We're Ken Hebenstreit and spouse Sharlan (Shar) Douglas. We sell first editions of 20th century literature and fiction, specializing in mystery and suspense and a dab of fantasy/sci fi.
Weíre based in Royal Oak, Michigan, just north of Detroit. Itís an older city with great restaurants, antique shops and entertainment.
We don't have a store, but most of our stock is out on shelves in the basement, and you may visit and shop by appointment. Give us a little notice so we can clean up the piles of magazines.
Weíve been in the business since 1995. How did we get into it?
It all started on our honeymoon in New York in late 1994. We discovered Mysterious Book Shop, where Ken spotted a first edition of one of his favorite books, The Shining.
"Oh, buy it," said his indulgent bride. Fool.
Itís a slippery slope from collector to dealer. Crack cocaine canít touch it.
So, today, there are 9,000 first editions in our basement, and thousands of customers and a web site.
And this isnít even our day job. Ken is actually a systems analyst and, when heís not booking, he plays clarinet, saxophone and flute in community theater orchestras. Shar is the CEO of the Douglas Communications Group, a public relations firm. When she isnít toiling over this web site, she directs and performs in community theater plays, mostly at Stagecrafters in Royal Oak. Not surprisingly, it is in the theater that we met. But THATíS a whole other story.
We live in a 1918 craftsman-style home, with Ken's mom and an adorable cockapoo. Weíre avid golfers.
Whether or not you ever visit our home, youíre always welcome here on our home page. Enjoy your visit. Buy a book.