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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 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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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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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 >