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They are poor little lambs who have lost their way: a murderous madman feigning madness; a beautiful woman, dangerous to look at and lethal to touch; a shy little boy quietly testing his newfound power to destroy. In this ingenious collection, multiple award-winning mystery author Lawrence Block leads us into dark, unprotected fields, where human sheep gather in terror of ...more
Paperback, 254 pages
Published September 1st 1996 by Avon (first published 1984)
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Kemper
Sep 10, 2009 Kemper rated it really liked it
Even though I'm a big fan of Lawrence Block, I'd never read any of his short stories. I've really been missing out.

This collection has got a little bit of everything for the crime/mystery fan: Noir type stuff, straight up mysteries, character pieces, really funny dark humor, a Nero Wolfe parody, and even a short featuring Matt Scudder, Block's long-running New York PI character.

All of these are short and sweet, but Block manages to create full characters and stories in all of them. Lots of unexp
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Michel
Aug 06, 2015 Michel rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, shorts
Got this book to read more Matt Scudder stuff, then found out there was only one Scudder story (the baglady inheritance), which I'd already read.
Well, then, since I had the book, and the time (if you got the money, honey), you know, might as well read the others. And then, wow. This is as rich and varied a collection of shorts as I've read in a long long time, tone, style, humor, fantasy, "the final sentence of each tale carries the reader that little bit farther into the bizarre [where] imagina
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Carol
Mar 14, 2014 Carol rated it liked it
This was a book of short stories. I like to read shorts. I use to read Ellery Queen and Alfred Hitchcock mystery magazine's that came out once a month. They had short stories and writing contests that I even submitted a short or two. So if you don't like short stories don't bother..
Jordan McPeek
Oct 19, 2010 Jordan McPeek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, anthology, box-7
All pretty short, but good. Great variety of styles. Lots of twists. Enjoyable bites that stand on their own, unlike many short stories that don't seem to go anywhere.
Denise M.
Sep 27, 2009 Denise M. rated it liked it
Shelves: block-lawrence
AKA: Sheldon Lord, Jill Emerson, Paul Kavanaugh, Chip Harrison, Lawrence Block
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Shelves: 11-21-2007, 6-36
Fiction,Short stories
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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 Tanne
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