On this page are the 51books about true crime and espionage that are in stock as of January 25, 2011, and here is how you can order any of them from Ray Boas, Bookseller in Walpole, New Hampshire.


2. Ahlgren, Gregory & Monier, Stephen, CRIME OF THE CENTURY: THE LINDBERGH KIDNAPPING HOAX, Branden Books, Boston, MA, (1993), 10 B&W illustrations, 286pp, very good+ w/very good+ dustjacket (hardcover), ISBN 0828319715 This book dissects evidence previously overlooked of Lindbergh's own role in his son's disappearance, which, in combination with the authors' expert analysis, leads to a new and bold assertion as to who actually committed the "Crime of the Century." A very convincing case - read, and recommended by this bookseller., (Order No: 12631 ), $7.50

3. Alper, Benedict S. (forewords by Milton Rector and Atsushi Nagashima), PRISONS INSIDE-OUT - ALTERNATIVES IN CORRECTIONAL REFORM, Ballinger Publishing Co., Cambridge, MA, (1974), 211pp, very good++, wraps (softcover), ISBN 0884102114, (Order No: 58327 ), $4.00

4. Andrew, Christopher and Mitrokhin, Vasili, THE SWORD AND THE SHIELD - THE MITROKHIN ARCHIVE AND THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE KGB, Basic Books, New York, (1999) 1st ed, B&W illustrations, 700pp, very good w/very good dustjacket (hardcover), ISBN 0465003109 Gives us the most complete picture we have ever had of the KGB and its operations in the US and Europe. This book is based on an unprecedented, top-secret archive described by the FBI as "the most complete and extensive intelligence ever achieved from any source.", (Order No: 55213 ), $12.00

5. Arm, Walter (with a foreword by Miles F. McDonald), PAY-OFF!: THE INSIDE STORY OF BIG CITY CORRUPTION, Appleton-Century-Crofts, Inc, New York, (1951) 1st ptg, 267pp, good w/lightly chipped dustjacket (hardcover), The exclusive story of the Brooklyn gambling investigation. It is the true story of an unholy alliance between gamblers and police., (Order No: 27641 ), $12.50

6. Astor, Gerald, HOT PAPER: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A FANCY NEW YORK BANK IS RIPPED OFF FOR $13,000,000, Saturday Review Press, New York, (1975) 1st ed, 212pp, good w/good dustjacket (hardcover), ISBN 0841504059 The story of the theft in 1969 of $13,194,000 in negotiable securities from the seventeenth floor of 23 Wall Street, which happens to be the "custody section" of the Morgan Guaranty Trust Company., (Order No: 17973 ), $5.00

7. Bradley, Howard A.; and, Winans, James A. (signed by), DANIEL WEBSTER AND THE SALEM MURDER, Artcraft Press, Columbia, Missouri, 1956 1st ed, B&W illustrations, 230pp, very good, green cloth (hardcover), The story of a famous murder in Salem, Massachusetts in 1830 and the trials of John Francis Kanpp and of Joseph Jenkins Knapp. Daniel Webster played a part in those trials, and "his summation in one of those trials is thought by some to be the greatest ever delivered in America.", (Order No: 60494 ), $60.00

8. Browne, Douglas G. and Tullett, Tom (foreword by Keith Simpson), BERNARD SPILSBURY: HIS LIFE AND CASES, Dorset Press, New York, (1988), 422pp, very good w/very good dustjacket (hardcover), ISBN 0880293071 First published in 1951. "Famous Murder Cases of the Great Pathologist.", (Order No: 55071 ), $8.00

9. Brumberg, Joan Jacobs, KANSAS CHARLEY - THE STORY OF A NINETEENTH-CENTURY BOY MURDERER, Viking, New York, (2003) 1st ptg, B&W illustrations, 273pp, fine w/fine dustjacket (hardcover), ISBN 067003228X Orphaned at the age of six, Charles Miller spent his adolescence riding the rails under the self-styled moniker "Kansas Charley." On a September evening in 1890, when he was only fifteen years old, he shot and killed two young men in a boxcar headed for Wyoming. His trail lasted three days, ending in a death sentence that resulting in his controversial 1892 hanging in Cheyenne., (Order No: 49470 ), $4.00

