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Lawrence Block

USA (1938 - )

aka Ben Christopher, Jill Emerson, Chip Harrison, Paul Kavanagh, Sheldon Lord, John Warren Wells

A Mystery Writers of America Grand Master, Lawrence Block is a four-time winner of the Edgar Allan Poe and Shamus Awards, as well as a recipient of prizes in France, Germany, and Japan. The author of more than fifty books and numerous short stories, he is a devout New Yorker who spends much of his time traveling.
Evan Tanner
1. The Thief Who Couldn't Sleep (1966)
2. The Cancelled Czech (1966)
3. Tanner's Twelve Swingers (1967)
4. Two for Tanner (1967)
     aka The Scoreless Thai
5. Tanner's Tiger (1968)
6. Here Comes a Hero (1968)
     aka Tanner's Virgin
7. Me Tanner, You Jane (1970)
8. Tanner on Ice (1998)
The Thief Who Couldn't SleepThe Cancelled CzechTanner's Twelve SwingersTwo for Tanner
Tanner's TigerHere Comes a HeroMe Tanner, You JaneTanner on Ice
Make Out with MurderNo ScoreChip Harrison Scores AgainThe Topless Tulip Caper
A.K.A. Chip Harrison: Make Out With Murder / Topless Tulip CaperIntroducing Chip Harrison: No Score / Chip Harrison Scores AgainThe Affairs of Chip Harrison
The Sins of the FathersTime to Murder and CreateIn the Midst of DeathA Stab in the Dark
Eight Million Ways to DieWhen the Sacred Ginmill ClosesOut on the Cutting EdgeA Ticket to the Boneyard
A Dance at the SlaughterhouseA Walk Among the TombstonesThe Devil Knows You're DeadA Long Line of Dead Men
Even the WickedEverybody DiesHope to DieAll the Flowers Are Dying
A Drop of the Hard StuffThe Matt Scudder MysteriesThe Night and The MusicA Moment of Wrong Thinking
A Candle for the Bag LadyLet's Get LostLooking for DavidThe Merciful Angel of Death
One Last Night at Grogan'sOut the Window
Burglars Can't Be ChoosersThe Burglar in the ClosetThe Burglar Who Liked to Quote KiplingThe Burglar Who Studied Spinoza
The Burglar Who Painted like MondrianThe Burglar Who Traded Ted WilliamsThe Burglar Who Thought He Was BogartThe Burglar in the Library
The Burglar in the RyeThe Burglar on the ProwlThe Burglar Who Counted The SpoonsThe Burglar Who Dropped in on Elvis
The Bernie Rhodenbarr Mysteries: Volume OneLike a Thief in the NightThe Bernie Rhodenbarr MysteriesThe Bernie Rhodenbarr Mysteries: Volume Two
The Burglar Takes a Cat
Hit ManHit ListHit ParadeHit and Run
Hit MeKeller's AdjustmentKeller on the SpotKeller's Horoscope
Keller's Therapy
The Ehrengraf DefenseThe Ehrengraf PresumptionThe Ehrengraf ExperienceThe Ehrengraf Appointment
The Ehrengraf RiposteThe Ehrengraf ObligationThe Ehrengraf AlternativeThe Ehrengraf Nostrum
The Ehrengraf AffirmationThe Ehrengraf ReverseThe Ehrengraf SettlementEhrengraf For the Defense
Defender of the Innocent: The Casebook of Martin Ehrengraf
If You Can't Stand the HeatRude AwakeningYou Can Call Me LuckyClean Slate
Waitress WantedJillingConjugal RitesOne Kind Favor I Ask of You
Don't Get in the CarFun with Brady and AngelicaZeroing InUnfinished Business
Kept (1960) (as by Sheldon Lord)
The Specialists (1960)
The Case of the Pornographic Photos (1961)
     aka Markham / You Could Call it Murder
Death Pulls a Doublecross (1961)
     aka Coward's Kiss
Mona (1961)
     aka Sweet Slow Death / Grifter's Game
The Sisterhood (1963) (as by Sheldon Lord)
     aka Women in Love
Warm and Willing (1964) (as by Jill Emerson)
Enough of Sorrow (1965) (as by Jill Emerson)
The Girl with the Long Green Heart (1965)
Deadly Honeymoon (1967)
After the First Death (1969)
Such Men Are Dangerous (1969) (as by Paul Kavanagh)
Threesome (1970) (as by Jill Emerson)
Ronald Rabbit Is a Dirty Old Man (1971)
The Triumph of Evil (1972) (as by Paul Kavanagh)
Sensuous (1972) (as by Jill Emerson)
The Trouble with Eden (1973) (as by Jill Emerson)
Not Comin' Home to You (1974) (as by Paul Kavanagh)
A Week As Andrea Benstock (1975) (as by Jill Emerson)
Ariel (1979)
Code of Arms (1981) (with Harold King)
Into the Night (1987) (with Cornell Woolrich)
Random Walk (1988)
The Perfect Murder: Five Great Mystery Writers Create the Perfect Crime (1991) (with Sarah Caudwell, Tony Hillerman and Jack Hitt)
Batman's Helpers (1999)
The Lost Cases of Ed London (2001)
