Lawrence Block
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Lawrence Block

Lawrence Block (b. 1938) is the recipient of a Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America and an internationally renowned bestselling author. His prolific career spans over one hundred books, including four bestselling series as well as dozens of short stories, articles, and books on writing. He has won four Edgar and Shamus Awards, two Falcon Awards from the Maltese Falcon Society of Japan, the Nero and Philip Marlowe Awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Private Eye Writers of America, and the Cartier Diamond Dagger from the Crime Writers Association of the United Kingdom. In France, he has been awarded the title Grand Maitre du Roman Noir and has twice received the Societe 813 trophy.

Born in Buffalo, New York, Block attended Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Leaving school before graduation, he moved to New York City, a locale that features prominently in most of his works. His earliest published writing appeared in the 1950s, frequently under pseudonyms, and many of these novels are now considered classics of the pulp fiction genre. During his early writing years, Block also worked in the mailroom of a publishing house and reviewed the submission slush pile for a literary agency. He has cited the latter experience as a valuable lesson for a beginning writer.

Block's first short story, "You Can't Lose," was published in 1957 in Manhunt, the first of dozens of short stories and articles that he would publish over the years in publications including American Heritage, Redbook, Playboy, Cosmopolitan, GQ, and the New York Times. His short fiction has been featured and reprinted in over eleven collections including Enough Rope (2002), which is comprised of eighty-four of his short stories.

In 1966, Block introduced the insomniac protagonist Evan Tanner in the novel The Thief Who Couldn't Sleep. Block's diverse heroes also include the urbane and witty bookseller--and thief-on-the-side--Bernie Rhodenbarr; the gritty recovering alcoholic and private investigator Matthew Scudder; and Chip Harrison, the comical assistant to a private investigator with a Nero Wolfe fixation who appears in No Score, Chip Harrison Scores Again, Make Out with Murder, and The Topless Tulip Caper. Block has also written several short stories and novels featuring Keller, a professional hit man. Block's work is praised for his richly imagined and varied characters and frequent use of humor.

A father of three daughters, Block lives in New York City with his second wife, Lynne. When he isn't touring or attending mystery conventions, he and Lynne are frequent travelers, as members of the Travelers' Century Club for nearly a decade now, and have visited about 150 countries.

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Best Sellers

    • In Sunlight or in Shadow

    • Stories Inspired by the Paintings of Edward Hopper
    • By: Lawrence Block - editor
    • Narrated by: full cast
    • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 30

    A truly unprecedented literary achievement by author and editor Lawrence Block, this newly-commissioned anthology of 17 stories, each inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Hopper Noir

    • By RueRue on 12-20-16

    Regular price: $34.99

    • Stories

    • All-New Tales
    • By: Neil Gaiman (author and editor), Al Sarrantonio (editor), Joe Hill, and others
    • Narrated by: Anne Bobby, Jonathan Davis, Katherine Kellgren, and others
    • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 629
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 469
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 471

    The best stories pull readers in and keep them turning the pages, eager to discover more—to find the answer to the question....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Something for Everyone

    • By Nicole on 05-24-17

    Regular price: $42.20

    • A Time to Scatter Stones

    • A Matthew Scudder Novella
    • By: Lawrence Block
    • Narrated by: Lawrence Block
    • Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Well past retirement age and feeling his years - but still staying sober one day at a time - Matthew Scudder learns that alcoholics aren't the only ones who count the days since their last slip....

    Regular price: $19.99

    • Hope to Die

    • By: Lawrence Block
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 35

    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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Block's prose is as smooth as aged whiskey...

    • By antonio on 07-05-16

    Regular price: $28.51

    • The Burglar Who Studied Spinoza

    • By: Lawrence Block
    • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
    • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 87
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66

    In The Burglar Who Studied Spinoza, Bernie applies philosophy to match wits with a wily murderer and a few too many burglars....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Leaves you rooting for the burglar !

    • By Kathi on 03-17-14

    Regular price: $21.67

    • Hit List

    • By: Lawrence Block
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 116
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 99
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 100

    Keller is a regular guy. He goes to the movies, works on his stamp collection. Then every so often he gets a call from White Plains that sends him flying off somewhere to kill a perfect stranger....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Gallows humour at its best

    • By A. Tanneberger on 11-23-16

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Hit Man

    • By: Lawrence Block
    • Narrated by: Robert Forster
    • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,702
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 751
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 755

    Keller possesses all the qualities of a professional killer. He's cool, confident, reclusive, icy, and...

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Surprisingly Terrific

    • By Sunshine on 02-15-03

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Burglar Who Painted Like Mondrian

    • By: Lawrence Block
    • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
    • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 118
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 64

    By day, Bernie Rhodenbarr runs a respectable used book store in New York City. But by night, he gets his kicks gaining illegal entry into the posh residences of the wealthy....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • It's the bookseller!

    • By Jan on 01-31-17

    Regular price: $20.26

    • Time to Murder and Create

    • By: Lawrence Block
    • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
    • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 107
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 99
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 100

    Small-time stoolie Jake "The Spinner" Jablon made a lot of new enemies when he switched careers from informer to blackmailer....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Another good Matt Scudder novel....

    • By antonio on 10-26-12

    Regular price: $13.96

    • The Sins of the Fathers

    • By: Lawrence Block
    • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
    • Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 225
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 191
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 193

    The hooker was young, pretty...and dead, butchered in a Greenwich Village apartment....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good introduction to a popular series

    • By Sharron on 12-26-11

    Regular price: $13.96

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