10. Bugliosi, Vincent (with Bruce B. Henderson), AND THE SEA WILL TELL, W. W. Norton & Company, New York, (1991) 1st ed, B&W illustrations, 574pp, very good w/very good dustjacket (hardcover), ISBN 0393029190 A brutal crime on an eerily beautiful Pacific island; an incomparable legal mind grappling with the nuances of the law and the fatal quirks of human nature; a courtroom drama whose outcome is in doubt down to the last rap of the gavel--an unforgettable true crime story of our time., (Order No: 21807 ), $3.00

11. Carleton, Marjorie; Dame, Lawrence; Fuller, Timothy; Kelley, James A.; Schofield, William; Whelton, Paul; Makris, John N., BOSTON MURDERS - REGIONAL MURDER SERIES, Duell, Sloan and Pearce, New York, (1948) 1st ptg, 223pp, very good w/good dustjacket (hardcover), "Devoted to notable cases in the long calendar of Boston's capital crimes, a calendar that goes back to the year 1644.", (Order No: 59650 ), $15.00

12. Chester, Lewis; Fay, Stephen; and, Young, Hugo, THE ZINOVIEV LETTER, J. B. Lippincott Company, Philadelphia, PA, 1968, B&W illustrations, 219pp, good, light olive green cloth (hardcover) (no dustjacket), (Order No: 39808 ), $7.50

13. Conners, Bernard F., TAILSPIN - THE STRANGE CASE OF MAJOR CALL, British American Pub., Ltd., Latham, NY, (2002), B&W illustrations, 506pp, very good+ w/very good+ dustjacket (hardcover), ISBN 0945167504 An interesting account of a life a crime, and some interesting conclusions that I will not spoil. A quick read that I did enjoy., (Order No: 59184 ), $4.50

14. Cooke, T. G., FINGER PRINTS, SECRET SERVICE, CRIME DETECTION, Finger Print Publishing Assn, Chicago, IL, (1930) 2nd ed, B&W illustrations, 78pp, good, blue cloth (hardcover), The purpose of this book is to explain and demonstrate that criminal identification and modern scientific secret service methods are based on simple, common-sense facts which are easily mastered by any normal person of average intelligence., (Order No: 28199 ), $5.00

15. Darrow, Clarence (new essay by Leon M. Despres) (afterword by Carol Heise), CRIME & CRIMINALS - ADDRESS TO THE PRISONERS IN THE COOK COUNTY JAIL & OTHER WRITINGS ON CRIME & PUNISHMENT, Charles H. Kerr Publishing, Chicago, IL, 2000, 61pp, fine, wraps (softcover), ISBN 0882862502 Originally published in 1902, this reprint includes a new essay "Crime & Criminals a Century Later.", (Order No: 58799 ), $14.50

16. Deriabin, Peter and Gibney, Frank, THE SECRET WORLD, Doubleday & Company, Inc., New York, 1959 1st ed, 334pp, very good w/good dustjacket (hardcover), The terrifying report of a high officer of Soviet intelligence whose conscience finally rebelled., (Order No: 37661 ), $5.00

17. Fabian, Robert, FABIAN OF THE YARD: AN INTIMATE RECORD BY EX-SUPERINTENDENT ROBERT FABIAN, British Book Centre, New York, (1953) 2nd ptg, B&W illustrations, 208pp, very good w/lightly chipped dustjacket (hardcover), "The detective of the century presents an intimate record of the police's timeless war against crime.", (Order No: 55578 ), $7.50

