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Signed copy of Robert Galbraith’s Silkworm sells for $1,720

One day, that’s all it took for The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith to become a collectible book. Yesterday, the day of the novel’s release, a signed copy of The Silkworm written by JK Rowling under the Galbraith pen name sold for $1,720 on AbeBooks. The book was sold shortly after being listed for sale on […]

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Writer and convicted bank robber Stephen Reid wins 2013 Victoria Book Prize

Stephen Reid, Canada’s most notorious bank robber, is the winner of the 2013 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize for A Crowbar in the Buddhist Garden: Writing from Prison. The book is a collection of unflinching, harrowing essays that detail Reid’s experiences as an addict, criminal, writer, and prison inmate. Reid’s first book, the acclaimed […]

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More on The Cuckoo’s Calling – Signed First Sells for $4,453

More news around The Cuckoo’s Calling and JK Rowling‘s (Robert Galbraith’s) recent marketing brilliance. The most expensive copy of The Cuckoo’s Calling that we at AbeBooks have sold on the marketplace this week was a signed first edition that went for $4,453 / £2,950. The signature was Robert Galbraith (we wondered – would a copy […]

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Breaking News: JK Rowling Actually a Man Named Robert Galbraith

All right, that post headling might have been a bit misleading, but I thought it was funny. JK Rowling is not actually a man. What she very well might be is a genius. And not just the sort we already knew about – the imaginative, creative writing genius who created Quidditch and butterbeer and Hogwarts […]

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Stories of the Notorious

People have a grim fascination with shocking stories – and the more outrageous, the better. From gambling and gunmen to insider trading and infidelity, we find it difficult to turn away from a spectacle. The publishing industry has always appreciated the value of guilty pleasures, as has the news media. These books about the darker […]

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Print Copies Only: Stephen King’s “Joyland” Not for E-Readers

An interesting decision (and something of an about-face from a decade ago) from Stephen King recently. The incredibly prolific novelist and master of the macabre announced that his newest novel, Joyland, will be available in print only for the foreseeable future. He has not released the rights to a digital copy, and claims he has […]

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Depression Era Pulp from Phoenix Press

At the height of the Great Depression, New York’s Phoenix Press was churning out pulp fiction as fast as it could print the books. Murder, mayhem, mysteries and molls – you will find them all in this selection of classic pulp literature, worth exploring for the remarkable vintage cover design as well as the stories. […]

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Police Magazine from 1930s France

Today I came across this collection of magazines from 1930s France called Police Magazine. We have quite a number of them for sale on the site, happily with images to peruse. From what I can tell, the publication ran from 1931 until 1937. I’ve found little information about it, but I think the magazine was […]

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Fantastic Vintage Book Find of the Day: Poison Case No. 10 by Louis Cornell

Today’s gorgeous book find of the day is from 1931: Poison Case No. 10 by Louis Cornell. I couldn’t find out much information on Louis Cornell, and he seems to have had a very brief writing career. He also seems to have had some dark proclivities – here’s another one, Murder Case No 33. No […]

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Great Gumshoes: A Guide to Fictional Detectives

Gumshoes, flatfoots, private eyes, bloodhounds, hawkshaws, sleuths… whatever you call them, detectives make great reading, and everyone loves detective stories. From forensic medical examiners to little old lady spies, from amateur teen sleuths to the grittiest of private dicks, the list of beloved recurring characters in fiction dedicated to the art of solving crimes is […]

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