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A Long Line of Dead Men (Matthew Scudder Mysteries Book 12)
by Lawrence Block
Matthew Scudder, played by Liam Neeson in A Walk Among the Tombstones, investigates a secret, private club in Manhattan whose members suddenly start dying, when it becomes obvious that someone is trying to kill them all.
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Defender of the Innocent: The Casebook of Martin Ehrengraf
by Lawrence Block
The Criminal Defense Lawyer. Redefined. Martin H. Ehrengraf, dapper and diabolical, may be Lawrence Block's darkest creation. He's the defense attorney who never sees the inside of a courtroom, because all his clients are innocent--no matter how guilty they may seem. Some even believe themselves to be guilty: they remember pulling the...
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Hit Me (Keller series Book 5)
by Lawrence Block
BESTSELLING AUTHOR AND GRAND MASTER LAWRENCE BLOCK RETURNS TO HIS DEADLIEST HITMAN A man named Nicholas Edwards lives in New Orleans renovating houses, doing honest work and making decent money at it. Between his family and his stamp collection, all his spare time is happily accounted for. Sometimes it's hard to remember that he used...
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A Moment of Wrong Thinking (Matthew Scudder Mysteries Series Book 9)
by Lawrence Block
I began writing about Matthew Scudder in the mid-1970s. The first novel, The Sins of the Fathers, appeared in 1975, and A Drop of the Hard Stuff—the 17th and most recent—was published in 2011. Over the years Scudder has also been featured in 11 short works of fiction; A Moment of Wrong Thinking, which first appeared in EQMM in 2002...
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The Burglar Who Counted the Spoons (Bernie Rhodenbarr Series Book 11)
by Lawrence Block
Ever since The Burglar on the Prowl climbed the bestseller lists in 2004, fans have been clamoring for a new book featuring the lighthearted and lightfingered Bernie Rhodenbarr. Now everybody's favorite burglar returns in an eleventh adventure that finds him and his lesbian sidekick Carolyn Kaiser breaking into houses, apartments, and...
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I Know How to Pick 'Em
by Lawrence Block
"I sure know how to pick 'em. "Except I don't know as I've got any credit coming for this one, because it it's hard to make the case that it was me that picked her. She walked into that edge-of-town roadhouse with the script all worked out in her mind, and all that was left to do was cast the lead. "The male lead, that is, Far as the...
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Borderline (Hard Case Crime)
by Lawrence Block
THE SCORCHING PULP NOVEL BY LAWRENCE BLOCK, AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 50 YEARS! On the border between El Paso, Texas, and Juarez, Mexico, five lives are about to collide - with fatal results. You'll meet   MARTY - the professional gambler who rolls the dice on a night with...  MEG - the bored divorcee who seeks excitement and...
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Keller's Adjustment
by Lawrence Block
Keller, an introspective fellow, is your basic Urban Lonely Guy. He collects stamps. He used to have a dog, until the dog walker walked off with him. Now he soldiers on alone. It's his profession that sets him apart. He's a hit man. He kills strangers for a living. And he's a Guilty Pleasure for an ever-increasing number of readers....
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By the Dawn's Early Light (A Matthew Scudder Story Book 3)
by Lawrence Block
"I love the Matthew Scudder series, and I love short stories." --Otto Penzler, Los Angeles Times, Ten Most Wanted Books of 2011 Lawrence Block’s 17 Matthew Scudder novels have won the hearts of readers throughout the world—along with a bevy of awards including the Edgar, the Shamus, the Philip Marlowe (Germany), and the Maltese...
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Resume Speed (Kindle Single)
by Lawrence Block
From the legendary author of A Walk Among the Tombstones comes this gripping tale of sudden endings and new beginnings. When a man called Bill spots a sign in a restaurant window, he grabs his carry-on and gets off his bus. Within an hour he’s got himself a job as a short-order cook, and a start on a whole new life in Cross Creek...
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The Girl With the Deep Blue Eyes
by Lawrence Block
In the depths of her blue eyes, he glimpsed... murder. Cashed out from the NYPD after 24 years, Doak Miller operates as a private eye in steamy small-town Florida, doing jobs for the local police. Like posing as a hit man and wearing a wire to incriminate a local wife who’s looking to get rid of her husband. But when he sees the wife...
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Writing the Novel from Plot to Print to Pixel: Expanded and Updated!
by Lawrence Block
Lawrence Block, the award-winning crime fiction author, is almost as well known for his instructional books for writers, and contributed a monthly column on fiction to Writers Digest for 14 years. WRITING THE NOVEL was his first book for writers, and remained continuously in print since its original appearance in 1978. But the world of...
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21 Gay Street (Collection of Classic Erotica)
by Lawrence Block
When Joyce Kendall arrives in New York, fresh out of Clifton College in Iowa, she has a job and an apartment waiting for her. The job’s as a first reader for Armageddon Publications. The apartment’s at 21 Gay Street, and the small Federal-period house is already home to a lesbian couple, Jean Fitzgerald and Terri Leigh, and an...
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The Crime of Our Lives
by Lawrence Block
An MWA Grand Master tells it straight: Fredric Brown: “When I read Murder Can Be Fun, I had a bottle of bourbon on the table and every time Brown’s hero took a drink, I had a snort myself. This is a hazardous undertaking when in the company of Brown’s characters, and, I’ve been given to understand, would have been just as...
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Matando a Castro (Biblioteca clásica del crimen nº 10) (Spanish Edition)
by Lawrence Block
Es 1961, y Fidel Castro está fortaleciendo su control de poder en Cuba. A 300 kilómetros de distancia, un misterioso hombre llamado Hiraldo recluta a cinco Norteamericanos para una misión desesperada. Cada uno tiene su propia razón para aceptar el trabajo: Ray Garrison es un solitario cazador de recompensas, Michael Turner, un...
