Tuesday, December 02, 2003

The following are the most sought after out-of-print titles in the U.S., according to Bookfinder.com. Kind of an odd line-up, but there's no accounting for taste, right?

1. Sex by Madonna. The pop star's first book-erotic photos and more.
2. World Crisis by Winston Churchill. The Prime Minister's history of World War I.
3. Flicker by Theodore Roszak. An alternate history novel about the movie industry, tying 1950s B-movies to Illuminati-esque global domination theories.
4. Curse of Lono by Hunter S. Thompson. The gonzo master's take on his two trips to Hawaii.
5. General Printing by Glen Cleeton. Everything you ever wanted to know about letterpress printing but were afraid to ask.
6. Murmurs of Earth by Carl Sagan. A record of the compilation of human knowledge bundled with NASA's Viking space probe. Intended to be seen by alien life forms.
7. Aran Knitting by Alice Starmore. A history and how-to about the Irish Aran knitting technique.
8. Disco Bloodbath by James St. James. A true crime novel set in the underside of New York's trendy club scene and the basis for the movie Party Monster.
9. Standing Room Only by Elizabeth Fowler. The autobiography of a World War II-era adventurer.

Some of the best out-of-print crime fiction titles have, thankfully, been returning to print recently, including Thomas Perry's first two books -- The Butcher's Boy and Metzger's Dog -- and several Ross Thomas novels (The Fourth Durango, Twilight at Mac's Place, Out on the Rim, etc.).

If you're a regular reader of the Crime Fiction Dossier you already know how I feel about Ross Thomas. (In a word, he was the best.) I am also a great admirer of Thomas Perry, and The Butcher's Boy, in particular, is excellent.