Lawrence Sanders (March 15, 1920 – February 7, 1998) was an American novelist and short story writer.

Lawrence Sanders was born in Brooklyn in New York City. After public school he attended Wabash College, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree. He then returned to New York and worked at Macy's Department Store. In 1943 he joined the United States Marine Corps and was discharged in 1946. Sanders was a former magazine editorial writer and later turned to full-time fiction writing. He wrote his first novel, The Anderson Tapes, in 1970, at the age of 50. It deals with a plot by a group of criminals to rob a luxury apartment building. In 1971, Sanders received an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for best first novel.

Book List in Order: 40 titles

  • After finding husband number two in a precarious position with an attractive young lady, Melva Williams pulls the trigger--and readily admits to the crime passionnel. To shield her gorgeous daughter from the press and paparazzi, she turns to her long...


  • Emmet Folsby found power in his publishing empire - and passion in his secret affairs. His wife, Constance, a dying invalid who was shielded from the truth. And their fiercely competitive children: a daughter and son with sexual secrets of their own....


  • Archy McNally returns in an enticing novel of sun and sin in Palm Beach - where the rich count their schemes before they're hatched. Well-to-do widow Edythe Westmore has announced her intent to invest a large part of her fortune in a Faberge Imperial...


  • Sex, secrets, and suspense. Nobody lives for them like Archy McNally, the playboy-turned-Palm Beach P.I. Wealthy bird-store owner Hiram Gottschalk feels his life is in danger. And he's right - as McNally realizes when his mutilated body is found. Bet...


  • The setting is Hollywood, the factory of golden dreams - and the ingredients are highly explosive. Decadence. Fame. Money. Power. Passion. And a delicious obsession that lures one haunted man into the most dangerous dream of all - the seductive night...


  • Smooth, sexy, and shocking Lawrence Sanders returns with a double martini of a thriller sure to delight fans of his smash bestsellers McNally's Risk and McNally's Caper. Everyone's favorite playboy-turned-sleuth, Archy McNally, is back on the Palm Be...


  • A New York Times–bestselling thriller of medicine and murder by an Edgar Award–winning legend of suspense. The Bingham Foundation is one of the most important scientific charities in the country, giving grants that can make or break a researcher...


  • This is the story of the public and private scandal of Hollywood superstar Marilyn Taylor. A woman whose beauty is legendary...whose image is unquestionably tainted...and whose ultimate victimization will spark the wildest headlines the world has eve...


  • The Women's Defense Corps, an elite paramilitary force led by the charismatic Molly Turner and her brother-in-law, Rod Harding, embarks on a deadly quest for revenge against males judged guilty of crimes against women...






  • He's suave, he's sexy, he's Archy McNally--the wickedly charming sleuth who has delighted fans in Lawrence Sanders's scandalously entertaining bestsellers, McNally's Risk and McNally's Luck. Now the Palm Beach P. I. unravels the ultimate low-down cap...


  • Never before in print, Private Pleasures is the sizzling new shocker from Lawrence Sanders, the bestselling master of sinfully daring suspense. A woman's love and a man's lust spark the ultimate chemical reaction...when a brilliant scientist taps int...



  • Sex, scandal, and suspicion--playboy sleuth Archy McNally is back! Lawrence Sanders' fun-loving Palm Beach P.I. captivated fans in the runaway bestsellers McNally's Secret and McNally's Luck. Now, the freewheeling Archy is seduced by the very temptre...



  • Sex, suspense, sheer entertainment--McNally's Luck is Lawrence Sanders' most seductive game of cat arid mouse (and murder) since McNally's Secret. Playboy/lover/sleuth Archy McNally is back--and the secrets of the filthy rich have never been filthier...


  • When pop singer Bobbie Vander returns to her small-town home in Maine after an exhausting tour, she discovers a world of violence and perversion where sex, drugs, alcohol, and scandal run rampant. Reissue....


  • Archy McNally, a freewheeling playboy who specializes in 'Discreet Inquiries' for the rich and not-so-discreet. Beneath the glaring sun of Palm Beach - and behind the lowest crimes of high society - McNally is paid to keep family skeletons in the clo...



