Authors > Lawrence Block

Lawrence Block has been writing crime, mystery, and suspense fiction for more than half a century. He has published in excess (oh, wretched excess!) of 100 books, and no end of short stories.

He is best known for his series characters, including cop-turned-private investigator Matthew Scudder, gentleman burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr, globe-trotting insomniac Evan Tanner, and introspective assassin Keller.

Mr. Block is a Grand Master of Mystery Writers of America, and a past president of MWA and the Private Eye Writers of America. He has won the Edgar and Shamus awards four times each, and the Japanese Maltese Falcon award twice, as well as the Nero Wolfe and Philip Marlowe awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Private Eye Writers of America, and the Diamond Dagger for Life Achievement from the Crime Writers Association (UK).

Because one name is never enough, Lawrence Block has also published under pseudonyms including Jill Emerson, John Warren Wells, Lesley Evans, and Anne Campbell Clarke.

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A Stab in the Dark

Louis Pinell, the recently apprehended "Icepick Prowler," freely admits to having slain seven young women nine years ago -- but be swears it was a copycat who killed Barbara Ettinger Matthew Scudder believes him. But the trail to Ettinger's true murderer is twisted, dark and dangerous...and even colder than the almost decade-old corpse the p.i. is determined to avenge.

Year: 1981     Genre: Hardboiled DetectiveSerial Killer

A Ticket to the Boneyard

Twelve years ago, Matthew Scudder lied to a jury to put James Leo Motley behind bars. Now the ingenious psychopath is free. And the alcoholic ex-cop-turned-p.i. must pay dearly for his sins. Friends and former lovers -- even strangers unfortunate enough to share Scudder's name -- are turning up dead. Because a vengeful maniac is determined not to rest until he's driven his nemesis back to the bottle...and then to the boneyard.

Year: 1990     Genre: Hardboiled DetectiveRevenge

A Walk Among the Tombstones

Kenan Khoury's wife went out grocery shopping and never came home. Alive, anyway. But because Kenan Khoury buys and sells drugs for a living he can't go to the police for help. He goes to Matthew Scudder instead -- an alcoholic ex-cop and unlicensed private eye who will stop at nothing to bring the brutal killers to justice before another innocent woman falls beneath their knives.

Year: 1992     Genre: Private Eye


On the border between El Paso, Texas, and Juarez, Mexico, five lives are about to collide - with fatal results. This is MWA Grand Master Lawrence Block at his rawest and most visceral, a bloody, bawdy, brutal story of passion and punishment--and of lines that were never meant to be crossed.

Year: 1962     Genre: Noir Fiction

Burglars Can't Be Choosers

He's not perfect, however; he occasionally makes mistakes. Like accepting a paid assignment from a total stranger to retrieve a particular item from a rich man's apartment. Like still being there when the cops arrive. Like having a freshly slain corpse lying in the next room, and no proof that Bernie isn't the killer. Now he's really got his hands full, having to locate the true perpetrator while somehow eluding the police -- a dirty job indeed, but if Bernie doesn't do it, who will?

Year: 1977     Genre: Crime Fiction

Catch and Release

One of the most highly acclaimed novelists in the crime genre, Lawrence Block is also a master of the short story. The sixteen stories (and one stage play ) collected here feature appearances by some of Block s most famous characters, including burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr and private detective Matt Scudder, as well as glimpses into the minds of a rogue's gallery of killers, sociopaths, and crooked cops.

Year: 2013     Genre: Suspense

Dead Girl Blues

You might as well know this going in: Lawrence Block's new novel is not for everyone. It's recounted in journal form by its protagonist, and begins when he walks into a roadhouse outside of Bakersfield, California, and walks out with a woman. And rapes and murders her. But, um, not in that order. Right. But it's what he does with the rest of his life that's really interesting...

Year: 2020     Genre: Crime FictionWhats New

Eight Million Ways to Die

Nobody knows better than Matthew Scudder how far down a person can sink in this city. A young prostitute named Kim knew it also--and she wanted out. The alcoholic ex-cop turned p.i. was supposed to protect her, but someone slashed her to ribbons on a crumbling New York City waterfront pier. Now finding Kim's killer will be Scudder's penance.

Year: 1982     Genre: Hardboiled Detective

Getting Off

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.

