Search Results: "Lawrence Block"


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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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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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SMALL TOWN by Lawrence Block
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"'We're all in the same boat,' an unwitting accomplice tells the Carpenter. But can these isolated individuals barely aware of each other's existence pull together to defeat a madman? It's an excellent question for us all."
A New Yorker devastated by the bombing of the Twin Towers goes on a methodical rampage of his own in this haunting valentine to the Big Apple. Read full book review >

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HIT LIST by Lawrence Block
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"These conversations, which seem such blather, are blather whose interplay of banality and olympian judgment, as in James M. Cain and Quentin Tarantino, forms the real heart of this modern samurai fable."
Fresh from his triumphant star turn in the short-story cycle Hit Man (1998), Block's reflective professional assassin John Keller finally fulfills his fans' dearest wish by getting a novel of his own. Read full book review >

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BLOOD ON THEIR HANDS by Lawrence Block
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2003

"No drop-dead entrée, but something worth a nibble on almost every plate that passes."
The latest anthology from the Mystery Writers of America serves up 19 murderous new morsels. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1979

"So, except for rather too much attention to sidekick Carolyn's lesbian affairs of the heart, it's another slick Rhodenbarr romp, full of blithely stolen cars, giddy plotting, and streetwise Manhattan atmosphere."
Has Bernie Rhodenbarr—Manhattan's coolest, calmest, least violent professional burglar—gone straight So it seems; he's now the owner of an antiquarian bookstore down on 11th St. Read full book review >

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THE COLLECTED MYSTERY STORIES by Lawrence Block
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 15, 2000

"But how many others can keep you starting story after story, popping just one more poisoned chocolate, hours after you meant to turn out the light?"
Except for the juvenilia collected in One Night Stands (not reviewed) and the ten Keller stories in Hit Man (1998), of which Block has chosen three, the 71 tales in this indispensable volume represent the complete short fiction of one of the genre's giants. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 8, 1971

"Kiddie Kartoon kink for other dirty old men."
Larry is the editor of the Ronald Rabbit Magazine, defunct, who has been subsidized for eight months of inactivity when he is canned, synchronized with the defection of his second wife who cleans out his bank account. Read full book review >

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HIT AND RUN by Lawrence Block
Released: June 24, 2008

"Readers can only hope it isn't so."
From the first, Keller assumes this hit will be his last case. Read full book review >

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THE BURGLAR IN THE RYE by Lawrence Block
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1999

"Maynard tie-in would hook the stragglers."
If you catch the allusion in Block's title, you're in just the right mood for Bernie Rhodenbarr's ninth spot of burglary-cum-detection. Read full book review >

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HOPE TO DIE by Lawrence Block
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"Second-drawer Scudder is still Scudder, but despite the high body count, this battle of wits lacks the somber view of mortality that makes his best work so powerful—right down to the final chapter, which strongly hints at a rematch."
Arriving home at their Upper West Side brownstone from the opening concert in the Mostly Mozart series, attorney Byrne Hollander and his writer wife Susan encounter a pair of burglars who leave them dead. 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 >