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Tanner's Tiger (Evan Tanner)
by Lawrence Block
The Cold War's boiling over. Global tensions are near the breaking point. So what's the perfect assignment for a super-spy who hasn't slept since the Korean conflict? A fun-filled trip to the Montreal World's Fair! The adorable little girl he's escorting—who, under different circumstances, would be sitting on the Lithuanian...
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Enough Rope
by Lawrence Block
Enough Rope , a collection of superb stories, establishes the extraordinary skill, power, and versatility of contemporary Grand Master Lawrence Block. Block's beloved series characters are on hand, including ex-cop Matt Scudder, bookselling burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr, and the disarming duo of Chip Harrison and Leo Haig. Here, too, are...
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Keller in Dallas
by Lawrence Block
This novella continues the story of Keller, after the wistful stamp-collecting hit man retired in New Orleans at the end of Hit & Run. A phone call and an economic downturn is all it takes to put him back in business. Keller in Dallas, a Kindle bestseller, serves too as the opening episode of Lawrence Block's brand-new bestseller, Hit...
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The Girl with the Long Green Heart (The Classic Crime Library Book 4)
by Lawrence Block
SHE WAS EVERY MAN’S DREAM – AND ONE MAN’S NIGHTMARE! Johnny Hayden and Doug Rance had a scheme to take real estate entrepreneur Wallace Gunderman for all he was worth. But they needed a girl on the inside to make it work. Enter Evelyn Stone: Gunderman’s secretary, his lover – and his worst enemy. Gunderman had promised to...
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The Night and The Music (Matthew Scudder Mysteries Book 18)
by Lawrence Block
Lawrence Block’s 17 Matthew Scudder novels have won the hearts of readers throughout the world—along with a bevy of awards including the Edgar, the Shamus, the Philip Marlowe (Germany), and the Maltese Falcon (Japan). And it’s Matt Scudder who’s been largely responsible for Block’s lifetime achievement awards: Grand Master...
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Out the Window (Matthew Scudder Book 1)
by Lawrence Block
"I love the Matthew Scudder series, and I love short stories." --Otto Penzler, Los Angeles Times, Ten Most Wanted Books of 2011 Lawrence Block’s 17 Matthew Scudder novels have won the hearts of readers throughout the world—along with a bevy of awards including the Edgar, the Shamus, the Philip Marlowe (Germany), and the Maltese...
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In Sunlight or In Shadow: Stories Inspired by the Paintings of Edward Hopper
by Lawrence Block
A truly unprecedented literary achievement by author and editor Lawrence Block, a newly-commissioned anthology of seventeen superbly-crafted stories inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper, including Jeffery Deaver, Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King, Lee Child, and Robert Olen Butler, among many others. "Edward Hopper is surely the...
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Make Out With Murder (The Affairs of Chip Harrison Book 3)
by Lawrence Block
Here’s CHIP HARRISON—the second series character created by Lawrence Block, bestselling author of A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES... How can a series predicated on the hero’s sexual innocence survive past a second book? How can our Chip remain the same age forever? Simple, Block decided, and put our Lecher in the Wry to work for a...
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The Burglar Who Smelled Smoke
by Lawrence Block, Lynne Wood Block
“The Burglar Who Smelled Smoke” features Bernie Rhodenbarr, the lighthearted and lightfingered hero of ten mystery novels. You’ll note that it bears a joint byline. Lynne Wood Block, my frequent companion, came up with the basic idea and did the requisite research. Then I sat down and wrote the story, which was the easy part....
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A Walk Among the Tombstones (Matthew Scudder Mysteries Book 10)
by Lawrence Block
See the hit film now in a theater near you! And read the book that inspired it! Filmed in the streets of New York City (Clinton Hill, Whitestone, Hell's Kitchen, Washington Heights), A Walk Among the Tombstones stars Liam Neeson as unlicensed private eye and sober alcoholic Matthew Scudder. Supporting players include Dan Stevens...
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Who Knows Where It Goes (A Story From the Dark Side)
by Lawrence Block
“Who Knows Where It Goes” is an uncollected short story that appeared in Ellery Queen in January 2010. It was inspired, of course, by the cratering of the world economy two years earlier. It’s a story of hard times, and how a resourceful man can adapt to them. It’s a story, too, about how such a man might explore his own...
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Gym Rat & The Murder Club: Two New Stories (Kindle Single) (Crime Fiction Academy Presents...)
by Lawrence Block
Crime Fiction Academy Presents... Two New Short Stories: A gym rat, a businessman, and a deadly deal, as only Lawrence Block can serve it up. What does it take to part of a murder club? See what happens when one man tries to join. Not quite what he expected, and not for the faint of heart.
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No Score (The Affairs of Chip Harrison Book 1)
by Lawrence Block
Here’s CHIP HARRISON—the second series character created by Lawrence Block, bestselling author of A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES... Chip’s debut in NO SCORE opens with the lad orphaned and cast adrift by the loathsome headmaster of his prep school. Thus unfolds a picaresque tale in which young Chip travels far and wide, determined to...
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A Dance at the Slaughterhouse: A Matthew Scudder Crime Novel (Matthew Scudder Mysteries Book 9)
by Lawrence Block
A successful socialite's beautiful wife was raped and murdered in her own home -- and Matt Scudder believes the victim's "grieving" husband was responsible for the outrage. But to prove it, the haunted p.i. must descend into the depths of New York's sex-for-sale underworld, where young lives are commodities to be bought, perverted...and...
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You Could Call It Murder (The Classic Crime Library Book 12)
by Lawrence Block
“A missing person case brings private eye Roy Markham to the remote winter-bound college town of Cliff's End, New Hampshire. But what began as a routine investigation quickly becomes dark and dangerous. Six pornographic photos and a tidy little blackmail scheme result in a brutal and baffling murder, and no one is safe - especially...
