♥ Book Title : At Home in the Dark
☯ Full Synopsis : "The crime fiction canopy's a broad one, with room to give shelter to writing of all sorts, as editor Lawrence Block shows with At Home in the Dark: "Some of these stories have one or both feet planted in another genre. James Reasoner's story is a period western, Joe Lansdale's is bleakly dystopian, and Joe Hill's novelette slithers through a little doorway into another world. "And now that I've singled out those three, I suppose I should go ahead and list the rest of the gang: N. J. Ayres, Laura Benedict, Jill D. Block, Richard Chizmar, Hilary Davidson, Jim Fusilli, Elaine Kagan, Warren Moore, Joyce Carol Oates, Ed Park, Nancy Pickard, Thomas Pluck, Wallace Stroby, and Duane Swierczynski. "If you're looking for a common denominator, two come to mind. They're all dark stories, with nothing cozy or comforting about them. And every last one of them packs a punch. "Which is to say that they're all very much At Home in the Dark--and we can thank O. Henry, master of the surprise ending, for our title. 'Turn up the lights,' he said on his deathbed. 'I don't want to go home in the dark.'""Article| Lawrence Block| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : Manhattan Noir 2
☯ Full Synopsis : "Presents a second collection of short stories featuring noir and crime fiction about Manhattan by writers such as Stephen Crane, Horace Gregory, and Joyce Carol Oates."Article| Lawrence Block| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : One Night Stands and Lost Weekends
☯ Full Synopsis : "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 story titled "You Can't Lose" to Manhunt magazine. It was published, and the rest is history. One Night Stands and Lost Weekends is a sterling collection of short crime fiction and suspense novelettes penned between 1958 and 1962 by a budding young master and soon-to-be Grand Master—an essential slice of genre history, and more fun than a high-speed police chase following a bank job gone bad."Article| Lawrence Block| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : A Walk Among the Tombstones
☯ Full Synopsis : "The basis of the recent film starring Liam Neeson, A Walk Among the Tombstones is Matthew Scudder's tenth appearance. He's hired by a drug dealer whose wife has been savagely murdered, and Scudder's pursuit of the faceless killers leads him on a chase through Manhattan and Brooklyn, with an unforgettable denouement in Green-Wood Cemetery. TJ, Scudder's streetwise young friend, is on hand, and Scudder's girlfriend Elaine plays a vital role, even as their relationship has its challenges. Publishers Weekly: "Despite their dark titles (the words Slaughterhouse and Boneyard figured in the previous two), Block's splendid, award-winning Matt Scudder novels are by no means unrelievedly bleak. His latest-as well as offering the customary skillful plotting, adroit pacing and sure sense of New York character-features a wry humor all its own, along with a particularly ingratiating and convincing pair of computer hackers. The premise is grim, certainly: a pair of men who prey murderously on women progress to kidnapping the womenfolk of drug dealers and demanding huge ransoms. Former alcoholic PI Scudder-now going to more AA meetings than ever-reluctantly agrees to help one dealer, a Lebanese, after his wife is killed by the kidnappers. Slowly and methodically he discerns a pattern in the mayhem. With the help of his erstwhile police colleagues, his black Times Square sidekick TJ and his call-girl sweetheart, Elaine, Scudder tightens the net on the culprits. When they seize the daughter of a Russian dealer, he is ready for the showdown. Block isn't big on action, though when it comes it is swift, vivid and horribly convincing; his Scudder books are built on character, atmosphere, crackling dialogue and a great deal of brooding-the taste for them is addictive. An equal of Elmore Leonard and Robert Parker, Block deserves similar acclaim." Other reviews: "This is fantastic stuff, and a must for fans of gritty, realistic suspense." - My Bookish Ways "A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES is indispensable reading for all crime fiction fans. Add it to your “must read” pile immediately." - Bookgasm"Article| Lawrence Block| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Even The Wicked
☯ Full Synopsis : "An addictive Matt Scudder thriller. Matt Scudder is drawn into the case of a serial killer targeting criminals who the law cannot touch. The Will of the People, egged on by a vitriolic newspaper columnist, kills a sex offender, a mobster and a racist cult leader, despite their seemingly impenetrable security. Then Scudder gets a call from a hot-shot attorney, the recipient of the Will's latest letter..."Article| Lawrence Block| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Getting Off
☯ Full Synopsis : "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, and has a new name for each change of address. She's been doing this for a while, and she's good at it. And then a chance remark gets her thinking of the men who got away, the lucky ones who survived a night with her. She starts writing down names. And now she's a girl with a mission. Picking up their trails. Hunting them down. Crossing them off her list..."Article| Jill Emerson| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Affairs of Chip Harrison
☯ Full Synopsis : "Collection of four novels featuring Block's incorrigible Chip Harrison - a private eye with a taste for erotic adventures. Great retro covers, long unavailable, these are fast, funny, terrific novels from an established master."Article| Lawrence Block| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Ariel
☯ Full Synopsis : "First pub. 1980. From the author of the popular Bernie Rhodenbarr and Matt Scudder novels, this is the story of Ariel Jardell, an adopted twelve-year-old girl whose mother believes is possessed."Article| Lawrence Block| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : A Time to Scatter Stones
☯ Full Synopsis : "Matthew Scudder tries to help a sex worker who wants out of the business, but remains ensnared by an abusive client."Article| Lawrence Block| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Afterthoughts
☯ Full Synopsis : "A collection of afterwords from New York Times bestselling author Lawrence Block, a Grand Masater of the Mystery Writers of America. In a career spanning more than fifty years, Lawrence Block has produced more than one hundred books, ranging in genre from hard-boiled detective stories to pseudonymous erotica. Collected here for the first time are more than forty-five afterwords from the works that made him a master of modern fiction. Each afterword is an insightful reflection on the experiences that have brought Block’s fiction to life, from the lessons he learned as a reader at a literary agency to the unlikely—and semi-autobiographical—origins of the acclaimed Matthew Scudder series. Witty and inspiring, Afterthoughts is a must-read for Block fans and mystery lovers alike. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Lawrence Block, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection."Article| Lawrence Block| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Plot Thickens
☯ Full Synopsis : "A host of favorite authors including Lawrence Block, Edna Buchanan, Carol Higgins Clark, and Donald Westlake contribute stories that each feature a thick fog, a thick book, and a thick steak, in an anthology that supports the efforts of Literacy Partners. Original."Article| Lawrence Block| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Small Town
☯ Full Synopsis : "A major, stand-alone thriller from Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Lawrence Block, author of the acclaimed Matt Scudder books. A beautiful young woman called Marilyn picks up a stranger in a bar and takes him home to her Manhattan apartment. The next morning her housekeeper discovers Marilyn's body. Marilyn's life and death have far-reaching effects on others, even people she has never met: a charismatic former police commissioner on the verge of a breakdown; a struggling writer; a folk art dealer plumbing the depths of her own fierce sexuality; a lawyer who prefers murder trials because there's one witness fewer. And in a city reeling from 9/11, an unlikely mass murderer wages a one-man war against everyone. In this gripping, multi-faceted story, Block not only brings to life in brilliant detail the city of New York, but proves he is one of the most talented, innovative and surprising crime writers in the business."Article| Lawrence Block| Statement ..."