Search Results: "Herbert Block"


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HERBLOCK by Herbert Block
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 18, 1993

"Outspoken, unashamedly liberal, and thoroughly readable. (Enriched by 200 vintage Herblock cartoons, plus an eight-page photo insert—not seen)"
Block—a.k.a. ``Herblock''—is a national institution. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"A first-rate collection of stories that deserve their reputation."
Ask any writer his or her favorite story, and you'll get a question right back: "Mine or somebody else's?" Read full book review >

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THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 2001 by Lawrence Block
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2001

"Proof that virtually any short story qualifies as a mystery if you want to read it that way."
The headline news in the fourth installment of this annual series (interrupted last year by The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century) is the relative absence of headliners; even editor Block admits that before reading their entries, he'd never heard of two-thirds of the contributors. Read full book review >

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HIT MAN by Lawrence Block
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Block's ravenous fans—delighted to see at least three masterpieces ('Keller on Horseback,' 'Keller's Therapy', and 'Keller in Shining Armor') gathered in one volume—won't care any more than Keller would."
For some years now, Block's been chronicling the adventures of fatalistic hired assassin J.P. Keller. Read full book review >

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THE BURGLAR IN THE LIBRARY by Lawrence Block
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 15, 1997

"Fans who don't insist on plotting as tight as Christie's will enjoy themselves just as much as if it were her."
All princely burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr wanted was to steal off to the Berkshires for a romantic weekend with Lettice Runcible at the oh-so-English Cuttleford House, then to go home with a rumored Cuttleford book—a copy of The Big Sleep Raymond Chandler inscribed to Dashiell Hammett—that wasn't his. Read full book review >

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ME TANNER, YOU JANE by Lawrence Block
Released: May 11, 1970

"Lots of dynathrust—rowdy and randy."
Even though this might put a crimp in some fussy Afro hairstyle, this is a generally funny safari into one of those not altogether emerged nations with Tanner (he's a government agent) appearing in hardcover for the first time. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 7, 1980

"Bernie's fans will not be disappointed."
More of Manhattan's favorite burglar/antiquarian-bookseller—Bernie Rhodenbarr, whose narration is becoming (to his credit) a little less aggressively wise-guyish. Read full book review >

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HIT ME by Lawrence Block
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"As usual, the most perceptive insights here depend on the interplay between what's said—endless discussions of early postal variations—and what's pointedly left unsaid time after time."
After a full-length novel starring John P. Keller (Hit and Run, 2008), Block retreats to the form he prefers for his peripatetic hit man's outings (Hit Parade, 2006, etc.): a cycle of loosely linked stories. Read full book review >

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THE FOOL RETURNS by Tom Block
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 2014

"Think of a Dan Brown-like adventure penned by an erudite Talmudic scholar."
In Block's newest, Bill Willis is a Jew who doesn't realize he's Jewish until he discovers he's heir to a spiritual obligation originating with 13th-century philosopher Moses Maimonides. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Clearly presented theory, amply illustrated with lengthy case histories."
An elaborate presentation of the idea that people can get locked into fictional roles by their families. Read full book review >

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NO GOOD DEED by Barbara Block
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Another of Block's dark tales of the seamy side of Syracuse and a morally ambivalent heroine who can't quit looking for answers."
Even when it finally comes to Syracuse, N.Y., spring brings no joy to sleuthing pet-shop owner Robin Light (Salt City Blues, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >

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ENOUGH ROPE by Lawrence Block
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"But true-blue mystery fans would be crazy to pass it up—except for those determined to hold out for a future collection that tops a thousand pages."
Most authors who'd just published a 754-page Collected Mystery Stories two years ago would still be catching their breath. Read full book review >