Thursday, January 7, 2010


Hello, All,

Here’s another edition of FYI. I hope you’ll find this information useful and interesting.

Jackie Giffey

If you’re interested in historical mysteries with a dash of romance, you’ll be interested in Mason Canyon’s guest, Jackie Giffey, whose book The Devil in Merrivale takes place during the American Civil War. Here’s how Jackie describes the story:

My heroine is the daughter of the one who bought into the river boat trade and she was sent to school in England until the war was over. She comes home determined to use her education to work, love and live as she sees fit. She faces dangerous times; the need to protect her reputation; a society deaf to women; falls for the handsomest most arrogant man in town and has to keep him at arms reach while they rescue a friend accused of murder. Thereby hangs the tale.

Jackie is holding a giveaway on Mason Canyon’s blog, so stop by before 5pm EST on Saturday, 9 January and leave a comment, and read Jackie’s interesting story.

Elmore Leonard

Visit Chris Wells’ blog and watch a fascinating interview with the one-and-only Elmore Leonard.

Buckingham Books

Buckingham Books would like to tempt you with sets of books from two authors:

Benjamin M. Schutz

Here’s a description of his protagonist, Washington DCI Leo Haggety ....
"Like Spenser, he’s a bit of a renaissance man, obsessed with the moral dilemmas of his profession, a literate jock-type with a sometime sidekick who’s more ruthless and has less scruples than he has (Arnie Kendall, a Vietnam vet/martial arts expert/bounty hunter) and a smart, sexy girlfriend who helps our hero understand himself (Samantha Clayton, a successful novelist). Even better, though, is that Leo tends to be a little less smug and flippant, and a little bit harder and more cynical than his Beantown rival."

Here are the books:

1. SCHUTZ, BENJAMIN M. ALL THE OLD BARGAINS. [New York]: Bluejay Books Inc., [1985]. First edition. Signed. Fine in dust jacket, evenly browned along top edge of both panels and spine. Leo Haggerty is hired to find Miranda Benson, a missing teenager. Haggerty finds her with Tony, a pimp who has gotten her into drugs and porno movies. What Haggerty discovers is that Miranda's father had sexually abused her for years and that she left home to get away from her father. Haggerty returns Miranda to her parents with the understanding that her dad will pay for therapy for Miranda and her sister (who was also sexually abused) and that they will be sent to a boarding school and never have to live with their father.
2. SCHUTZ, BENJAMIN M. A TAX IN BLOOD. [New York]: Tor, Inc., [1987]. First edition. Signed. Fine in dust jacket. Marta Vasquez hires Leo Haggerty to prove that her husband, Malcolm Donnelly, didn't commit suicide …… a large sum of insurance is involved. Haggerty soon discovers that Donnelly was being treated for depression with a drug that is lethal when combined with alcohol. He tracks down the dead man’’s shrink, an Argentinean hypnotherapist whose credentials are patently phony. What hold did Dr. Gutierrez have on Donnelly and others? Shamus Award Winner.
3. SCHUTZ, BENJAMIN M. THE THINGS WE DO FOR LOVE. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, [1989]. First edition. Signed. Fine in dust jacket. Private eye Leo Haggerty acts as a bodyguard for a rock singer. What begins as an easy job becomes a race against disaster as Haggerty fights to protect his client and himself.
4. SCHUTZ, BENJAMIN M. A FISTFUL OF EMPTY. [New York]: Viking, [1991]. First edition. Signed. Fine in dust jacket. PI Leo Haggerty becomes desperately obsessed with revenge after a hired psychopath trashes his house, rapes his live-in girlfriend, and murders his best friend. Haggerty soon learns that the murderer was looking for a missing computer disk worth millions. What is on the disk??? Haggerty investigates. Shamus Award Nominee.

