Lawrence Block


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    General Fiction

    Dec-2017

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    Mystery

    May-2017

    A NEW HAT. FOR A NEW HIT. Happily retired, living under a new name with his wife and daughter, Keller thought he was out of the murder-for-hire business. Until he got the call from his old employer, asking him to tackle the most unusual assignme...

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    Thriller

    Jan-2017

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    General Fiction

    Dec-2016

    "Edward Hopper is surely the greatest American narrative painter. His work bears special resonance for writers and readers, and yet his paintings never tell a story so much as they invite viewers to find for themselves the untold stories within." ...

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    Thriller

    Nov-2016

    LAWRENCE BLOCK'S FIRST CRIME NOVEL -- LOST FOR NEARLY 50 YEARS 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 c...

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    General Fiction

    Oct-2016

    One morning in the spring of 1958 I woke up in my room at the Hotel Alexandria with a paralyzing hangover (which was not unusual) and an idea for a book (which was). I sat in front of my typewriter, and within a few hours I had produced a chapter-by-...

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    General Fiction

    Jun-2016

    When Joyce Kendall arrives in New York, fresh out of Clifton College in Iowa, she has a job and an apartment waiting for her. The job's as a first reader for Armageddon Publications. The apartment's at 21 Gay Street, and the small Federal-period hous...

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    General Fiction

    Jun-2016

    Ah, yes. THE ADULTERATORS, the thrilling account of a couple of desperadoes whose violation of the Pure Food and Drug Act brought a nauseated nation to its knees, and- Oh, it's THE ADULTERERS? Oh. Well, never mind. THE ADULTERERS was my second effort...

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    General Fiction

    Jun-2016

    When I decided to reissue my early books in the Collection of Classic Erotica, I did so without realizing what I was getting myself into. I would have to read them again. Or, as in the case of BORN TO BE BAD, I'd have to read them for the first time....

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    General Fiction

    Jun-2016

    Young David Forrester is a sex-obsessed freshman student at Upper Manhattan's Columbia University, although the institution remains unnamed in the book. An upperclassman shepherds him through the loss his virginity, then steers him into a club of lib...

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    Thriller

    Jun-2016

    FOUR LIVES AT THE CROSSROADS is the latest addition to the Collection of Classic Erotica. But it came very close to being shoehorned instead into the Classic Crime Library. Back in the late 1950s and early 60s, when I was finding myself as a writer a...

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    General Fiction

    Jun-2016

    When I was sifting through copies of my pseudonymous erotic novels of the early 1960s, deciding which books to republish, HIGH SCHOOL SEX CLUB didn't make the initial cut. While it's true that it was once mentioned in the same breath as WAR AND PEACE...

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    General Fiction

    Jun-2016

    So you're unemployed, fresh off a construction crew in Albany, and standing on a Thruway ramp trying to thumb a ride, and a babe in a Cadillac convertible stops for you. Hey, these things happen. They never happened to me, but never mind. For you it'...

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    General Fiction

    Jun-2016

    O Rose thou art sick. The invisible worm, That flies in the night In the howling storm: Has found out thy bed Of crimson joy: And his dark secret love Does thy life destroy. Those eight lines constitute the complete text of "The Sick Rose," published...

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    General Fiction

    Jun-2016

    You might be surprised to learn that back in 1961 Nightstand Books published an inquiry into the heartbreak of scoliosis, but-oh, hang on a minute. You say the title refers to characters who are not spinally but psychosexually bent? Oh. Well, never m...

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    General Fiction

    Jun-2016

    A WOMAN MUST LOVE is #12 in the Collection of Classic Erotica, and it's never been reissued since Midwood brought it out in 1960. Consequently I've just read it for the first time since I wrote it some 57 years ago. I remember the circumstances of wr...

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    Thriller

    Feb-2016

    "Jimmie John Hall wasn't anything until he was a killer, and Betty Dienhardt wasn't anything until she met Jimmie John Hall. When they get together, sparks fly and bullets follow. The first to go are Betty's parents, but Betty isn't bothered. She onl...

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    Thriller

    Sep-2015

    Cashed out from the NYPD after 24 years, Doak Miller operates as a private eye in steamy small-town Florida, doing jobs for the local police. Like posing as a hit man and wearing a wire to incriminate a local wife who s looking to get rid of her husb...

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    Suspense

    Sep-2015

    I began writing about Matthew Scudder in the mid-1970s. The first novel, The Sins of the Fathers, appeared in 1975, and A Drop of the Hard Stuff—the 17th and most recent—was published in 2011. Over the years Scudder has also been featured in 11 s...

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    Suspense

    Sep-2015

    I began writing about Matthew Scudder in the mid-1970s. The first novel, The Sins of the Fathers, appeared in 1975, and A Drop of the Hard Stuff—the 17th and most recent—was published in 2011. Over the years Scudder has also been featured in 11 s...

