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Publication Order of Bernie Rhodenbarr Books

Burglars Can't Be Choosers (1977)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Burglar in the Closet (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Burglar Who Liked to Quote Kipling (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Burglar Who Studied Spinoza (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Burglar Who Painted Like Mondrian (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Like a Thief in the Night (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Burglar Who Traded Ted Williams (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Burglar Takes a Cat (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Burglar Who Thought He Was Bogart (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Burglar in the Library (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Burglar in the Rye (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Burglar Who Dropped in on Elvis (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Burglar on the Prowl (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Burglar Who Smelled Smoke (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Bad Night for Burglars (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Burglar Who Counted the Spoons (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Burglar in Short Order (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Burglar Who Met Fredric Brown (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Chip Harrison Books

No Score (1970)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Chip Harrison Scores Again (1971)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Make Out with Murder (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Topless Tulip Caper (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
As Dark as Christmas Gets (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Evan Tanner Books

The Thief Who Couldn't Sleep (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Canceled Czech (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tanner's Twelve Swingers (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Here Comes a Hero / Tanner's Virgin (1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Scoreless Thai / Two for Tanner (1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tanner's Tiger (1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Me Tanner, You Jane (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tanner on Ice (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Jill Emerson Books

as Jill Emerson
A Madwoman's Diary / Sensuous (1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Getting Off (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Trouble with Eden (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shadows (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Enough of Sorrow (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Threesome (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Warm and Willing (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Thirty (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of John Keller Books

Hit Man (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hit List (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hit Parade (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hit and Run (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Keller in Dallas (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hit Me (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Keller's Adjustment (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Keller on the Spot (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Keller's Therapy (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Keller's Horoscope (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Keller's Fedora (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Keller's Homecoming (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Keller's Designated Hitter (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Keller the Dogkiller (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Keller in Des Moines (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Quotidian Keller (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Kit Tolliver Books

If You Can't Stand the Heat (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rude Awakening (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
You Can Call Me Lucky (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Clean Slate (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Waitress Wanted (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Jilling (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Conjugal Rites (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
One Kind Favor I Ask of You (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Don't Get in the Car (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fun with Brady and Angelica (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Zeroing In (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Unfinished Business (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Lou Largo Books

with William Ard
Babe in the Woods (1960)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Manhattan Noir Books

Manhattan Noir (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Manhattan Noir 2: The Classics (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Matthew Scudder Books

The Sins of the Fathers (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Time to Murder and Create (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
In the Midst of Death (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Stab in the Dark (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Eight Million Ways to Die (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
When the Sacred Ginmill Closes (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Out on the Cutting Edge (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Ticket to the Boneyard (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Dance at the Slaughterhouse (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Walk Among the Tombstones (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Devil Knows You're Dead (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Long Line of Dead Men (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Even the Wicked (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Out the Window (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Everybody Dies (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hope to Die (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Moment of Wrong Thinking (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
All the Flowers are Dying (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Drop of the Hard Stuff (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Let's Get Lost (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Candle for the Bag Lady (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Time to Scatter Stones (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Autobiography of Matthew Scudder (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Murderous Christmas Stories Books

Murder under the Christmas Tree: Ten Classic Crime Stories for the Festive Season (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder on Christmas Eve (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Very Murderous Christmas: Ten Classic Crime Stories for the Festive Season (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
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Publication Order of Paul Kavanagh Books

as Paul Kavanagh
Such Men are Dangerous (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Triumph of Evil (1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Not Comin' Home to You (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Seven Deadly Sins Books

Speaking of Lust: Stories of Forbidden Desire (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Speaking of Greed: Stories of Envious Desire (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Speaking of Wrath (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Transgressions Books

