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Crime, Mystery, and Historical Fiction, Science Fiction and Children's Books.

I specialise in MODERN FIRST EDITIONS many of which are out of print and many of which are signed. Most are unread, many are very fine and all are in collectable condition (any faults are always noted). Books are well packed to survive today's rugged mailing systems and all books are wrapper protected with inert film. I offer you an on line catalogue linked live to the ABE containing well over 2000 selected titles. This listing is updated weekly. On this site I advise of new titles and highlights from my back catalogue. I take credit cards and debit cards such as MASTERCARD, VISA, AMERICAN EXPRESS and SWITCH and am happy to take a personal cheque from old customers and from new customers by prior arrangement.

My aim is to sell books of as high a quality as I can possibly find. Condition is everything and a fair and honest description of that condition is important to me. Fine/Fine is the aim every time. Not always possible of course, especially with older books, but I get as near to the bullseye as I can with every shot. I know the meaning of disappointment, the waiting for a book which was advertised as 'very fine' and turns out to be less than fine when the brown paper and the bubblewrap - always supposing such care was taken in the first place- are stripped away to reveal a sad tome with an inscription, a nasty lean and corners you couldn't pick your teeth with. By the way, I only ever use the term 'mint' when buying a pack of Polos...

Signed copies are a speciality. I make great efforts, drive long distances and drag a tartan suitcase on wheels for miles in order to get books signed for customers who want that final touch on a collectable book. Again. not always possible, but I make the effort nevertheless, and I don't add a fortune on top of the going price either simply because it is signed - writers don't like that sort of thing and I don't blame them - market forces dictate pricing, not signatures.

As a long time collector of maritime and crime fiction I have built up a good relationship with a number of authors: Douglas Reeman - aka Alexander Kent - is always happy to sign for me as are Barbara Cleverly, Nicci Gerrard and Sean French, Alys Clare, Stav Sherez, Robert Carter, Cliff McNish, Marcus Sedgwick, Mark Billingham Steve Augarde, Simon Scarrow, Debi Gliori, Celia Rees, Jasper Fforde, Liz Evans, Raymond Benson, Michael Connolly - when in town - Ian Rankin, Bernard Cornwell, Zoe Sharp, Jeffrey Deaver, Jonathan Lunn, Tony Strong, Jan Siegel, Deryn Lake, Sandra Scoppettone - aka Jack Early, David Wishart, Marilyn Todd, Michael Molloy, Simon Brett, Chris Humphreys, Cornelia Funke, Martin O'Brien, Julian Stockwin, Caroline Lawrence, P. D. James, John Wilcox, Roger John Ellory, Allan Mallinson, Paul Sussman, James Lee Burke - Mr Burke has never been to the UK, not overly keen on aeroplanes as I understand it, but he does send me signed bookplates! - and Patrick Redmond to drop but a few names!

Apart from using this web site to give you access to the books I have to offer, I do intend to bring you news of new books and interviews with their authors over the coming year. Not just a place to buy, but a place to visit, enjoy and communicate, after all, that's what is all about isn't it, communication...right?

Chris Adam Book Collector, Bookseller and Author
About Chris Adam Smith...

He was a successful London based magazine publisher and editor. A wanderer, he worked as a gamekeeper, local government officer and served in both the merchant navy and the military police before turning to publishing. He has lived and worked in both South Africa and the United States. He has a special interest in American law enforcement and was a member of the Western Writers of America with ten western novels to his credit – five under the pseudonym of Harry Jay Thorn. In 1996 he won the prestigious Ian St James Countryside Short Story Award and in the same year the title of Littlehampton’s Pub Poet. He has three times been a finalist in the David Gemmell short story competition. Still a freelance journalist, he now resides and operates an internet bookselling operation on the south coast of England. Chris is a keen walker, rock 'n' roll jiver and born again biker, proud owner of a completely restored 1960 Triumph Tiger 110 and new model Bonneville. He has now hung up his Stetson and is currently working on a series of mystery novels.