The Bookshop Site is Now in Beta Testing

dark-heart-web-cover“1937. A young press photographer for the Daily Mirror falls in love with a crusading reporter. There’s murder before breakfast and a beer and a beating for lunch. Just don’t be late for dinner or a deadline. And remember, sometimes it’s not your best shot, but taking the shot you have that counts. This is Fiorello LaGuardia’s New York, where Thomas Dewey battles Lucky Luciano and the mob, millions are out of work and maybe out of luck, Stalinist is set against Trotskyite and the German American Bund harbors Nazi spies. It’s a time of hard bitten city editors, soft hearted molls, Seabiscuit and The Babe, when Winchell’s gossip paid the bills for Hearst’s newspaper empire, where a nation moved to the beat of Goodman and Gershwin, and Hepburn and Stanwyck filled our silver dreams, while Hughes and the DC-3 arose, Earhart and the Hindenburg fell, the 20th Century Limited departed and Superman arrives in the nick of time.”

We are now taking orders for signed copies of The Dark Heart of Night, a new novel by Vincent McCaffrey. This is a first edition in soft cover and costs $20 including standard shipping and applicable state taxes. (Self-published through Amazon’s Createspace by our own Avenue Victor Hugo Books, as a labor of love. Please excuse any short delays caused by the necessity of our ordering first from Amazon.) Unsigned copies can also be ordered directly from Amazon.


Welcome to Avenue Victor Hugo Books Online. In 2004, we closed our brick and mortar bookshop on Newbury Street in Boston, after nearly 30 years in business there. Now, we continue to serve our customers online.

Our current stock of about 20,000 books, covering almost every subject category, naturally includes a preponderance of fiction in all genres. In addition, we still have a large selection of history and biography as well as literary reference.

Recently we have begun to add selected periodicals which have been too long in storage, though we will never be able to match our old stock in that regard.

In addition, we have a brother site at for extra-curricular literary matters. There, I post portions of my novels, various short stories, unquiet essays and anecdotes.

Please take note that we are now offering signed copies of my new novel, The Dark Heart of Night. We also have signed copies still available of both Hound and Slepyng Hound to Wake, published by Small Beer Press.

At present, we have no plans to open another brick and mortar store. We’ve enjoyed our customers through the years, but we have no capacity to accept browsers at our warehouse in Abington, Massachusetts.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with your requests or suggestions.

Our entire catalogue will soon be for sale directly to customers.

For now, however, please continue to browse our catalogue via, Biblio, and Alibris.