  • A mystery writer turns thief and plans a multi-million dollar heist that would bring him a fortune in jewels and a lifetime of leisure, but his make-believe caper turns horribly and murderously real. Reissue....






  • A Scorching masterwork of love, lust and murder. The Seventh Commandment is the provocative new bestseller by Lawrence Sander, author of Sullivan’s Sting and McNally’s Secret. A fabulously wealthy jeweler is stabbed in the streets of New York...


  • A beautiful cop named Rita Sullivan goes undercover - and under the sheets - to catch one of the biggest con artists in Florida. David Rathbone, the criminal in question, has a way with the ladies: he turns their heads and empties their bank accounts...


  • He calls himself Brother Kristos, a bearded bear of a man, whose eyes can pierce the soul. His origins are cloaked in mystery, but his present mission is clear: to take upon himself transgressions of the wives of Washington, absolving them of guilt. ...


  • Timothy Cone is not a smooth man. In fact he's a scrawny, scruffy, chain-smoking, junk-food-stained disgrace. In his barely furnished, hardly ever cleaned, lower broadway loft, he and Cleo, his live-in neutered tomcat, exist on take-aways and lef...


  • Lawrence Sanders' phenomenal bestselling thrillers, including The First Deadly Sin and The Seventh Commandment, have achieved worldwide acclaim. In this shattering story of urban crime, Sanders introduces Timothy Cone, a private eye who digs too deep...


  • Now he takes you into the sinfully intriguing world of the super rich. A world sparkling with priceless treasures and ancient coins--as well as blackmail, greed, scandal, perversion, and ultimately, murder......



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    In the fourth best-seller of the series, former policeman Ed Delaney takes on the sensationalized case of a brutally murdered psychiatrist, investigating the six suspects who had been his patients. By the author of Guilty Pleasures. Reissue....


  • Sex, suspense and violence all come together in this erotic spine-tingler in which Lawrence Sanders unveils the passions of an extraordinary woman--and the loves and hatreds that consume her. "A surefire mix of violence, action and intrigue."--Buffal...








  • The spectacular bestsellers THE FIRST DEADLY SIN, THE TENTH COMMANDMENT AND THE THIRD DEADLY SIN established him as the master of the dark side of the heart. Now today's most accomplished suspense novelist takes us even deeper, probing the sun-and-ru...


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    "The First Deadly Sin made him a success. The Tenth Commandment made him today''s bestselling suspense novelist. Now Lawrence Sanders presents his biggest and best ever: the nonstop thriller about a ""Hotel Ripper"" stalking New York''s nightside wit...


  • For years he has reigned as the king of suspense--from The First Deadly Sin to McNally's Puzzle, with a few dozen bestsellers in between. The Tenth Commandment is a masterpiece of murder and intrigue, featuring a detective's hunt for a team of killer...


  • Bingham Foundation field investigator Samuel Todd discovers a conspiracy of silence surrounding the research being conducted by Telford Gordon Thorndecker, the head of the well-to-do senior care facility, Crittenden Hall. Reissue....


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    Coming out of retirement to investigate the stabbing murder of critically acclaimed but hated artist Victor Maitland, former Chief of Detectives Edward X. Delaney is faced with a mob of greedy suspects and a tangle of possible motives. Reissue....




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    The most incredibly popular suspense thriller ever written ... the unforgettable story of ruthless killer with a special hatred for women, and the dedicated cop who vows to track him down ... is now the big movie event of 1980, starring Frank Sinatra...


  • The national best-seller that launched the author's career introduces his most famous creation, Edward X. Delaney, hero of the Deadly Sin novels, in a tale of mystery, murder, and intrigue behind closed doors. Reissue....






  • Now Sanders has created his most intriguing character since Edward X. Delaney. Meet Wolf Lannihan. Lannihan is an antihero who always gets what he wants-whether it's cracking an unsolvable case or making love to 1, an unbelievable woman. Now Wolf is ...