Year: 2011     Genre: Serial Killer

Hit and Run

For years now Keller's had places to go and people to kill. But enough is enough. Just one more job--paid in advance--and he's going to retire. Waiting in Des Moines for the client's go-ahead, Keller's picking out stamps for his collection at a shop in Urbandale when somebody guns down the charismatic governor of Ohio. Back at his motel, Keller sees the killer's face broadcast on TV. A face he's seen quite often. Every morning. In the mirror.

Year: 2008     Genre: Assassins

Hit List

Keller is a pro and very good at what he does. But the jobs have started to go wrong. The realization is slow coming yet, when it arrives, it is irrefutable: Someone out there is trying to hit the hit man. Keller, God help him, has found his way onto somebody else's hit list.

Year: 2000     Genre: Assassins



Want ItGot ItRead ItYearTitle

1952One Night Stands and Lost WeekendsSuspense, Short Stories
1958Sinner ManCrime Fiction
1962BorderlineNoir Fiction, Texas
1964Lucky at CardsNoir Fiction
1966The Canceled CzechEspionage, Evan Tanner, Czech Republic
1966The Thief Who Couldn't SleepCIA, Espionage, Evan Tanner, Turkey
1967Tanner's Twelve SwingersEspionage, Evan Tanner, Russia
1968Tanner's TigerEspionage, Evan Tanner, Canada
1968Tanner's VirginEspionage, Evan Tanner, Afghanistan
1968The Scoreless Thai Espionage, Evan Tanner, Thailand
1970Me Tanner, You JaneEspionage, Evan Tanner, Africa
1976In the Midst of DeathHardboiled Detective, Matthew Scudder
1976The Sins of the FathersHardboiled Detective, Matthew Scudder
1976Time to Murder and CreateHardboiled Detective, Matthew Scudder
1977Burglars Can't Be ChoosersCrime Fiction, Bernie Rhodenbarr
1978The Burglar in the Closet Crime Fiction, Bernie Rhodenbarr
1979The Burglar Who Liked to Quote KiplingCrime Fiction, Bernie Rhodenbarr
1980The Burglar Who Studied SpinozaCrime Fiction, Bernie Rhodenbarr
1981A Stab in the DarkHardboiled Detective, Serial Killer, Matthew Scudder
1981Telling Lies for Fun & Profiton Writing, Non-Fiction
1982Eight Million Ways to DieHardboiled Detective, Matthew Scudder
1983The Burglar Who Painted Like MondrianCrime Fiction, Bernie Rhodenbarr
1986When the Sacred Ginmill ClosesNoir Fiction, Matthew Scudder
1986Write for Your Lifeon Writing, on Creativity, Non-Fiction
1987Spider, Spin Me a Web
A Handbook for Fiction Writers
on Writing, Non-Fiction
1990A Ticket to the BoneyardHardboiled Detective, Revenge, Matthew Scudder
1992A Walk Among the TombstonesPrivate Eye, Matthew Scudder
1994The Burglar Who Traded Ted WilliamsComic Mystery, Crime Fiction, Bernie Rhodenbarr
1995The Burglar Who Thought He Was BogartComic Mystery, Crime Fiction, Bernie Rhodenbarr
1997The Burglar in the LibraryComic Mystery, Crime Fiction, Bernie Rhodenbarr
1998Hit ManAssassins, Keller
1998Tanner on IceEspionage, Evan Tanner
1999The Burglar in the RyeComic Mystery, Crime Fiction, Bernie Rhodenbarr
2000Hit ListAssassins, Keller
2004The Burglar on the Prowl Comic Mystery, Bernie Rhodenbarr
2006Hit ParadeAssassins, Keller
2008Hit and RunAssassins, Keller
2011Getting Off
by Lawrence Block as Jill Emerson
Serial Killer
2013Catch and ReleaseSuspense, Short Stories
2013Hit MeAssassins, Keller
2013The Burglar Who Counted the SpoonsComic Mystery, Bernie Rhodenbarr
2015The Girl with the Deep Blue EyesCrime Fiction
2016Keller's FedoraAssassins, Keller
2020Dead Girl BluesCrime Fiction, Whats New
2020The Burglar in Short OrderShort Stories




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