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  • 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
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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"
  • Hit List | Lawrence Block

    Hit List

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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.

    A. Tanneberger says: "Gallows humour at its best"
  • The Burglar in the Rye | Lawrence Block

    The Burglar in the Rye

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Winner of multiple Edgar and Shamus Awards, Lawrence Block keeps fans guessing to the end with his rollicking Bernie Rhodenbarr mysteries. In this diverting caper, full-time bookstore owner and part-time burglar Bernie tries to do the right thing for a new friend, only to find himself accused of some terrible wrongs.

    F. Hayek says: "Outstanding"
  • 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
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    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!"
  • 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
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    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 Who Traded Ted Williams | Lawrence Block

    The Burglar Who Traded Ted Williams

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (56)
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    Fans will rejoice as New York's most charming burglar returns to action. Greenwich Village bookseller Bernie Rhodenbarr has perfected the art of breaking and entering, as well as that of clever repartee. Bernie gets plenty of opportunity to exercise both his wit and his lock-picking muscles, as he juggles old friends, new "employees," potential girlfriends, and various criminal charges.

    Jan says: "Sue Grafton fell over laughing!"
  • Out on the Cutting Edge: A Matthew Scudder Crime Novel, Book 7 | Lawrence Block

    Out on the Cutting Edge: A Matthew Scudder Crime Novel, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Dan Butler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    This is a city that seduces dreamers - then eats their dreams. Matthew Scudder understands the futility of his search for a longtime missing Midwestern innocent who wanted to be an actress in the vast meat-grinder called New York City. But her frantic father heard that Scudder is the best, and now the ex-cop turned private investigator is scouring the hell called Hell's Kitchen looking for anything that might resemble a lead. And in this neighborhood of the lost, he's finding love - and death - in the worst possible places.

    antonio says: "A great thriller"
  • Looking for David: A Matthew Scudder Story, Book 7 | Lawrence Block

    Looking for David: A Matthew Scudder Story, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (35 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Lawrence Block
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    A 25-year-old cold case of art theft and murder is re-examined when Matthew Scudder and his wife, Elaine, encounter the main suspect in Florence, Italy. Throughout the trip, Scudder comes to realize the killer’s motive and takes the steps towards proving the suspect’s guilt.

  • Hit Man | Lawrence Block

    Hit Man

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Robert Forster
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    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"
  • A Candle for the Bag Lady: A Matthew Scudder Story, Book 2 | Lawrence Block

    A Candle for the Bag Lady: A Matthew Scudder Story, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 8 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Lawrence Block
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
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    (39)
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    Matthew Scudder investigates the brutal murder of a woman known as the “bag lady.” A seemingly homeless woman, she turns out to have distributed her substantial wealth in a complex will naming random strangers. Where did the money come from? Why was she living in such reduced circumstances? And why in the world did she choose these beneficiaries - the owner of a local newspaper stand, a neighbor she rarely spoke to, the detective himself - when her real friends and acquaintances got nothing at all? And how is all this linked to her murder?

    Mary says: "Short and rushed"
  • 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
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    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"
  • 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
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    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?"
  • Let's Get Lost: A Matthew Scudder Story, Book 8 | Lawrence Block

    Let's Get Lost: A Matthew Scudder Story, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (27 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Lawrence Block
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Story
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    Matthew Scudder reminisces of his uniformed days and of the night he bent the law to help some "friends of a friend." When a friendly game of poker turns deadly, Scudder is called upon to solve the murder…and hide the body.

  • Hit Parade | Lawrence Block

    Hit Parade

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Lawrence Block
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    The New York Times best-selling author and master of the modern mystery returns with a fierce and poignant new novel featuring his acclaimed killer-for-hire, Keller. John Keller is everyone's favorite hit man. He's cool. Reliable. A real pro: the hit man's hit man. The inconvenient wife, the business partner, the retiree with a substantial legacy. He's taken care of them all, quietly and efficiently.

    Mark says: "Not as good as the original"
  • Murderers' Row: Original Baseball Mysteries, Volume 1 | Lawrence Block,Max Allan Collins,Michael Connelly,K. C. Constantine,Brendan DuBois,Elmore Leonard,John Lescroart

    Murderers' Row: Original Baseball Mysteries, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block, Max Allan Collins, Michael Connelly, and others
    • Narrated By Dan Cashman, Jim Grey, Elliot Gould, and others
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    Seven original baseball short stories in the mystery and murder genres, written by an all-star lineup of writers, each of whom understand the game's lore and tactical nuances as well as its deep roots in American life. Compiled by Otto Penzler, the proprietor of The Mysterious Bookshop in New York City and regarded as the world's foremost authority on crime, mystery and suspense fiction.

  • The Burglar in the Library | Lawrence Block

    The Burglar in the Library

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (63)
    Story
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    Lawrence Block's talent for creating colorful characters, sophisticated dialog, and engaging atmosphere has earned him many awards: the title of Grand Master, three Edgar Awards, four Shamus Awards, and a Nero Wolfe Award. One of his most popular series follows the adventures of the suave bookseller and crook, Bernie Rhodenbarr. Bernie's sweetheart has dumped him. But although his heart is broken, he hasn't lost his love for fine books - or for an occasional discrete burglary.

    Jan says: "She forgot to tell him she was getting married?!"
  • A Long Line of Dead Men: A Matthew Scudder Crime Novel, Book 12 | Lawrence Block

    A Long Line of Dead Men: A Matthew Scudder Crime Novel, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
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    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    An ancient brotherhood meets annually in the back room of a swank Manhattan restaurant, a fraternity created in secret to celebrate life by celebrating its dead. But the past three decades have not been kind to the Club of 31. Matthew Scudder - ex-cop and ex-boozer - has known death in all its guises, which is why he has been asked to investigate a baffling thirty-year run of suicides and suspiciously random accidents that has thinned the ranks of this very select group of gentlemen.

    antonio says: "One of Matt Scudder better stories..."
  • Batman's Helpers: A Matthew Scudder Story, Book 4 | Lawrence Block

    Batman's Helpers: A Matthew Scudder Story, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (32 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Lawrence Block
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    Step into the shoes of Matthew Scudder, one of the titular Batman’s Helpers. And how does he help Batman? He’s part of a group of people hired by Warner Brothers to confiscate pirated Batman products from vendors selling them on the streets of New York.

    Macgirl, Inc. says: "As always sharp smart witty and political"
  • Out the Window: A Matthew Scudder Story, Book 1 | Lawrence Block

    Out the Window: A Matthew Scudder Story, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 11 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Lawrence Block
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Matthew Scudder, a down-but-not-out-detective, is shocked by the apparent suicide of Paula, a waitress at Armstrong’s, one of Scudder’s hangouts. When Paula’s sister shows up and asks Matt to investigate what she believes to be a murder, Scudder agrees to take on the case. A number of clues don’t add up to suicide, and Scudder’s investigation leads him to the dark corners of Paula’s world.

    Wayne says: "Good detective story."
  • By the Dawn's Early Light: A Matthew Scudder Story, Book 3 | Lawrence Block

    By the Dawn's Early Light: A Matthew Scudder Story, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (41 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Lawrence Block
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (14)
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    Matthew Scudder gets hired by a fellow bar patron to prove his innocence. Salesman Tommy Tillary is a 45-year-old philanderer with a Manhattan girlfriend and a Brooklyn wife. So when Tommy becomes a suspect in the murder of his wife, it's up to Matt to find the real killer.

    happyjo says: "Good story"
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