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Like a Thief in the Night: a Bernie Rhodenbarr story
by Lawrence Block
“Like a Thief in the Night” is a Bernie Rhodenbarr short story that’s probably entirely unknown to most of Bernie’s fans. Not only does it lack the word burglar in the title, but Bernie’s not the story’s viewpoint character. It’s told entirely through the spirited and enterprising young woman whose fate it is to walk in on...
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The Devil Knows You're Dead: A MATTHEW SCUDDER CRIME NOVEL (Matthew Scudder Mysteries Book 11)
by Lawrence Block
A deranged derelict, a crazed Vietnam vet, has been arrested for gunning down successful young lawyer Glenn Holtzmann at a corner phone booth on Eleventh Avenue -- and the suspect's brother wants p.i. Matthew Scudder to prove the madman innocent. But Scudder's curiosity and dedication are leading him to dark, unexplored places in his...
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Some Days You Get the Bear
by Lawrence Block
Some Days You Get the Bear is listed in various bibliographical sources as having first appeared in Penthouse, but I don't believe it did. The story SOLD to Penthouse, and sat in inventory forever, until my agent asked for its return. Then in 1993 It became the title story in my third collection of short fiction, published by William...
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Hit Man (Keller series Book 1)
by Lawrence Block
Keller is your basic urban Lonely Guy.He makes a decent wage, lives in a nice apartment.Works the crossword puzzle. Watches a little TV. Until the phone rings and he packs a suitcase, gets on a plane, flies halfway across the country...and kills somebody. It's a living. But is it a life? Keller's not sure. He goes to a shrink, but...
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Eight Million Ways to Die (Matthew Scudder Mysteries Book 5)
by Lawrence Block
Nobody knows better than Matthew Scudder how far down a person can sink in this city. A young prostitute named Kim knew it also—and she wanted out. Maybe Kim didn't deserve the life fate had dealt her. She surely didn't deserve her death. The alcoholic ex-cop turned p.i. was supposed to protect her, but someone slashed her to ribbons...
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Hit List (Keller series Book 2)
by Lawrence Block
Keller is a regular guy. He goes to the movies, works on his stamp collection. Call him for jury duty and he serves without complaint. Then every so often he gets a phone call from White Plains that sends him flying off somewhere to kill a perfect stranger. Keller is a pro and very good at what he does. But the jobs have started to go...
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A Ticket to the Boneyard: A Matthew Scudder Mystery (Matthew Scudder Mysteries Book 8)
by Lawrence Block
Twelve years ago, Matthew Scudder lied to a jury to put James Leo Motley behind bars. Now the ingenious psychopath is free. And the alcoholic ex-cop-turned-p.i. must pay dearly for his sins. Friends and former lovers -- even strangers unfortunate enough to share Scudder's name -- are turning up dead. Because a vengeful maniac is...
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All the Flowers Are Dying (Matthew Scudder Mysteries Book 16)
by Lawrence Block
This 16th title in the Matthew Scudder series is a continuation of the high-tension story told in Hope to Die, with the return of the ingenious psychopath whose many aliases always use the initials "A.B." The man faked his own death at the conclusion of Hope to Die; while Scudder suspected the ruse, he was satisfied that A.B. was out of...
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Spider, Spin Me A Web: A Handbook For Fiction Writers
by Lawrence Block
The craft of writing is a lot like spinning a web: You take threads and weave them skillfully together, and only you know where this intricate network of twists and turns begin and how it will end. Now, with Lawrence Bloock's expert advice, you can learn this art of entrapping your reader in a maze of facinating fiction. Spider, Spin...
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You Don't Even Feel It (A Story From the Dark Side)
by Lawrence Block
When I was ten years old, my father took me to Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo to watch Willie Pep take apart some poor tomato can. I’ve been a fight fan ever since, and my wife’s become an even more rabid aficionado than I; she’ll tell anyone who’ll listen how she wangled a press conference pass and met Freddie Roach and Manny...
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Sweet Little Hands (A Story From the Dark Side)
by Lawrence Block
“Sweet Little Hands” was written in 2000 for one of the Flesh & Blood anthologies edited by Jeff Gelb and Max Allan Collins. I included it in the omnibus collection of my own short fiction, Enough Rope, so if you already own that book, or want to acquire it in eBook form, you may not need to snap up this present offering. It’s...
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The Ehrengraf Presumption (Ehrengraf for the Defense Book 2)
by Lawrence Block
When I finished writing The Ehrengraf Defense in 1976, I knew I had found a character I’d like to revisit. But it was Frederic Dannay’s immediate enthusiasm for Ehrengraf that made me write one story after another about the diminutive attorney. Fred, of course, was one of the pair of cousins who wrote the Ellery Queen mysteries, and...
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The Ehrengraf Defense (Ehrengraf for the Defense Book 1)
by Lawrence Block
It was in 1976 that I wrote The Ehrengraf Defense, introducing a dapper gentleman with a highly idiosyncratic approach to the practice of criminal law. My agent sent the story to Frederic Dannay, one of two cousins who constituted the writing team of Ellery Queen. Fred edited Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine as well, and loved the...
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Generally Speaking
by Lawrence Block
In the summer of 2009, award-winning novelist Lawrence Block began contributing a monthly column to Linn’s Stamp News, America’s leading philatelic publication. A collector as a boy and young man, Block had returned to the hobby in the 1990s. Before long he had begun writing about stamps when one of his characters, an...
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Three in the Side Pocket (A Story From the Dark Side)
by Lawrence Block
From the title, “Three in the Side Pocket,” you might expect a story about a game of pool. Similarly, the story’s lead character expects to find a pool table when he walks into a bar called The Side Pocket. But I hope you won't be disappointed to discover that it’s people who carom off the rails and drop out of sight in this...
