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Orion (2006)
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New York hit man Keller is a law unto himself, and when a situation goes awry -which despite his best laid plans it so often does - he makes some surprising judgement calls to provide a twist in the tale.
It’s not all drudgery in the life of an assassin. Keller’s jobs allow him access to all sorts of sporting events - following a baseball team round the country, providing the insurance for a fixed horse race, attending a basketball game in Indiana and playing golf in Arizona. He even gets to mix his passion for stamp-collecting with a hit on a famous philatelist.
Wisely, Keller always travels for his work. New York is home, and he doesn’t want to mess on his own doorstep. But the jobs are drying up, and he needs money. So he breaks the rule - and regrets it. His cover is at risk - he is even followed home - and Keller has to use all his remarkable skill to make sure he can continue doing what he does best.
Hit Parade combines the darkness of the Matt Scudder books with the humour of the Burglar series, and shows Keller and Block at their brilliant, mordant best.

‘[Block] is already one of America’s most talented and prolific crime writers but in this scorching novel he reaches new heights. Beautifully written and perfectly plotted, it is a mesmerising thriller’ Glasgow Herald
‘Working with a large cast of characters, Block exhibits technical as well as analytical expertise in telling his tale, the result a wonderfully entertaining and thought-provoking read’ Irish Times
‘A multi-faceted tale… this all comes together effortlessly from the pen of one of crime writing’s most accomplished stylists. Gripping and at times dead scary, this is a major book by an author in full control of his craft and talent’ Guardian

Paperback - No Exit Press (2004)
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Winner of the 2004 CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger
‘I don’t play cards with men named Doc, or eat at places called Mom’s. Or drink before I burgle... It is, I should point out, not a career I would recommend for anyone. The fact that I evidently can’t give it up doesn’t mean I’m not well aware of the disagreeable sordid nature of what I do.’
Bernie Rhodenbarr. Antiquarian bookseller by day, burglar by night, Bernie has an innate knack, a gift, for getting into places designed to keep him out. Bernie is minding his own business when he’s asked for a favour - a neat, uncomplicated bit of vengeful larceny that will reap a tidy profit - an offer the intrepid thief can’t refuse. But with a few days to go before the crime, Bernie gets restless. So what does a burglar do to change his mood?
Go on the prowl, of course. Though not the best way to do business, as he well knows. This bit of prowling lands Bernie in a pile of trouble that includes multiple murders and the burglary of his own home. Caught in the centre of a deadly mystery, he must use his wits and wiles to connect the dots and add up the coincidences.
Because if Bernie doesn’t catch a killer, he’ll lose not only his freedom but his life.

‘Fast, Funny, Terrific’ Ed McBain
'A homage to the golden age of murder mysteries' Donna Leon, Sunday Times

First British Edition Orion (2003)
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One of the premier crime writers of our time delivers a mesmerizing thriller about the effects of a tragedy on a disparate group of New Yorkers whose lives begin to intersect.
A beautiful young woman called Marilyn picks up a stranger in a bar and takes him home to her Manhattan apartment. The next morning her housekeeper arrives, unwittingly cleans the crime scene, then enters the bedroom to wake his client, to discover her strangled body.
Marilyn’s life and death have far-reaching effects on others, even people she has never met: a charismatic former police commissioner on the verge of a breakdown; a writer on the verge of a breakthrough; a folk art dealer plumbing the depths of her own fierce sexuality; a lawyer who prefers murder trials because there’s one less witness; and in the shadows of a city reeling from 9/ 11, an unlikely mass murderer waging a one-man war against everyone.
In telling this big, gripping, mufti-faceted story, Block not only brings to life in brilliant detail his beloved New York City, but makes it crystal clear that he is one of the most talented, innovative and surprising crime writers in the business.

