Lawrence Block

Heath L...
819 books | 541 friends

David P...
5,269 books | 4,300 friends

Julie C...
134 books | 143 friends

2,223 books | 109 friends

Kevin M...
371 books | 372 friends

1,871 books | 105 friends

Scott J...
1,440 books | 485 friends

Don Roff
1,878 books | 2,061 friends

More friends…

Lawrence Block

Goodreads Author

in The United States



Member Since
May 2011

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.

Born in Buffalo, N.Y., LB attended Antioch College, but left before completing his studies; school authorities advised him that they felt he’d be happier elsewhere, and he thought this was remarkably perceptive of them.

His earliest work, published pseudonymously in the late 1950s, was mostly in the field of midcentury erotica, an apprenticeship he shared with Donald E. Westlake and Robert Silverberg. The first time Lawrence Block’s name appeared in print was when his short story “You Can’t Lose” was published in the February 1958 issue of Manhunt. The f

Yes, of course. A writer prepares…

…but what could possibly prepare me for Michael Dirda’s review in today’s Washington Post?

Sometimes a reviewer just can’t wait to write about a book. Even though Lawrence Block’s memoir, “A Writer Prepares,” isn’t available till June, I was recently sent an advance proof. Quite innocently, I started reading it — and couldn’t tear myself away. So consider what follows more a preview

Read more of this blog post »
6 likes ·   •  1 comment  •  flag
Share on Twitter
Published on April 29, 2021 17:43
Average rating: 3.87 · 193,745 ratings · 18,423 reviews · 516 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Sins of the Fathers (Ma...

3.87 avg rating — 9,603 ratings — published 1976 — 54 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Eight Million Ways to Die (...

4.15 avg rating — 6,158 ratings — published 1982 — 53 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Burglars Can't Be Choosers ...

3.82 avg rating — 5,851 ratings — published 1977 — 47 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
When the Sacred Ginmill Clo...

4.17 avg rating — 5,018 ratings — published 1986 — 44 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Hit Man (Keller, #1)

3.91 avg rating — 5,365 ratings — published 1998 — 35 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
A Walk Among the Tombstones...

3.95 avg rating — 5,570 ratings — published 1992 — 58 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
A Dance At The Slaughterhou...

4.17 avg rating — 4,097 ratings — published 1991 — 44 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
A Stab in the Dark (Matthew...

4.01 avg rating — 4,295 ratings — published 1981 — 48 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Burglar in the Closet (...

3.89 avg rating — 3,680 ratings — published 1978 — 43 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Time to Murder and Create (...

3.83 avg rating — 4,146 ratings — published 1976 — 43 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
More books by Lawrence Block…
The Sins of the Fathers Time to Murder and Create In the Midst of Death A Stab in the Dark Eight Million Ways to Die When the Sacred Ginmill Closes Out on the Cutting Edge
(17 books)
3.99 avg rating — 69,494 ratings

Burglars Can't Be Choosers The Burglar in the Closet The Burglar Who Liked to Qu... The Burglar Who Studied Spi... The Burglar Who Painted Lik... The Burglar Who Traded Ted ... The Burglar Who Thought He ...
(12 books)
3.88 avg rating — 33,351 ratings

Hit Man Hit List Hit Parade Hit and Run Hit Me
(5 books)
3.90 avg rating — 17,705 ratings

The Thief Who Couldn't Sleep The Canceled Czech Tanner's Twelve Swingers Two For Tanner Tanner's Tiger Tanner's Virgin Me Tanner, You Jane
(8 books)
3.64 avg rating — 4,345 ratings

No Score Chip Harrison Scores Again Make Out With Murder The Topless Tulip Caper
(4 books)
3.38 avg rating — 1,075 ratings

More series by Lawrence Block…

Upcoming Events

No scheduled events. Add an event.

Campus Tramp - a sample of Afterthoughts (Biographies & Memoirs)
1 chapters   —   updated Jul 28, 2011 04:22AM
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.