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    Suspense

    Jul-2015

    I began writing about Matthew Scudder in the mid-1970s. The first novel, The Sins of the Fathers, appeared in 1975, and A Drop of the Hard Stuff—the 17th and most recent—was published in 2011. Over the years Scudder has also been featured in 11 s...

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    Suspense

    Jul-2015

    I began writing about Matthew Scudder in the mid-1970s. The first novel, The Sins of the Fathers, appeared in 1975, and A Drop of the Hard Stuff—the 17th and most recent—was published in 2011. Over the years Scudder has also been featured in 11 s...

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    Suspense

    Jun-2015

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    Mystery

    May-2015

    Famed detective and mystery writer Lawrence Block ("A Walk Among the Tombstones, " "8 Million Ways to Die") takes the helm as guest editor for DARK CITY LIGHTS, the fourth edition of the "Have a NYC" series. Twenty-three thrilling, hilarious and poig...

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    Suspense

    Apr-2015

    An MWA Grand Master tells it straight: Fredric Brown: “When I read Murder Can Be Fun, I had a bottle of bourbon on the table and every time Brown’s hero took a drink, I had a snort myself. This is a hazardous undertaking when in the company of B...

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    Mystery

    Apr-2015

    Keller, the Urban Lonely Guy of assassins, is arguably MWA Grand Master Lawrence Block's most compelling character-and a guilty pleasure for readers throughout the world. Says the Washington Post, "Fast, somber, funny. Does Block succeed in making a ...

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    Mystery

    Oct-2014

    The Criminal Defense Lawyer. Redefined. Martin H. Ehrengraf, dapper and diabolical, may be Lawrence Block's darkest creation. He's the defense attorney who never sees the inside of a courtroom, because all his clients are innocent--no matter how guil...

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    General Fiction

    Jun-2014

    Welcome to New York City. A place where stories lurk around every corner and linger in the hearts of the millions in these five boroughs. In these pages, tales of the underbelly of ­modern-day New York City hook-up with hilarious and ­poignant stor...

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    Thriller

    May-2014

    THE SCORCHING PULP NOVEL BY LAWRENCE BLOCK, AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 50 YEARS On the border between El Paso, Texas, and Juarez, Mexico, five lives are about to collide - with fatal results. You'll meet MARTY - the professional gambler who rol...

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    Mystery

    Oct-2013

    The Master Returns--With Never-Before-Collected Tales of Murder and Desire One of the most highly acclaimed novelists in the crime genre, Lawrence Block is also a master of the short story, with award-winning work ranging from the macabre to the s...

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    Mystery

    Sep-2013

    I began writing about Bernie Rhodenbarr in 1977, in Burglars Can't Be Choosers, and he evolved as the series grew. In the third volume, The Burglar Who Liked to Quote Kipling, he acquired a secondhand bookstore (Barnegat Books) and a best friend (Car...

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    General Fiction

    Aug-2013

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    General Fiction

    Jul-2013

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    Thriller

    Jul-2013

    Kit Tolliver’s chosen lifestyle is pretty clear-cut. She finds a guy, goes home with him, has sex with him, and kills him. What could be simpler?But way back in “Rude Awakening” (Kit Tolliver #2) she had a little too much to drink, and she fell...

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    General Fiction

    Jul-2013

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    General Fiction

    Jul-2013

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    Thriller

    Jul-2013

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    General Fiction

    Jul-2013

    In her fifth appearance, “Waitress Wanted,” Kit Tolliver had to leave Phoenix in a hurry. She’d had sex with her boss, and that sealed his fate; the guy had about as much survival potential as a male Black Widow spider. Now she’s in Washingt...

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    General Fiction

    Jul-2013

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    Suspense

    Jul-2013

    When Kit Tolliver met Alvin Kirkaby, he looked cute in his military uniform. He was on his way to an overseas assignment, and maybe it was an uncharacteristic attack of patriotism that led her to break her usual pattern and spare his life.But now he...

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    Suspense

    Jul-2013

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    General Fiction

    Jul-2013

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    General Fiction

    Jul-2013

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    General Fiction

    Jul-2013

    When we first met Kit Tolliver, in “If You Can’t Stand the Heat,” we didn’t know her name. She walked into a bar in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen, where a slightly sinister gentleman picked her up, took her home, and took her to bed.She had a...

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    Suspense

    Jul-2013

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    General Fiction

    Jul-2013

    In “Clean Slate” (Kit Tolliver #4) Kit found her mission in life. There were five men who once slept with her and lived to tell the tale, and she’s determined to hunt them down and wipe them off the board of life.So far, so good. But what do yo...

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    General Fiction

    Jun-2013

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    Mystery

    Jun-2013

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    Thriller

    May-2013

    In the fall of 1976 I moved back to New York after a brief stretch in L.A. I got a small apartment on Bleecker and Sullivan, in Greenwich Village; my ex-wife and kids lived at Houston and Sixth, just a stone’s throw away if you were a major league ...

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    Mystery

    Apr-2013

    I began writing about Matthew Scudder in the mid-1970s. The first novel, The Sins of the Fathers, appeared in 1975, and A Drop of the Hard Stuff—the 17th and most recent—was published in 2011. Over the years Scudder has also been featured in 11 s...

