RARA-AVIS: Paperback Finds

From: T.Kent Morgan ( tkmorgan@shaw.ca)
Date: 25 Sep 2002

Some Rara-Avis members like to report on their finds in the hope of feedback so I couldn't resist telling you about my finds yesterday at our annual Grace Hospital Book Sale. While this sale doesn't compare in size to the Children's Hospital sale in the spring that attracts dealers from across North America, the prices are much lower with many vintage PBs going for .10 and .25 Canadian.

I found two John D. MacDonalds that were missing from my collection - Murder in the Wind and the non-fiction The House Guests. Also found Dead Calm by Charles Williams; Death of an Informer by Will Perry that won an Edgar for best paperback mystery; Five Pieces of Jade by John Ball; The Riddle of Samson and Frame-Up by Andrew Garve; a French mystery by Roger Gouze titled A Quiet Game of Bambu; The Decoy by Edward S. Aarons; and plenty of .10 books by the classic crime writers.

I had been looking for something by Ted Lewis since reading about him on this list and found Jack Carter and the Mafia Pigeon for ten cents. Other UK finds were Russell James' Payback and Tinplate by Neville Steed, a Crime Writers' Association Award winner. When I will read any of them is the burning question.

Kent Morgan in Winnipeg

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