Lawrence Block

Biography

Lawrence Block has been writing award-winning mystery and suspense fiction for half a century. His most recent novels are A DROP OF THE HARD STUFF, featuring Matthew Scudder, and GETTING OFF, starring a very naughty young woman. Several of his books have been filmed, although not terribly well. He's well known for his books for writers, including the classic TELLING LIES FOR FUN & PROFIT, and THE LIAR'S BIBLE. In addition to prose works, he has written episodic television (TILT!) and the Wong Kar-wai film, MY BLUEBERRY NIGHTS. He is a modest and humble fellow, although you would never guess as much from this biographical note.

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Books

Come Fly With Us!
By Lawrence Block
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 55,230. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
When John Warren Wells published Sex & the Stewardess, copies flew off newsstand shelves. Displayed in flight, it was a natural icebreaker, and the author received fan mail from stews and passengers alike. Sales sent the book into a second and third printing, and the publisher begged for a sequel. At which point JWW began racking up those frequent flyer miles...
Catch and Release
By Lawrence Block
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 100,020. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2013. Category: Fiction
17 previously uncollected short works by MWA Grand Master Lawrence Block, including a newspaper op-ed piece, thirteen short stories, two novellas, and a one-act stage play, with appearances by series character Matthew Scudder and Bernie Rhodenbarr. Publishers Weekly says: "If Block were a serial killer instead of one of the best storytellers of our time, we’d be in real trouble."
You Can Call Me Lucky (Kit Tolliver #3)
By Lawrence Block
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,300. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2013. Category: Fiction
After "Rude Awakening," Kit Tolliver felt the need to get out of New York. Her travels have taken her to an Indian casino in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, where she tells a gambler on a hot streak that her name is Lucky Eagle Feather. He takes her to his room and thinks it's his lucky day. Yeah, right...
Rude Awakening (Kit Tolliver #2)
By Lawrence Block
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,970. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2013. Category: Fiction
Kit Tolliver, introduced in "If You Can't Stand the Heat," picks up men, beds them, and kills them. But she has too much to drink during a trip to the Bronx, and when she wakes up the next morning, the fellow's still alive. How'd that happen? And what's a girl to do in such circumstances?
If You Can't Stand the Heat (Kit Tolliver #1)
By Lawrence Block
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,640. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2013. Category: Fiction
A comely young woman meets a man in a Hell's Kitchen saloon. Ignoring some clear warning signals, she accepts his invitation and goes home with him. But she's not the only one who ought to be careful...This story introduces Kit Tolliver, whose adventures are chronicled in a dozen episodes, gathered together in book form in Getting Off and now available individually as well.
Zeroing In (Kit Tolliver #11)
By Lawrence Block
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,330. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2013. Category: Fiction
Kit Tolliver was confused. But what do you do when all you know about a guy is the name he gave you? Good old Sid from Philadelphia, except he wasn’t from Philadelphia, and his name wasn’t Sid. Want to try that out on Google? Then Rita told her about this Mormon missionary who came to her door, and to her bed. And what he did, and what he wouldn’t do. And Kit got the damnedest idea...
Unfinished Business (Kit Tolliver #12)
By Lawrence Block
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,350. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2013. Category: Fiction
Can a one-woman murder spree settle down and find contentment and happiness in the arms of a nice suburban lady in Kirkland, Washington? Kit's closer to Rita than she’s ever been to another human being, and the phone conversations the two women have are more exciting than the times she spends in bed with men. But there’s a lot Rita doesn’t know about her...
Waitress Wanted (Kit Tolliver #5)
By Lawrence Block
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,040. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2013. Category: Fiction
There were five men who slept with Kit Tolliver and lived to tell the tale, and she’s determined to hunt them down and wipe them off the board of life. It's the kind of work she most enjoys. Now “Waitress Wanted” finds Kit in Phoenix. She’s down to four names on her list, until a hand-lettered sign in a diner gives her a job and a boss...and a fifth name on her list. For a while, anyway...
Fun with Brady and Angelica (Kit Tolliver #10)
By Lawrence Block
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,320. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2013. Category: Fiction
How can you have a relationship when you kill every man you sleep with? Kit Tolliver's in St. Louis, hoping a lesbian bar might hold the answer. And she’s not the bar’s only patron with a hidden agenda. Brady and Angelica are husband and wife, and they go out cruising as a team. They spot Kit right away. They like what they see. And it’s hard to know just what they’ve got in mind for her..
