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BLAZE: A NOVEL, Bachman, Richard
101 Bachman, Richard BLAZE: A NOVEL
Pocket Books 2008 1416555048 / 9781416555049 Paperback Very Good 
Once upon a time, a fellow named Richard Bachman wrote Blaze on an Olivetti typewriter, then turned the machine over to Stephen King, who used it to w rite Carrie. Bachman died in 1985 ("cancer of the pseudonym"), but this las t gripping Bachman novel resurfaced after being hidden away for decades -- an unforgettable crime story tinged with sadness and suspense. Clayton Blai sdell, Jr., was always a small-time delinquent. None too bright either, tha nks to the beatings he got as a kid. Then Blaze met George Rackley, a seaso ned pro with a hundred cons and one big idea. The kidnapping should go off without a hitch, with George as the brains behind their dangerous scheme. B ut there's only one problem: by the time the deal goes down, Blaze's partne r in crime is dead. Or is he? Includes a previously uncollected story, "Mem ory" -- the riveting opening to Stephen King's new Scribner hardcover novel , Duma Key. 
Price: 500.00 JPY
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102 Backer, Sara AMERICAN FUJI
Putnam Publishing Group 2001 0399146911 / 9780399146916 1st Edition Hardcover F/NF 
A tight clean first edition, protected in a new brodart wrapper, not price clipped/ex library or a book of the month edition. Since the late 1970s, young Americans have made their way to Japan to teach English, pay off student loans, and generally have a good time. A happy by product of this exodus has been the American-in-Japan novel. The comic poss ibilities of the form are obvious: bumbling foreigner tries to learn the cu stoms of the inscrutable East. In American Fuji, first-time novelist Sara B acker hits all the comic notes, but takes the time to examine the very real allure of living in another culture. Gaby Stanton, fired from her job as a university professor in provincial Shizuoka, has a gig selling fantasy funerals to the dying Japanese rich. Her job puts her in the path of Alexander Thorn, a middle-aged American who has just arrived in Japan determined to decipher the mystery surrounding the death of his son, an exchange student. The perspective of the novel shifts back and forth between these two characters as Gaby and Alexander stumble on a yakuza ring, unearth medical secrets, and sprout romantic feelings for each other. The two gradually develop a Hepburn-Tracy-style combative relationship. Still, Backer's sympathies clearly lie with Gaby, a thirtysomething woman with health problems who relishes her automatic outsider status in Japan. If everything she does is strange to her host culture, then her illness doesn't matter. But the introduction of Alexander is a wise move, allowing Backer to show us Japan through the perpetually startled eyes of a newcomer. 
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103 Bail, Murray EUCALYPTUS
Farrar Straus & Giroux 1998 0374148570 / 9780374148577 1st Edition Hardcover Fine/Fine 
A highly collectible first edition/printing, tight clean copy, protected in a new brodart wrapper, no inscriptions, unclipped dustjacket, this is not an Ex-Lib or a BCE/BOMC edition. There is so much to love about Bail's novel that it's difficult to identify exactly which of its qualities make it such a complete delight. Is it Ellen's "speckled beauty ... so covered in small brown-black moles she attracted men, every sort of man"? Is it the detailed descriptions of the landscape? The way Bail uses them to comment on human nature, on the nature of storytelling and of language itself ("a paragraph is not so different from a paddock--similar shape, similar function")? Or is it the wacky charm of the Scheharezade-like suitor's urban tales? ("Still in the vicinity of low-height eucalypts he went on to mention, in a thoughtful voice, how in an outer suburb of Hobart an actuary with a well-known insurance company needed a stepladder to woo a widow who passed by his house every day.") Whatever the source of Bail's peculiar magic, Eucalyptus casts a spell that will carry readers from first page to last and leave them wishing for a thousand and one more stories just like it. 
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THE LOST GERMAN SLAVE GIRL, Bailey, John
104 Bailey, John THE LOST GERMAN SLAVE GIRL
Picador Australia 2005 0330422049 / 9780330422048 Paperback Good 
One spring morning in New Orleans, in 1843, a middle-aged German immigrant was walking through the city's Spanish Quarter when she came across a woman she recognised, a beautiful young German who had disappeared over 20 years before as a young child. Yet the woman in front of her was a slave, with n o memory of a "white" past. What had happened? Had a defenceless European o rphan been callously enslaved? So began one of the most celebrated legal dr amas in 19th Century America - the battle to free Salome Muller, the lost G erman slave girl. 
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ACCORDING TO QUEENEY, Bainbridge, Beryl
105 Bainbridge, Beryl ACCORDING TO QUEENEY
Abacus 2004 0349114471 / 9780349114477 Paperback Very Good+ 
A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout: In According to Queeney, a bold, often ribald and moving invention, Beryl Bainbridge takes the extravagant figure of Samuel Johnson, 18th-century scholar and wit, and brings his last 20 years to rumbustious life through the blunt and mocking observations of his mistress's firstborn daughter Queeney. 
