Crime Fiction

HPB Brookfield, WI, recently acquired a large assortment of crime fiction, with many signed first editions, mostly from the 60s through the mid-2000s.

The previous owner was a collector's collector, with multiple copies and editions of a wide range of authors' complete bibliographies, meticulously loved—a reflection of his lifelong obsession with the genre. In addition to being a voracious reader, he was a close friend of the author Michael Connelly.

Mementos of their friendship and shared interests are scattered throughout. There are numerous signed first editions of all of Connelly's books as well as rare foreign editions.

Here are a few highlights from this collection. If you'd like to know more, contact HPB Brookfield or stop by if you're in the Milwaukee area!

Right As Rain

George P. Pelecanos

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Advance Reader’s Copy. Little, Brown, 2001

Signed by Michael Connelly over his blurb, and also signed by the author. Includes a personalized, signed letter from Little, Brown Editor-in-Chief Michael Pietsch to Connelly, thanking him for blurbing a previous Pelecanos novel. Fine condition.

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Down by the River Where the Dead Men Go

George P. Pelecanos

Advance Reader’s Copy. St. Martin’s Press, 1995

A Fine-condition ARC, signed by the author.

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The Hard-Boiled Omnibus

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First Edition. Simon and Schuster 1946

The single-most important anthology in the hardboiled genre. Contains fifteen stories from Black Mask. In Near Fine condition, with a slightly frayed dust jacket.

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Dirty Laundry

Pete Hamill

Paperback. Bantam, 1978

A pocket-PB copy of Hamill's hardboiled thriller, signed by the author on the title page. In Very Good condition.

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The Long Lavender Look

John D. MacDonald

First Hardcover Edition. Lippincott, 1972

The popular novel from the Travis McGee Series. Still vibrantly purple and beautiful.

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Bright Orange for the Shroud

John D. MacDonald

First Hardcover Edition. Lippincott, 1972

Another Travis McGee classic, with dust jacket in Fine condition and the book in Very Good condition.

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Dear Miles,

Ron Carter

EMI, 2007

CD personalized by the brilliant, influential jazz bass player to crime author and jazz fan Michael Connelly: “Mr. Connelly, Thanks for page 67!! Ron Carter.”

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The Chinese Parrot

Earl Derr Biggers

First Edition. Grosset & Dunlap, 1926

A nice copy, with some wear, of the second volume in the Charlie Chan mystery series.

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Voodoo River

Robert Crais

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Advance Reader’s Copy. Hyperion, 1995

An advance uncorrected manuscript, in Near Fine condition, with proofreading notations throughout, signed by Robert Crais.

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Gun, With Occasional Music

Jonathan Lethem

First Edition. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 1994

Signed, first edition copy of this offbeat tale, in Fine condition.

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The Best English Detective Stories: First Series

Ronald Knox

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First Edition. Horace Liveright, 1929

Collects stories that appeared in various magazines prior to this publication. Includes Agatha Christie's “The Tuesday Night Club,” which was the first Miss Marple mystery. In Good condition.

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