Don't Get in the Car (Kit Tolliver #9)
By Lawrence Block
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,010. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2013. Category: Fiction
Kit Tolliver's lying low in Ohio, letting herself heal. But a girl gets restless, you know? And one night she goes out for a walk, and a car pulls up, and a guy rolls down the window and offers her a ride. “Don’t get in the car,” a little voice says. But she gets in the car...and role reversal kicks in big time. Kit, always the predator, is now the prey.
One Kind Favor I Ask of You (Kit Tolliver #8)
By Lawrence Block
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,240. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2013. Category: Fiction
When Kit Tolliver met Alvin Kirkaby, he was on his way to an overseas assignment, and maybe it was an uncharacteristic attack of patriotism that led her to break her usual pattern and spare his life. But now he’s home from the wars, so all she has to do is head down to Hedgemont NC and give her soldier boy an honorable discharge. But it turns out to be a little more complicated than that...
Conjugal Rites (Kit Tolliver #7)
By Lawrence Block
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,840. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2013. Category: Fiction
Kit Tolliver's sworn mission is to hunt down and kill every man she ever slept with. But how's she going to manage that when the guy at the top of her list is doing hard time in a maximum-security prison? Good thing our girl's resourceful...
Jilling (Kit Tolliver #6)
By Lawrence Block
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,810. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2013. Category: Fiction
Kit Tolliver has a nice simple lifestyle: she meets a man, has sex with him, and kills him. Over the years, five men got away alive—and now it's her sworn mission to hunt them down and kill them. Now she's in Kirkland, Washington, living in the suburbs with a very interesting lady and trying to hook up with one of the men who got away. But it's not easy...
Beyond Group Sex
By Lawrence Block
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 63,120. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
During the 1970’s, John Warren Wells chronicled the seismic shift in human behavior which has come to be known as the Sexual Revolution. His monthly column in Swank Magazine brought no end of letters; he replied to everyone who wrote, and ihterviewed many of his correspondents by mail or, often, in person. The most outrageous found their way into BEYOND GROUP SEX.
Sex and the Stewardess
By Lawrence Block
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 56,290. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
Through the medium of first-person reports, eight stewardesses recount their sexual histories. John Warren Wells' book is a classic sexological work of the 1970s, and inspired a sequel, Come Fly With Me.
The New Sexual Underground: Crossing the Last Boundaries
By Lawrence Block
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 60,830. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
Through case histories and an account of his own personal experiences, the author chronicles the revolution in sexual behavior that transformed society in the latter years of the 20th century.
Versatile Ladies: The Bisexual Option
By Lawrence Block
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 57,330. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
A study via case histories of female bisexuality. The six women who are the book's subjects relate their stories in their own words, together supplying a welcome perspective on an increasingly compelling topic.
Ehrengraf for the Defense
By Lawrence Block
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 57,240. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2013. Category: Fiction
These eleven stories constitute the complete case files to date of Martin Ehrengraf, the dapper little lawyer who never sees the inside of a courtroom because all his clients somehow turn out to be innocent. Introduced in Ellery Queen magazine, Ehrengraf is remarkably ingenious and resourceful, and will do anything—anything!—in a client's interest.
Collecting Ackermans
By Lawrence Block
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,190. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2013. Category: Fiction
Collecting Ackermans presents a cheerful and whimsical serial murderer—a sport killer, really—with what struck me back when I wrote it as a wholly unique method of victim selection. That was in 1976, and I still think it's the case. The story first appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine and is presently under consideration for TV dramatization.
By the Dawn's Early Light - A Matthew Scudder Story #3
By Lawrence Block
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,250. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2013. Category: Fiction
I had thought Matthew Scudder's career was finished with the publication of the fifth novel, Eight Million Ways to Die. But I'd promised a short story to Bob Randisi for a private eye anthology (The Eyes Have It) and By the Dawn's Early Light was it; it got Scudder back in business, and in the process won an Edgar Allan Poe award and became my first story to appear in Playboy.
Batman's Helpers - A Matthew Scudder Story #4
By Lawrence Block