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    Suspense

    Apr-2013

    I began writing about Matthew Scudder in the mid-1970s. The first novel, The Sins of the Fathers, appeared in 1975, and A Drop of the Hard Stuff—the 17th and most recent—was published in 2011. Over the years Scudder has also been featured in 11 s...

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    Mystery

    Feb-2013

    John Keller - 5

    BESTSELLING AUTHOR AND GRAND MASTER LAWRENCE BLOCK RETURNS TO HIS DEADLIEST HITMAN A man named Nicholas Edwards lives in New Orleans renovating houses, doing honest work and making decent money at it. Between his family and his stamp collection, ...

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    Thriller

    Jul-2012

    Two innocents fall prey to a woman whose beauty bewitches -- and destroys Ralph Lambert hates Stella nearly as much as he loves her. A painter with talent but no ambition, Ralph was adrift in his bohemian Manhattan life when the statuesque blonde ...

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    Thriller

    Jul-2012

    When his leading lady winds up dead, a Broadway producer goes searching for a different kind of hit In just a few hours, Johnny Lane’s newest Broadway creation begins previews, and he cannot find his leading lady. Elaine is a nobody, but his sho...

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    General Fiction

    Dec-2011

    In the summer of 2009, award-winning novelist Lawrence Block began contributing a monthly column to Linn’s Stamp News, America’s leading philatelic publication. A collector as a boy and young man, Block had returned to the hobby in the 1990s. Bef...

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    Mystery

    Oct-2011

    Lawrence Block s seventeen 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 i...

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    Mystery

    Sep-2011

    “The Burglar Who Smelled Smoke” features Bernie Rhodenbarr, the lighthearted and lightfingered hero of ten mystery novels. You’ll note that it bears a joint byline. Lynne Wood Block, my frequent companion, came up with the basic idea and did ...

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    Mystery

    Sep-2011

    SO THIS GIRL WALKS INTO A BAR... ...and when she walks out there's a man with her. She goes to bed with him, and she likes that part. Then she kills him, and she likes that even better. On her way out, she cleans out his wallet. She keeps moving,...

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    Mystery

    Sep-2011

    This novella continues the story of Keller, after the wistful stamp-collecting hit man retired in New Orleans at the end of Hit & Run. A phone call and an economic downturn is all it takes to put him back in business.Keller in Dallas, a Kindle bestse...

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    General Fiction

    Aug-2011

    “A Bad Night for Burglars” was written sometime in the fall of 1975, probably not much more than six months before I began work on Bernie Rhodenbarr’s debut in Burglars Can’t Be Choosers. I didn’t have the short story consciously in mind w...

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    General Fiction

    Aug-2011

    “Like a Thief in the Night” is a Bernie Rhodenbarr short story that’s probably entirely unknown to most of Bernie’s fans. Not only does it lack the word burglar in the title, but Bernie’s not the story’s viewpoint character. It’s told e...

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    Fantasy

    Aug-2011

    From George R. R. Martin's Introduction to "Warriors: """"People have been telling stories about warriors for as long as they have been telling stories. Since Homer first sang the wrath of Achilles and the ancient Sumerians set down their tales of Gi...

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    General Fiction

    Jul-2011

    “As Dark as Christmas Gets,” which features Chip Harrison and Leo Haig, was written for a pamphlet that served as Otto Penzler’s Christmas gift. Every year Otto commission’s a story from a writer of his acquaintance, with the sole requiremen...

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    General Fiction

    Jul-2011

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    General Fiction

    Jul-2011

    “Terrible Tommy Terhune” came about because Otto Penzler wanted a tennis story for an anthology he was preparing. I thought about it, and found myself drawn to one of the sport’s brightest lights, blessed with talent and cursed with an ungovern...

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    General Fiction

    Jul-2011

    “A Vision in White” has a wonderful history. Otto Penzler invited me to contribute a tennis story to an anthology, and I wrote one, but by the time Murder is My Racquet was published, I’d already included the story in my omnibus collection, En...

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    General Fiction

    Jul-2011

    “Almost Perfect” is a baseball story. It was written at the invitation of Otto Penzler, who wanted it for an anthology—but he didn’t get to publish it. Alice K. Turner, as incisive a reader as I’ve ever known, was Playboy’s Fiction Editor...

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    General Fiction

    Jul-2011

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    Mystery

    Jun-2011

    New York City Noir: The Five Borough Set collects the five NYC borough installments in our award-winning Akashic Noir Series into a single e-book edition: Brooklyn Noir, edited by Tim McLoughlin, Manhattan Noir, edited by Lawrence Block, Bronx Noir, ...

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    Mystery

    May-2011

    A Matthew Scudder Mystery - 20

    Grandmaster Lawrence Block brings his greatest character, Matthew Scudder, back into action in his most personal case. Matthew Scudder is finally on the straight and narrow when he runs into "High-Low" Jack Ellery, a childhood friend from the Bron...

