Turn through an unexpected entryway on the famed Sunset Strip, proceed down a few stone steps, then just a bit further through a slim, magical passage right out of old Europe, and be met with blooming flowerbeds fronting a charming English cottage that might well have been plucked from Stratford-upon-Avon.
Inside, it’s as visitor-friendly as it is atmospheric and cozy: a virtual treasure trove of books, several thousand—each and every single one a First Edition—immaculately organized, beautifully kept.
This is Mystery Pier Books, Inc., the noted independent bookshop with a prestigious reputation extending far beyond Tinseltown. Member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), the shop is regularly featured on television and in the major national entertainment magazines. Indeed, Mystery Pier is a true favorite for a great many of the Industry elite, who visit often.
Extremely popular with clients close to home in the worlds of motion pictures, television and music, Mystery Pier regularly provides gifts for nominees and winners in the major Awards shows. Books from here grace the bookshelves of Johnny Depp, Bono, Daniel Craig, Martin Scorcese, Barry Gibb, Jude Law, Cameron Diaz, Nicole Kidman, Hans Zimmer, John Malkovich, Bette Midler, Eric Idle, Anthony Hopkins, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Caine, Flea, Pierce Brosnan, Patti Smith, and Jeremy Irons, among many, many others.
Owned and operated by the hospitable and knowledgeable father-and-son team of Louis M. Jason (son) and Harvey Jason (father), the shop is embraced not only for the warm friendliness and helpful expertise of its proprietors, but for its extraordinary selection of titles, with the strongest emphasis placed upon quality and condition.
One may browse here at leisure through First Editions (in great number signed or inscribed) of authors from Steinbeck, Hemingway, Faulkner and Orwell to Salinger, Ayn Rand, Raymond Chandler and Ian Fleming; from Dickens, Joyce, and Virginia Woolf to J.K. Rowling, Barrie, Milne and Twain; from Heller, Kesey, Kerouac and Hunter Thompson & Burroughs to Vonnegut, Bradbury, Agatha Christie, John D. MacDonald and Rex Stout.
In addition to presenting a full range of the acknowledged American & British literary highspots and Modern Firsts, the gleaming wooden shelves stock a wonderful selection of Antiquarian, Mystery & Detective, Children’s Classics, Books into Film (dozens signed not only by the books’ authors, but also by the stars of the various movie adaptations), Uniquities, and the very best of True Crime.
The shop is happy to ship, as it does regularly, with care and high efficiency to customers throughout the world. All major credit cards are accepted.