Lawrence Block

Deb
Deb
6,007 books | 437 friends

D.M. Barr
127 books | 148 friends

Christo...
148 books | 1,819 friends

Matt
1,345 books | 29 friends

Justin ...
127 books | 76 friends

Jorge A.
1,693 books | 4,999 friends

Alex
8,279 books | 1,336 friends

Judy
615 books | 81 friends

More friends…

Lawrence Block

Goodreads Author


Born
in The United States
Website

Twitter

Genre

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
...more

Hi. David Trevor here, subbing for LB, who is packing for his crews. I’m in a rush so this may be poorly written but at least their won’t be any typos as I’m running Spell-Czech.


final graphic novel coverThe point of the title is that the Eight Million Ways to Die graphic novel, John K. Snyder’s adaptation of LB’s classic novel (which some have called the lynch-pin of the Matthew Scudder series), after a long time on pr...

Read more of this blog post »
 •  0 comments  •  flag
Twitter icon
Published on July 16, 2018 13:30 • 35 views
Average rating: 3.87 · 161,180 ratings · 14,643 reviews · 461 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Sins of the Fathers (Ma...

3.87 avg rating — 8,121 ratings — published 1976 — 50 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Eight Million Ways to Die (...

4.15 avg rating — 5,367 ratings — published 1982 — 44 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
When the Sacred Ginmill Clo...

4.16 avg rating — 4,375 ratings — published 1986 — 41 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Burglars Can't Be Choosers ...

3.82 avg rating — 4,533 ratings — published 1977 — 3 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Hit Man (Keller, #1)

3.91 avg rating — 4,619 ratings — published 1998 — 33 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
A Walk Among the Tombstones...

3.93 avg rating — 4,818 ratings — published 1992 — 52 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
A Dance At The Slaughterhou...

4.18 avg rating — 3,554 ratings — published 1991 — 42 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
A Stab in the Dark (Matthew...

4.01 avg rating — 3,641 ratings — published 1981 — 43 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Burglar in the Closet (...

3.90 avg rating — 3,189 ratings — published 1978 — 36 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Hit List (Keller, #2)

3.88 avg rating — 2,951 ratings — published 2000 — 28 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)
by
4.00 avg rating — 58,349 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 ...
(11 books)
by
3.88 avg rating — 27,679 ratings

Hit Man Hit List Hit Parade Hit and Run Hit Me
(5 books)
by
3.89 avg rating — 14,978 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)
by
3.63 avg rating — 3,664 ratings

No Score Chip Harrison Scores Again Make Out With Murder The Topless Tulip Caper
(4 books)
by
3.37 avg rating — 871 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
Hi. David Trevor here, subbing for LB, who is packing for his crews. I’m in a rush so this may be poorly written but at least their won’t be any ty... Read more of this blog post »
"…and a glorious season it is for the man. As I reported a couple of weeks ago, I’ve finished the first new book about him since A Drop of the Hard Stuff in May of 2011. (Later that same year came a short story, “One Last Night at Grogan’s” in ..." Read more of this blog post »
The Girl With the Deep Blue Eyes by Lawrence Block
"Well...that was a sex filled thrill ride. So, is the good guy the bad guy? Read to find out. This was a fast paced story. I enjoyed it."
Lawrence Block rated a book it was amazing
The Truth About Parallel Lines by Jill D. Block
Rate this book
Clear rating
Well, how much of a surprise could it be that I love this book? I mean, what did you expect?

I first read Jill D. Block's work more than thirty years ago, when she wrote a couple of stories in high school and college. It was clear to me that she had i
...more
Lawrence Block rated a book it was amazing
Like It Never Happened by Jill D. Block
Like It Never Happened
by Jill D. Block (Goodreads Author)
Rate this book
Clear rating
A deep and thoughtful look at an abusive relationship

This was fascinating. Two characters meet, fall in love, set housekeeping. Then, inevitably, they grow in different directions. And it’s years before the woman really understands what was going on
...more
Lawrence Block is currently reading
The Truth About Parallel Lines by Jill D. Block
Rate this book
Clear rating
" Tisha, Shaaron, thanks to both of you for the good wishes!