18. Finch, Heneage (Earl of Nottingham), AN EXACT AND MOST IMPARTIAL ACCOMPT OF THE INDICTMENT, ARRAIGNMENT, TRAIL AND JUDGEMENT (ACCORDING TO LAW) ..., John Berkenhead, London, 1660 1st ed, 287pp, very good, 3/4 19th century leather binding (hardcover), "...OF NINE AND TWENTY REGICIDES, THE MURTHERERS OF HIS LATE SACRED MAJESTY OF MOST GLORIOUS MEMORY: BEGAN AT HICKS-HALL ON TUESDAY, THE 9th OF OCTOBER, 1660 AND CONTINUED AT THE SESSIONS-HOUSE IN THE OLD-BAYLEY UNTILL FRIDAY, THE NINETEETH OF THE SAME MONETH. TOGETHER WITH A SUMMARY OF THE DARK, AND HORRID DECREES OF THOSE CABALLIFTS, PREPARATORY TO THAT HELLISH FACT. EXPOSED TO VIEW FOR THE READER'S SATISFACTION, AND INFORMATION OF POSTERITY." Please note, I have replaced "f's" with "s's" for ease of reading. The extremely uncommon first edition of the trial of the regicides in October, 1660. Ten were condemned to death and publicly hanged, drawn and quartered at Charing Cross or Tyburn, London., (Order No: 51680 ), $450.00

19. Friedman, Allen and Schwarz, Ted, POWER AND GREED: INSIDE THE TEAMSTERS EMPIRE OF CORRUPTION, Franklin Watts, New York, 1989 1st ptg, 284pp, very good+ w/very good+ dustjacket (hardcover), ISBN 0531151050 "The Brotherhood of Teamsters is the most amoral and criminal union in the history of American labor. Its tentacles have a stranglehold on all business and politics. It was not always so pernicious, nor so influentila. In its growth and corruption there is a shocking story of the excesses that labor, business and politics have visited upon 20th century America.", (Order No: 9120 ), $3.00

20. Gallagher, Edward J., ROBBER BARON: MARK SHINBURN, ALIAS BARON SHINDLE, ALIAS HENRY EDWARD MOEBUS, ALIAS JIMMY VALENTINE, Citizen Publishing Co., Laconia, NH, 1967, B&W illustrations, 120pp, good+ w/good+ dustjacket (hardcover), This is the tale of a man who lived under three names and operated as a bank burglar. "To Pinkertons He Was 'King of Crooks.'", (Order No: 39502 ), $40.00

21. Harrison, Shirley (narrative by), THE DIARY OF JACK THE RIPPER, Hyperion, New York, (1993) 1st ed, B&W illustrations, 323pp, fine w/fine dustjacket (hardcover), ISBN 1562827049 Includes the full text of the diary and the arguments for and against its authenticity., (Order No: 2840 ), $6.00

22. Homberger, Eric, SCENES FROM THE LIFE OF A CITY: CORRUPTION AND CONSCIENCE IN OLD NEW YORK, Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 1994, B&W illustrations, 358pp, very good++, wraps (softcover) owner's name, ISBN 0300068824 This vividly written book depicts life in mid-19th-century New York - a city glittering and glamourous yet also troubled with political corruption, santiation problmes, and a growing gulf between rich and poor., (Order No: 55352 ), $5.00

23. Jacobs, Timothy, THE GANGSTERS, Mallard Press, New York, (1990), B&W illustrations, 87pp, very good+ w/very good+ dustjacket (hardcover), ISBN 0792452690 Contents include: Al Capone and His Underworld; Lucky Luciano and His Underworld; Infamous Rural and Suburban Outlaws; John Dillinger; Pretty Boy Floyd; Baby Face Nelson; Ma Barker and Her Boys; Machine Gun Kelly; Bonnie and Clyde., (Order No: 45274 ), $10.00

24. Johnson, David R., ILLEGAL TENDER: COUNTERFEITING AND THE SECRET SERVICE IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY AMERICA, Smithsonian Institution Pr., Washington, D.C., (1995) 1st ptg, B&W illustrations, 222pp, very good+ w/very good+ dustjacket (hardcover), ISBN 1560983590 With colorful vignettes of criminals and their gambits, the author explores the evolution of counterfeiting as a peculiarly urban crime, detailing its markets, advertising, and distribution networks--as well as such schemes as the "green-goods game," which netted some outfits $40,000 a month in profit., (Order No: 27086 ), $10.00