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Scenarios (A Stoiry From the Dark Side)
by Lawrence Block
“Scenarios” was written for The Dark End of the Street, an anthology that explores the interface between crime and literary fiction. My friends S. J. Rozan and Jonathan Santlofer teamed up to edit the volume, and I was invited to participate, along with such writers as Laura Lippman, Stephen L. Carter, Madison Smartt Bell, Lee...
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Terrible Tommy Terhune
by Lawrence Block
“Terrible Tommy Terhune” came about because Otto Penzler wanted a tennis story for an anthology he was preparing. I thought about it, and found myself drawn to one of the sport’s brightest lights, blessed with talent and cursed with an ungovernable temper. I imagined what steps he might take to cope with it, and what might happen...
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Le Pouce de l'assassin (Cal-Lévy- R. Pépin) (French Edition)
by Lawrence Block
Keller est comme tout le monde : il travaille, il se repose, il va au cinéma et s’occupe sérieusement de sa collection de timbres. Quand on l’appelle pour siéger au tribunal en tant que juré, il fait son devoir de citoyen. Et si sa patronne l’appelle de White Plains pour aller tuer quelqu’un, jamais il ne rechigne et...
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Sin Hellcat (Collection of Classic Erotica Book 22)
by Lawrence Block
This is the third novel Donald E. Westlake and I did in collaboration, SIN HELLCAT, and I think it may have been the best of the three—but we didn't get to put a joint byline on it. Well, we did—but someone at Nightstand felt free to change it, dropping Alan Marshall from the "by Alan Marshall and Andrew Shaw" byline we'd supplied....
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Hope to Die (Matthew Scudder Mysteries Book 15)
by Lawrence Block
The city caught its collective breath when upscale couple Byrne and Susan Hollander were slaughtered in a brutal home invasion. Now, a few days later, the killers themselves have turned up dead behind the locked door of a Brooklyn hellhole -- one apparently slain by his partner in crime who then took his own life. There's something...
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Everybody Dies (Matthew Scudder Mysteries Book 14)
by Lawrence Block
Matt Scudder is finally leading a comfortable life. The crime rate's down and the stock market's up. Gentrification's prettying-up the old neighborhood. The New York streets don't look so mean anymore. Then all hell breaks loose. Scudder quickly discovers the spruced-up sidewalks are as mean as ever, dark and gritty and stained with...
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Dolly's Trash & Treasures (A Story From the Dark Side)
by Lawrence Block
“Dolly’s Trash and Treasures” was written for an original audio anthology, The Sounds of Crime, published in the UK. The story’s only print appearance to date has been in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. Dolly, as you’ll see, is a person who finds it hard to let go of those things she holds dear. . .
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The Ehrengraf Experience (Ehrengraf for the Defense Book 3)
by Lawrence Block
This is the third story about Martin H. Ehrengraf, the diminutive defense attorney who rarely sees the inside of a courtroom. In the preceding story, The Ehrengraf Presumption, he spells out his core principle thus: “The Ehrengraf Presumption. Any client of Martin H. Ehrengraf is presumed by Ehrengraf to be innocent, which presumption...
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Speaking of Greed - the novella
by Lawrence Block
This 21,000-word novella was written to anchor a collection of stories edited by Lawrence Block and published in 2002 by Cumberland Press. It has never appeared anywhere else. Says the author: "This was something new for me---and something decidedly old-fashioned at the same time. In a format as old as The Decameron and Canterbury...
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Manhattan Noir 2: The Classics (Akashic Noir)
by Lawrence Block
Classic reprints from: Edith Wharton, Stephen Crane, O. Henry, Irwin Shaw, Jerome Weidman, Damon Runyon, Evan Hunter, Jerrold Mundis, Edgar Allan Poe, Horace Gregory, Geoffrey Bartholomew, Cornell Woolrich, Barry N. Malzberg, Clark Howard, Jerome Charyn, Donald E. Westlake, Joyce Carol Oates, Lawrence Block, Susan Isaacs, and others....
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Hit and Run (Keller series Book 4)
by Lawrence Block
For years now Keller's had places to go and people to kill. But enough is enough. Just one more job—paid in advance—and he's going to retire. Waiting in Des Moines for the client's go-ahead, Keller's picking out stamps for his collection at a shop in Urbandale when somebody guns down the charismatic governor of Ohio. Back at his...
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In For a Penny (A Story From the Dark Side)
by Lawrence Block
“In For a Penny” was written in response to a late-1990s invitation from the BBC. Could I provide a noirish story to be read over the radio? I could and did, and EQMM published it after it had gone out over the airwaves, and I subsequently collected it in Enough Rope. I don’t know that it was written any differently because it...
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The Canceled Czech (Evan Tanner)
by Lawrence Block
Evan Tanner ran head-first into a piece of shrapnel in Korea, and now he can't sleep. Ever. Which can be an asset for a dedicated linguist, term paper forger, thief, lost cause enthusiast . . . Spy. Tanner takes on jobs for a covert intelligence organization so secret that even those who work for it have no idea who they're working...
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When the Sacred Ginmill Closes (Matthew Scudder Mysteries Book 6)
by Lawrence Block
In the dark days, in a sad and lonely place, ex-cop Matt Scudder is drinking his life away -- and doing "favors" for pay for his ginmill cronies. But when three such assignments flow together in dangerous and disturbing ways, he'll need to change his priorities from boozing to surviving.
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Manhattan Noir (Akashic Noir)
by Lawrence Block
Brand-new stories by: Jeffery Deaver, Lawrence Block, Charles Ardai, Carol Lea Benjamin, Thomas H. Cook, Jim Fusilli, Robert Knightly, John Lutz, Liz Martínez, Maan Meyers, Martin Meyers, S.J. Rozan, Justin Scott, C.J. Sullivan, and Xu Xi. Lawrence Block has won most of the major mystery awards, and has been called the...
