airth Signed First Edition in Dustwrapper
2004 The Blood-Dimmed Tide Rennie Airth Signed First Edition in Dustwrapper

Price: £32.99

A first edition of this detective novel from Rennie Airth. First edition, first impression. Signed by the author to the title page.

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2004 The Palace Tiger Barbara Cleverly Mystery Novel First Edition in DW
2004 The Palace Tiger Barbara Cleverly Mystery Novel First Edition in DW

Price: £14.99

A first edition of this murder mystery novel set in India featuring Detective Joe Sandilands. 'In this, the fourth in the acclaimed Joe Sandilands series, Scotland Yard detective Joe arrives in the princely state of Ranipur at the...

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2004 The Two Of Us: My Life With John Thaw First Edition Sheila Hancock Biography
2004 The Two Of Us: My Life With John Thaw First Edition Sheila Hancock Biography

Price: £20.00

A biographical work on John Thaw, the man who played 'Inspector Morse' in the television series. First edition, third impression. With the number line '10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3' Gift inscription...

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2004 Till the Cows Come Home Judy Clemens First Edition Signed Medical Mystery
2004 Till the Cows Come Home Judy Clemens First Edition Signed Medical Mystery

Price: £29.99

The first edition of this medical mystery from Judy Clemens. Till the Cows Come Home was nominated for the Agatha Award for mystery writing in 2004.

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2005 A Long Way Down Nick Hornby First Edition First Printing in Dustwrapper
2005 A Long Way Down Nick Hornby First Edition First Printing in Dustwrapper

Price: £29.99

A first edition of this wry and bittersweet novel from popular author Nick Hornby. First edition, first printing. A Long Way Down is a dark comedy, playing off the themes of suicide, angst, depression and promiscuity.

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2005 Blood From A Stone Donna Leon Signed First Printing in Dustwrapper
2005 Blood From A Stone Donna Leon Signed First Printing in Dustwrapper

Price: £37.99

A first UK printing of this crime novel set in Venice from Donna Leon.Signed, 'To Richard and David Goldstein, with my best wishes, Donna Leon.'

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2005 Human Traces Sebastian Faulks First Edition In Dustwrapper
2005 Human Traces Sebastian Faulks First Edition In Dustwrapper

Price: £35.00

A smart first edition of this novel about psychiatry, and the outbreak of war, by Sebastian Faulks. Tracing the intertwined lives of Doctors Thomas Midwinter, who is English, and Jacques Rebire, from Brittany, France, Human Traces...

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2005 Ian McEwan Signed First Edition Saturday Novel Dustwrapper
2005 Ian McEwan Signed First Edition Saturday Novel Dustwrapper

Price: £50.00

A signed first edition, first impression of this novel by Ian McEwan.Ian McEwan is an acclaimed English novelist, best known for his novel Atonement. Saturday is the day-in-the-life novel which tracks neurosurgeon Henry...

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2005 Jacquot and the Angel Martin O'Brien First Edition Signed Crime Fiction
2005 Jacquot and the Angel Martin O'Brien First Edition Signed Crime Fiction

Price: £44.99

A signed first edition of this crime thriller from Martin O'Brien. Signed by the author to the title page. "In a gripping and skilfully crafted novel, Martin O'Brien serves up a murderous slice of French country life, laced with...

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2005 Jeff Lindsay Dearly Devoted Dexter First UK Edition
2005 Jeff Lindsay Dearly Devoted Dexter First UK Edition

Price: £145.00

The first UK edition of this crime thriller by Jeff Lindsay, on which the hit TV series Dexter was based. First printing The novel's protagonist, Dexter Morgan, works for the Miami-Dade Police Department as a forensic blood spatter...

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2005 Mew is for Murder SIGNED Clea Simon First Edition Mystery Novel
2005 Mew is for Murder SIGNED Clea Simon First Edition Mystery Novel

Price: £21.99

The first printing of this Theda Krakow novel from Simon Clea.   Signed by the author to the title page.

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2005 Murphys Revenge by Colin Bateman Crime Fiction First Edition First Printing
2005 Murphys Revenge by Colin Bateman Crime Fiction First Edition First Printing

Price: £17.99

The first edition of this crime thriller by novelist, screenwriter and former journalist, Colin Bateman. "If you found the person who brutally murdered a loved one, what would you do Forgive and forget Or take the law into your...

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2005 Nick Hornby Signed Limited First Edition A Long Way Down Novel Slipcase
2005 Nick Hornby Signed Limited First Edition A Long Way Down Novel Slipcase

Price: £70.00

A signed and limited first edition of this novel by Nick Hornby. Nick Hornby is an English novelist, essayist and screenwriter who is best known for his novels 'High Fidelity' and 'About a Boy', the latter of which was adapted into...