‘There with the very best ...The real McCoy with a shocking twist -stylish too’ Observer
‘Seat-of-the-pants-stuff by one of the field’s masters’ Guardian
‘Block is not only one of the great technicians of the form . . . he reveals himself as a writer capable of ripping your moral compass right out of your chest, smashing it to pieces on your forehead, and then leaving you to glue it back together’ Independent
‘Block is one of the best’ Washington Post
‘An astonishing book, beautifully written’ Independent
‘Don’t start unless you have time to finish. It’s not a book you’ll want to leave unattended’ Literary Review
‘An emotional depth which you don’t find in many thrillers. No one tells it quite like Block’ Daily Mirror

First British Edition Orion (2001)
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Lawrence Block, Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America, is on dazzling form in his most compelling Matt Scudder novel to date.
Byrne and Susan Hollander stroll home from a concert on a fine summer’s evening in New York. Some hours later, their daughter Kristin arrives home to discover her parents brutally killed and the house ransacked. She also finds herself a very young millionaire. A few days later the police trace the two killers to an apartment in Coney Island and both are dead. One killed the other before turning the gun on himself. At least that’s the way it looks. So that’s that. Another case solved.
But for Matt Scudder it’s only the beginning. The more he looks into it, the more things look wrong to him. There’s a murderer out there, and he’s just getting started. Pitted in a deadly game of cat and mouse, Scudder is up against the most resourceful and diabolical killer of his career.
Hope To Die is vintage, brilliant Block, and then some. His cool, dark wit masks a blistering pace, not to mention the perception and poignancy of his awardwinning character, Matt Scudder.

'Block grabs you with the first story and never lets go' Elmore Leonard
'Graver than Elmore Leonard but with the same effortless style, the author is there with the very best...The real McCoy with a shocking twist - stylish too' Observer
'Deceptively rambling plot construction which, when you least expect it, snaps shut like a pair of cuffs. As much about alcoholism as it is about crime, dark and fearful passages both, down which Block treads a nimble measure' Literary Review
'Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett still cast long shadows across the mystery genre. If there is one crime writer currently capable of matching their legacies, it's Lawrence Block' San Francisco Chronicle
'There's an emotional depth here which you don't find in many thrillers. No one tells it quite like Block' Daily Mirror
'One of the very best writers now working the beat… Block has done something new and remarkable with the private-eye novel.' Wall Street Journal
‘Block is not only one of the great technicians of the form . . . he reveals himself as a writer capable of ripping your moral compass right out of your chest, smashing it to pieces on your forehead, and then leaving you to glue it back together’ Independent
‘Wholly absorbing, entirely satisfying. Don’t start unless you have time to finish’ Literary Review

British Pbk Original - No Exit Press (2001)
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No Score:
Chip Harrison, alone in the world, seeks to make something of himself and lose his virginity. Hoping to win over the beautiful Francine, Chip Harrison is astonished when an attempt is made on his life, an event that places him at the forefront of a fast-paced investigation.
Chip Harrison Scores Again:
Young, broke, and girl-less, Chip finds himself on an adventure in South Carolina after stumbling upon a discarded bus ticket. But with Chip's predilection for being where he shouldn't, it's deja vu all over again - spelling trouble for him with a capital T!
Make Out With Murder
Chip must solve the suspicious, untimely deaths of three sisters -one of whom stole his heart. Now he must cosy up to the remaining two, as he investigates some nefarious relatives with money and murder on their minds!
The Topless Tulip Caper
Chip finds himself at a Times Square Club waiting for his latest client, a stripper, to finish a night's work. When she completes her set, she introduces him to her roommate, a dancer who's targeted for murder, and killed in the club right before their very eyes! The list of suspects is as long as the line outside the club, and now it will take all of Chip's street smarts to trap a killer!

"A homage to the golden age of murder mysteries" Donna Leon, The Sunday Times
"Excellent background and unusual characters make Block a detective writer to savour" Daily Mirror
'Fast, Funny, Terrific' Ed McBain
'Wonderfully detailed and inspiring writing' Guardian

About The Author
Lawrence Block is one of the most respected and bestselling names in mystery fiction. He is a regular visitor to Britain and Ireland and completed the first new Evan Tanner novel in 26 years - Tanner on Ice - while he was in Ireland this summer. He is a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America and his more than forty books have won him almost every major mystery award, including three Edgar awards and four Shamus awards.
He lives in New York City with his wife Lynne and also writes as Chip Harrison and Paul Kavanagh.


N.B. dates and publishers in dark red indicate British First Editions. Dates and publishers in black indicate recent reprints.

