RARA-AVIS: Another DC area bookstore

From: Moorich2@aol.com
Date: 28 Oct 2002

In the discussion last week of DC area bookstores, I forgot "Book Bank" in Alexandria. Address is 110 S. West Street, which is between King and Prince streets, about four blocks from the King Street metro station.

I checked it out Sunday as it had been some months since my last visit. It has a decent selection of mysteries (mostly paperbacks) upstairs. There is also a separate "Thriller" section that includes writers such as George Higgins and other odd selections. Also there are shelves of "collectable" paperbacks that pop up on both floors--although older paperbacks turn up on the regular shelves. Prices range from bargains to way overpriced. There were some nice Donald Hamiltons for $2.75 each and I picked up a Lion PBO of a 1953 Steve Frazee western SHARP THE BUGLE CALLS for three bucks. Love the Frazee blurb: "Ripped from Colorado's black earth, booming with the fever of brawling men and ripened women..."

Frazee could turn out a fine mystery/suspense story as witness his "My Brother Down There," which also dates from 1953, and won first place in the Ellery Queen contest of that year.

Richard Moore

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