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2005 Saturday Ian McEwan Signed First Printing in Dustwrapper
2005 Saturday Ian McEwan Signed First Printing in Dustwrapper

Price: £140.00

A signed first edition of this Ian McEwan novel. First edition, first printing. Saturday is set in Fitzrovia, London, on Saturday, 15 February 2003, during a large demonstration against the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

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2005 Steve Voake The Dreamwalker's Child Signed First Edition With Dustwrapper
2005 Steve Voake The Dreamwalker's Child Signed First Edition With Dustwrapper

Price: £24.99

A signed first edition of this science fiction novel for young people from Steve Voake. Signed by the author to the title page.

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2005 The Art of Dying Vena Cork First Edition Publishers Press Release Uncommon
2005 The Art of Dying Vena Cork First Edition Publishers Press Release Uncommon

Price: £16.99

A lovely copy of Vena Cork's second novel The Art of Dying. With the publisher's original press release loosely inserted. First edition.

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2005 The Lighthouse P D James First Edition In Dustwrapper Dalgliesh
2005 The Lighthouse P D James First Edition In Dustwrapper Dalgliesh

Price: £14.99

A first edition of this P. D. James novel featuring her most popular character, Adam Dalgliesh. First edition, fourth printing.

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2006 Cat O Nine Tales Ronald Searle Jeffrey Archer First Edition Prison Stories
2006 Cat O Nine Tales Ronald Searle Jeffrey Archer First Edition Prison Stories

Price: £70.00

An anthology of short stories by Jeffrey Archer, written based on his experiences and tales told during his incarceration. Archer notes that these stories have been embellished though 'each...

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2006 James Scudamore The Amnesia Clinic Uncorrected Proof Copy
2006 James Scudamore The Amnesia Clinic Uncorrected Proof Copy

Price: £19.99

The uncorrected proof copy of this novel set in Ecuador. The Amnesia Clinic won the 2007 Somerset Maugham Award and was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, the Glen Dimplex Award and the...

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2006 Julian Stockwin Command Signed First Edition Naval Novel
2006 Julian Stockwin Command Signed First Edition Naval Novel

Price: £79.99

The signed first edition of Julian Stockwin's Command. Featuring his popular character, Commander Kydd.Signed by Stockwin to the title page.

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2006 SIGNED The Thirteenth Tale Diane Setterfield First Edition Dustwrapper
2006 SIGNED The Thirteenth Tale Diane Setterfield First Edition Dustwrapper

Price: £65.00

This is a signed first edition of this gothic suspense novel by Diane Setterfield.Signed by the author. One week after publication the novel became No.1 on the New York Times Best Seller List in 2006.

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2006 Susanna Clark The Ladies of Grace Adieu Other Stories First Slipcase Illus
2006 Susanna Clark The Ladies of Grace Adieu Other Stories First Slipcase Illus

Price: £160.00

A first edition of Susanna Clarke's The Ladies of Grace Adieu.With a limited edition slipcase and illustrated with 16 plates by Charles Vess. Influenced by Arthur Rackham, the British "Golden Age" book illustrator, and Czech Art...

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2006 Tanglewreck Jeanette Winterson Signed First Ed First Impression Dustwrapper
2006 Tanglewreck Jeanette Winterson Signed First Ed First Impression Dustwrapper

Price: £40.00

A first edition of this work, signed by noted author Jeanette Winterson.First edition, first impression.Tanglewreck is Winterson's first novel for children. Best known for her work Oranges are not the Only Fruit, Tanglewreck utilises...

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2006 The Afghan Frederick Forsyth First Printing Dustwrapper
2006 The Afghan Frederick Forsyth First Printing Dustwrapper

Price: £29.00

The first printing of this thriller novel by Frederick Forsyth.The Afghan can be seen as a sequel to The Fist of God, with the appearance of the Martin brothers. However, due to unexplained reasons, Forsyth rewrote the brothers'...

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2006 The Bee's Kiss Barbara Cleverly SIGNED In Dustwrapper
2006 The Bee's Kiss Barbara Cleverly SIGNED In Dustwrapper

Price: £19.99

A thrilling mystery novel set in 1926 by Barbara Cleverly. Signed by the author to the title page. First US edition. With 'Bee's Kiss' cocktail bookmark inserted to rear.

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2006 The Gardens of the Dead William Brodrick Inscribed by Author First Edition
2006 The Gardens of the Dead William Brodrick Inscribed by Author First Edition

Price: £29.99

A first edition of this tense thriller from William Brodrick. Inscribed, 'For Ralph, with best wishes, Bill' to the title page, with author's signature beneath. The second novel featuring the barrister-turned-monk, Father...