25. Jones, Louis C. (introduction by Theodore Corbett), MURDER AT CHERRY HILL: THE STRANG-WHIPPLE CASE, 1827, Historic Cherry Hill, Albany, NY, (1982), drawings by Ron Toelke, 125pp, very good, wraps (softcover), ISBN 0943366046 The story centers on a love affair between Elsie Whipple, daughter of a leading Albany family, and Jesse Strang, a mere hired hand. The affair culminates in the murder for which Jesse Strang was convicted and hanged, the last public execution in Albany., (Order No: 45452 ), $10.00

26. Krajicek, David J., SCOOPED! MEDIA MISS REAL STORY ON CRIME WHILE CHASING SEX, SLEAZE, AND CELEBRITIES, Columbia University Press, New York, (1998) 2nd ptg, 230pp, fine w/fine dustjacket (hardcover), ISBN 0231102925 This book explores the development and history of both crime policy and crime reporting, which the author says is held to a lower standard than other news beats., (Order No: 35099 ), $12.50

27. Lemann, Nancy, THE RITZ OF THE BAYOU, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1987 1st ed, 165pp, very good w/good dustjacket (hardcover), ISBN 039456037X The New Orleans adventures of a young novelist covering the trials of the Governor of Louisiana, with digressions on smoldering nightclubs, jazz-crazed bars, and other aspects of life in the tropic zone., (Order No: 44777 ), $5.00

28. Lesser, Wendy, PICTURES AT AN EXECUTION: AN INQUIRY INTO THE SUBJECT OF MURDER, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 1993, B&W illustrations, 270pp, very good+ w/very good dustjacket (hardcover), ISBN 0674667352 At the center of the author's investigation is a groundbreaking legal case in which a federal court judge was asked to decide whether a gas chamber execution would be broadcast on public television., (Order No: 18197 ), $3.00

29. Lewis, Arthur H., MURDER BY CONTRACT: THE PEOPLE V. "TOUGH TONY" BOYLE, Macmillan Publishing Co., New York, (1975) 2nd ptg, 323pp, good w/good dustjacket (hardcover), ISBN 0025705202, (Order No: 3608 ), $4.00

30. Lewis, O. F., THE DEVELOPMENT OF AMERICAN PRISONS AND PRISON CUSTOMS 1776-1845, Prison Association of NY, (1922) 1st ed, 350pp, good+, olive green cloth (hardcover), "With Special Reference to Early Institutions in the State of New York." The uncommon first edition., (Order No: 51666 ), $125.00

31. Lustgarten, Edgar, THE WOMAN IN THE CASE, Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1955 1st ed, 218pp, good+ w/lightly chipped dustjacket (hardcover), "Four famous murder trials examined by the foremost British crime expert." Contents include: The Acquitted: Alma Rattenbury; The Witness: Helen Lambie; The Victim: Harriet Staunton; and, The Enigma: Madeleine Smith., (Order No: 50811 ), $7.50

32. MacGregor, Geddes, THE TICHBORNE IMPOSTER - AN INCREDIBLE STUDY IN HUMAN GULLIBILITY, J. B. Lippincott Company, Philadelphia, PA, (1957) 1st ed, B&W illustrations, 288pp, good w/chipped dustjacket (hardcover), In 1865 and improbable character named Arthur Orton visited a lawyer in the equally improbable frontier town of Wagga Wagga, Australia, setting in motion one of the most preposterous impersonations in history., (Order No: 59071 ), $7.50

33. Marton, Kati, THE POLK CONSPIRACY: MURDER AND COVER-UP IN THE CASE OF CBS NEWS CORRESPONDENT GEORGE POLK, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, New York, (1990) 1st ed, B&W photos, 369pp, very good w/very good dustjacket (hardcover), ISBN 0374135533, (Order No: 6389 ), $3.00