with Stephen King, Anne Perry, Ed McBain, Donald E Westlake, John Farris
Terror's Echo: Novellas from Transgressions (With: Stephen King,Anne Perry,Jeffery Deaver,Sharyn McCrumb,Ed McBain,Donald E Westlake,Joyce Carol Oates,Walter Mosley,John Farris) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Transgressions (By: Ed McBain) (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Transgressions, Vol. 2 (With: Stephen King,Ed McBain,John Farris) (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Carla (1958)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Into the Night (With: Cornell Woolrich) (1959)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
69 Barrow Street (1959)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Campus Tramp (1959)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Candy (1960)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Girl Called Honey (1960)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kept (1960)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Strange Kind of Love (1960)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Adulterers (1960)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Grifter's Game / Mona / Sweet Slow Death (1961)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Diet of Treacle (1961)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cinderella Sims (1961)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Killing Castro (1961)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Coward's Kiss / Death Pulls a Doublecross (1961)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
$20 Lust / Cinderella Sims (1961)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Twisted Ones (1961)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Borderline (1962)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Case of the Pornographic Photos / Markham / You Could Call it Murder (1962)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Strange Embrace (1962)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sin Hellcat (1962)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lucky at Cards (1964)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Girl with the Long Green Heart (1965)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Deadly Honeymoon (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
After the First Death (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Specialists (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ronald Rabbit is a Dirty Old Man (1971)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Week as Andrea Benstock (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ariel (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Code of Arms (With: Harold King) (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Random Walk (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Lost Cases of Ed London (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Small Town (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Community of Women (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Girl with the Deep Blue Eyes (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Passport to Peril (With: Anne Campbell Clark) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sinner Man (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
April North (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dead Girl Blues (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Collecting Ackermans (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
By the Dawn's Early Light (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Merciful Angel of Death (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Chance to Get Even (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dolly's Trash & Treasures (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Welcome to the Real World (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Knows Where It Goes (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Scenarios (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Headaches and Bad Dreams (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sweet Little Hands (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
You Don't Even Feel It (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
In For a Penny (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Three in the Side Pocket (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Like a Bone in the Throat (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nothing Short of Highway Robbery (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Ehrengraf Fandango (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
I Know How to Pick 'Em (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Autumn at the Automat (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Resume Speed (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Like a Lamb to Slaughter (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sometimes They Bite (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Some Days You Get the Bear (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
By the Dawn's Early Light: And Other Stories (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Collected Mystery Stories (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Enough Rope (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Crazy Years (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Catch and Release (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Defender of the Innocent: The Casebook of Martin Ehrengraf (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Resume Speed and Other Stories (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
From Sea to Stormy Sea (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Playing Games (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Plays

How Far (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Wife-Swap Report (1970)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
3 is Not a Crowd (1971)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sex and the Stewardess (1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sex Therapists (1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Different Strokes (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Total Sexuality (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Writing the Novel from Plot to Print to Pixel (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Telling Lies for Fun & Profit: A Manual for Fiction Writers (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Write for Your Life (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Spider, Spin Me A Web: A Handbook for Fiction Writers (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
After Hours: Conversations With Lawrence Block (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Gangsters, Swindlers, Killers, and Thieves: The Lives and Crimes of Fifty American Villains (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Step by Step: A Pedestrian Memoir (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Liar's Bible (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Liar's Companion (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Male Hustler (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wide Open (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Doing It! - Going Beyond the Sexual Revolution (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Come Fly With Us (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Beyond Group Sex (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Crime of Our Lives (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Afterthoughts: Version 2.0 (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Matthew Scudder Short Story Collections

One Night Stands and Lost Weekends (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Night and the Music (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of L.A. Noire: The Collected Stories Books

with Joe R. Lansdale, Joyce Carol Oates, Megan Abbott, Duane Swierczynski, Andrew Vachss, Francine Prose, Jonathan Santlofer
L.A. Noire: The Collected Stories (With: Joe R. Lansdale,Joyce Carol Oates,Megan Abbott,Duane Swierczynski,Andrew Vachss,Francine Prose,Jonathan Santlofer) (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Black DahliaWhite Rose (By: Joyce Carol Oates) (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

