Yeah right...

When I went to the paperback show today, I brought a small cloth tote bag, about 12" square. I told myself I would not buy more than could fit in that little bag. We all have ways of controlling our addictions. Well, I did not buy more than could fit in the little bag, but that little bag was packed close to bursting by the time I dragged myself away. The real killer was the eleventh hour score of a beautiful copy of WHIP HAND by W. Franklin Sanders. (Charles Willeford) Here's the rest of the haul.

WILD TO POSSESS - Gil Brewer
THREE WAY SPLIT - Gil Brewer
HOMICIDAL LADY – Day Keene
DEAD DOLLS DON’T TALK – Day Keene
WORLD WITHOUT WOMEN – Day Keene and Leonard Pruyn (a rare SF choice for me)
DAGGER OF FLESH – Richard Prather
SO WICKED MY LOVE – Bruno Fischer
SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS AND OTHER STORIES – Ernest Lehman

and this amazing score:


Published in 1940. I love the two fallen fedoras on the cover. Great interior illos in this one too.

Great show, great score and great to see so many old friends and meet a few new ones too. I'm just really glad this is only once a year.

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Comment by Donna Moore on March 31, 2008 at 7:57pm
You, my dear, are an absolute doll! And watch YOUR mailbox too :o)
Comment by Christa Faust on March 31, 2008 at 5:07pm
Hey Donna, I've got a couple of Shell Scotts for you too! Watch your mailbox...
Comment by Donna Moore on March 31, 2008 at 3:53pm
Oh, I am salivating here! WILD TO POSSESS is a great story. I have HOMICIDAL LADY but haven't yet read it. Enjoy!
Comment by MysteryDawg on March 31, 2008 at 10:24am
HOw did I miss you and Lee Goldberg. I know the place is big, but ......

I was a very good boy and only picked up three books. A Peter Rabe and 2 Gil Brewsters.
Comment by Sophie Littlefield on March 31, 2008 at 10:24am
I'm convinced if I buy any more books, the house will collapse in on itself! Is it really *possible* to pass up a stack of books - with that gorgeous cut-paper smell - or, better, the vintage ones with their musty dusty appeal? My sister gives me great old things she finds in thrift stores. Her latest - ALL THE GIRLS WE LOVED by (no kidding) Prudencio de Pereda, a Berkley title you could buy for 25 cents in 1948 ("Here is the dynamite laden story of the lives and loves of an average bunch of Joes...whose women have queer ideas")

THE VOICE AT THE BACK DOOR by Elizabeth Spencer - Pocket, $.35 in '56 "terse, gripping and chillingly sardonic melodrama," something I'm sure we all aspire to

....and Pillsbury's 4th Grand National 1953 cookbook which includes, among other things, 20 Junior Bakers, 1 Man (capitalized) and the enticing "Hey Gang Snack Buns"....mmm, I'm hungry :)

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