Cinderella Sims (2002)
Small Town: A Novel of New York (2003)
Lucky at Cards (2007)
A Diet of Treacle (2008)
Killing Castro (2008)
April North (2010)
Community of Women (2010) (as by Sheldon Lord)
A Girl Called Honey (2010) (with Donald E Westlake)
Grifter's Game (2010)
A Madwoman's Diary (2010) (as by Jill Emerson)
Sin Hellcat (2010) (with Donald E Westlake)
So Willing (2010) (with Donald E Westlake)
Thirty (2010) (as by Jill Emerson)
Candy (2011) (as by Sheldon Lord)
Carla (2011) (as by Sheldon Lord)
A Strange Kind of Love (2011) (as by Sheldon Lord)
Getting Off (2011) (as by Jill Emerson)
69 Barrow Street (2012) (as by Sheldon Lord)
Strange Embrace (2012) (as by Ben Christopher)
Borderline (2014)
The Girl With the Deep Blue Eyes (2015)
KeptThe SpecialistsThe Case of the Pornographic PhotosDeath Pulls a Doublecross
MonaThe SisterhoodWarm and WillingEnough of Sorrow
The Girl with the Long Green HeartDeadly HoneymoonAfter the First DeathSuch Men Are Dangerous
ThreesomeRonald Rabbit Is a Dirty Old ManThe Triumph of EvilSensuous
The Trouble with EdenNot Comin' Home to YouA Week As Andrea BenstockAriel
Code of ArmsInto the NightRandom WalkThe Perfect Murder: Five Great Mystery Writers Create the Perfect Crime
Batman's HelpersThe Lost Cases of Ed LondonCinderella SimsSmall Town: A Novel of New York
Lucky at CardsA Diet of TreacleKilling CastroApril North
Community of WomenA Girl Called HoneyGrifter's GameA Madwoman's Diary
Sin HellcatSo WillingThirtyCandy
CarlaA Strange Kind of LoveGetting Off69 Barrow Street
Strange EmbraceBorderlineThe Girl With the Deep Blue Eyes
Strange Embrace / 69 Barrow Street (2012) (as by Ben Christopher)
Strange Embrace / 69 Barrow Street
Sometimes They BiteLike a Lamb to the Slaughter: StoriesSome Days You Get the Bear: StoriesBy the Dawn's Early Light: and Other Stories
Death Wish and Other StoriesOne Night Stands: Early StoriesThe Collected Mystery StoriesEnough Rope: Collected Stories
One Night Stands and Lost WeekendsHellcats and HoneygirlsMasters of Noir: Volume Three
How Far
Keller in DallasCatch & Release: A Story From the Dark SideA Chance to Get EvenDolly's Trash & Treasures: A Story From the Dark Side
ScenariosWelcome to the Real WorldWho Knows Where It GoesAlmost Perfect
As Dark as Christmas GetsThe Burglar Who Smelled SmokeHeadaches and Bad DreamsIn For a Penny
Sweet Little HandsTerrible Tommy TerhuneThree in the Side PocketA Vision in White
You Don't Even Feel ItA Bad Night for BurglarsLike a Bone in the ThroatCollecting Ackermans
The Boy Who Disappeared CloudsCleveland in My DreamsThe Dettweiler SolutionFunny You Should Ask
One Thousand Dollars a WordStrangers on a Handball CourtI Know How to Pick 'Em
Series contributed to
The Best American Mystery Stories 2001
Terror's Echo
Anthologies edited
Murder on the RunDeath Cruise: Crime Stories on the Open SeasMaster's ChoiceGreat Mystery Series: 11 of the Best Mystery Short Stories from Alfred Hitchcock's And Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazines
Opening ShotsSpeaking of LustSpeaking of GreedOpening Shots Volume 2: More Great Mystery and Crime Writers Share their First Published Stories
Speaking of WrathBlood on Their HandsManhattan Noir 2: The ClassicsManhattan Noir
Non fiction
Writing the Novel: From Plot to PrintTelling Lies for Fun and ProfitWrite for Your LifeSpider, Spin Me a Web: A Handbook for Fiction Writers
After Hours: Conversations with Lawrence BlockGangsters, Swindlers, Killers, and Thieves: The Lives and Crimes of Fifty American VillainsStep by Step: A Pedestrian MemoirIntroducing Myself & Others
The Liar's Bible: A Handbook for Fiction WritersThe Liar's Companion: A Field Guide for Fiction WritersAfterthoughtsGenerally Speaking
Lawrence Block on Writing
Anthologies containing stories by Lawrence Block
Monsters in Our MidstThe King Is Dead: Tales of Elvis Post-MortemNight ScreamsThe Best of the Best
Short stories
Make a Prison (1958)
Nothing Short of Highway Robbery (1977)
Hot Eyes, Cold Eyes (1978)
How Would You Like It? (1993)
The Tulsa Experience (1993)
The Burglar Who Dropped in on Elvis [short story] (1994)
Headaches and Bad Dreams (1997)

