Search Results: "Lawrence Block"


BOOK REVIEW

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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JACOB LAWRENCE by Nancy Shroyer Howard
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Unlike The Great Migration (1993), which reads like a quiet walk through a gallery accompanied by the artist, Howard's book is more like a scavenger hunt through the art itself. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Most of Lawrence's works that are covered in this book- -subtitled ``American Scenes, American Struggles''—such as The Great Migration, or the lives of Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, and Toussaint L'Ouverture, involve a series of paintings that chronicle African-American history or create a biographical portrait. Read full book review >

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Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"This strong collection begins in a spirit of homage but winds up showing how powerful inspiration can be."
Edward Hopper, the painter of American loneliness, inspires a selection of short stories from a host of notable writers. Read full book review >

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TANNER ON ICE by Lawrence Block
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1998

"Tanner's fans, happy to see him back in action, won't mind if the action doesn't seem to go anywhere in particular."
Evan Tanner, the soldier of misfortune who's been out of commission since Me Tanner, You Jane (1970), returns, youthful and hale as ever, for a murky assignment in Burma. Read full book review >

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EVEN THE WICKED by Lawrence Block
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"An ingenious whodunit that's also, in Block's recent manner, a provoking meditation on mortality—with a particularly strong supporting role for the City of New York, which turns in its finest performance since Ellery Queen's Cat of Many Tails."
The self-anointed "Will of the People" is a serial killer with a difference. Read full book review >