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When his leading lady winds up dead, a Broadway producer goes searching for a different kind of hit

In just a few hours, Johnny Lane’s newest Broadway creation begins previews, and he cannot find his leading lady. Elaine is a nobody, but his show A Touch of Squalor will make her a star, and Johnny won’t let her miss it. There are only a few miles between his penthouse and A
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ebook, 156 pages
Published July 17th 2012 by Open Road Media Mystery Thriller (first published January 1st 1962)
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Cottero
May 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery, kindle, owned
"Strange Embrace" by Lawrence Block...Lawrence Block is a master at writing mystery, Strange Embrace is one of those stories that keeps you turning pages to find out "who dunnit"! Apparently this was a story written as a tie in to a TV series, however, remembering this was written in the 1950's, refreshed to current times, it would have no problem competing with current mystery authors!
Patrick
Not one of his best; the author doesn't even remember writing it. lol
Dave
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Strange Embrace is a 1962 novel by Lawrence Block, originally published under a pseudonym, Ben Christopher. Block explains that it was published by Beacon and Beacon was a particularly chessy publishing house of softcore stuff so no one put their real names on Beacon books at that time.It was originally intended as a tie-in to a tv series, Johnny Midnight, starring Edmund O’Brien as a theatrical producer with a wisecracking Japanese butler, Ito. The series ran for a full season of 39 episodes, b ...more
Craig Childs
Dec 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Strange Embrace exemplifies why I like Lawrence Block so much. This “lost” novel from 1962 was only supposed to be a second-rate mystery tie-in to a subpar television show. However, under Block’s hand, even this basically throwaway effort turns into a tight narrative with a lot of humor and some great vintage noir writing.

Block chose to use a pseudonym because tie-in novels were viewed as second-rate, plus the publisher was a cheesy erotica shop. However, as it turned out, the show got yanked of
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Karen
Apr 02, 2015 rated it liked it
An early Lawrence Block, written under a pseudonym and now published under his own name. This has a good story with an interesting protagonist, Broadway producer Johnny Lane. Before he can get his show to out-of-town rehearsal showings, his star is killed. He sets out to find out who killed this young innocent and why. Suspects are others in his show--the washed up leading man looking for another shot, a actress who exudes sex appeal, the broken down director looking for redemption, and a couple ...more
Bruce Nieminski
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
7/10
156 pages

1962 noir thriller about a play which is threatened by the murder of re of its stars. Johnny Lane, the producer, is our protagonist, searching for clues as to who is attempting to disrupt his upcoming Broadway feature.

Solid Block offering more in line with his classic noir work.
Joyce McKune
A bit hokey! But fun just the same.
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Strange Embrace is a 1962 novel by Lawrence Block, originally published under a pseudonym, Ben Christopher. Block explains that it was published by Beacon and Beacon was a particularly chessy publishing house of softcore stuff so no one put their real names on Beacon books at that time.It was originally intended as a tie-in to a tv series, Johnny Midnight, starring Edmund O’Brien as a theatrical producer with a wisecracking Japanese butler, Ito. The series ran for a full season of 39 episodes, b ...more
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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
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