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Publication Order of Bernie Rhodenbarr Books

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

Publication Order of Chip Harrison Books

No Score (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
Chip Harrison Scores Again (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
Make Out with Murder (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Topless Tulip Caper (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
As Dark as Christmas Gets (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death of the Mallory Queen (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Chronological Order of Chip Harrison Books

No Score(1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
Chip Harrison Scores Again(1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
Make Out with Murder(1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Topless Tulip Caper(1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death of the Mallory Queen(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
As Dark as Christmas Gets(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Evan Tanner Books

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

Publication Order of Jill Emerson Books

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

Publication Order of John Keller Books

Hit Man (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hit List (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hit Parade (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hit and Run (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Keller in Dallas (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hit Me (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Keller's Adjustment (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Keller on the Spot (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Keller's Therapy (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Keller's Horoscope (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Keller's Fedora (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Keller's Homecoming (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Keller's Designated Hitter (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Keller the Dogkiller (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Keller in Des Moines (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Quotidian Keller (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Keller on Horseback (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Kit Tolliver Books

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

Publication Order of Lou Largo Books

with William Ard
Babe in the Woods (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Manhattan Noir Books

Manhattan Noir (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Manhattan Noir 2: The Classics (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Matthew Scudder Books

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

Publication Order of Murderous Christmas Stories Books

Murder under the Christmas Tree: Ten Classic Crime Stories for the Festive Season (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder on Christmas Eve (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Very Murderous Christmas: Ten Classic Crime Stories for the Festive Season (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Anthology series.

Publication Order of Paul Kavanagh Books

as Paul Kavanagh
Such Men are Dangerous (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Triumph of Evil (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
Not Comin' Home to You (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Seven Deadly Sins Books

Speaking of Lust: Stories of Forbidden Desire (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Speaking of Greed: Stories of Envious Desire (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Speaking of Wrath (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Transgressions Books

Transgressions (With: Stephen King,Anne Perry,Jeffery Deaver,Sharyn McCrumb,Ed McBain,Donald E Westlake,Bonnie Jeanne Perry,Joyce Carol Oates,Walter Mosley,John Farris) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Transgressions, Vol. 2 (With: Stephen King,Ed McBain,John Farris) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Transgressions, Vol. 3 (By: Anne Perry,Sharyn McCrumb,Ed McBain,Donald E Westlake,John Farris) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Transgressions, Vol. 4 (By: Anne Perry,Sharyn McCrumb,Ed McBain) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

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

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

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

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

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

Publication Order of Plays

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Wife-Swap Report (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
3 is Not a Crowd (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sex and the Stewardess (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sex Therapists (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
Different Strokes (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Total Sexuality (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Writing the Novel from Plot to Print to Pixel (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
Telling Lies for Fun & Profit: A Manual for Fiction Writers (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Write for Your Life (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Spider, Spin Me A Web: A Handbook for Fiction Writers (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
After Hours: Conversations With Lawrence Block (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gangsters, Swindlers, Killers, and Thieves: The Lives and Crimes of Fifty American Villains (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Step by Step: A Pedestrian Memoir (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Liar's Bible (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Liar's Companion (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Male Hustler (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wide Open (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Doing It! - Going Beyond the Sexual Revolution (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Come Fly With Us (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beyond Group Sex (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Crime of Our Lives (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hunting Buffalo With Bent Nails (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Afterthoughts: Version 2.0 (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Matthew Scudder Short Story Collections

One Night Stands and Lost Weekends (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Night and the Music (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Men's Adventure Library Journal Books

