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Ehrengraf for the Defense

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Expanded reissue of the small-press book Ehrengraf for the Defense, with 3 new stories added.
ebook, Kindle, 191 pages
Published June 11th 2012 by Lawrence Block (first published 1976)
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May 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Lawrence Block
The short stories that make up this collection are being released separately for the Kindle, and the first one is currently available for free. This review is only for that story, The Ehrengraf Defense.

Lawrence Block has a style all to his own, and it is on fine display in this twelve page short story -- in only two scenes, he gives you one of the more interesting lawyer characters in recent memory, as well as a complete case and resolution.
Curtis Edmonds
The stories in this collection were written over the course of thirty-five years. It would be, I think, a mistake to try to read them all in thirty-five minutes. You could do it, mind you, if you're a fast reader and if you're okay with skipping the passages detailing what kind of tie the main character is reading. (I am wearing, as it happens, a very smart Brooks Brothers navy tie with tiny white squares in a repeating diagonal pattern, not that you care.)

The stories are all of a type, involvin
Jul 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lawrence Block is one of the cleverest writers in the business. In Martin Ehrengraf, Block has created a criminal defense lawyer whose clients are always innnocent, regardless of the crimes they've committed. Ostensibly, it's about a lawyer who resorts to a variety of implied criminal activities (including murder) to exonerate his clients. More subtly, it's about a man who imposes his own view of reality on the world around him. Is he canny or crazy? A villain or a hero? I found the moral ambigu ...more
Craig Childs
Jul 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 1976 short story “The Ehrengraf Defense” introduced the sly, tidily-dressed lawyer Martin H. Ehrengraf who always believes his clients are innocent and will do anything—ANYTHING—to prove that innocence. These stories are favorites of mine. They are dark and funny. They are also clever mental puzzles. Instead of figuring out the identify of a guilty party, the puzzles here are to figure out how to prove a guilty person innocent in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

Make no mist
Was previously unaware of this Block series, but found it for free in the Scribd subscription service [this link gets us both a free month if you want to try it out].

A criminal lawyer (in both senses) who takes cases on a no-win, no-fee basis, and then does anything to make sure he collects. A nice, typically Block-ian premise, well executed, although as a collection of short-stories it not only tends to become a little repetitive after a while, but doesn't give much scope for digging more deepl
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
SOMEONE should make this into the a TV series. Because the premise is wonderful and the character is colorful and likeable.

Ehrengraf is a hitman disguised as a defense attorney. Needless to say, he rarely shows up in court. For Reasons, it turns out to be unnecessary to actually mount a defense for his clients.

He's likable and yet really not a very nice person AT ALL. But you know, he's so civilized, its hard to think of him as a bad guy.

But yeah.

HELLO - TV - You have a gold mine in this. Bu
David Macpherson
Aug 12, 2014 rated it liked it
These stories are awesome, when taken one at a time. They are about a defense attorney who believes everyone of his clients his innocents, and will do anything to prove, even kill and frame others in horrible ways to make sure the world knows his client is innocent. They are fun and evil, but all together they become the same story, they lose their originality. Don't read the stories all at once, space them out. Take a long a time in reading them, that will keep the freshness going. ...more
CW Hawes
Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Ehrengraf! He is my favorite Block character, even more than Matt Scudder. The impeccably dressed defense attorney who's client is always innocent is sinister delight. I won't spoil the stories by even hinting what goes on. Just read them for yourself. Hopefully, as I did, you will have a sadness of heart in the knowledge that Mr Block will probably pen no more adventures. One can always hope, however. Nevertheless, I intend to read these tales again and again. They are sheer delight. ...more
Jun 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: block
Quirky, dark, and set in Buffalo NY. Borrowed this for free on Kindle....a delight

Block is one of my favorites and this book is a set of short stories about a very odd and unique lawyer.

funny and from a very strange perspective.....but I would expect nothing less!
May 05, 2013 rated it liked it
A clever killer. Twelve stories, slightly repetitive but that same repetitiveness makes the changes in pattern even more enjoyable.
Nov 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ehrengraf is the lawyer you sometimes wished existed. Fun book.
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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 perceptiv

Other books in the series

Ehrengraf for the Defense (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • The Ehrengraf Defense (Ehrengraf for the Defense, #1)
  • The Ehrengraf Presumption (Ehrengraf for the Defense #2)
  • The Ehrengraf Experience (Ehrengraf for the Defense #3)
  • The Ehrengraf Appointment (Ehrengraf for the Defense #4)
  • The Ehrengraf Riposte (Ehrengraf for the Defense #5)
  • The Ehrengraf Obligation (Ehrengraf for the Defense #6)
  • The Ehrengraf Alternative (Ehrengraf for the Defense #7)
  • The Ehrengraf Nostrum (Ehrengraf for the Defense #8)
  • The Ehrengraf Affirmation (Ehrengraf for the Defense #9)
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