GOLD OF MAYANI: The African Stories, by Walter Satterthwait, Foreword by Sarah Caudwell, illustrations by Ernest Franklin, Afterword by Walter Satterthwait, 1995.
African Police Constable Andrew M'butu's career comes to life in these six related stories, collected here for the first time. The book reads like an episodic novel as M'butu and his unforgettable colleagues--Constable Kobari, the Indian doctor Murmajee, Cadet Inspector Moi and all the rest--careen through a truly original series of exotic adventures.
"It's good to see Walter Satterthwait's African stories so splendidly published. They're a treat, and the author's thoughtful and amusing Afterword is worth the price of admission all by itself."
"A delicious cast of characters, criminals, dharma bums, religious cultists, decadent Europeans, wizards and prostitutes gambol through the six compelling mysteries of The Gold of Mayani. But the best of all of them is Andrew M'butu, the efficient, ethical and humane police sergeant who ties these mysteries together. M'butu is a mensch.
Satterthwait combines mystery, pathos, humor and poetry in this rich and evocative book. Along the way, he looks at the mysteries of Kenya, where the tribal and colonial pasts confront modern Africa, and at the lingering mysteries in all lives. It's dandy alchemy, and the result is pure gold."
"This beautifully produced volume gathers the six stories avout Sergeant Andrew M'butu from the 1980s issues of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. The African background is nicely handled, especially the interaction of African and European characters, and the plots are often complex enough to support novel length."
John L. Breen, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
"The Gold of Mayani is an aptly titled collection. Walter Satterthwait's stories featuring Kenyan police sergeant Andrew M'butu and his assistant, Constable Cobari, are the genuine 24-karat article."
Words, Weather, and Wolfmen: Conversations with Tony Hillerman.
This is the original edition, in somewhat different form, of the University of New Mexico Press book, "Talking Mysteries," published in 1991. The book includes; an in-depth interview with Hillerman on his life, philosophy, and work habits; reprints a Hillerman essay and short story; and illustrations for "Thief of Time" which were never used in the trade edition of the book.
The book "Talking Mysteries " has gone through three printings but we have First Editions, signed by Bulow, Hillerman and Franklin for $50
Limited Editions contain 26 illustrations by Ernest Franklin, introduction by Ernie Bulow. Limited to 350 copies the book sold out in 1989. We occasionally have copies on the secondary market. Price: $150.
A Super Limited Edition, bound in brown leatherette and matching slipcase, includes one of the original pen and ink drawings in each volume. We currently have copy J, with the drawing on page 39 (see image to right). Interestingly, the printer reversed the image so the original drawing is backwards from the book. Price: $650
NAVAJO TABOOS, by Ernie Bulow, Introduction by Tony Hillerman, illustrations by Ernest Franklin, Buffalo Medicine Books, 1991. Navajo Taboos is a general introduction to traditional Navajo thought and culture. This is the book that brought together Ernie Bulow and Tony Hillerman. The hardcover of this book was limited to 1,000 copies. Signed by all three Bulow, Hillerman, and Franklin. Price: $50
Price with a drawing by Franklin: $200
SLEIGHT OF HAND: Conversations with Walter Satterthwait, UNM Press, 1993, Introduction by Ernie Bulow, numerous photos. A long in-depth interview, a previously unpublished story, one of the African stories later collected in "Gold of Mayani" and another short story with a discussion of one of Walter's recurring characters. Buffalo Medicine published a limited and super-limited edition of the book for the collector's market.
"Sleight of Hand", UNM, first edition (out of print), signed. Price: $45
Buffalo Medicine edition, different binding and jacket, signed. Price: $45
Limited in slipcase with original photograph of Walter Satterthwait. Price: $150
AFTER HOURS: Conversations with Lawrence Block, UNM Press, 1995, Introduction by Ernie Bulow. A lengthy interview and five previously unpublished short pieces by Block, with a bibliography. (Out of print) Signed. Price: $45
Limited edition of 350 with signature page, different binding, different jacket. Price: $45
Super limited, A-Z, in slipcase with large sterling silver medallion of Block. The medal was created in silver by Ernest Franklin. Price: $200
WOLF PATH, Judith Van Gieson, trade edition with illustration by Ernest Franklin and signed by author. Price: $200
Limited edition of 50, rebound and slipcased with full page watercolor by Franklin and limitation page. Price: $250
PARROT BLUES, Judith Van Gieson, trade edition with illustration by Ernest Franklin and signed by author. Price: $200