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The Thief Who Couldn't Sleep (Evan Tanner)
by Lawrence Block
Evan Michael Tanner hasn't slept in more than a decade—not since a small piece of battlefield shrapnel invaded his skull and obliterated his brain's sleep center. Still, he's managed to find numerous inventive ways to occupy his waking hours. Tanner is a card-carrying member of hundreds of international organizations, from the...
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The Scoreless Thai (Evan Tanner)
by Lawrence Block
Evan Tanner can't sleep. Ever. Which gives him plenty of free time to get involved in lots of interesting endeavors in all sorts of exotic locales. Now Tanner's in Thailand with a partially baked plan and a butterfly net, hoping to snare a beautiful missing chanteuse who's metamorphosed into an international jewel thief. Tanner hopes...
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Deadly Honeymoon (The Classic Crime Library Book 2)
by Lawrence Block
“You may rape the bride…” David and Jill Wade wanted a properly traditional start to their marriage. For openers, they decided to delay its consummation until after the ceremony. They planned a perfect honeymoon at a secluded lakeside resort in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains. Joe Carroll, the guest in the cabin next door...
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A Candle for the Bag Lady (Matthew Scudder Book 2)
by Lawrence Block
I began writing about Matthew Scudder in the mid-1970s. The first novel, The Sins of the Fathers, appeared in 1975, and A Drop of the Hard Stuff—the 17th and most recent—was published in 2011. Over the years Scudder has also been featured in 11 short works of fiction; A Candle for the Bag Lady, which first appeared in AHMM in 1977...
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Grifter's Game (Classic Crime Library Book 3)
by Lawrence Block
Your name’s Joe Marlin, but you change it almost as often as you change your shirt. It’s David Gavilan when you skip a hotel bill and head for Atlantic City. You left empty-handed, and you need luggage to check into a decent hotel, so you grab two checked bags before the owner turns up to claim them. They’re monogrammed L.K.B.—so...
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Time to Murder and Create (Matthew Scudder Mysteries Book 2)
by Lawrence Block
Small-time stoolie, Jake " The Spinner" Jablon, made a lot of new enemies when he switched careers, from informer to blackmailer. And the more "clients", he figured, the more money -- and more people eager to see him dead. So no one is surprised when the pigeon is found floating in the East River with his skull bashed in.And what's...
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The Specialists (The Classic Crime Library Book 5)
by Lawrence Block
“The colonel was right. You had to draw a line through mankind, a wavy line but a line, and on one side you had Good and on the other side you had Evil. There was good and bad in everyone, sure, and every shitheel was some mother’s son, and it was all well and good to know this, but when push came to shove, it was just words; there...
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The Triumph of Evil (The Classic Crime Library Book 6)
by Lawrence Block
“If you’re not part of the solution, you must be part of the problem.” You heard that a lot in the early 1970s, when the country seemed to be teetering on the brink of revolutionary upheaval. Miles Dorn, living quietly in retirement in the U.S., had come a long way from his roots in Central Europe, leaving his past as an assassin...
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Such Men Are Dangerous (The Classic Crime Library Book 7)
by Lawrence Block
“This goes through you like a dose of salts and stings like iodine.” So said Virginia Kirkus Reviews of Such Men Are Dangerous when it first appeared almost fifty years ago, and since then this edge-of-the-chair novel hasn’t lost a step. It’s the story of Paul Kavanagh, a burnt-out ex-Green Beret who copes with what we’ve...
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Lucky at Cards (The Classic Crime Library Book 9)
by Lawrence Block
AT CARDS AND WITH WOMEN, BILL MAYNARD KNEW HOW TO CHEAT… On the mend after getting run out of Chicago, professional cardsharp Bill Maynard is hungry for some action – but not nearly as hungry as Joyce Rogers, the tantalizing wife of Bill’s latest mark. Together they hatch an ingenious scheme to get rid of her husband. But in...
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Killing Castro (The Classic Crime Library Book 10)
by Lawrence Block
BECAUSE IN 1961, NO ONE WOULD HAVE CALLED FIDEL CASTRO THE RETIRING TYPE. There were five of them, each prepared to kill, each with his own reasons for accepting what might well be a suicide mission. The pay? $20,000 apiece. The mission? Find a way into Cuba and kill Castro. This breathtaking thriller, originally published the year...
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Coward's Kiss (The Classic Crime Library Book 13)
by Lawrence Block
“Ed London is the kind of private investigator you call to clean up the mess when your mistress turns up dead. But after he dumps a body in Central Park, it appears this case is still alive and kicking. Seems that the dead girl was in possession of something special that some very shady characters want back. Now Ed, along with his...
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A Stab in the Dark (Matthew Scudder Mysteries Book 4)
by Lawrence Block
Louis Pinell, the recently apprehended "Icepick Prowler," freely admits to having slain seven young women nine years ago -- but be swears it was a copycat who killed Barbara Ettinger Matthew Scudder believes him. But the trail to Ettinger's true murderer is twisted, dark and dangerous...and even colder than the almost decade-old corpse...
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The Ehrengraf Alternative (Ehrengraf for the Defense Book 7)
by Lawrence Block
The Ehrengraf Alternative is the sixth of ten stories about the little lawyer whose resourcefulness on behalf of an innocent client is unparalleled. It seems to me that a couple of real-life cases inspired this story, but I find I can’t call them to mind; the story seems to have outlived its inspiration. Ehrengraf would probably quote...
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The Ehrengraf Affirmation (Ehrengraf for the Defense Book 9)
by Lawrence Block
The Ehrengraf Affirmation is the ninth of ten stories about the little lawyer whose chief article of faith is the simon-pure innocence of his clients. Of course that leap of faith is more of a challenge with some clients than others. The use of written affirmations is a key element in Write For Your Life, the interactional seminar for...