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THE BIRTHDAY BOYS, Bainbridge, Beryl
106 Bainbridge, Beryl THE BIRTHDAY BOYS
Carroll & Graf 1995 0786702079 / 9780786702077 Paperback Very Good 
Chronicles the doomed South Pole expedition of Captain Scott, in a fictiona lized account of courage, human endurance, and suspense. By the author of A n Awfully Big Adventure. 
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A GLIMPSE OF THE MERSEY, Baker, Anne
107 Baker, Anne A GLIMPSE OF THE MERSEY
Headline Book Publishing 2001 0747267774 / 9780747267775 Paperback Very Good 
Daisy Corkill has never known who her parents were - or why they left her t o be brought up by the couple she calls 'Uncle' Ern and 'Aunt' Gladys. Dais y yearns for the love and security that a family of her own would give her, but she finds comfort in her relationship with Brenda, her older 'sister'. One day in 1919 Brenda arrives home flushed with excitement. She has agree d to marry businessman Gil Fox. Daisy is horrified, for she doesn't trust t he handsome Gil. And soon after their wedding, Brenda realises that Gil isn 't the man she thought he was. But Daisy's dreams are about to come true; a family of her own is finally within her reach. But will it be enough to ge t her through some stormy times? 
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POET IN THE GUTTER, Baker, John
108 Baker, John POET IN THE GUTTER
Orion 1996 0575600454 / 9780575600454 Paperback Very Good 

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ENGRAM, Baker, Keith
109 Baker, Keith ENGRAM
Headline Book Publishing Ltd 2000 0747261830 / 9780747261834 Paperback Very Good 
After four years in a coma, Meg Winter suddenly regains consciousness. But as she begins to pick up the pieces of her life, one area of the past remai ns a mysterious blank - the crash that put her in a coma. Meg finds herself in a deadly race against time to solve the mystery of that fateful night. 
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FERMATA, BAKER, NICHOLSON
110 BAKER, NICHOLSON FERMATA
Vintage/Ebury (a Division of 1995 0099286718 / 9780099286714 Paperback Good 
This is the story of Arno Strine, a modest temporary typist, who has perfec ted the knack of stopping time in its tracks and taking women's clothes off . He is hard at work on his autobiography, The Fermata, which proves in the telling to be a very provocative, very funny and altogether morally confus ed piece of work. Hilarious and totally original, Nicholson Baker's new nov el is a triumphant comedy about sexual fantasy and fantastic sexuality. 
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THE EVERLASTING STORY OF NORY: A NOVEL, BAKER, NICHOLSON
111 BAKER, NICHOLSON THE EVERLASTING STORY OF NORY: A NOVEL
Random House 1998 0679439331 / 9780679439332 1st Edition Hardcover Near Fine/Near Fine 
A tight clean first edition (as stated)protected in a new brodart wrapper. Sex and the adult cerebellum have tended to be Nicholson Baker's cherished subjects, and not necessarily in that order. In The Everlasting Story of N ory, however, he turns his literary microscopy in an entirely new directio n, exploring the consciousness of a child. Nory, we are told, "was a nine- year-old girl from America with straight brown bangs and brown eyes. She w as interested in dentistry or being a paper engineer when she grew up." Th is future dentist or paper engineer is also ensconced for a year in the En glish town of Threll, where her family is taking a sabbatical from life in Palo Alto. Baker's novel is endearing, entertaining, and most of all, accurate. The author recognizes that an authentic nine-year-old is incapable of long, intricate narratives, so he divides Nory's story into short (and comically abrupt) chapters. He never credits Nory with precocious wisdom or insight. Instead, Baker concentrates on exactly how a nine-year-old mind works. There is, for instance, that wonderful literalism, which subjects a cliché to strict, heartbreaking scrutiny: "Nory suspected that the straw that broke the camel's back was an unsensible idea anyway, because first of all, stop and think of that poor camel. How could it happen? Doesn't he have something to say about the situation? Also, camels' backs are pretty strong things. If you've ridden on them, you know that they can support at least two people, if not three." 
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CAMEL CLUB, Baldacci, David
112 Baldacci, David CAMEL CLUB
Pan Books 2006 033044123X / 9780330441230 Paperback Very Good 
A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout. 
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113 Baldacci, David HIT
Macmillan Hardback Omes 2013 1447229908 / 9781447229902 Paperback Very Good 
When government hit man Will Robie is given his next target he knows hes ab out to embark on his toughest mission yet. He is tasked with killing one of their own, following evidence to suggest that fellow assassin Jessica Reel has been turned. Shes leaving a trail of death in her wake including her h andler. The trap is set. To send a killer to catch a killer. But what happe ns when you cant trust those who have access to the nations most secret int elligence? 