34. McDonald, Douglas (with the assistance of Betty J. Bernstein), THE PRICE OF PUNISHMENT: PUBLIC SPENDING FOR CORRECTIONS IN NEW YORK, Westview Press, Boulder, CO, (1980), B&W tables and figures, 160pp, very good, rust color cloth (hardcover), ISBN 0891589120 This study presents a comprehensive description and analysis of how much money was actually spent in New York in 1977-1978, at all levels of government, for each of the control systems that incarcerate or supervise criminal offenders/defendants., (Order No: 38664 ), $35.00

35. Moran, Richard, EXECUTIONER'S CURRENT: THOMAS EDISON, GEORGE WESTINGHOUSE, AND THE INVENTION OF THE ELECTRIC CHAIR, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 2002 1st ed, B&W illustrations, 275pp, very good+ w/very good dustjacket (hardcover), ISBN 0375410597 The amazing story of how the electric chair developed not out of the desire for a method of execution more humane than hanging but through an effort by one nineteenth-century electric company to discredit the other., (Order No: 47807 ), $7.50

36. Odell, Robin (with a foreword by W. Lindesay Neustatter), JACK THE RIPPER: IN FACT AND FICTION, George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd, London, (1965), B&W illustrations, 275pp, very good+ w/very good dustjacket (hardcover), In a new and well-documented study, Robin Odell first gives a careful, factual reconstruction of the crimes and then describes each murder from the contemporary evidence. After this, he makes a critical analysis of some of the better known theories put forward in books over the years., (Order No: 46447 ), $50.00

37. Owen, David; Mendez, Antonio J. (foreword by former CIA Agent), SPIES: THE UNDERCOVER WORLD OF SECRETS, GADGETS AND LIES, Firefly Books, Ontario, Canada, (2004), B&W and color illustrations, 128pp, fine, pictorial boards (hardcover), ISBN 1552977951 Packed with over 20 case studies and hundreds of photographs, SPIES is an exhilarating journey into the cloak-and-dagger reality of spy technology and the spies themselves., (Order No: 53285 ), $10.00

38. Patch, Dan E. L., AAMON ALWAYS, BICA Press, Chicago, IL, (1940), 314pp, very good w/good dustjacket (hardcover), (Order No: 59147 ), $6.00

39. Schneir, Walter and Schneir, Miriam, INVITATION TO AN INQUEST: A NEW LOOK AT THE ROSENBERG-SOBELL CASE, Doubleday & Company, Inc., New York, 1965, B&W illustrations, 467pp, good w/chipped dustjacket (hardcover) previous owner's inscrip., (Order No: 4557 ), $4.50

40. Semyonov, Julian (translated by Charles Buxton), TASS IS AUTHORIZED TO ANNOUNCE ..., John Calder/Riverrun Press, London/New York, (1987), 352pp, very good w/very good dustjacket (hardcover), ISBN 0714541206 A Soviet political thriller., (Order No: 22418 ), $5.00

41. Songini, Marc, NEW ENGLAND'S MOST SENSATIONAL MURDERS, Covered Bridge Press, North Attleboro, MA, (1995), 210pp, fine, wraps (softcover), ISBN 0924771534 "Here are a dozen gripping stories of celebrated murders in New England.", (Order No: 57337 ), $10.00

42. Soubiran, Andre, THE GOOD DOCTOR GUILLOTIN AND HIS STRANGE DEVICE -- (ON DUSTJACKET - THE GOOD DR. GUILLOTIN AND HIS STRANGE DEVICE), Souvenir Press, London, (1964), B&W illustrations, 224pp, good w/good dustjacket (hardcover), Believe it or not, Dr. Guillotin did not invent the hideous machine that bears his name. In fact, he only narrowly excaped execution himself and his sole motive in suggesting the use of the guillotine was the prevention of further suffering to the victims of the French Revolution., (Order No: 3390 ), $17.50

43. Spargo, Tamsin, WANTED MAN: THE FORGOTTEN STORY OF AN AMERICAN OUTLAW - OLIVER CURTIS PERRY, Bloomsbury, New York, (2004) 1st ed, B&W illustrations, 240pp, very good+ w/very good+ dustjacket (hardcover), ISBN 1582342288 In September 1891 a masked man boarded the American Express Special train as it sped through New York State and single-handedly stole a fortune., (Order No: 55149 ), $7.50

