Yesterday I drove out to Gimli, the town with the largest Icelandic
population outside of Iceland, for a Rotary Club book sale. I'm always
optimistic that some old paperbacks from the summer cottages along Lake
Winnipeg will show up at the sale. I know we have plenty in our family
cottage about 10 miles south of Gimli. This year's haul included the
The Maltese Falcon - Pocket 2nd printing 1944 No price
The Deadlier Sex - Genevieve Manceron - Dell D417 .35
Juice Town - Dean Owen - Monarch 280 .35 "Girls, Graft and Greed were Big
Business in Juice Town."
The Great Gold Steal - Ted White - Bantam PBO F3780 .50 - Captain America
Pinktoes - Chester Himes - BOMC 1994
Death on Donegal Bay - William Campbell Gault - Walker 1st i984 - Brock
Sometime ago, I thought on this list, but perhaps on his pop culture blog,
Bill Crider mentioned some westerns to watch for. I don't read or collect
westerns, but there was a table-full at the sale so I took a look and
spotted a few ACE Doubles. I went out to my car and found Bill's list I had
copied and here's what I ended up with.
ACE Double F-103 .40 - A Trap For Sam Dodge - Harry Whittington & High
Thunder - Lee Floren .40
ACE Double F-260 .40 - Trail Drive - Brian Garfield & Trouble at Gunsight -
Breakheart Pass - Alastair MacLean - Fontana (Charles Bronson cover)
The Man From Bar-20 - Clarence E. Mulford - Harlequin 107 1951
The latter wasn't on Bill's list, but I knew it had to be an early
Harlequin, a company that started in my home town of Winnipeg, and Mulford's
main character, Johnny Nelson, was a "2-gun pupil of Hopalong Cassidy."
There were several other ACE Doubles and a Bill Pronzini western, but I left
them because of the poor condition.
Some of the local histories and memoirs that I bought to resell will easily
cover the cost of the above. All trade and mass market PBs were priced at
$1.50 and HCs were $2.50.
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