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The Walls Came Tumbling Down - PROOF COPY - John Blackburn
1970 UK Publishers Uncorrected Proof Copy of the first edition first impression, Jonathan Cape in London
Actually published as Blow the House Down I believe
A solid softcover book some tan to covers and edges
No owner names stamps, publishers number to one corner
No dust jacket
A very rare and collectable item

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Dead Man's Handle - John Blackburn
1978 UK hardback first edition, first impression published by Jonathan Cape in London
A near fine book in near fine unclipped dust jacket
Tight and square, nice clean book
The wrapper has no loss or tears clean and bright
A nice clean and solid copy

A nice copy and theoretically F/F
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The Cyclops Goblet
1977 English hardback first edition first impression, Jonathan Cape in London
A fine book in fine unclipped dust jacket
No names or stamps etc
The book is clean and tight
The dust jacket has no loss or tears
A lovely clean copy
A Bill Easter mystery, assisted by Peggy, they are down on their luck and in need of funds !

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Mister Brown's Bodies - John Blackburn
1975 UK hardcover first edition first impression, Cape in London
A VG++ book in VG++ unclipped dustwrapper
NO names or stamps etc
Clean contents and tightly bound
The dust jacket is bright, minor edge rubs, overall very nice
A bright and attractive example
The sequel to Deep Among the Dead Men and a bargain !

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The Sins of the Father
1979 UKh hardback first edition first impression, Jonathan Cape in London
A near fine book in VG+ unclipped dust jacket
No names or stamps etc
The has tidy cloth and bright pages
The dust jacket has some rubbing to spine top and extremities
A solid clean copy

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The Young Man from Lima - John Blackburn
1970 UK paperback edition published by Panther in London
A solid reading copy
Bit of light edge rubbing and usual slight tan to paper
A clean readers copy and an uncommon title in my experience

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Dead Man's Handle - Rare Proof Copy
1978 Uncorrected Proof Copy of the first edition first impression, Jonathan Cape in London
A VG+ book with TWO dust jackets
No names or stamps etc
The softcover wwraps are in good order
Theere are 2 dustwrappers folded around the book, some wear and creases
A very rare and interesting item for any collector

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Deep Among the Dead Men - John Blackburn
1973 UK hardcover first edition first impression, Cape in London
A VG++ book in VG++ unclipped dustwrapper
Free from previous owner marks or inscriptions
Clean contents and tightly bound
The dust jacket is bright, minor edge rubs, overall very nice
A bright and attractive example
A very scarce Bill Easter novel

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Our Lady of Pain - John Blackburn
1974 UK hardback first edition first impression, Jonathan Cape in London
A fine book in fine unclipped dust jacket
No inscriptions, stamps foxing or page tanning etc
The book is clean and tight
The dust jacket has no loss or tears
A very nice example indeed and not common

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The Face of the Lion - John Blackburn
1976 UK hardcover first edition first impression, Cape in London
A fine book in near unclipped dustwrapper
Free from previous owner marks or inscriptions
Clean coontents and tightly bound
The dust jacket is without loss or tears
A bright and attractive example
Colonel Bill Lawrence lloks into the mysterious events on Sir James Clyde's private peninsula in the remote Scottish highlands

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The Sins of the Father
1979 English hardcover first edition first impression, Jonathan Cape in London
A near fine book in VG unclipped dust jacket
No names or stamps etc
The has tidy cloth and bright pages
The dust jacket has some rubbing to front panel and extremities
A solid clean copy

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The Winds of Midnight - John Blackburn
1944 UK hardback first edition first impression, Jonathan Cape in London
A fine book in VG++ unclipped dust jacket
No inscriptions, stamps etc
The book is clean and tight
The dust jacket has just minor rubs to extremities
A very nice example indeed and a scarce title

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A Book of the Dead - SIGNED to CHRISTOPHER LEE - John Blackburn
1984 English hardback first edition first impression, Robert Hale in London
Signed and inscribed on the title page to Christopher Lee !
A near fine book in VG++ unclipped dust jacket
The book is clean and tight
The dust jacket has some light wear and rubbing to extremities
A very scarce book, as so many Robert Hale titles are of this period, especially rare signed
Priced well below market value

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A Beastly Business - John Blackburn
1982 British hardback first edition first impression, Robert Hale in London
A near fine book in VG++ unclipped dust jacket
The book is tightly bound with clean white pages
The dust jacket has shelf rubs to tips and edges
A very scarec book the only copy I've seen
Priced well below market value

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Dead Man Running - John Blackburn
1964 UK Penguin paperback first edition, London
A VG+ book with no names or stamps etc
Tight and square, usual light paper tan
A nice clean and solid copy
One of the author's best books

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The Bad Penny
1985 UK hardcover first edition first impression, Robert Hale in London
A near fine book in VG++ unclipped dustwrapper
Free from previous owner marks or inscriptions
Clean loth and pages
The dust jacket has no loss, minor shelf wear to edges
A lovely clean copy of a rare book

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For Fear of Little Men - John Blackburn
1972 UK hardback first edition, first impression published by Jonathan Cape in London
A near fine book in unclipped dust jacket
Nice clean solid book, fine really, no names or stamps
The wrapper has no loss and is still bright
A nice clean and solid copy

A rare book in this lovely collectable condition
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The Gaunt Woman
1962 English hardback first edition first impression, Jonathan Cape in London
A near fine book in near fine unclipped dustwrapper
No names or stamps etc
The book is clean and tight
The dust jacket has no loss or tears
A lovely clean copy

An uncommon book, particularly in this condition

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Broken Boy - John Blackburn
1959 English hardback first edition first impression, Secker and Warburg in London
A VG+ book in VG+ unclipped dust jacket
An interesting copy as there are some annotations internally. These are clearly the work of a professional editor-proof reader, so presumably and author/publisher association copy
The book is clean and tight
The dust jacket has some light wear and rubbing to extremities
A decent and interesting copy
When the body of Gladys Reeves was found in the river near the big railway bridge at Minechester it looked like just another case of sexual murder; nothing to interfere with the shooting holiday which our old friend General Kirk, head of Foreign Office Intelligence in Europe, was taking in Yorkshire. But the initials G. R. stood also for Gerda Raine, the German Agent from East Berlin who had double-crossed her Russian masters and found asylum in England. And it was Gerda's ring that the police found on the body.

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Brief Sample
Because it was summer, nobody considered the motive of the birds. They came inland in strict formation and they seemed to know exactly where they were going. They crossed the light-house and the twin piers and the moored fishing fleet and turned West aver the ship-yards and the factories, where the town begins and the river has cut through rock into coal-seams and runs grey because there is not enough tide or current to cleanse it. Black Back and Black Cap and Herring Gull they flew on and nobody thought why; for it was August and their wings were white and the sun was shining on the grey river and the dark buildings and the big smoky town looked almost pleasant in the sun.

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