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  • Keller's Fedora | Lawrence Block

    Keller's Fedora

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Lawrence Block
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (49)
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    (45)
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    In this brand-new novella, Keller, everyone's favorite assassin for hire, is Chicago-bound on Amtrak's City of New Orleans, ready to do what he does best. But it's complicated. Usually there's someone ready to point him toward the target. Or he'll have a photo, say. Or, bare minimum, a name and address. Not this time. When he gets to Baker's Bluff, Illinois, he'll have to play private detective before he can get down to business. Well, okay. He knows how it works. So before he even packs his suitcase, Keller buys a fedora.

    Peterack says: "Great Fun on Many Levels"
  • Hit List | Lawrence Block

    Hit List

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
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    (63)
    Story
    (64)

    Keller is a regular guy. He goes to the movies, works on his stamp collection. Call him for jury duty and he serves without complaint. Then every so often he gets a phone call from White Plains that sends him flying off somewhere to kill a perfect stranger. Keller is a pro and very good at what he does. But the jobs have started to go wrong. The realization is slow coming, yet when it arrives, it is irrefutable: Someone out there is trying to hit the hit man. Keller, God help him, has found his way onto somebody else's hit list.

    LB says: "Disappointed"
  • Inherit the Dead: A Novel | Lee Child,Lisa Unger,C. J. Box,Lawrence Block,Charlaine Harris,Jonathan Santlofer (editor),Mary Higgins Clark

    Inherit the Dead: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lee Child, Lisa Unger, C. J. Box, and others
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
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    (96)
    Story
    (98)

    Pericles "Perry" Christo is a P.I. with a past. A one-time NYPD homicide cop, Perry has been struggling since he lost his badge, and his marriage, in a notorious corruption scandal. So when wealthy Upper East Side matron Julia Drusilla calls him one cold February night, he jumps at the chance to work what seems to be a straightforward (and lucrative) case. Julia needs Perry to track down the whereabouts of her beautiful yet aimless daughter, Angelina, who is about to become a very wealthy young heiress.

    Shannon says: "Anti-climactic: Boring"
  • Hit Man | Lawrence Block

    Hit Man

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Robert Forster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (675)
    Story
    (677)

    Keller possesses all the qualities of a professional killer. He's cool, confident, reclusive, icy, and ruthlessly efficient. But this seasoned hit man is also prone to self-doubt as he finds himself caught in the clutches of a mid-life crisis.

    Sunshine says: "Surprisingly Terrific"
  • Eight Million Ways to Die | Lawrence Block

    Eight Million Ways to Die

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Lawrence Block
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (110)
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    (102)
    Story
    (100)

    Battling the bottle one day at a time, ex-cop, sometime PI Matthew Scudder finds that next to staying sober, staying alive seems easy. But in the mean streets of New York City it never is. Not for the prostitute who wanted out and got her beautiful self slashed to ribbons. Not for a pimp named Chance who is betting his life that the broken-down detective can find her murderer. And not for Matthew Scudder - just trying to stay alive in a city that knows nothing better than how to die.

    antonio says: "Matt Scudder is the best !"
  • In Sunlight or in Shadow: Stories Inspired by the Paintings of Edward Hopper | Lawrence Block - editor

    In Sunlight or in Shadow: Stories Inspired by the Paintings of Edward Hopper

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block - editor
    • Narrated By full cast
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    (11)

    A truly unprecedented literary achievement by author and editor Lawrence Block, this newly-commissioned anthology of 17 superbly-crafted stories, each inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper. Contributors include Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates, Robert Olen Butler, Michael Connelly, Megan Abbott, Craig Ferguson, Nicholas Christopher, Jill D. Block, Joe R. Lansdale, Justin Scott, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Warren Moore, Jonathan Santlofer, Jeffery Deaver, Lee Child, and Lawrence Block himself.

