Search Results: "Lawrence Block"


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LAWRENCE by Michael Asher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Lawrence was perhaps the first international megastar of the century,' Asher suggests, and this rather narrow biography pays due homage. (49 b&w photos)"
A biography of T.E. Lawrence, of the linear narrative, pop-psychology school. Read full book review >

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A DROP OF THE HARD STUFF by Lawrence Block
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 12, 2011

"Sure, Block's written stronger mysteries. But this lonesome, wintry, compassionate tale is guaranteed to get under your skin, and make you thirsty to boot."
Matthew Scudder looks back at his first year off the sauce to recall that making amends can be murder. Read full book review >

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THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU'RE DEAD by Lawrence Block
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 19, 1993

"Those who can take or leave Scudder will probably leave this gathering of shadows: loyalists, though, will hang on every word as Scudder makes his fascinatingly uncertain way through an increasingly uncertain world."
Mysteries of the heart eclipse those of the street in Matt Scudder's quietly compelling new case, which finds the p.i. avoiding the wrenching physical violence of his last few outings (A Walk Among the Tombstones, etc.) but falling prey to all sorts of emotional havoc. Read full book review >

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A DANCE AT THE SLAUGHTERHOUSE by Lawrence Block
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 20, 1991

"Block were treading water, albeit it dark and deep."
A wrenching and lurid Matt Scudder outing that pits the unlicensed p.i. against childkilling slime and climaxes in vigilante violence. Read full book review >

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OUT ON THE CUTTING EDGE by Lawrence Block
Released: Oct. 17, 1989

"Not the best in the series, but still fine gumshoeing and a treat for Scudder fans."
Popular alcoholic shamus Matt Scudder (When the Sacred Ginmill Closes, etc.) returns, still battling the bottle and the evils that drive men and women to it—in this powerful but far-fetched case, a kidnapping that dovetails into mass murder. Read full book review >

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RANDOM WALK by Lawrence Block
Released: Oct. 17, 1988

"Fair warning: Run, don't walk, away from this dull psychospiritual babble."
In his foreword to this "Novel for a New Age," as the publisher touts it, mystery maven Block (the Matt Scudder and Evan Tanner series, etc.) thanks 15 spiritual teachers for their "valuable assistance." Read full book review >

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Released: April 1, 1986

"And though heavy promotion (with the imminent arrival of a Matt Scudder film) may attract a large audience to the talented Mr. Block, this pseudo-novel—despite strong dialogue and atmosphere—isn't a fair representation of his customary, succinct gift for storytelling."
The standout entry in 1985's Best Mystery and Suspense Stories of the Year was Block's "By the Dawn's Early Light," in which dour shamus Matt Scudder (Eight Million Ways to Die) recalled the bygone case that disillusioned him forever. Read full book review >

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DEADLY HONEYMOON by Lawrence Block
Released: Aug. 1, 1967

"Of its kind, good."
Jill and Dave Wade are starting their honeymoon in a motel when they witness the murder of a man at the hands of two hired guns, and Jill is raped by both of them. 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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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 >

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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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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 >