Thursday, February 06, 2014
An Innes and a Gilbert instead of Seven Starks?
I stopped by two used bookstores tonight and in the second one I found seven Richard Stark first editions for sale (and some paperbacks reprints, too). Three Allison & Busbys, two from Gregg Press, and two of the Grofields from Macmillan. The Rare Coin Score was signed. All were between $29 to $50.
I am embarrassed to admit that I passed on all of them, especially the Grofields. (I have all of the Starks in one form or another now though most are not especially collectible, though they are cherished. Except for my $80 Butcher's Moon paperback, that still makes me angry.) Instead I spent 50 cents on a green Penguin Michael Innes, The Daffodil Affair. Did a bit of research on it when I got home and the consensus seems to be that it is the strangest novel Innes wrote. Perhaps not the best place to start reading him but I do like the cover a lot.
I also bought a first American edition of Michael Gilbert's The 92nd Tiger for eight bucks. I researched all of Gilbert's books to see which ones I wanted to read and this one was definitely not on the list. But it has been slow-going finding copies of Gilbert's books so I grabbed it. (Also picked up a reprint of After the Fine Weather over the weekend.) Read the first chapter and realized I kind of liked it. Or maybe its just that I really like Michael Gilbert. If this story of an actor being recruited by the Foreign Office to act as a security advisor to the ruler of a small, fictitious Middle Eastern country were written by anyone else, I would automatically skip it. I hope it turns out okay.