Shamus Awards Best Novel winner (1983) : Eight Million Ways to Die
Shamus Awards Best Novel nominee (1990) : Out on the Cutting Edge
Shamus Awards Best Novel nominee (1991) : A Ticket to the Boneyard
Edgar Awards Best Novel winner (1992) : A Dance at the Slaughterhouse
Shamus Awards Best Novel nominee (1992) : A Dance at the Slaughterhouse
Shamus Awards Best Novel winner (1994) : The Devil Knows You're Dead
Edgar Awards Best Novel nominee (1995) : A Long Line of Dead Men
Shamus Awards Best Novel nominee (1995) : A Long Line of Dead Men

Lawrence Block recommends
The Specialty of the House: And Other Stories
The Specialty of the House: And Other Stories (1967)
Stanley Ellin
"Ellin consistently wrote the best mystery stories of his time."
A Fine Red Rain
A Fine Red Rain (1987)
(Inspector Rostnikov, book 4)
Stuart M Kaminsky
"Porfiry Rostnikov is a treasure."
First Kill All the Lawyers
First Kill All the Lawyers (1988)
(Samantha Adams, book 1)
Sarah Shankman
"Right on target... A rollicking good read."
Dead Pan
Dead Pan (1992)
(Jocelyn O'Roarke, book 4)
Jane Dentinger
"Jocelyn O'Rourke is bright, sophisticated, gorgeous, tough-minded, funny, and very good company."
See No Evil
See No Evil (1998)
(Marti MacAlister, book 6)
Eleanor Taylor Bland
"She's anything but bland... sharp and sassy and right on the money."
Gangsters and Gold Diggers: Old New York, the Jazz Age, And the Birth of Broadway
Gangsters and Gold Diggers: Old New York, the Jazz Age, And the Birth of Broadway (2003)
Jerome Charyn
"The richest imagination in contemporary American letters."

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