    Ruth Bain says: "Hopper Noir"
  • Sinner Man | Lawrence Block

    Sinner Man

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Mike Dennis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    To escape punishment for a murder he didn't mean to commit, insurance man Don Barshter has to take on a new identity: Nathaniel Crowley, ferocious up-and-comer in the New York mob. But can he find safety in the skin of another man...a worse man...a sinner man?

  • The Burglar Who Liked to Quote Kipling | Lawrence Block

    The Burglar Who Liked to Quote Kipling

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
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    (69)
    Story
    (70)

    Trying to go legit, Bernie has taken over a secondhand bookstore in Greenwich Village, but he still can't resist stealing things when the rewards are right. Ever since he bought Barnegat Books, Bernie has been having trouble making ends meet. When a mysterious client asks him to steal a rare edition of Kipling's poetry, he seizes the opportunity to practice his criminal talents and pay his creditors. Pilfering the book is boringly easy. But delivering it is difficult - with the police and a host of shady assailants hot on his heels.

    Jan says: "How does Bernie do it?"
  • Hit and Run | Lawrence Block

    Hit and Run

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (322)
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    (198)
    Story
    (202)

    Keller's a hit man. For years now, he's had places to go and people to kill. But enough is enough. He's got money in the bank and just one last job standing between him and retirement. So he carries it out with his usual professionalism, and he heads home, but guess what?

    J. M. Batista says: "End of game?"
  • When the Sacred Ginmill Closes: A Matt Scudder Mystery | Lawrence Block

    When the Sacred Ginmill Closes: A Matt Scudder Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    Overall
    (134)
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    (79)
    Story
    (79)

    When ex-cop Matt Scudder thought back on the summer of '75, two faces emerged from behind the smoky haze of a half dozen boozy saloons that made up his beat - Skip Devoe and Tommy Tillary - two bar flies he wouldn't have given a second thought to in the bright light of day. Yet they and their troubles were the reason that moved him a little farther out of the bleary-eyed mess that had become his life.

    mindusq says: "Great narration, great prose"
  • Tanner's Twelve Swingers | Lawrence Block

    Tanner's Twelve Swingers

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Theo Holland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (1)
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    Karlis, Tanner's comrade in the Latvian Army in Exile, is pining for his true love, a gymnast who can't get out of the Soviet Union. So Tanner sneaks through a hole in the Iron Curtain, meets the child he unwittingly fathered on an earlier trip to Macedonia, smuggles a dissident intellectual out of Yugoslavia, adds to his retinue a six-year-old Lithuanian girl, who'd be the rightful heir to the Lithuanian throne if there ever were one, and winds up not with one Latvian gymnast but with a whole company of them.

  • Writing the Novel from Plot to Print to Pixel: Expanded and Updated! | Lawrence Block

    Writing the Novel from Plot to Print to Pixel: Expanded and Updated!

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Mike Dennis
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    Unlike many advice-givers, Block doesn't tell you what book to write, or the one and only way to write it. He holds that every novel is different, and so is every novelist; his aim is to give you the tools to enable you to find your own way.

    George Semerenko says: "P to p to p..."
  • The Night and the Music: The Matthew Scudder Short Story Collection | Lawrence Block

    The Night and the Music: The Matthew Scudder Short Story Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Lawrence Block
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    (23)
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    Lawrence Block's 17 Matthew Scudder novels have won the hearts of readers throughout the world - along with a bevy of awards including the Edgar, the Shamus, the Philip Marlowe (Germany), and the Maltese Falcon (Japan). But Scudder has starred in short fiction as well, and it's all here, from a pair of late-'70s novelettes ("Out the Window" and "A Candle for the Bag Lady") through "By the Dawn's Early Light" (Edgar) and "The Merciful Angel of Death" (Shamus), all the way to "One Last Night at Grogan's", a moving and elegiac story never before published.

