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

Defender of the Innocent: The Casebook of Martin Ehrengraf
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Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 62,290. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2014. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Twelve stories, one never before published anywhere, about Martin H. Ehrengraf, the criminal lawyer who takes cases on a contingency basis and rarely sees the inside of a courtroom. You've never met anyone like Ehrengraf, on either side of the law...
Come Fly With Us!
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 55,230. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Transportation » Aircraft
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
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 100,020. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
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."
Beyond Group Sex
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 63,120. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Psychology » Sexual psychology
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
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 56,290. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Sex and Relationships  » Women's sexuality
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
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 60,830. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Psychology » Sexual psychology
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
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 57,330. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Psychology » Sexual psychology
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.
Collecting Ackermans
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,190. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
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
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,250. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
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
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,680. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
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
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,020. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
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.
Matando a Castro
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 44,790. Language: Spanish. Published: July 20, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
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
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 95,250. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
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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
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 100,400. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
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
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 53,570. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
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
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 52,240. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Antiques & Collectibles » Stamps
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
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 66,740. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
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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
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,730. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
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
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,960. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
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
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,710. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
“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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