Alfred Hitchcock's A Choice of Evils(1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Eyes Have It(1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Chapter and Hearse(1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Second Black Lizard Anthology of Crime Fiction(1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Perfect Murder(1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Year’s 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories 1991(1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Monsters in Our Midst(1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Year's 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories 1992(1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dark Crimes 2(1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The New Mystery(1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Fine Art of Murder: The Mystery Reader's Indispensable Companion(1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The King is Dead: Tales of Elvis Postmortem(1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Year's 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories 1993(1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bad Behavior(1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Year's 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories 1996(1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Night Screams(1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
First Cases, Volume 1(1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Win, Lose or Die(1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Law and Order(1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Plot Thickens(1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
First Cases, Volume 2(1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crimes of Passion(1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mystery's Most Wanted(1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hot Blood X(1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best of the Best(1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder on the Run(1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Year's 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories 1997(1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Mystery Stories 1998(1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death Cruise: Crime Stories on the Open Seas(1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Mystery Stories 1999(1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Master's Choice: Mystery Stories by Today's Top Writers and the Masters Who Inspired Them(2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century(2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 1(2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Opening Shots: Great Mystery and Crime Writers Share Their First Published Stories(2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 2(2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Mystery Stories 2001(2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Opening Shots, Vol. II(2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pulp Masters(2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mighty Johns(2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Most Wanted(2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 3(2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blood on Their Hands(2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bronx Noir(2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 4(2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
High Stakes(2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
In the Shadow of the Master(2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Greatest Hits(2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Transgressions(2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lesbian Pulp Fiction(2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Brooklyn Noir 2: The Classics(2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
These Guns for Hire(2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Transgressions, Vol. 2(2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Mystery Stories 2007(2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Prisoner of Memory and 24 of the Year's Finest Crime and Mystery Stories(2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
L.A. Noire: The Collected Stories(2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sounds Of Crime(2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dark End of the Street(2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Indian Country Noir(2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Masters of Noir, Volume One(2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Shamus Winners(2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Masters of Noir, Volume Three(2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Mystery Stories 2011(2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Warriors 3(2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
In Pursuit of Spenser(2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Psychos(2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
USA Noir(2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Weasels Ripped My Flesh!: Two-Fisted Stories From Men's Adventure Magazines of the 1950s, '60s & '70s(2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Inherit the Dead(2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dangerous Women(2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Buffalo Noir(2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Have a NYC 3: New York Short Stories(2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dark City Lights: New York Stories (Have a NYC)(2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mostly Murder(2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
In Sunlight or In Shadow(2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Gym Rat & Murder Club(2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Alive in Shape and Color(2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Florida Happens(2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
At Home in the Dark(2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Misadventures of Nero Wolfe(2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Darkling Halls of Ivy(2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Collectibles(2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Jewish Noir II: Tales of Crime and Other Dark Deeds(2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Hailing from Buffalo, N.Y. Lawrence Block would attend and fail to graduate from Yellow Spring’s Antioch college, having come to agree with the school authorities that he would be happier elsewhere. His first foray into the literary world found Lawrence pseudonymously testing the waters of porn, along with fellow apprentice Donald E. Westlake, the pair purposing in midcentury erotica sometime in the 1950s.

The name Lawrence Block wouldn’t appear in print until 1958, following the publication of Block’s short story ??You Can’t Lose’. Eventually gaining momentum with ??Mona,’ published in 1961 under his name, reissued repeatedly over the years, once even titled ??Sweet Slow death’, Lawrence’s current repertoire of novels, exceeding the 50 book mark, is only surpassed by the more than 100 short stories he has availed to his myriads of fans during decades of hard work.

Married to Lynne Block with whom he has spent most of his life travelling, and through whom he has born two children, Amy Reichel and Jill Block, as well as Alison Pouliot from a previous marriage, it is probably because of his long term residency in New York that so many of Lawrence Block’s fictional stories have been set within the streets of the city.

Best known for a select few highly entertaining and diverse characters, from Evan Tanner to Mathew Scudder, Lawrence has brought his literary skills to the world under many a name, some of his better known pseudonyms including Lesley Evans, Jill Emerson, Anne Campbell Clark and John Warren Wells.

Making appearances in a variety of magazines, from The New York Times to Cosmopolitan, RedBook, GQ and even PlayBoy, Lawrence Block has endeavored to encourage the writing field through a myriad of arenas, not only availing a series of books specifically aimed towards writers but also running an instructional column in Writer’s Digest for more than a decade, his literary accomplishments expanding into television and even film.


