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Wednesday, December 20, 2006 2:30 pm
Murder Ink, R.I.P.
Posted by: Keir Graff

From The New York Times:

Murder Ink, the mystery bookstore on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, is going out of business after 34 years, along with its younger sister store, Ivy’s Books and Curiosities. On Monday the owner, Jay Pearsall, posted a sign in the window announcing that Dec. 31 would be the final day.

Fingers point to some of the usual suspects: rising rent, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, eBay. But there’s something even more sinister at work, according to owner Jay Pearsall: death.

"I used to do apartment buys," he said. "Children of people in the neighborhood who had died would sell their parents’ books; lots of them immigrants, lots of them Jewish, educated, liberal, and they just had all these great books. I realized that our clientele was dying."

I don’t think you have to be a New Yorker who shops at Murder Ink (I’m not one) or even a fan of crime fiction to be bummed out by this.

R.I.P., Murder Ink.


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