Biography

Lawrence Block

Lawrence Block has won more awards than almost any other living mystery writer: four Edgar Awards, four Shamus Awards, two Maltese Falcon Awards, the Nero Wolfe Award, the Cartier Diamond Dagger and more. He was named a Grandmaster by the Mystery Writers of America, the organization’s highest honor. (Previous recipients include James M. Cain, Agatha Christie and Ross Macdonald.) His work ranges from the searing noir investigations of alcoholic detective Matt Scudder to the witty adventures of master burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr, and includes many stunning stand-alone thrillers such as Hard Case Crime’s debut title, GRIFTER'S GAME.

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Books by Lawrence Block

by Lawrence Block - Anthology, Fiction, Mystery

"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." So says Lawrence Block, who has invited 17 outstanding writers to join him in an unprecedented anthology of brand-new stories. Contributors include Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates, Robert Olen Butler, Michael Connelly, Megan Abbott, Craig Ferguson, Nicholas Christopher, Jill D. Block, Joe R. Lansdale, Justin Scott, Kris Nelscott, Warren Moore, Jonathan Santlofer, Jeffery Deaver, Lee Child, and Lawrence Block himself.

by Lawrence Block - Crime, Fiction, Hard-boiled Mystery

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 can he find safety in the skin of another man...a worse man...a sinner man...?

by Lawrence Block - Fiction, Hard-boiled Mystery, Mystery

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 husband. But when he sees the wife, when he looks into her deep blue eyes, he falls --- and falls hard. Soon he’s working with her, against his employer, plotting a devious plan that could get her free from her husband and put millions in her bank account. But can they do it without landing in jail?

edited by Lawrence Block - Fiction, Mystery, Noir, Short Stories

Famed detective and mystery writer Lawrence Block takes the helm as guest editor for DARK CITY LIGHTS, the fourth edition of the Have a NYC series. Here are 23 thrilling, hilarious and poignant short stories --- all based in New York City --- written by new and acclaimed fiction masters, including Robert Silverberg, Ed Park, Jim Fusilli, Parnell Hall, SJ Rozan, Brian Koppelman, Elaine Kagan and more. Additional authors include Thomas Pluck, Warren Moore, Erin Mitchell and Tom Callahan.

by Lawrence Block - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

The lives of five desperate people collide on the no-holds-barred border between the United States and Mexico with disastrous results. Bestselling and acclaimed author Lawrence Block wrote BORDERLINE under a pseudonym in 1958, and now it is being published for the first time under his own name.

by Lawrence Block - Fiction, Mystery

Bestselling mystery writer Lawrence Block brings back one of his most popular characters, burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr, in this 11th novel of the series. Bernie must use his illegal skills to solve a mystery involving a rare and valuable American Colonial silver spoon, an F. Scott Fitzgerald manuscript, a priceless portrait, and an array of historic buttons. And along the way, he just happens to have to solve a murder.

by Lawrence Block - Fiction, Thriller

Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Lawrence Block brings back his hit man, Keller, in this fifth book of the series. Keller’s life might have changed for the better with his new wife and life in a new city, but he still practices his dark side profession in five new assignments that take him everywhere from a West Indies cruise to his old haunts in New York City.

by Lawrence Block - Fiction, Mystery, Noir, Short Stories

Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Lawrence Block brings together in one collection 16 of his short stories and a short play. These are truly tales from the dark side involving serial killers, dirty cops, obsessed fans, and dangerous, desperate people.

by Lawrence Block - Fiction, Mystery

Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Lawrence Block brings back his hit man, Keller, in this fifth book of the series. Keller’s life might have changed for the better with his new wife and life in a new city, but he still practices his dark side profession in five new assignments that take him everywhere from a West Indies cruise to his old haunts in New York City.

by Lawrence Block - Fiction, Mystery

Two early pulp novels by bestselling author Lawrence Block are published in one volume in the famous Ace Doubles format. STRANGE EMBRACE involves murder in a Broadway show company, while 69 BARROW STREET looks at the dark side of Greenwich Village during the waning days of the “beat” culture.

Lawrence Block, writing as Jill Emerson - Fiction, Hard-boiled Crime Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

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.

by Lawrence Block - Fiction, Mystery

Forced out of the NYPD, Matthew Scudder has given up the drink. Then he runs into "High-Low" Jack Ellery, a childhood friend. Scudder once solved crimes as a detective. Ellery committed them. Then Ellery is killed, presumably while attempting to atone for past sins. Is it what he saw or what he said that got him killed?