  • Hit Parade (Orion, 2006) New Aug 06
  • The Burglar on the Prowl (No Exit Press, 2004) No Exit Press Pbk Apr 04
  • Small Town (Orion, 2003)
  • Hope to Die (Orion, 2001)
  • The Affairs of Chip Harrison (No Exit Press Pbk, 2001)
  • Hit List (Orion, 2000) ( Keller)
  • The Collected Mystery Stories Short Stories (Orion, 1999)
  • The Burglar in the Rye (No Exit Press, 1999) (Bernie Rhodenbarr)
  • Tanner on Ice (No Exit Press, 1998) (Evan Tanner)
  • Everybody Dies (Orion, 1998) Orion Pbk Sep 99
  • The Hit Man (Orion, 1998) Orion Pbk Jun 99 ( Keller)
  • Me Tanner, You Jane (No Exit Press Pbk, 1998) (Evan Tanner)
  • Here Comes A Hero (No Exit Press Pbk, 1998) (Evan Tanner)
  • The Burglar In The Library (No Exit Press, 1997) No Exit Press Pbk 1998 (Bernie Rhodenbarr)
  • The Matt Scudder Mysteries (Orion, 1997) (Matt Scudder)
  • Matt Scudder Omnibus Volume II (Orion, 1997) (Matt Scudder)
  • The Burglar Who Thought He Was Bogart (No Exit Press, 1996) (Bernie Rhodenbarr)
  • The Thief Who Couldn't Sleep ( 1996) No Exit Press Pbk 1996 (Evan Tanner)
  • Even the Wicked (Orion, 1996) (Matt Scudder)
  • The Cancelled Czech (No Exit Press Pbk, 1996) (Evan Tanner)
  • The Burglar Who Traded Ted Williams (No Exit Press, 1995) (Bernie Rhodenbarr)
  • The Devil Knows You're Dead (Orion, 1994) (Matt Scudder)
  • A Ticket to the Boneyard (Orion, 1994) (Matt Scudder)
  • A Dance At The Slaughterhouse (Orion, 1994) (Matt Scudder)
  • Into the Night (Simon & Schuster, 1989)
  • Out On The Cutting Edge (Morrow, 1989) New York (Matt Scudder)
  • Random Walk (Tor, 1988) New York
  • When The Sacred Ginmill Closes (Macmillan, 1987) New York (Matt Scudder)
  • Five Little Rich Girls (Allison & Busby, 1986) (Leo Haigh)
  • The Topless Tulip Caper (Allison & Busby, 1984) (Leo Haigh)
  • The Burglar Who Painted Like Mondrian (Gollancz, 1984) No Exit Press Pbk 1993 (Bernie Rhodenbarr)
  • Eight Million Ways to Die (Hale, 1983) (Matt Scudder)
  • A Stab in the Dark (Hale, 1982) (Matt Scudder)
  • The Burglar Who Studied Spinoza (Hale, 1982) No Exit Press Pbk 1993 (Bernie Rhodenbarr)
  • Ariel (Hale, 1981)
  • Deadly Honeymoon (Hale, 1981)
  • After the First Death (Hale, 1981)
  • The Burglar Who Liked to Quote Kipling (Hale, 1981) No Exit Press Pbk Sep 01 (Bernie Rhodenbarr)
  • The Specialists (Hale, 1980)
  • The Burglar in the Closet (Hale, 1980) No Exit Press Pbk 1990 (Bernie Rhodenbarr)
  • The Sins of the Fathers (Hale, 1979) (Matt Scudder)
  • Time To Murder and Create (Hale, 1979) (Matt Scudder)
  • In the Midst of Death (Hale, 1979) (Matt Scudder)
  • Burglars Can't be Choosers (Hale, 1978) (Bernie Rhodenbarr)
  • Not Comin' Home to You (Hodder & Stoughton, 1976) as Paul Kavanagh
  • The Triumph of Evil (Hodder & Stoughton, 1972) as Paul Kavanagh
  • Such Men Are Dangerous (Hodder & Stoughton, 1971) as Paul Kavanagh
  • Tanner's Tiger (Fawcett, 1968) (Evan Tanner)
  • Tanner's Twelve Swingers (Coronet, 1968) No Exit Press Pbk 1997 (Evan Tanner)
  • The Girl with the Long Green Heart (Muller, 1967)
  • The Case of the Pornographic Photos (Consul, 1965)
  • Mona (Muller, 1963)
  • Death Pulls a Double Cross (Fawcett, 1961) New York

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