Lawrence block has enjoyed the title of Grand master of Mystery Writers of America for two decades, also acquiring the position of president for Private Eye writers of America and MWA. Winning the Edgar and Shamus prize four times, a Lifetime Achievement award from Private Eye Writers of America, and the Japanese Maltese Falcon award, Lawrence has also had the privilege of accepting the Gumshoe Lifetime Achievement prize from Mystery Ink, a magazine; the Diamond Dagger for Lifetime Achievement from the Crime Writers Association and the Edward D. Hoch Memorial Golden Derriger Lifetime Achievement prize for short stories.

The French have also imputed to Lawrence Block the title of Grand Maitre du Roman Noir. Appearing as the guest of honor at book festivals in various nations from Taiwan to Australia, Spain and even New Zealand, Lawrence Block can boast of more awards and prizes earned in his half decade old career than those of several dozen well known writers put together, a giant in the writing arena and commanding respect in the many nations of the world. And even with this level of elevation, those closest to the author have been known to describe his personality as warm, kind, modest and quite humble.

+ Lawrence’s success, the popularity of his books have almost always relied upon the characters he creates, crafted to not only drive their various stories but to engage and entertain the readers, usually achieving victory in these arenas and positively impact their various stories

Though even considering the buzz surrounding the likes of John Paul Keller, Chris Harrison and Evan Michael Tanner, two names stand apart within Lawrence’s web of stories, namely:

-Mathew Scudder- introduced in 1976’s ??The sins of the Fathers’, Mathew’s alcoholic ex cop, now unlicensed private investigator is Lawrence Block’s most famous character. Fighting alcoholism and the various demons of his past, the intrigue behind his character driven by his ever evolving situations, each book thrusting the PI into one diverse situation after another, each novel taking great steps to stand apart from Mathew’s previous outing.

Lawrence Block has, on occasion, vaguely admitted to the fact that facets of Mathew’s characters, especially the alcoholism, might just mirror his own life and past mistakes.

-Bernie Rhodenbarr

Only second to Mathew in fame, Lawrence’s gentleman burglar couldn’t be further from Mathew Scudder, not only ageless in his various outings but usually partaking in a far lighter story, his world somewhat wittier and more sophisticated that Mathew’s dingy existence.

Even while maintaining a static existence, Bernie has managed to endear himself to many a Lawrence Block fan, his charm and wit allowing novels like ‘The Burglar who counted the spoons’ to entertain purely through the energizing factor that is Bernie Rhodenbarr.

+Important as Mathew Scudder and Bernie might be, it would be inaccurate to impute the author’s success solely to the existence of these characters, with each Lawrence Block novel striving to stand alone as a masterpiece in its own right.

One need only scrutinize the first book in Lawrence’s profile, that title that introduced him to the world. The Sins of the Fathers introduced Mathew Scudder as an alcoholic PI, dragged into a world of perversion and corruption following a plea from a client to solve the murder of a young hooker.

The prime suspect having met a fatal end, it comes down to Scudder to maneuver through a web of lies and secrecy to reveal to the populace of Greenwich the sins hidden beneath a peaceful veneer.

Even while bringing the enigmatic Mathew Scudder to life, The Sins of The Fathers proved a hit among the vast portion of readers that first encountered Lawrence Block, not only writing a detective that broke the mold, less hardboiled and more philosophical, but presenting a truly intriguing case interspersed with truly shocking twists and revelations.

So engaging was this first true Lawrence Block detective novel that most readers were astonished by the quality of ??Time to Murder and Create’ a detective story that not only incorporated the best elements of ??The Sins of the Fathers’ but augmented them, this time following Mathew Scudder as he attempted to solve the death of his friend Jake The Spinner, a former informer turned blackmailer, whom too many people would have liked to murder.

Pressured by the advent of a sinister threat emerging from his meddling into Jake’s affairs and a host of wealthy and powerful opponents, ??Time to Murder and create’ utilizes Block’s crisp prose to tell a story that not only avails hard hitting plots but evolves the Scudder character, driving the PI into even more intriguing territory.

With projects like ??8 Million ways to Die’ finally jumping to film in 1986, the Wong Kar-wai directed, Norah Jones acted ??My Blueberry nights’ screenplay he wrote in 2007, and ??A Walk Among the Tombstones’ in the process of being adapted into a movie, to be released in 2014, with Liam Neeson playing the role of Mathew Scudder, Lawrence Block has more than cemented his reputation as a literary genius within the Mystery novel genre.

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