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Ariel (Classic Crime Library Book 16)
by Lawrence Block
Here’s one reviewer’s take:“Originally marketed as "occult horror", Ariel is neither. It's a story of the madness that lies just under the surface, and what it takes to bring it out; the need to give evil a face and a name. Who better to scapegoat for unexplainable tragedies than the one who is Different? Ariel is adopted, and...
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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...
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A Time to Scatter Stones: A Matthew Scudder Novella
by Lawrence Block
MATT SCUDDER RETURNS. More than 40 years after his debut and nearly a decade since his last appearance, one of the most renowned characters in all of crime fiction is back on the case in this major new novella by Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Lawrence Block. Well past retirement age and feeling his years—but still staying...
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The Merciful Angel of Death (A Matthew Scudder Story Book 5)
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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The Merciful Angel of Death (A Matthew Scudder Story Book 5)
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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The Merciful Angel of Death (A Matthew Scudder Story Book 5)
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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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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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 Me.
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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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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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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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Keller's Fedora (Kindle Single)
by Lawrence Block
In this brand-new novella, Keller, everyone’s favorite assassin for hire, is Chicago-bound on Amtrak's City of New Orleans, ready to do what he does best. But it’s complicated. Usually there’s someone ready to point him toward the target. Or he’ll have a photo, say. Or, bare minimum, a name and address. Not this time. When he...
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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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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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At Home in the Dark
by Lawrence Block, Joe Hill, Joe R. Lansdale, Elaine Kagan, Jill D. Block, Duane Swierczynski, Wallace Stroby, Laura Benedict, James Reasoner, Richard
"Noir fiction comes in many forms, as multiple award–winning thriller and mystery writer Block points out in this stellar collection. Sometimes noir carries the trappings of the hard-boiled style—dangling cigarettes, mean streets, gunsels—but not always. These 17 original stories cross genres, styles, and settings with abandon, but...
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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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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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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.It was...
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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. "I...
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Keller's Homecoming
by Lawrence Block
Keller, an introspective fellow, was always your basic Urban Lonely Guy. He collects stamps. He used to have a dog, until the dog walker walked off with him. Then he soldiered 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...
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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 2011Lawrence 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...
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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 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 Bernie—so...
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Keller on the Spot
by Lawrence Block
Keller on the Spot is the eighth story about Keller, your basic Urban Lonely Guy and wistful assassin for hire. Like most of the its predecessors, it made its first appearance in Playboy, and in due course won the MWA Edgar Allan Poe award as best short story of the year. The life of a hired killer has its rewards, but the opportunity to...
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The Darkling Halls of Ivy
by Lawrence Block, Ian Rankin, David Morrell, Joe R. Lansdale, John Lescroart, Seanan McGuire, Warren Moore, Nicholas Christopher, Jill D. Block, Tod
Publishers Weekly's starred review:"Set in and around colleges and universities, the 17 new stories and one reprint in this top-notch anthology explore the forbidding side of academia. As Block (the Bernie Rhodenbarr mysteries) notes in his droll introduction, each of the varied, well-told tales is “as individual as fingerprints.”...
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Borderline (Hard Case Crime Book 115)
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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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 marry...
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A Drop of the Hard Stuff (Matthew Scudder Mysteries Book 17)
by Lawrence Block
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, Scudder reluctantly begins his own investigation, with just one lead: Ellery's Alcoholics Anonymous list of people he...
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Getting Off: A Novel of Sex & Violence (Hard Case Crime Book 101)
by Lawrence Block, Jill Emerson
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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Dead Girl Blues
by Lawrence Block
Why don't I let these good people tell you about DEAD GIRL BLUES?“Dark and cold as the far side of the moon, but with prose as lean as a starving model, DEAD GIRL BLUES is like the dead body you can't help but look at. I couldn't quit reading, and damn sure didn't want to. A grim masterpiece of storytelling.” ~ Joe R. Lansdale“The...
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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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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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From Sea to Stormy Sea: 17 Stories Inspired by Great American Paintings
by Lawrence Block
In the third installment of his acclaimed illustrated anthology series, master of crime fiction Lawrence Block has gathered together the best talent from popular fiction to produce an anthology of short stories based on masterpieces of American art. Seventeen stories by seventeen brilliant writers, inspired by seventeen paintings....
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 Herb...
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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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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 Book 1)
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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Tanner's Tiger (Evan Tanner Book 5)
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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Gym Rat & The Murder Club: Two New Stories (Kindle Single) (Crime Fiction Academy Presents...)
by Lawrence Block, Matt Plass
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. Founded in 2012, The Center for...
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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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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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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 an...
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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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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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Sin Hellcat (Collection of Classic Erotica Book 22)
by Lawrence Block, Donald E. Westlake
"As a huge fan of both Block and Westlake, I had fun reading this early collaboration by them before they made it big... "Is “Sin Hellcat” a lost masterpiece? No. But it’s way better than a 1961 sleaze paperback deserves to be. There’s enough titillation to keep the dudes flipping the pages, and enough edgy, adventurous content...
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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 Edith Wharton, Stephen Crane, O. Henry
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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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 was...
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The Canceled Czech (Evan Tanner Book 2)
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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The Scoreless Thai (Evan Tanner Book 4)
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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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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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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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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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 agent...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Tanner's Twelve Swingers (Evan Tanner Book 3)
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 Book 8)
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 Book 6)
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 Book 7)
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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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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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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The Liar's Companion: A Field Guide for Fiction Writers
by Lawrence Block
For fourteen years, five-time Edgar winner and MWA Grand Master Lawrence Block wrote a monthly column on fiction for Writers Digest magazine. These columns yielded four books regarded as classics: Telling Lies for Fun & Profit, Spider Spin Me a Web, The Liar's Bible...and now The Liar's Companion. Here are some reviews on Goodreads:...
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