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    Romance

    Mar-2011

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    General Fiction

    Mar-2011

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    General Fiction

    Mar-2011

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    General Fiction

    Mar-2011

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    Mar-2011

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    General Fiction

    Jan-2011

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    General Fiction

    Jan-2011

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    General Fiction

    Jan-2011

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    Thriller

    Jan-2011

    Con man Joe Marlin was used to scoring easy cash off beautiful women. But that was before he met Mona Brassard and found himself facing the most dangerous con of his career, one that will leave him either a killer or a corpse. "...

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    General Fiction

    Jan-2011

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    General Fiction

    Jan-2011

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    Thriller

    Jan-2011

    A thriller loaded with international intrigue from mystery master Lawrence Block Struggling folksinger Ellen Cameron can’t believe her luck. Not only is the State Department sponsoring her trip to West Berlin, but her agent has arranged for her ...

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    General Fiction

    Jan-2011

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    General Fiction

    Jan-2011

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    Jan-2011

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    General Fiction

    Jan-2011

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    Jan-2011

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    General Fiction

    Jan-2011

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    General Fiction

    Sep-2010

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    Suspense

    Jan-2009

    There were five of them, each prepared to kill, each with his own reasons for accepting what might well be a suicide mission. The pay? $20,000 apiece. The mission? Find a way into Cuba and kill Castro. This breathtaking thriller, originally publi...

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    Suspense

    Nov-2008

    In the era before he created moody private investigator Matthew Scudder, burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr, sleepless spy Evan Tanner, and the amiable hit man Keller--and years before his first Edgar Award--a young writer named Lawrence Block submitted a sto...

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    Suspense

    Jul-2008

    John Keller - 4

    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 he...

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    Mystery

    Mar-2008

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    Suspense

    Jan-2008

    Anita Carbone was a good girl--and it bored her. That's why she took the long subway ride down to Greenwich Village, home of the Beats and the stoners, home to every kind of misfit and dropout and free spirit you could imagine. It was where she m...

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    Action Adventure

    Aug-2007

    An Evan Tanner Mystery - 10

    Evan Tanner can't sleep. Ever. Which gives him plenty of free time to get involved in lots of interesting endeavors in all sorts of exotic locales. Now Tanner's in Thailand with a partially baked plan and a butterfly net, hoping to snare a beauti...

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    Suspense

    Feb-2007

    AT CARDS AND WITH WOMEN, BILL MAYNARD KNEW HOW TO CHEAT On the mend after getting run out of Chicago, professional cardsharp Bill Maynard is hungry for some action -- but not nearly as hungry as Joyce Rogers, the tantalizing wife of Bill's latest ...

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    Suspense

    Aug-2006

    "Keller's Adjustment," by Lawrence Block: Block returns to everyone's favorite hitman, Keller, from his bestsellers The Hit Man and The Hit List. In the Aftermath of 9/11, Keller is questioning his life and the choices he's made, dealing out philosop...

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    Suspense

    Jul-2006

    John Keller - 3

    John Keller is everyone's favorite hit man: a new kind of hero for a new, uncertain age. He's cool. Reliable. A real pro: the hit man's hit man. The inconvenient wife, the aging sports star, the business partner, the retiree with a substantial legacy...

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    Suspense

    Oct-2005

    A gripping account of the actual murders that inspired the highly acclaimed film, Badlands. He is Jimmie John Hall, “free and white and twenty-two”. Her name is Betty Dienhardt, plain, friendless, and oppressed by a bleak home life. In each oth...

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    Suspense

    Oct-2005

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    Action Adventure

    May-2005

    An Evan Tanner Mystery - 9

    The CIA, the FBI, the KGB, Interpol -- not one of the world's premier intelligence organizations knows quite what to make of Evan Michael Tanner. Is he a spy, a mercenary, a footloose adventurer, or simply a screwball sucker for hopeless causes? (A...

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    Private Investigator

    Mar-2005

    A Matthew Scudder Mystery - 19

    Scudder, a complex character who has grown and aged in real time, confronts the implacable challenge of mortality. But he must also tackle a determined, relentless, and icily inhuman adversary, perhaps the most unforgettable villain Block has ever cr...

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    Mystery

    Mar-2004

    A Bernie Rhodenbarr Mystery - 11

    "Burglary is, I should point out, not a career I would recommend for anyone. The fact that I evidently can't give it up doesn't mean I'm not well aware of the disagreeably sordid nature of what I do." Bernie Rhodenbarr A philosophical yet practic...

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    Mystery

    Jul-2003

    What could drive you over the edge? Maybe if you or someone you love had been victimized? Or if your spouse was having an affair? Or your life just wasn't turning out the way you always dreamed it would? You want justice. You want to make things ri...

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    Suspense

    Mar-2003

    Ted Lindsay settles for a numbing routine while he heals from a painful marital breakup. Then he meets a woman who can make him forget his ex-wife, and life is once again filled with desire and passion. Cinderella Jones is on the run from a gang that...