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Some Days You Get the Bear
by Lawrence Block
The bear is on the prowl in many different guises.  He may be the master thief stealing into Graceland, an intense young passenger experimenting in terror, or a psychiatrist haunted by his patient's nightmare.  Or maybe he's beautiful, lethal woman in a blood-red scarf.  So beware of the this huge, dangerous beast.  Because first he...
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The Burglar in the Closet (Bernie Rhodenbarr Series Book 2)
by Lawrence Block
It's hard to ignore someone with his hands in your mouth. Bernie Rhodenbarr's all ears when Dr. Sheldrake, his dentist, starts complaining about his detestable, soon-to-be-ex wife, and happens to mention the valuable diamonds she keeps lying around the apartment. Since Bernie's been known to supplement his income as a bookstore owner...
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Even the Wicked: A Matthew Scudder Novel (Matthew Scudder Mysteries Book 13)
by Lawrence Block
Matthew Scudder knows that justice is an elusive commodity in the big city, where a harmless man can be shot dead in a public place criminals fly free through holes in a tattered legal system. But now a vigilante is roaming among the millions, executing those he fees deserve to die. He calls himself "The Will of the People"—an...
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Hit Parade (Keller series Book 3)
by Lawrence Block
Keller is friendly. Industrious. A bit lonely, sometimes. If it wasn't for the fact that he kills people for a living, he'd be just your average Joe. The inconvenient wife, the troublesome sports star, the greedy business partner, the vicious dog, he'll take care of them all, quietly and efficiently. If the price is right. Like the...
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Write for Your Life
by Lawrence Block
Based on Lawrence Block's extremely popular seminar for writers. Discover Block's tips for overcoming writer's block and unleashing your creativity.
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Small Town
by Lawrence Block
The author of dozens of acclaimed novels including those in the Scudder and Keller series, Lawrence Block has long been recognized as one of the premier crime writers of our time. Now, the breathtaking skill, power, and versatility of this Grand Master are brilliantly displayed once again in a mesmerizing new thriller set on the streets...
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A Drop of the Hard Stuff (Matthew Scudder Mysteries Book 17)
by Lawrence Block
"Right up there with Mr. Block's best....A DROP OF THE HARD STUFF keeps us guessing."--Tom Nolan, Wall Street Journal Facing his demons in his first year of sobriety, Matthew Scudder finds himself on the trail of a killer. When Scudder's childhood friend Jack Ellery is murdered, presumably while attempting to atone for past sins...
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Getting Off: A Novel of Sex & Violence (Hard Case Crime Book 101)
by Lawrence Block
SO THIS GIRL WALKS INTO A BAR...  ...and when she walks out there's a man with her. She goes to bed with him, and she likes that part. Then she kills him, and she likes that even better. On her way out, she cleans out his wallet. She keeps moving, and has a new name for each change of address. She's been doing this for a while, and...
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The Burglar in the Rye (Bernie Rhodenbarr Series Book 9)
by Lawrence Block
Gulliver Fairborn's novel, Nobody's Baby , changed Bernie Rhodenbarr's life. And now pretty Alice Cottrell, Fairborn's one-time paramour, wants the bookselling, book-loving burglar to break into a room in New York's teeth-achingly charming Paddington Hotel and purloin some of the writer's very personal letters before an unscrupulous...
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The Burglar Who Liked to Quote Kipling (Bernie Rhodenbarr Series Book 3)
by Lawrence Block
Bernie Rhodenbarr has gone legit -- almost -- as the new owner of a used bookstore in New York's Greenwich Village. Of course, dusty old tomes don't always turn a profit, so to make ends meet, Bernie's forced, on occasion, to indulge in his previous occupation: burglary. Besides which, he likes it. Now a collector is offering Bernie an...
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The Burglar on the Prowl (Bernie Rhodenbarr Series Book 10)
by Lawrence Block
A philosophical yet practical gentleman, Bernie Rhodenbarr possesses many admirable qualities: charm, intelligence, sparkling wit, and unwavering loyalty. Of course, he also has this special talent and a taste for life's finer things. So he's more than willing to perform some vengeful larceny for a friend -- ripping off a smarmy...
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The Burglar in the Library (Bernie Rhodenbarr Series Book 8)
by Lawrence Block
Bookseller and New-Yorker-to-the-bone, Bernie Rhodenbarr rarely ventures out of Manhattan, but he's excited about the romantic getaway he has planned for himself and current lady love Lettice at the Cuttleford House, a remote upstate b&b. Unfortunately, Lettice has a prior engagement—she's getting married . . . and not to...
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The Burglar Who Thought He Was Bogart (Bernie Rhodenbarr Series Book 7)
by Lawrence Block
Bookseller Bernie Rhodenbarr's in love—with an exotic Eastern European beauty who shares his obsession with Humphrey Bogart movies. He's in heaven, munching popcorn with his new amour every night at a Bogart Film Festival—until their Casablanca -esque idyll is cut short by his other secret passion: burglary . When he's hired to...
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The Burglar Who Painted Like Mondrian (Bernie Rhodenbarr Series Book 5)
by Lawrence Block
It's not that used bookstore owner and part-time burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr believes the less legal of his two professions is particularly ethical. (It is, however, a rush, and he is very good at it.) He just thinks it's unfair to face a prison term for his legitimate activities. After appraising the worth of a rich man's library...
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The Burglar Who Traded Ted Williams (Bernie Rhodenbarr Series Book 6)
by Lawrence Block
Bernie Rhodenbarr is actually trying to earn an honest living. It's been an entire year since he's entered anyone's abode illegally to help himself to their valuables. But now an unscrupulous landlord's threat to increase Bernie's rent by 1,000% is driving the bookseller and reformed burglar back to a life of crime -- though, in all...
