John Scoleri and I have known Lynn Munroe for years as one of the regular dealers at Tom Lesser's annual Paperback Collector's Show in Mission Hills, CA every Spring. Lynn always has an amazing selection of incredibly rare books and magazines, and walking by his table is always a treat. You'll find rare Donald Westlakes (Lynn was incredibly gracious last year and gifted me with a copy of Westlake's uber-scarce Comfort Station (Signet, 1973), a parody of Arthur Hailey's novel, Hotel, published under the psuedonym of J. Morgan Cunningham. One of the "holy grails" of contemporary paperback collecting, it now holds a very special place on my bookshelf. When I decided to do a "sleaze week" at bare•bones, the first man I thought of was Lynn. As bad as that sounds, it's actually a compliment. I don't think there are many other dealers who know so much about the softcore paperback than Lynn Munroe. The following interview backs up my assumption pretty well, I think.
PE: You uncovered quite a few mysteries in your time, How do you do it?
PE: As a dealer, how is it, with ebay and abebooks, that you are still able to find new stock?
LM: eBay and abe have only widened the places to find stock. When I started out a book might be scarce locally and available somewhere else, but we might never know about it. The internet made it immediately available anywhere.
PE: Are there really pockets of premium books still out there waiting to be found?