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    Suspense

    Jan-2003

    In this dazzlingly constructed novel, Lawrence Block reveals the secret at the heart of the Big Apple. His glorious metropolis is really a small town, filled with men and women from all walks of life whose aspirations, fears, disappointments, and tri...

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    Suspense

    Aug-2002

    Enough Rope, a collection of superb stories, establishes the extraordinary skill, power, and versatility of contemporary Grand Master Lawrence Block. Block's beloved series characters are on hand, including ex-cop Matt Scudder, bookselling burglar...

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    Private Investigator

    Oct-2001

    A Matthew Scudder Mystery - 18

    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 app...

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    Mystery

    Oct-2001

    This second volume of "Opening Shots" is a collection of twenty-three first stories published by prominent mystery and crime writers. Some of these offerings are remarkably mature, professional work. Others are more obviously early works, before the ...

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    Mystery

    Sep-2001

    The second volume in the Seven Deadly Sins Series, Speaking of Greed is a collection of short stories on the destructive deadly sin known as greed. In addition to being the title of this anthology, Speaking of Greed is also the title of Lawrence Bloc...

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    Suspense

    Nov-2000

    John Keller - 2

    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 st...

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    Mystery

    Oct-2000

    Opening Shots is an anthology of first stories published by prominent mystery and crime writers, along with brief accounts by each author of the paths the stories followed on their way to publication....

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    General Fiction

    Apr-2000

    A blockbuster anthology of memoirs and stories that celebrate the unique twists and turns of mother/son relationships, featuring:Lawrence BlockEric Jerome DickeyEileen DreyerDiana GabaldonEileen GoudgeStuart M. KaminskyFaye KellermanJoe R. LansdaleMa...

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    Mystery

    Dec-1999

    A Chip Harrison Mystery - 1

    Follow Tony Hillerman's Jim Chee as he investigates rumors of witchcraft in the steamy Southwest. Join Laura Lippman's Tess Monaghan when she looks into a suspicious house fire in Baltimore. Compare the detecting tactics of Maxine O'Callaghan's pione...

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    Suspense

    Sep-1999

    I began writing about Matthew Scudder in the mid-1970s. The first novel, The Sins of the Fathers, appeared in 1975, and A Drop of the Hard Stuff—the 17th and most recent—was published in 2011. Over the years Scudder has also been featured in 11 s...

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    Amateur Sleuth

    Jul-1999

    A Bernie Rhodenbarr Mystery - 10

    Bernie Rhodenbarr, bookseller by day, burglar by night, is on the prowl again. Pretty Alice Cottrell has hired him to infiltrate the crumbling old Paddington Hotel and steal back the letters of reclusive author Gulliver Fairborn from his once-upon-a-...

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    Mystery

    May-1999

    Can there be a better, more romantic setting for a crime story than a ship on the open sea? Step onto any vessel - even an inter-island ferry - and you experience an aura of romance, adventure, and mystery. All the stories contained in Death Cruise a...

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    Amateur Sleuth

    Apr-1999

    A Bernie Rhodenbarr Mystery - 9

    Between 1977 and 1983, I wrote and published five books about the lighthearted and lightfingered Bernard Grimes Rhodenbarr, with his secondhand bookstore and his dogwashing buddy, Carolyn. It was 1994 before a sixth Burglar book came along, but by th...

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    Private Investigator

    Oct-1998

    A Matthew Scudder Mystery - 17

    Matt Scudder is finally leading a comfortable life. The crime rate's down and the stock market's up. Gentrification's prettying-up the old neighborhood. The New York streets don't look so mean anymore. Then all hell breaks loose. Scudder quickl...

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    Action Adventure

    Jul-1998

    An Evan Tanner Mystery - 8

    Cold War superspy Evan Tanner lost the ability to sleep on a battlefield in Korea. So where the heck has he been since the 70’s? Frozen. Cryogenically. A Tanner-sicle. Which he never thought would happen when he walked into a basement in Union Cit...

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    Suspense

    Feb-1998

    John Keller - 1

    Keller is your basic Urban Lonely Guy. He makes a decent wage, lives in a nice apartment. Works the crossword puzzle. Watches a little TV. Until the phone rings and he packs a suitcase, gets on a plane, flies halfway across the country... and kills s...

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    Mystery

    Nov-1997

    Joining together for a good cause brings out the best in today's top mystery and suspense writers! For this marvelously entertaining anthology, these outstanding contributors rose to a unique literary challenge: each penned a tale that ingeniously fe...

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    Amateur Sleuth

    Jul-1997

    A Bernie Rhodenbarr Mystery - 8

    Bernie Rhodenbarr, burglar extraordinaire and bookseller ordinaire, has left New York City to spend a wintry weekend at a cozy New England inn famed for its quaint atmosphere and, not coincidentally, its rare books. And there is no book rarer than th...

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    Private Investigator

    Feb-1997

    A Matthew Scudder Mystery - 16

    Matthew Scudder knows that justice is an elusive commodity in the big city, where a harmless man can be shot dead in a public place criminals fly free through holes in a tattered legal system. But now a vigilante is roaming among the millions, execut...