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Telling Lies for Fun & Profit
by Lawrence Block
Characters refusing to talk? Plot plodding along? Where do good ideas come from anyway? In this wonderfully practical volume, two-time Edgar Award-winning novelist Lawrence Block takes an inside look at writing as a craft and as a career. From studying the market, to mastering self-discipline and "creative procrastination," through...
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As Dark as Christmas Gets (The Affairs of Chip Harrison Book 6)
by Lawrence Block
In addition to the four novels (No Score, Chip Harrison Scores Again, Make Out With Murder, and The Topless Tulip Caper), Lawrence Block wrote two short stories about young Chip Harrison. Both take place after the four novels, and feature Chip (The Lecher in the Wry) as he is in the third and fourth books—i.e., the assistant of Leo...
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Headaches and Bad Dreams (A Story From the Dark Side)
by Lawrence Block
All I can remember about the origin of “Headaches and Bad Dreams” is that I was on a train when I got the idea for it. It seems to me I was on my way home from Connecticut, though I couldn’t tell you what I was doing there. Whatever it was, my wife was there doing it with me, and this idea came to me in a sentence or two and I...
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One Night Stands and Lost Weekends
by Lawrence Block
In the era before he created moody private investigator Matthew Scudder, burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr, sleepless spy Evan Tanner, and the amiable hit man Keller—and years before his first Edgar Award—a young writer named Lawrence Block submitted a story titled "You Can't Lose" to Manhunt magazine. It was published, and the rest is...
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How Far - a one-act stage play
by Lawrence Block
In 1997, my friend Mary Higgins Clark invited me to submit a story for an anthology in aid of literacy. The book would be called The Plot Thickens, and each story would be required to contain three things—a thick steak, a thick fog, and a thick book. If anyone else had made the request, I’d have replied that the whole idea made me...
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Burglars Can't Be Choosers (Bernie Rhodenbarr Series Book 1)
by Lawrence Block
Bernie Rhodenbarr is a personable chap, a good neighbor, a passable poker player. His chosen profession, however, might not sit well with some. Bernie is a burglar, a good one, effortlessly lifting valuables from the not-so-well-protected abodes of well-to-do New Yorkers like a modern-day Robin Hood. (The poor, as Bernie would be the...
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The Burglar Who Dropped In On Elvis (Bernie Rhodenbarr Book 12)
by Lawrence Block
Between 1977 and 1983, I wrote and published five books about the lighthearted and lightfingered Bernard Grimes Rhodenbarr, with his secondhand bookstore and his dogwashing buddy, Carolyn. It was 1994 before a sixth Burglar book came along, but by then I’d written a pair of short stories about our lad. The first, “Like a Thief in...
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The Burglar Who Studied Spinoza (Bernie Rhodenbarr Series Book 4)
by Lawrence Block
Bookselling burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr doesn't generally get philosophical about his criminal career. He's good at it, it's addictively exciting—and it pays a whole lot better than pushing old tomes. He steals therefore he is, period. He might well ponder, however, the deeper meaning of events at the luxurious Chelsea brownstone of...
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Campus Tramp (Collection of Classic Erotica Book 7)
by Lawrence Block
There’s a song they used to sing at Antioch College, and it went something like this: “She was just a little freshman Victim of Admission’s whim Then she met an upperclassman—we won’t name him— And she had a child by him. “Now he’s off in New York City Rescued by the co-op plan While she walks the streets of Yellow...
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A Chance to Get Even (A Story From the Dark Side)
by Lawrence Block
"A Chance to Get Even" is a story about a poker game. A friendly game—or at least that's how it starts out. I played in a friendly game for years, and still take a hand now and then, but the evenings I spent at the card table never turned out like this. And that's probably just as well. The story appeared in Ellery Queen's...
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Welcome to the Real World (A Story From the Dark Side)
by Lawrence Block
"Welcome to the Real World" is a golf story. Otto Penzler asked me for a story for an anthology with a golf-and-crime theme, and I wrote one called "Hit the Ball, Drag Fred." But then I put it in my big collection, ENOUGH ROPE, and that came out before Otto's book, and his had to be previously unpublished. From out of nowhere the idea...
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Speaking of Lust - the novella
by Lawrence Block
This 21,000-word novella was written to anchor a collection of stories edited by Lawrence Block and published in 2001 by Cumberland Press. In 2008 it appeared alone as a small UK paperback. Aside from that, it has never been published. Says the author: "This was something new for me---and something decidedly old-fashioned at the same...
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A Vision in White
by Lawrence Block
“A Vision in White” has a wonderful history. Otto Penzler invited me to contribute a tennis story to an anthology, and I wrote one, but by the time Murder is My Racquet was published, I’d already included the story in my omnibus collection, Enough Rope. That meant Otto couldn’t use it, so he asked me to write another, and the...
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Aus dem Fenster: Matthew-Scudder-Kurzgeschichte #1 (German Edition)
by Lawrence Block
Lawrence Block konnte mit seinen 17 Matthew-Scudder-Romanen die Herzen von Lesern in der ganzen Welt gewinnen – und auch eine Vielzahl von Literaturpreisen, wie den Edgar Allan Poe Award (Edgar), den Shamus Award, den deutschen Marlowe-Preis und den japanischen Maltese Falcon Award. Und es ist vor allem Matt Scudder, der Block...
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Die Sünden der Väter (Matthew Scudder 1) (German Edition)
by Lawrence Block
»Die Sünden der Väter« stellt Matthew Scudder vor, jenen New Yorker Privatdetektiv, der von Liam Neeson in »Ruhet in Frieden« auf der Leinwand verkörpert wurde. Eine junge Prostituierte wurde getötet und der mutmaßliche Mörder hat sich in seiner Gefängniszelle erhängt. Auf der Suche nach Antworten wendet sich der Vater des...
