Re: RARA-AVIS: Bargains

From: Bill Hagen (
Date: 13 Sep 2000

I can't match any of the great find stories so far. But I was happy to find an Otto Penzler edition of Lawrence Block's The Canceled Czech (fun, but hardly hb) on the remainder table for $2.99 and, luckily, it didn't have the black magic marker mark on the outside, so I didn't feel bad
(though somewhat duplicitous) when I got Block to sign it later. He had some copies he was carting around, and was selling them for about $40 per, as I remember.

Folks have mentioned Goodwill stores, but really you should try your local library too. Usually a sale at least once a year and, in my part of the country, always a cart. Though most of these are older titles weeded from the collection, library stamp and all, they're quite readable. AND you will occasionally come across hardbacks with covers that have been donated and never shelved. Prices usually under a buck. Picked up Lehane's excellent Sacred recently for 50 cents. Especially when I visit a large city, I try to make it a point to stop by the main library to see what's for sale.

Bill Hagen

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