    MidwestGeek says: "Stories are clever if you can get past his voice."
  • Tails of Wonder and Imagination | Stephen King,Neil Gaiman,George R. R. Martin,Joyce Carol Oates,Susanna Clarke,Lawrence Block,Tanith Lee

    Tails of Wonder and Imagination

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, George R. R. Martin, and others
    • Narrated By Teresa DeBerry, Jeremy Arthur, Cynthia Barrett
    Overall
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    What is it about the cat that captivates the creative imagination? No other creature has inspired so many authors to take pen to page. Mystery, horror, science fiction, and fantasy stories have all been written about cats.

    David Groveman says: "Inconsistent Quality"
  • Hope to Die | Lawrence Block

    Hope to Die

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The city caught its collective breath when upscale couple Byrne and Susan Hollander were slaughtered in a brutal home invasion. Now, a few days later, the killers themselves have turned up dead behind the locked door of a Brooklyn hellhole - one apparently slain by his partner in crime, who then took his own life. There's something drawing Matthew Scudder to this case that the cops have quickly and eagerly closed.

    antonio says: "Block's prose is as smooth as aged whiskey..."
  • The Sins of the Fathers | Lawrence Block

    The Sins of the Fathers

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (178)
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    (152)
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    The hooker was young, pretty...and dead, butchered in a Greenwich Village apartment. The prime suspect, a minister's son, was also dead, the victim of a jailhouse suicide. The case is closed, as far as the NYPD is concerned. Now the murdered prostitute's father wants it opened again--that's where Matthew Scudder comes in.

    Sharron says: "Good introduction to a popular series"
  • Time to Murder and Create | Lawrence Block

    Time to Murder and Create

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (76)

    Small-time stoolie Jake "The Spinner" Jablon made a lot of new enemies when he switched careers from informer to blackmailer. And the more "clients," he figured, the more money - and the more people eager to see him dead. So he's greedy but scared, and he turns to his old acquaintance Matthew Scudder, who used to pay him for information back in Scudder's days as a cop. Scudder's his insurance policy - if anything happens to "The Spinner," Scudder can check up on the people who wanted him dead. No one is too surprised when the pigeon is found floating in the East River....

    antonio says: "Another good Matt Scudder novel...."
  • The Burglar in the Closet | Lawrence Block

    The Burglar in the Closet

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (87)

    Popular author Lawrence Block creates the wild and wonderful world of Bernie Rhodenbarr: fine, upstanding citizen by day, and crafty burglar by night. In this hilarious whodunit, Bernie does a favor for his dentist, only to discover mixing his personal and professional lives can be hazardous to his well-being. As Bernie squirms in the dental chair, Dr. Sheldrake presents a business proposition. He wants Bernie to rob his estranged wife's apartment while she's out enjoying the New York City nightlife.

    Jan says: "Another light-hearted winner!"
  • A Drop of the Hard Stuff | Lawrence Block

    A Drop of the Hard Stuff

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (143)

    Edgar Award-winning author Lawrence Block has been named a Mystery Writers of America Grand Master. A Drop of the Hard Stuff continues Block’s popular series starring New York private detective and recovering alcoholic Matthew Scudder. Scudder is already struggling with his sobriety when his friend and fellow AA member Jack Ellery is found murdered. Now the only thing keeping Scudder from the bottle is his obsession with finding the culprit.

    David says: "Too Much...Not Enough."
  • Burglars Can't Be Choosers | Lawrence Block

    Burglars Can't Be Choosers

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (148)

    In this first in a series of wickedly funny mysteries, best-selling author Lawrence Block introduces Bernie Rhodenbarr, sometimes burglar, sometimes sleuth. Pulling only an occasional, very discreet job, Bernie manages to maintain his comfortable New York City apartment and keep his unorthodox vocation a closely-guarded secret. Every burglar knows never to trust anonymous phone calls. But when the caller offers easy money for an hour's work, Bernie can't ignore the job.

    Bodiccea says: "Wonderful Wise-Ass Humour"
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