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2006 The Rabbit Factory Lomax and Biggs Mystery Signed First Edition
2006 The Rabbit Factory Lomax and Biggs Mystery Signed First Edition

Price: £39.99

The signed first printing of this mystery novel from Marshall Karp. It tells the story of detectives Mike Lomax and Terry Biggs as they investigate a series of murders directed at fictional company Lamaar, a parody of Disney, starting...

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2006 The Ruby in Her Navel Barry Unsworth First Edition In Dustwrapper Crusades
2006 The Ruby in Her Navel Barry Unsworth First Edition In Dustwrapper Crusades

Price: £29.99

The first edition of this historical novel set during the Crusades by Barry Unsworth. Longlisted for the Booker Prize in 2006.

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2006 The Web of Fire Steve Voake Signed First Edition in Dustwrapper Sequel
2006 The Web of Fire Steve Voake Signed First Edition in Dustwrapper Sequel

Price: £34.99

The first printing of Steve Voake's sequel to his highly successful work, The Dreamwalker's Child. Signed by Voake to the title page.

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2006 Three Bags Full Leonie Swann Trans. First Thus Dustwrapper Signed
2006 Three Bags Full Leonie Swann Trans. First Thus Dustwrapper Signed

Price: £50.00

A signed copy of Leonie Swann's humour murder detective novel entitled 'Three Bags Full', held in the original unclipped dustwrapper. Both the volume and the dustwrapper are in excellent

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2007 Matthew Kneale When We Were Romans Signed 1st Ed Childhood Psychological
2007 Matthew Kneale When We Were Romans Signed 1st Ed Childhood Psychological

Price: £35.00

A signed first edition of Matthew Kneale's 2007 novel When We Were Romans. The title page includes a personalised dedication from the author in black ink. Matthew Kneale is a bestselling author, whose previous work includes...

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2007 The Widow and Her Hero Thomas Keneally Signed First Edition WWII Novel
2007 The Widow and Her Hero Thomas Keneally Signed First Edition WWII Novel

Price: £44.99

A first edition of this Thomas Keneally novel, which has been signed to the title page. The Widow and Her Hero is a novel by the Australian author Thomas Keneally set in Australia during World War II.

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2009 Crime The Poisoning in the Pub Simon Brett First Edition in Dustwrapper
2009 Crime The Poisoning in the Pub Simon Brett First Edition in Dustwrapper

Price: £23.99

A smart first edition of this crime novel by Simon Brett 'When one of the staff of the Crown and Anchor is found in the kitchen of the pub with a knife through his heart, Carole and Jude, residents of Fethering, swing into...

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2009 P.D. James Talking About Detective Fiction Limited Edition Signed
2009 P.D. James Talking About Detective Fiction Limited Edition Signed

Price: £120.00

A signed limited edition of P.D. James' Talking About Detective Fiction. Numbered 220 out of 450. James draws on her 50 years' experience as a crime writer to inform her discussion on the genre of detective fiction. P.D....

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2009 The Music Room First Edition William Fiennes Memoir
2009 The Music Room First Edition William Fiennes Memoir

Price: £45.00

A first edition of this memoir by William Fiennes. The Music Room details Fiennes's own childhood and what it was like growing up with a brother who suffered from severe epilepsy.

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2009 The Poisoning in the Pub Simon Brett First Edition in Dustwrapper
2009 The Poisoning in the Pub Simon Brett First Edition in Dustwrapper

Price: £19.99

A smart first edition of this crime novel by Simon Brett 'When one of the staff of the Crown and Anchor is found in the kitchen of the pub with a knife through his heart, Carole and Jude, residents of Fethering, swing into...

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2010 3vol Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Trilogy Stieg Larsson Fire Hornet's Nest
2010 3vol Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Trilogy Stieg Larsson Fire Hornet's Nest

Price: £120.00

An attractive collection of the Milennium trilogy by Stieg Larsson. Including:The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (19th printing, 2010)The Girl Who Played with Fire (14th printing, 2010)The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Fourth printing,...

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2010 The First Rule Robert Crais Dustwrapper Crime Novel Fine
2010 The First Rule Robert Crais Dustwrapper Crime Novel Fine

Price: £14.99

A first edition of this detective novel from Robert Crais. Robert Crais (born June 20, 1953) is an American author of detective fiction. Crais began his career writing scripts for television shows such as Hill Street Blues, Cagney...

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2010 The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest First Edition Stieg Larsson
2010 The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest First Edition Stieg Larsson

Price: £65.00

A US first edition of this novel by Stieg Larsson, translated from Swedish by Reg Keeland. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest is the third novel in Larsson's Millenium trilogy, which includes The Girl with...