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In the Midst of Death (Matthew Scudder Mysteries Book 3)
by Lawrence Block
Bad cop Jerry Broadfield didn't make any friends on the force when he volunteered to squeal to an ambitious d.a. about police corruption. Now he'saccused of murdering a call girl. Matthew Scudder doesn't think Broadfield's a killer, but the cops aren't about to help the unlicensed p.i. prove it -- and they may do a lot worse than just...
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Tanner's Twelve Swingers (Evan Tanner)
by Lawrence Block
Sometime spy Evan Tanner has accepted impossible assignments for many reasons: money, thrills, to have something to occupy his waking hours (twenty-four of them every day, in fact, since battlefield shrapnel obliterated his brain's sleep center). But this might be the first time he's put his life on the line . . . for love. Tanner's...
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Tanner On Ice (Evan Tanner)
by Lawrence Block
Cold War superspy Evan Tanner lost the ability to sleep on a battlefield in Korea. So where the heck has he been since the '70s? Frozen. Cryogenically. A Tanner-sicle. Which he never thought would happen when he walked into a basement in Union City, New Jersey, more than a quarter century ago. Now he's unthawed and ready to rumble...
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Tanner's Virgin (Evan Tanner)
by Lawrence Block
The CIA, the FBI, the KGB, Interpol—not one of the world's premier intelligence organizations knows quite what to make of Evan Michael Tanner. Is he a spy, a mercenary, a footloose adventurer, or simply a screwball sucker for hopeless causes? (Actually he's a little bit of all of the above. Plus he never sleeps. Ever .) One thing's...
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Me Tanner, You Jane (Evan Tanner)
by Lawrence Block
It's a jungle out there. Literally. At least for Evan Tanner, eternally sleepless sometime superspy, who finds himself in Africa on the trail of the AWOL ruler of tiny Modonoland. It seems the petty despot's gone missing, and he's taken the state treasury along with him. No stranger to impossible missions and international peril...
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A Diet of Treacle (The Classic Crime Library Book 11)
by Lawrence Block
SO A WAR VET, A PSYCHOPATH, AND A HOT BABE WALK INTO WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK… …and years later they tell us what Greenwich Village was like in the 1950s. Lawrence Block was on the scene, just starting to find himself as a writer, and A Diet of Treacle was his attempt to get it all down on paper. It was published by a low-rent...
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Catch and Release
by Lawrence Block
The Master Returns--With Never-Before-Collected Tales of Murder and Desire One of the most highly acclaimed novelists in the crime genre, Lawrence Block is also a master of the short story, with award-winning work ranging from the macabre to the slyly comic, from heart-stopping tales of revenge to memorable explorations of lust and...
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Like a Bone in the Throat (A Story From the Dark Side)
by Lawrence Block
Like a Bone in the Throat was written in response to Otto Penzler’s invitation to contribute a story to a new anthology, Murder for Revenge. I’d had the idea in mind for a while, and the evolving relationship between Paul Dandridge and Billy Croydon seemed to lead inexorably to an inevitable conclusion. There are a lot of twists, and...
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The Ehrengraf Appointment (Ehrengraf for the Defense Book 4)
by Lawrence Block
This is the fourth story about Martin H. Ehrengraf, the dapper little lawyer whose clients always turn out to be innocent. Unlike Perry Mason, Ehrengraf rarely sees the inside of a courtroom, but like that fellow, he never loses a case. Ehrengraf charges high fees, and has the good sense to represent individuals able to pay them. But in...
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The Ehrengraf Riposte (Ehrengraf for the Defense Book 5)
by Lawrence Block
This, the fifth story about Martin H. Ehrengraf, presents the criminous criminal lawyer with a different sort of problem. He’s engaged to defend a man who anticipates being charged with homicide. But no one has been murdered. Yet. In the beleaguered but resourceful Ethan Crowe, Ehrengraf has a client who sees the wisdom of hedging his...
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The Ehrengraf Obligation (Ehrengraf for the Defense Book 6)
by Lawrence Block
This is the sixth story about Martin H. Ehrengraf, diminutive attorney who represents criminal defendants on a contingency basis. In earlier appearances, the little lawyer has quoted William Blake, Winthrop Mackworth Praed, Thomas Hood, and Andrew Marvell, so it’s clear that he sees poetry as a sacred calling. However vile the crime...
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The Ehrengraf Reverse (Ehrengraf for the Defense Book 10)
by Lawrence Block
The Ehrengraf Reverse is the last of ten stories about the dapper little defense attorney who rarely sees the inside of a courtroom because he never is encumbered with a guilty client. It was requested by Otto Penzler for an anthology of football stories; for all the weekend afternoons I spend in front of the TV, this would seem to be...
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Out on the Cutting Edge (Matthew Scudder Mysteries Book 7)
by Lawrence Block
This is a city that seduces dreamers . . . then eats their dreams. Matthew Scudder understands the futility of his search for a longtime missing Midwestern innocent who wanted to be an actress in the vast meat-grinder called New York City. But her frantic father heard that Schudder is the best—and now the ex-cop-turned-p.i. is...
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Almost Perfect
by Lawrence Block
“Almost Perfect” is a baseball story. It was written at the invitation of Otto Penzler, who wanted it for an anthology—but he didn’t get to publish it. Alice K. Turner, as incisive a reader as I’ve ever known, was Playboy’s Fiction Editor at the time, and I always gave her first look at anything I wrote. She snapped it up...
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Step by Step: A Pedestrian Memoir
by Lawrence Block
From the revered New York Times bestselling author comes a touching, insightful, and humorous memoir of an unlikely racewalker and world traveler Before Lawrence Block was the author of bestselling novels featuring unforgettable characters such as the hit man Keller, private investigator Matthew Scudder, burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr...
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