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,680. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2013. Category: Fiction
Along with 17 novels, Scudder has starred in 11 short works of fiction. A friend, one Jim Thompson, had switched professions, moving from academia to private investigation. His experiences with street-level level trademark enforcement gave rise to this story. Batman's Helpers is included in The Night and the Music, my collection of all 11 Matthew Scudder short stories.
Let's Get Lost
By Lawrence Block
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,020. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2013. Category: Fiction
Let's Get Lost is set at a time when Matthew Scudder had his detective's gold shield, and after he'd begun keeping company with Elaine Mardell, while still living in Syosset with his wife, Anita. It concerns a friendly poker game that doesn't stay friendly, and the artful cover-up of a cover-up. And Chet Baker's music, referenced in the title, sets the story's tone.
Clean Slate (Kit Tolliver #4)
By Lawrence Block
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,450. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2013. Category: Fiction
Kit Tolliver, an attractive and personable young woman, picks up male partners, has sex with them, and kills them. In Clean Slate, we learn how this lifestyle evolved and what motivates her, and of her quest to hunt down the five men who bedded her and lived to tell the tale. This award-winning story is a main component of the novel, Getting Off.
Matando a Castro
By Lawrence Block
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 44,790. Language: Spanish. Published: July 20, 2012. Category: Fiction
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 asesino insensible.
A Long Line of Dead Men
By Lawrence Block
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 95,250. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2012. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
Matthew Scudder investigates a secret, private club in Manhattan whose members suddenly start dying, when it becomes obvious that someone is trying to kill them all.
A Walk Among the Tombstones
By Lawrence Block
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 100,400. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2012. Category: Fiction
The wife of Kheran Khoury, heroin wholesaler, is killed after he haggles over the price of her ransom. With the help of two computer geniuses, a streetwise punk, drug lords and his friend, ex-cop Scudder, they track the killers through the back streets of Brooklyn.
A Stab in the Dark
By Lawrence Block
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 53,570. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2012. Category: Fiction
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 the p.i. is determined to avenge.
Generally Speaking: a philatelic patchwork
By Lawrence Block
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 52,240. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
In the summer of 2009, bestselling novelist Lawrence Block began contributing a monthly column to Linn's Stamp News which quickly became one of that magazine's most popular features. Wide-ranging in topic and written with Block's unmistakable verve, this collection of the first 25 columns is a must for anyone interested in "the King of Hobbies and the Hobby of Kings."
The Night and The Music
By Lawrence Block
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 66,740. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2011. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
Besides the 17 novels that began with 1975’s The Sins of the Fathers, Lawrence Block’s Matthew Scudder has appeared in shorter fiction, and all 11 novelettes, short stories, and vignettes are here in a single rich volume. Highlights include “Mick Ballou Looks at the Blank Screen,” and the moving and elegaic “One Last Night at Grogan’s,” published here for the first time ever.
Keller in Dallas
By Lawrence Block
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,730. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2011. Category: Fiction
I’ve published four novels about Keller, a wistful and introspective urban-lonely-guy who earns his living as a killer for hire. “Keller in Dallas” takes place after the events in Hit & Run, which saw Keller living in New Orleans under the name Nicholas Edwards. It’s a complete story, but it will serve as the opening episode of a fifth Keller novel.
The Burglar Who Dropped In On Elvis
By Lawrence Block
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,960. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2011. Category: Fiction
Bernie Rhodenbarr, light-hearted and light-fingered bookseller, is featured in ten novels. This is one of four short stories in which he stars. He's on the job in Memphis, enlisted by a supermarket tabloid to obtain photos of Elvis's off-limits bedroom on the second floor of Graceland. A locked-room mystery with the Bernie Rhodenbarr touch...
The Burglar Who Smelled Smoke
By Lawrence Block
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,710. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2011. Category: Fiction
“The Burglar Who Smelled Smoke” features Bernie Rhodenbarr, the lighthearted and lightfingered hero of ten mystery novels. I suppose it’s inevitable that a burglar should star in a classic locked-room mystery story. Bernie’s in another as well, “The Burglar Who Dropped In On Elvis.”

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