He-Men, Bag Men & Nymphos (By: Robert Deis,Wyatt Doyle,Walter Kaylin) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cryptozoology Anthology (By: David Coleman,Wyatt Doyle) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Handful of Hell (By: Robert Deis,Wyatt Doyle,Robert F. Dorr) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Barbarians on Bikes (By: Paul Bishop,Robert Deis,Wyatt Doyle) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
I Watched Them Eat Me Alive (By: Robert Deis,Wyatt Doyle) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pollen's Women (By: Robert Deis,Wyatt Doyle,Samson Pollen) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cuba: Sugar, Sex, and Slaughter (By: Robert Deis,Wyatt Doyle) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pollen's Action (By: Robert Deis,Wyatt Doyle,Samson Pollen) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Eva: Men's Adventure Supermodel (By: Robert Deis,Wyatt Doyle) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mort Kunstler (By: Robert Deis,Wyatt Doyle) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
One Man Army (By: Robert Deis,Wyatt Doyle,Gil Cohen) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Exotic Adventures of Robert Silverberg (By: Robert Silverberg,Robert Deis,Wyatt Doyle) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maneaters (By: Mort Künstler,Robert Deis,Wyatt Doyle) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
George Gross: Covered (By: Robert Deis,Wyatt Doyle) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Naked and the Deadly (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Atomic Werewolves and Man-Eating Plants (By: Robert Deis,Wyatt Doyle) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

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)Description / Buy at Amazon
Black DahliaWhite Rose (By: Joyce Carol Oates) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Alfred Hitchcock's A Choice of Evils(1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Eyes Have It(1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Chapter and Hearse(1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Second Black Lizard Anthology of Crime Fiction(1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Perfect Murder(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year’s 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories 1991(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Monsters in Our Midst(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories 1992(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dark Crimes 2(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The New Mystery(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fine Art of Murder: The Mystery Reader's Indispensable Companion(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The King is Dead: Tales of Elvis Postmortem(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories 1993(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bad Behavior(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories 1996(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Night Screams(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
First Cases, Volume 1: First Appearances of Classic Private Eyes(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
First Cases, Volume 1(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Win, Lose or Die(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Law and Order(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Plot Thickens(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
First Cases, Volume 2(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crimes of Passion(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mystery's Most Wanted(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hot Blood X(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best of the Best(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder on the Run(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories 1997(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best American Mystery Stories 1998(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Cruise: Crime Stories on the Open Seas(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best American Mystery Stories 1999(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Master's Choice: Mystery Stories by Today's Top Writers and the Masters Who Inspired Them(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 1(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Opening Shots: Great Mystery and Crime Writers Share Their First Published Stories(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 2(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best American Mystery Stories 2001(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Opening Shots, Vol. II(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pulp Masters(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mighty Johns(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder Most Merry(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Most Wanted(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 3(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blood on Their Hands(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bronx Noir(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The World\\\'s Finest Mystery and Crime Stories: 4(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
High Stakes(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
In the Shadow of the Master(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Greatest Hits(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Transgressions(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Brooklyn Noir 2(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
These Guns for Hire(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Transgressions, Vol. 2(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best American Mystery Stories 2007(2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Prisoner of Memory and 24 of the Year's Finest Crime and Mystery Stories(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
L.A. Noire: The Collected Stories(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sounds Of Crime(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dark End of the Street(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Indian Country Noir(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Masters of Noir, Volume One(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Shamus Winners(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Masters of Noir, Volume Three(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best American Mystery Stories 2011(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Warriors 3(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
In Pursuit of Spenser(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Psychos(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
USA Noir(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Weasels Ripped My Flesh!: Two-Fisted Stories From Men's Adventure Magazines of the 1950s, '60s & '70s(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Inherit the Dead(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dangerous Women(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Buffalo Noir(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Have a NYC 3: New York Short Stories(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dark City Lights: New York Stories (Have a NYC)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mostly Murder(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
In Sunlight or In Shadow(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gym Rat & Murder Club(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Alive in Shape and Color(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Florida Happens(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
At Home in the Dark(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Misadventures of Nero Wolfe(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Darkling Halls of Ivy(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Collectibles(2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jewish Noir II: Tales of Crime and Other Dark Deeds(2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Playing Games(2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dark Waves of Winter(2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

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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