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    Suspense

    Nov-1996

    Ariel Jardell, an adopted twelve-year-old girl is possessed … her mother thinks … by jealousy and by forces far more bizarre. And as the reader will discover, Ariel is driven to a precocious excursion from mischief to malevolence and beyond. An ...

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    Amateur Sleuth

    Jul-1996

    A Bernie Rhodenbarr Mystery - 7

    Even burglars fall in love, and in this case, it's Bernie doing the falling, with the lovely and alluring Ilona. Night after night, sharing popcorn in the flickering shadow of a Bogie movie, Bernie finds himself tongue-tied - sometimes literally. It ...

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    General Fiction

    Jul-1996

    The craft of writing is a lot like spinning a web: You take threads and weave them skillfully together, and only you know where the intricate network of twists and turns begin and how it will end. Now, with Lawrence Block’s expert advice you can le...

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    Mystery

    Feb-1995

    Whether you are a fan of Matt Scudder or Bernie Rhodenbarr, whether you know Lawrence Block as the best living writer about New York or the most versatile of crime novelists, this is the book you have been waiting for. Block talks to mystery connoiss...

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    Suspense

    Feb-1995

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    Suspense

    Oct-1994

    Three short stories feature New York private eye Matt Scudder while the fourth has bookseller/burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr visiting Graceland to find Elvis. The cases are interesting because they don't focus on typical crimes, opting instead to look at ...

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    Private Investigator

    Oct-1994

    A Matthew Scudder Mystery - 15

    An ancient brotherhood meets annually in the back room of a swank Manhattan restuarant, 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-c...

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    Amateur Sleuth

    May-1994

    A Bernie Rhodenbarr Mystery - 6

    Bernie Rhodenbarr is trying to make an honest living, but when his new landlord raises the rent to an astronomical sum, there's only one thing left for a reformed burglar to do. On his first night back on the job, Bernie finds not only a stash of...

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    Private Investigator

    Nov-1993

    A Matthew Scudder Mystery - 13

    A deranged derelict, a crazed Vietnam vet, has been arrested for gunning down successful young lawyer Glenn Holtzmann at a corner phone booth on Eleventh Avenue -- and the suspect's brother wants p.i. Matthew Scudder to prove the madman innocent. But...

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    Suspense

    Nov-1993

    Once such man is Paul Kavanagh, an ex-Green Beret with nothing but time on his hands … until he gets an offer to steal a shipment of tactical nuclear weapons from the U.S. government … and finds himself a partner, George Dattner, who has the cold...

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    Private Investigator

    Apr-1993

    A Matthew Scudder Mystery - 14

    The bear is on the prowl in many different guises. He may be the master thief stealing into Graceland, an intense young passenger experimenting in terror, or a psychiatrist haunted by his patient's nightmare. Or maybe he's beautiful, lethal woman i...

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    Mystery

    1993

    When plotting a murder (figuratively speaking), the mystery writer has at hand any number of M.O.s, including such tried and true conventions as the locked room, the unbreakable alibi, the double bluff, and the mistaken identity. Now, in Murderous Sc...

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    Private Investigator

    Nov-1992

    A Matthew Scudder Mystery - 12

    A ruthless, ingenious pair of entrepreneurial monsters is preying on the loved ones of those who live outside the law. Though he has no love for drug dealers and poison peddlers, ex-cop-turned-p.i. Matthew Scudder now must help them put two thrill-ki...

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    Private Investigator

    Sep-1991

    A Matthew Scudder Mystery - 11

    The police can't prove that socialite Richard Thurman arranged the rape, torture and murder of his beautiful, pregnant wife. The dead woman's brother thinks Matthew Scudder can. During his ongoing battle with the bottle, ex-cop ex-boozer Scudder left...

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    Private Investigator

    Sep-1990

    A Matthew Scudder Mystery - 10

    Twelve years ago, Matthew Scudder lied to a jury to put James Leo Motley behind bars. Now the ingenious psychopath is free. And the alcoholic ex-cop-turned-p.i. must pay dearly for his sins. Friends and former lovers -- even strangers unfortunate eno...

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    Private Investigator

    Oct-1989

    A Matthew Scudder Mystery - 9

    It isn't called Hell's Kitchen for nothing--a gritty landscape of dark doorways and dirty alleys inhabited by crack addicts and homeless. A sleaze-and-terror playground lorded over by Mickey Ballou, the bloodstained Butcher Boy. Ex-cop, ex-boozer, ex...

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    Suspense

    Sep-1988

    “Every now and then someone comes up to me at a speech or signing and says one of the two things. “I’ve liked all of your books.” I’ll be told ‘but there is one I couldn’t make heads or tails out of’. Or just the opposite: “I’ve ...

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    Suspense

    Mar-1987

    New York City private investigator Ed London has a case with too few clues and a corpse with one too many identities. Soon he's in too deep, with both the cops and the suspects closing in. In this thrilling page-turner, Block combines intricate plott...