LB
"
" Me too! "
" Thanks. It's a slow process, but I'm getting there. "
" Really? I found 200 of them with one click: https://www.amazon.cn/s/ref=nb_sb_nos... "
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

Polls

December 2013/January 2014 Group Read

 
  16 votes, 5.6%

 
  13 votes, 4.5%

 
  9 votes, 3.1%

 
  8 votes, 2.8%

 
  8 votes, 2.8%

 
  8 votes, 2.8%

 
  7 votes, 2.4%

 
  7 votes, 2.4%

 
  7 votes, 2.4%

 
  7 votes, 2.4%

 
  6 votes, 2.1%

 
  6 votes, 2.1%

 
  6 votes, 2.1%

 
  6 votes, 2.1%

 
  6 votes, 2.1%

 
  5 votes, 1.7%

 
  5 votes, 1.7%

 
  5 votes, 1.7%

 
  5 votes, 1.7%

 
  5 votes, 1.7%

 
  5 votes, 1.7%

 
  5 votes, 1.7%

 
  4 votes, 1.4%

 
  4 votes, 1.4%

 
  4 votes, 1.4%

 
  4 votes, 1.4%

 
  4 votes, 1.4%

 
  4 votes, 1.4%

 
  4 votes, 1.4%

 
  4 votes, 1.4%

 
  4 votes, 1.4%

 
  4 votes, 1.4%

 
  4 votes, 1.4%

 
  3 votes, 1.0%

 
  3 votes, 1.0%

 
  3 votes, 1.0%

 
  3 votes, 1.0%

 
  3 votes, 1.0%

 
  3 votes, 1.0%

 
  3 votes, 1.0%

 
  3 votes, 1.0%

 
  3 votes, 1.0%

 
  3 votes, 1.0%

 
  3 votes, 1.0%

 
  3 votes, 1.0%

 
  2 votes, 0.7%

 
  2 votes, 0.7%

 
  2 votes, 0.7%

 
  2 votes, 0.7%

 
  2 votes, 0.7%

 
  2 votes, 0.7%

 
  2 votes, 0.7%

 
  2 votes, 0.7%

 
  2 votes, 0.7%

 
  2 votes, 0.7%

 
  2 votes, 0.7%

 
  2 votes, 0.7%

 
  2 votes, 0.7%

 
  2 votes, 0.7%

 
  2 votes, 0.7%

 
  2 votes, 0.7%

 
  2 votes, 0.7%

 
  1 vote, 0.3%

 
  1 vote, 0.3%

 
  1 vote, 0.3%

 
  1 vote, 0.3%

 
  1 vote, 0.3%

 
  1 vote, 0.3%

 
  1 vote, 0.3%

 
  1 vote, 0.3%

 
  1 vote, 0.3%

 
  1 vote, 0.3%

 
  1 vote, 0.3%

 
  1 vote, 0.3%

 
  1 vote, 0.3%

 
  1 vote, 0.3%

 
  1 vote, 0.3%

 
  1 vote, 0.3%

 
  1 vote, 0.3%

 
  1 vote, 0.3%

 
  1 vote, 0.3%

 
  0 votes, 0.0%

 
  0 votes, 0.0%

 
  0 votes, 0.0%

 
  0 votes, 0.0%

 
  0 votes, 0.0%

More...

Topics Mentioning This Author

topics posts views last activity  
Challenge: 50 Books: Maxi's 50 Books in 1/2 a year 66 426 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

Aubade

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 anaesthetic 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.”
Philip Larkin, Collected Poems

“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 — 117 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 — 277 members — last activity Jun 13, 2017 09:36AM
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