The price for this set of books is US$100.00

Lionel Davidson

Davidson is sometimes not thought of as a crime fiction writer, but he certainly did some fine work within the genre. Here are the books that are being offered:

1. DAVIDSON, LIONEL. THE MENORAH MEN. New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, [1966]. First U.S. edition. Originally published in the U.K. as "A LONG WAY TO SHILOH." Former owner’s address label on front free fly leaf else fine in dust jacket with minimal wear to fore edges. When a fragment from one of the Dead Sea Scrolls is discovered by Israeli archaeologists, Casper Laing is brought to decipher the hidden message. Now, it's Laing's mission to hunt and retrieve the True Menorah, the great seven-branched gold candlestick stolen from Solomon's temple in 70 A.D., and return it to its rightful home in Israel.
2. DAVIDSON, LIONEL. MAKING GOOD AGAIN. New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, [1968]. First U.S. edition. Fine in dust jacket. Lawyer James Raison is sent to Munich to represent one of the claimants in a case of reparation involving the Swiss account of rich Jewish banker, Bamberger, who disappeared when the Germans overran Europe. The other claimant, Grunwald, an aged concentration camp victim has returned for the first time to the country where he suffered harrowing humiliations. Grunwald wants the money to build a home for the mentally ill in Israel. Together, Raison and Grunwald set out to investigate Bamberger's disappearance.
3. DAVIDSON, LIONEL. SMITH’S GAZELLE. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1971. First edition. Fine in lightly soiled dust jacket. Two deadly enemies, a young Arab rebel and a Jewish runaway, meet in a remote valley to begin a mission - one that they both believe has been set for them by God.
4. DAVIDSON, LIONEL. THE SUN CHEMIST. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1976. First U. S. edition. Fine in minimally soiled dust jacket. Back when the world didn't care, Chaim Weizmann (a chemist who became the first president of Israel), discovered a way to make synthetic oil. Now everyone cares, because oil is running out, and it falls to Igor Druyanov to re-create the magic formula.
5. DAVIDSON, LIONEL. MURDER GAMES. New York: Cowan, McCann & Geoghegan, Inc., [1978]. First U.S. edition. Originally published in the U.K. as "THE CHELSEA MURDERS." Fine in dust jacket with minor rubbing to front panel, soiling to the rear panel along with light wear to head and toe of spine. A grotesque figure burst into the girl's room. Its head piled with fake curls, its face concealed behind a smiling mask, it wore the rubber gloves of a surgeon or perhaps a mortuary attendant. It seized the girl from behind and chloroformed, suffocated, and finally, decapitated her. Hers was only one in a series of horrendous murders by a killer who played games with the police, always mailing them cryptic bits of poetry--baffling clues to the identity of his next victim. Gold Dagger Winner.
6. DAVIDSON, LIONEL. PLUM LAKE. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1980. First U.S. edition. Fine in dust jacket. Leads us, fascinated and convinced, into a world beyond our imaginings. A young boy discovers a cave that leads to a fantastic world. "He's in a dream, but it isn't a dream."
7. DAVIDSON, LIONEL. KOLYMSKY HEIGHTS. New York: St. Martin's Press, [1994]. First U. S. edition. Fine in fine dust jacket. Cryptic messages smuggled out of a gulag-like research facility in Siberia issue a call for help from Professor Efraim Rogachev, who feels he must share his findings on genetics and optical relay systems with the world. Canadian-Indian, brilliant linguist, physically courageous, Johnny Porter finds a summons on his desk in Oxford to embark upon a mission only he can accomplish - to infiltrate a research station hidden deep under the Siberian permafrost, and so secret that no scientist ever leaves it alive.

The price for this set of books is $US100.00

If you’re interested in either set, here’s the contact information that you need:

Nancy Anderson

Buckingham Books, ABAA
8058 Stone Bridge Road
Greencastle, PA 17225
(717) 597-5657


  1. I read several of Lionel Davidson's as a teenager - my parents both enjoyed the one about the Dead Sea scrolls (written many years before Dan Brown was even born probably!) so I read that and one or two others (The Rose of Tibet I remember) - but I don't think I really understood them. Maybe I should try him again in my senior years!

  2. Maxine - LOL! I know what you mean. I had the same experience with some of the books my parents read when I was young. I tried their Ludlum books as a teen, but I didn't connect with those. I did with one or two of their Innes books, though. Maybe I, too, should revisit....