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    Suspense

    Mar-1987

    A missing person case brings private eye Roy Markham to the remote winterbound college town of Cliff's End, New Hampshire. But what began as a routine investigation quickly becomes dark and dangerous. Six pornographic photos and a tidy little black...

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    Suspense

    Aug-1986

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    Suspense

    Jul-1986

    A sinister plan to take over a nation calls for the assassination of five key political figures. One man with a gun is enough for the job--a man whose sole life function is to kill. His name is Miles Dorn, and his story will not be easily forgotten....

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    Private Investigator

    1986

    A Matthew Scudder Mystery - 8

    In the dark days, in a sad and lonely place, ex-cop Matt Scudder is drinking his life away -- and doing "favors" for pay for his ginmill cronies. But when three such assignments flow together in dangerous and disturbing ways, he'll need to change his...

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    General Fiction

    Apr-1984

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    Private Investigator

    1984

    A Matthew Scudder Mystery - 7

    They are poor little lambs who have lost their way: a murderous madman feigning madness; a beautiful woman, dangerous to look at and lethal to touch; a shy little boy quietly testing his newfound power to destroy. In this ingenious collection, multip...

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    Private Investigator

    Jul-1983

    A Matthew Scudder Mystery - 6

    They make not look dangerous, but look again. And listen closely, as an unwelcomed visitor shares terrifying secrets with a stranger at an isolated fishing hole. Observe two men who concoct a convoluted Hitchcockian murder pot, only to discover death...

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    Mystery

    Apr-1983

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    Amateur Sleuth

    1983

    A Bernie Rhodenbarr Mystery - 5

    Antiquarian book dealer Bernie Rhodenbarr jumps at the chance to appraise wealthy Gordon Onderdonk's private library. Not only will the assignment earn him a little extra cash, it will put him inside one of the most luxurious apartment buildings in t...

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    Suspense

    Sep-1982

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    Private Investigator

    1982

    A Matthew Scudder Mystery - 5

    Nobody knows better than Matthew Scudder how far down a person can sink in this city. A young prostitute named Kim knew it also -- and she wanted out. Maybe Kim didn't deserve the life fate had dealt her. She surely didn't deserve her death. The alco...

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    Amateur Sleuth

    1980

    A Bernie Rhodenbarr Mystery - 4

    Bernie and his friend Carolyn were planning to rob the lovely West Side brownstone...until they discovered they had been beaten to the punch. Fortunately, the first burglars left behind some decent goods...emerald earrings, a Piaget watch--and a valu...

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    Amateur Sleuth

    Sep-1979

    A Bernie Rhodenbarr Mystery - 3

    BERNIE-THE-BOOKWORM WANTED TO BURGLE AN EASY 15 GRAND, BUT HE FOUND HIMSELF PICKING HIS WAY OUT OF MURDER! Bernie Rhodenbarr had cleaned up his act, quietly peddling books in his little store near Greenwich Village. Then one Rudyard Whe'kin walked...

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    Amateur Sleuth

    1978

    A Bernie Rhodenbarr Mystery - 2

    At a routine teeth-cleaning Bernie Rhodenbarr discovers a few things. One, he's got a nasty cavity. Two, his dentist is unhappily married. Three, his dentist knows Bernie's a burglar. Seems good old Dr. Sheldrake is in need of a burglar to steal back...

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    Private Investigator

    1978

    A Matthew Scudder Mystery - 4

    Louis Pinell, the recently apprehended "Icepick Prowler," freely admits to having slain seven young women nine years ago -- but be swears it was a copycat who killed Barbara Ettinger Matthew Scudder believes him. But the trail to Ettinger's true murd...

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    Amateur Sleuth

    1977

    A Bernie Rhodenbarr Mystery - 1

    Bernie Rhodenbarr is a personable chap,- a good neighbor, a passable poker player. His chosen profession, however, might not sit well with some. Bernie is a burglar, a good one, effortlessly lifting valuables from the not-so-well-protected abodes of ...

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    Private Investigator

    1977

    A Matthew Scudder Mystery - 3

    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 more people eager to see him dead. So no one is surprised when...

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    Private Investigator

    1976

    A Matthew Scudder Mystery - 2

    Bad cop Jerry Broadfield didn't make any friends on the force when he volunteered to squeal to an ambitious d.a. about police corruption. Now he'saccused of murdering a call girl. Matthew Scudder doesn't think Broadfield's a killer, but the cops aren...

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    Private Investigator

    1976

    A Matthew Scudder Mystery - 1

    The pretty young prostitute is dead. Her alleged murderer -- a minister's son -- hanged himself in his jail cell. The case is closed. But the dead girl's fatherhas come to Matthew Scudder for answers, sending the unlicensed private investigator in se...

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    Private Investigator

    1975

    A Chip Harrison Mystery - 5

    IT’S A CRIME That Times Square dives aren’t private investigator Chip Harrison’s usual hangouts. Then again, it’s not the usual bump-and-grind for stripper Tulip Willing either … the Treasure Chest’s star attraction and Chip’s new clie...

