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Received the Shamus Award, "The Eye" (Lifetime achievment award) in 2002.

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"Lawrence Block's novels range from the urban noir of Matthew Scudder (A Drop of the Hard Stuff) to the urbane effervescence of Bernie Rhodenbarr (The Burglar on the Prowl), while other characters include the globe-trotting insomniac Evan Tanner (Tanner on Ice) and the introspective assassin Keller (Hit and Run). He has published articles and short fiction in American Heritage, Redbook, Playboy, Cosmopolitan, GQ, and The New York Times, and 84 of his short stories have been collected in Enough Rope. In 2004, he became executive story editor for the TV series TILT. Several of his novels h
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Campus Tramp - a sample of Afterthoughts (Biographies & Memoirs)
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Description: July 25, 2011 In May, while I was out in California promoting the just-published A Drop of the Hard Stuff, I teamed up with Robert Silverberg for an onstage dialogue at a library in the Bay Area. We talked about our separate genres, crime and science fiction, but much of our talk concerned our shared past in what we’ve come to call Midcentury Erotica. (Mulholland Books has since posted a transcription of the entire session on their site.) An enduring embodiment of my own adventures with paperback erotica is Campus Tramp. Christian Feuerstein, an ardent Antioch alum, was instrumental in getting the book reissued by Creeping Hemlock Press, and two days ago I had lunch with Christian and her husband, Michael Heffernan, and we talked about the book and its totemic place in the college’s institutional mythology. So here’s my afterword, written originally for Creeping Hemlock and subsequently included in Open Road’s eBook.

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A Dance At The Slaughterhouse by Lawrence Block
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Out on the Cutting Edge by Lawrence Block
"Matthew Scudder is now three years sober, but he's still living in his tiny Hell's Kitchen hotel room and prowling the increasingly mean streets of New York as an unlicensed P.I. Crime is rising; the city seems dirtier than ever, and the number of..." Read more of this review »
Eight Million Ways to Die by Lawrence Block
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“I don't know about the rest of the country but in New York more people have learned anonymity from rent control than ever discovered it in a twelve-step program.”
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“Serendipity. Look for something, find something else, and realize that what you've found is more suited to your needs than what you thought you were looking for. ”
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“If you cannot stand a spoon upright in the cup, then the coffee is too weak.”
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“Fuck you! I hope you die!"
"Everybody Dies," I said. "So fuck you.”
Lawrence Block, Everybody Dies

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message 2: by Kari

Kari I just ordered and received your first 4 Matthew Scudder books and am soooo excited! I started with A Drop of the Hard Stuff, not realizing it was in the middle of something and loved it. Now I have to get all the rest :)


message 1: by Beth

Beth Hi Lawrence,
Thanks for befriending this fellow crime writer on Goodreads!


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