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HOUR GAME, Baldacci, David
114 Baldacci, David HOUR GAME
Warner Vision Books 2005 0446616494 / 9780446616492 Paperback Good 
He's copying famous serial killers. And the HOUR GAME has just begun... A woman is found murdered in the woods. It seems like a simple case but it soon escalates into a terrible nightmare. Someone is replicating the killin g styles of the most infamous murderers of all time. No one knows this crim inal's motives...or who will die next. Two ex-Secret Service agents, Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, have been hired to defend a man's innocence in a burglary involving an aristocratic family. Then a series of secrets leads the partners right into the frantic hunt that is confounding even the FBI. Now King and Maxwell are playing the Hour Game, uncovering one horrifying revelation after another and putting their lives in danger. For the closer they get to the truth, the closer they get to the most shocking surprise of all. 
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HOUR GAME, Baldacci, David
115 Baldacci, David HOUR GAME
Macmillan 2004 1405047178 / 9781405047173 Paperback Very Good 
A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout: Two disgraced former Secret Service officers team up to solve a series of copy-cat crimes in this exciting new thriller by a master of the game. Sean King was momentarily distracted when a presidential candidate he'd been guarding was assassinated a few feet from where he stood, and Michelle Maxwell left the Service under a similar cloud when she lost a "protectee" to an ingenious kidnapping scheme, events told in Baldacci's typical terse, fast-paced style in Split Second. Now partners in a private investigation firm in a small Virginia town, they're hired to investigate a burglary at the home of a wealthy local family. But even before the chief suspect in the break-in meets his death in a gruesome slaying reminiscent of a serial killer long since caught and punished, King and Maxwell get caught up in a string of other murders, each of which copies the techniques of another madman, from San Francisco's Zodiac Killer to Chicago's infamous John Wayne Gacy. While the two protagonists aren't especially complex or well-developed, the action never stops, and Baldacci's trademark pacing keeps the reader turning pages until the denouement. 
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116 Baldacci, David SAVING FAITH
Warner Books, Incorporated 2000 0446608890 / 9780446608893 Paperback Near Fine 
In the hands of master storyteller David Baldacci, Saving Faith elevates t he thriller to a new level and poses stunning questions about the rules we live by, the rules we are governed by and what happens when some people mak e rules of their own... 
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117 Baldacci, David SAVING FAITH
Pocket Books 2000 0671037765 / 9780671037765 Paperback Near Fine 
Danny Buchanan has made a fortune peddling influence for his cash-rich clie nt companies, but now he's attempting to do the same for Third World countr ies. But no one is listening. What's in it for them? So he bribes Washingto n politicians to take notice - until the CIA want in on the strategy. 
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SIXTH MAN, Baldacci, David
118 Baldacci, David SIXTH MAN
Pan Macmillan Paperback Omes 2011 0330535439 / 9780330535434 Paperback Very Good 
This is the new heart-racing thriller from the number one International bes tselling author. After alleged serial killer Edgar Roy is apprehended and l ocked away in a mental facility private investigators Sean King and Michell e Maxwell are called in by Roy's lawyer - an old friend of Sean King - to l ook into the case. But their investigation is derailed before it begins: wh ile en route to their first meeting with the lawyer, King and Maxwell disco ver his dead body. A rash of terrifying events begins to unfold and it is u p to King and Maxwell to uncover the truth: is Roy a killer or not? But the more they dig into his past, the more they are bombarded with obstacles, h alf-truths, and dead ends that make filtering the facts nearly impossible. As each new theory brings a new revelation, King and Maxwell will be pushed to the limit. Could this deadly case be the one that leaves the duo perman ently parted? 
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THE CAMEL CLUB, Baldacci, David
119 Baldacci, David THE CAMEL CLUB
Vision 2006 0446615625 / 9780446615624 Paperback Very Good 
A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout: Conspiracy theories--everybody has one. The difference with this conspiracy is that it's all too real. David Baldacci's The Camel Club takes readers inside the Beltway as four unlikely misfits struggle not only to survive, but to save their president and their country from a plot that will lead to nuclear disaster. 
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120 Baldacci, David THE CHRISTMAS TRAIN
Warner Books 2002 0446525731 / 9780446525732 1st Edition Hardcover Fine/Fine 
A highly collectible first edition, tight clean copy, protected in a new br odart wrapper, no inscriptions, unclipped dustjacket, this is not an Ex-Lib or a BCE/BOMC edition. Journalist Tom Langdon is banned from flying after an argument with overenthusiastic security personnel. He sees a story opportunity--a cross-country train trip at the holidays. Aboard the train, he meets up with a lost love, a screenwriter who's also researching life on Amtrak. Later in the trip, his current girlfriend surprises him by boarding the train. Will he commit to one of his loves or continue his nomadic life? 
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