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    Private Investigator

    1974

    A Chip Harrison Mystery - 4

    Chip Harrison is settling in as assistant to detective Leo Haig. Cases are scarce for the pair because Leo will accept only those befitting a would-be world-renowned sleuth. An unfortunate turn of events gives them just such a scenario when Chip disc...

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    Private Investigator

    1971

    A Chip Harrison Mystery - 3

    The devilish Chip Harrison--young, broke, and girlless--stumbles on a discarded bus ticket and finds himself in South Carolina, where he becomes the local sheriff's protege and falls in love with a preacher's daughter....

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    Suspense

    1971

    Master mystery writer Block has dabbled in his time in many genres, and early in his career, back in 1971, he published a handful of paperback erotic novels under a pseudonym; this is one of them. He wanted, he says, to have fun with an epistolary no...

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    Action Adventure

    1970

    An Evan Tanner Mystery - 7

    IT’S A JUNGLE OUT THERE. Literally. At least for Evan Tanner, eternally sleepless sometime superspy, who finds himself in Africa on the trail of the AWOL ruler of tiny Mondonoland. It seems the petty despot’s gone missing, and he’s taken the s...

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    Private Investigator

    1970

    A Chip Harrison Mystery - 2

    Hoping to win over the beautiful Francine, Chip Harrison is astonished when an attempt is made on his life, an event that places him at the forefront of a fast-paced investigation....

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    Suspense

    1969

    It was all too frighteningly familiar. For the second time in his life, Alex Penn wakes up in an alcoholic daze in a cheap hotel room off Times Square and finds himself lying next to the savagely mutilated body of a young woman. After the first death...

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    Suspense

    1969

    Albert Platt is a rotten man. Bred in the rough parts of Brooklyn, he made his name as a killer and has built a fortune from gambling, loan sharking, and the other pastimes of a standard thug. His latest gambit? Buying banks, robbing them, and collec...

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    Action Adventure

    1968

    An Evan Tanner Mystery - 5

    The CIA, the FBI, the KGB, Interpol -- not one of the world's premier intelligence organizations knows quite what to make of Evan Michael Tanner. Is he a spy, a mercenary, a footloose adventurer, or simply a screwball sucker for hopeless causes? (A...

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    Action Adventure

    1968

    An Evan Tanner Mystery - 6

    Evan Tanner, the thief who never sleeps, returns in a classic adventure appearing in hardcover for the first time! Tanner is well-traveled, a master of disguise and subterfuge, accustomed to navigating the hidden geography of the world's most dan...

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    Suspense

    1967

    It was a perfect setting for a honeymoon -- a charming little cabin in the isolated Pennsylvania woods. It should have been the perfect beginning to a long and happy marriage. Then five shots rang out in the quiet woods and shattered Dave and Jill Wa...

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    Action Adventure

    1967

    An Evan Tanner Mystery - 3

    Everyone Evan meets on his trek across Eastern Europe is desperate for a one-way ticket to America … and for many of those people, he’s the only hope. There’s a subversive Yugoslavian author, a six-year-old future queen of Lithuania, and the be...

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    Action Adventure

    1967

    An Evan Tanner Mystery - 4

    Evan Tanner can't sleep. Ever. Which gives him plenty of free time to get involved in lots of interesting endeavors in all sorts of exotic locales. Now Tanner's in Thailand with a partially baked plan and a butterfly net, hoping to snare a beauti...

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    Action Adventure

    1966

    An Evan Tanner Mystery - 2

    Evan Tanner ran head-first into a piece of shrapnel in Korea, and now he can't sleep. Ever. Which can be an asset for a dedicated linguist, term paper forger, thief, lost cause enthusiast . . . Spy. Tanner takes on jobs for a covert intelligence ...

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    Action Adventure

    1966

    An Evan Tanner Mystery - 1

    A WAKE-UP CALL... is the last thing that Evan Tanner needs. Champion of lost causes and beautiful women, Tanner hasn't slept a wink since the sleep center of his brain was destroyed. And with the FBI keeping tabs on him, the CIA tapping his phone,...

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    Mystery

    1965

    SHE WAS EVERY MAN'S DREAM -- AND ONE MAN'S NIGHTMARE Jonny Hayden and Doug Rance had a scheme to take real estate entrepreneur Wallace Gunderman for all he was worth. But they needed a girl on the inside to make it work. Enter Evelyn Stone: G...

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    Suspense

    1961

    New York City private investigator Ed London has a case with too few clues and a corpse with one too many identities. Soon he's in too deep, with both the cops and the suspects closing in. In this thrilling page-turner, Block combines intricate plott...

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    Suspense

    1961

    CON MAN JOE MARLIN WAS USED TO SCORING EASY CASH OFF GULLIBLE WOMEN. But that was before he met Mona Brassard -- and found himself holding a stolen stash of raw heroin. Now Joe's got to pull off the most dangerous con of his career. One that will ...

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