Mystery Pier Books

Best Literary First Editions, February 2006

Los Angeles has never been properly celebrated as a book town. Yet we are blessed with an excellent source for first editions, literary equivalents of an original da Vinci or van Gogh. Mystery Pier Books, a green cottage that’s down a narrow alley next to West Hollywood’s Book Soup, specializes in 20th-century writers like Joan Didion and Raymond Chandler, the latter of whom is especially well represented.