Search Results: "Lawrence Block"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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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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THE SINS OF THE FATHERS by Lawrence Block
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 25, 1992

"Scudder fans."
The 1976 paperback that introduced Block's melancholy, alcoholic shamus Matt Scudder finally gets a well-deserved hardcover edition—as well as a charming fan letter of an introduction from Stephen King. 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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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HIT PARADE by Lawrence Block
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 4, 2006

"Most of the stories don't expand the territory mapped out in Hit Man (1998) and Hit List (2000). But one of them, in which Keller is hired to kill a dog and ends up killing four people along the way, is worth the price of admission."
Hit man John Keller, the pro's pro, returns in a volume that makes gestures toward being a novel but is mostly a cycle of ten stories, half of them reprints. Read full book review >

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TOPLESS TULIP CAPER by Lawrence Block
Released: June 30, 1985

"Wolfe aficionados."
Under the "Chip Harrison" pseudonym, Block (The Burglar in the Closet, etc.) published four paperback novels in the early 1970s—all of them recounting the mild, comic sex/suspense exploits of smirky adolescent narrator Chip. 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 >