Search Results: "Lawrence Block"


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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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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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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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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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Released: June 19, 1995

"Bernie's charming Bogart fixation, though, only reminds you again why you'd rather be stranded on a desert island with him than any other detective in fiction."
Since his return last year in The Burglar who Traded Ted Williams, veteran burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr's been spending so much time at a Bogart film festival — most of it in the company of lovely Ilona Markova — that he's started to talk and think like Bogie. Read full book review >

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THE BURGLAR WHO TRADED TED WILLIAMS by Lawrence Block
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 4, 1994

"Bernie, it's been too long."
In the ten years since recovering burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr's last venture into larceny (The Burglar Who Painted Like Mondrian, not reviewed), his prolific creator has become famous mostly for his dark-hued Matthew Scudder stories. 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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BURGLARS CAN'T BE CHOOSERS by Lawrence Block
Released: Sept. 1, 1977

"This guilt-free, smug narrator may not be everyone's idea of an urban Robin Hood, and his licentious witticisms start out so-so and go downtown from there—but he's a fast, loose guide through the city streets and full of unwelcome information on how easily your burglar-proof locks can be picked."
A smart-alecky, Slightly kinky divertissement jives forth when discriminating Manhattan burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr (lives on the West Side, burgles on the East Side) is hired to snatch a blue, leather-covered box from a luxury apartment—only to find highly bribable cops and a just-barely dead corpse on the premises. Read full book review >

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ALL THE FLOWERS ARE DYING by Lawrence Block
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2005

"Another powerful meditation on mortality in thriller's clothing. As Scudder puts it, 'There's always another funeral to go to. They're like buses.'"
For Matthew Scudder's 16th case, and his first in three years, Block borrows the time-honored pattern of the sleuth whose hearth and home are menaced by a killer from his past. 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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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 >