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2010 The Imperfectionists Tom Rachman First Edition Dustwrapper
2010 The Imperfectionists Tom Rachman First Edition Dustwrapper

Price: £55.00

This is a first edition of this humorous debut by Tom Rachman. The Imperfectionists interweaves the stories of eleven unusual and endearing characters who depend on the newspaper, founded in Rome in the 1950s, who are united when the...

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2011 Bird Cloud Annie Proulx Signed First Printing in Dustwrapper
2011 Bird Cloud Annie Proulx Signed First Printing in Dustwrapper

Price: £85.00

A first printing of this autobiographical story of the construction of a house in the Wyoming wetlands. Signed by Proulx to the title page.

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2011 P G Sturges Shortcut Man First Edition in Dustwrapper Crime Novel
2011 P G Sturges Shortcut Man First Edition in Dustwrapper Crime Novel

Price: £18.99

The first edition of this crime thriller from P. G. Sturges. 'A smart and entertaining crime series debut set in the underbelly of Los Angeles, with a cast of characters that runs the gamut from saints to sinners.'

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A Burnt-Out Case
A Burnt-Out Case

Price: £90.00

A lovely scarce first edition copy of Graham Greene's 'A Burnt-Out Case', complete with its original price-clipped dustwrapper. Graham Greene was a prolific English novelist and one of the...

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Black Robe
Black Robe

Price: £48.00

A lovely first edition copy of Brian Moore's historical novel; complete with the original unclipped dustwrapper and signed by the author Brian Moore was a renowned Northern Irish novelist and...

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c1920 2vol Adventures of Bindle Night Club Herbert Jenkins in Dustwrappers
c1920 2vol Adventures of Bindle Night Club Herbert Jenkins in Dustwrappers

Price: £46.00

Two novels from Herbert Jenkins, featuring his popular, mischievous character, Bindle.Including:Adventures of Bindle (twelfth printing, completeing 167,461 copies)andThe Night Club (twelfth printing, completing 141,188 copies)The dustwrapper...

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c1920 A Gentleman of Leisure P G Wodehouse Novel
c1920 A Gentleman of Leisure P G Wodehouse Novel

Price: £26.00

A comical P. G. Wodehouse novel from the 1920s.Eighth printing, , completing 85,815 copies. 

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c1928 Smithy Edgar Wallace First Appearance Daily Mail 6d Reprint Paper Wraps
c1928 Smithy Edgar Wallace First Appearance Daily Mail 6d Reprint Paper Wraps

Price: £35.00

A copy of 'Smithy' from Edgar Wallace's 'Smithy Series.' In original paper wraps.A 6d reprint of this work. This is the first work in the series of an eventual four works total. Smithy first appeared in the Daily Mail. Edgar Wallace...

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c1938 Young Men in Spats by P G Wodehouse Fourth Printing
c1938 Young Men in Spats by P G Wodehouse Fourth Printing

Price: £38.00

An early edition of this collection of short stories from P. G. Wodehouse.Fourth printing. Including Tried in the Furnace, Trouble Down and Tudsleigh, and several others.

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c1940 The Mysterious Affair At Styles Agatha Christie U.S Edition
c1940 The Mysterious Affair At Styles Agatha Christie U.S Edition

Price: £140.00

A wartime reprint of the first detective fiction novel written by the Queen of Crime fiction, Agatha Christie. Undated, copyright written to verso of title page states '1920' which was the original...

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c1955 The Eye of the Earth Triumph Series James Lennox Kerr
c1955 The Eye of the Earth  Triumph Series James Lennox Kerr

Price: £35.00

An adventure novel by Scottish children's author, Lennox Kerr. With original, unclipped dustwrapper. This copy is undated and from the 'Triumph Series' by Nelson. Copy on copac dated [1936]...

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Losing Battles
Losing Battles

Price: £55.00

The first UK edition of Eudora Welty's successful novel set in a 1930s farm in Mississippi, held in the original unclipped dustwrapper. In a fine

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Mystery Cruise
Mystery Cruise

Price: £90.00

A scarce first edition copy of this charming maritime novel by 'Taffrail', or as he is best known, Henry Taprell Dorling. Captain Henry Taprell Dorling was a British sailor, author, and journalist...

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William Tell Told Again
William Tell Told Again

Price: £950.00

A handsome first edition first impression copy of P. G. Wodehouse's charming retelling of the William Tell legend. The main prose element of this work was written by P. G. Wodehouse, with sixteen...

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[1988] Morris West Masterclass Undated First Edition Dustwrapper Thriller
[1988] Morris West Masterclass Undated First Edition Dustwrapper Thriller

Price: £28.00

The undated first edition of this novel by Morris West.Undated as is consistent with the first edition- information sourced from Copac.Masterclass is a crime novel set in the art world. Morris West is is a well known patron of...

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