44. Stevens, C. L. McCluer, FROM CLUE TO DOCK, Duffield & Company, New York, n.d., 256pp, good, blue cloth (hardcover) a few pencil marks, Collection of short stories. Part I--Small Clues To Big Crimes; Part II--Mysteries That Have Puzzled The World; When "Justice" Has Blundered, Innocent People Who Have Been Wrongfully Convicted; Bygone Perils Of The Road, Murder Inns, Smugglers, And Highwaymen; Murder By Post; Historical Crimes And Mysteries; Crimes Of Love And Passion. GREAT BOOKPLATE OF MEN HANGING FROM GALLOWS AND TIED TO ELECTRIC CHAIR., (Order No: 41670 ), $15.00

45. Tonry, Michael and Farrington, David P. (edited by), BUILDING A SAFER SOCIETY: STRATEGIC APPROACHES TO CRIME PREVENTION - CRIME AND JUSTICE; A REVIEW OF RESEARCH - VOLUME 19, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL, (1995) 1st ptg, 704pp, fine w/very good dustjacket (hardcover), ISBN 0226808246 "The most comprehensive exposition of research and experience concerning crime prevention ever published.", (Order No: 57225 ), $25.00

46. Travers, Robert, ROGUES' MARCH: A CHRONICLE OF COLONIAL CRIME IN AUSTRALIA, Hutchinson of Australia, Victoria, Australia, (1973), B&W illustrations, 222pp, very good w/good dustjacket (hardcover), ISBN 09118990X "A social history with a difference: it is an account of the times and crimes of certain of Australia's more colourful villains, the anti-heroes of colonial days.", (Order No: 52910 ), $12.50

47. Walker-Smith, Derek, LORD READING AND HIS CASES: THE STUDY OF A GREAT CAREER, The Macmillan Company, New York, 1934, B&W frontis, 400pp, good, purple cloth (hardcover) light fray top of spine, (Order No: 34610 ), $7.00

48. Warren, John H., THIRTY YEARS BATTLE WITH CRIME, OR THE CRYING SHAME OF NEW YORK AS SEEN UNDER THE BROAD GLARE OF AN OLD DETECTIVES'S LANTERN, Published by A. J. White, Poughkeepsie, NY, 1875 1st ed, B&W illustrations, 400pp, good, maroon cloth (hardcover) light edgewear, A fascinating look at late 19th century crime in New York City. The first part of the book is devoted to prostitution, and the second part discusses: Beggars and Paupers; Child Vagabonds; "Gamins of New York;" Food Poisoners; Gambling "Hells;" and, much more., (Order No: 55270 ), $100.00

49. Wolkovich, William, BAY STATE "BLUE" LAWS AND BIMBA, Forum Press of Brockton, Brockton, MA, n.d. c1970s, 141pp, very good w/good dustjacket (hardcover), A Documentary Study of the ANTHONY BIMBA TRIAL for Blasphemy and Sedition in Brockton, Massachusetts, 1926., (Order No: 45876 ), $15.00

50. Wright, Gordon, BETWEEN THE GUILLOTINE AND LIBERTY: TWO CENTURIES OF THE CRIME PROBLEM IN FRANCE, Oxford University Press, New York, 1983, 290pp, good w/good dustjacket (hardcover) - FAINT DAMPSTAIN, ISBN 0195032438, (Order No: 57434 ), $14.50

51. Wyndham, Horace, FEMININE FRAILTY, Ernest Benn Limited, London, 1929, B&W illustrations, 352pp, good w/chipped & soiled dustjacket (hardcover) SEE NOTE, Among the cases included are those of Mrs. Gordon-Baillie, Laura Bell, Edith Carew, Mary Ann Clarke, Maria Manning, Lola Montez, Cora Pearl, Lavinia Ryves, Henrietta Strangway, and Catherine Walters. CONDITION NOTE Cont: light foxing to endpapers, and loss of small loss of cloth in gutters (not seen under jacket)., (Order No: 45821 ), $20.00

Ray Boas, Bookseller