Lawrence’s Recent Updates

Lawrence Block wrote a new blog post

Yes, of course. A writer prepares…

…but what could possibly prepare me for Michael Dirda’s review in today’s Washington Post?

Sometimes a reviewer just can’t wait to write about a b Read more of this blog post »
" It's a great store, isn't it? ...more "
Lawrence Block rated a book it was amazing
Six Easy Pieces by Walter Mosley
Rate this book
Clear rating
If you liked Five Easy Pieces...

...this isn’t the expanded version. It’s Walter Mosley writing six rich and poignant stories and making it all look absolutely effortless.
Lawrence Block rated a book it was amazing
Verse Noir by David Rachels
Rate this book
Clear rating
Haiku after Hiroshima

Sat down to read a poem or two. Next thing I knew I’d read the whole thing. A surprising number of them stay with you. Including a few that you’d just as soon they didn’t. Nice.
More of Lawrence's books…
“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. ”
Lawrence Block

“Fuck you! I hope you die!"
"Everybody Dies," I said. "So fuck you.”
Lawrence Block, Everybody Dies

“If you cannot stand a spoon upright in the cup, then the coffee is too weak.”
Lawrence Block



Topics Mentioning This Author

topics posts views last activity  
Challenge: 50 Books: Maxi's 50 Books in 1/2 a year 66 443 Dec 30, 2009 04:09AM  
“George Gershwin died on July 11, 1937, but I don’t have to believe it if I don’t want to.”
John O'Hara

“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.”
Lawrence Block


I work all day, and get half-drunk at night.
Waking at four to soundless dark, I stare.
In time the curtain-edges will grow light.
Till then I see what's really always there:
Unresting death, a whole day nearer now,
Making all thought impossible but how
And where and when I shall myself die.
Arid interrogation: yet the dread
Of dying, and being dead,
Flashes afresh to hold and horrify.
The mind blanks at the glare. Not in remorse
- The good not done, the love not given, time
Torn off unused - nor wretchedly because
An only life can take so long to climb
Clear of its wrong beginnings, and may never;
But at the total emptiness for ever,
The sure extinction that we travel to
And shall be lost in always. Not to be here,
Not to be anywhere,
And soon; nothing more terrible, nothing more true.

This is a special way of being afraid
No trick dispels. Religion used to try,
That vast, moth-eaten musical brocade
Created to pretend we never die,
And specious stuff that says No rational being
Can fear a thing it will not feel, not seeing
That this is what we fear - no sight, no sound,
No touch or taste or smell, nothing to think with,
Nothing to love or link with,
The anasthetic from which none come round.

And so it stays just on the edge of vision,
A small, unfocused blur, a standing chill
That slows each impulse down to indecision.
Most things may never happen: this one will,
And realisation of it rages out
In furnace-fear when we are caught without
People or drink. Courage is no good:
It means not scaring others. Being brave
Lets no one off the grave.
Death is no different whined at than withstood.

Slowly light strengthens, and the room takes shape.
It stands plain as a wardrobe, what we know,
Have always known, know that we can't escape,
Yet can't accept. One side will have to go.
Meanwhile telephones crouch, getting ready to ring
In locked-up offices, and all the uncaring
Intricate rented world begins to rouse.
The sky is white as clay, with no sun.
Work has to be done.
Postmen like doctors go from house to house.

The Times Literary Supplement (December 23, 1977)”
Philip Larkin

“Poetry is nobody’s business except the poet’s, and everybody else can fuck off.”
Philip Larkin

47133 Ask Bestselling Author Lawrence Block a Question — 113 members — last activity Apr 03, 2012 06:32AM
Grandmaster thriller writer Lawrence Block will answer your questions! This group is in celebration of the release of Block's latest book, A Drop of t ...more
68306 The Edgar Awards Panel — 270 members — last activity Mar 16, 2020 06:02AM
Join us on Monday, April 23, for a discussion with some of the finest mystery and crime writers on the scene today. This group is in celebration of th ...more

Comments (showing 1-2)    post a comment »
dateUp arrow    newest »

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!

back to top