Lawrence Block Books

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Lawrence Block is an author best known for writing novels of the crime and mystery and other fiction novels for over 50 years. He has written over 100 books. The first time his name appeared in print was on the short story “You Can’t Lose,” which was published in February of 1958 in the magazine, Manhunt.

He has written several series of books each based on a specific character. One of them featured the Matthew Scudder (a cop-turned-private detective). Another featured a suave gentleman burglar named Bernie Rhodenbarr. He has published under several pseudonyms as well as his own name; these pen names include Jill Emerson, John Warren Wells, Lesley Evans, and Anne Campbell Clarke.

Order of Bernie Rhodenbarr Series

1Burglars Can't Be Choosers 1977Description / Buy
2The Burglar in the Closet 1978Description / Buy
3The Burglar Who Liked to Quote Kipling 1979Description / Buy
4The Burglar Who Studied Spinoza 1980Description / Buy
5The Burglar Who Painted Like Mondrian 1983Description / Buy
6Like a Thief in the Night (Short Story) 1983Description / Buy
7The Burglar Who Traded Ted Williams 1994Description / Buy
8The Burglar Takes a Cat (Short Story) 1994Description / Buy
9The Burglar Who Thought He Was Bogart 1995Description / Buy
10The Burglar in the Library 1997Description / Buy
11The Burglar in the Rye 1998Description / Buy
12The Burglar Who Dropped in on Elvis (Short Story) 1999Description / Buy
13The Burglar on the Prowl 2001Description / Buy
14The Burglar Who Smelled Smoke (Short Story) 2011Description / Buy
15A Bad Night for Burglars (Short Story) 2011Description / Buy
16The Burglar Who Counted the Spoons 2013Description / Buy
17The Burglar in Short Order 2020Description / Buy

Order of Chip Harrison Series

1No Score 1970Description / Buy
2Chip Harrison Scores Again 1971Description / Buy
3Make Out with Murder 1974Description / Buy
4The Topless Tulip Caper 1975Description / Buy
5As Dark as Christmas Gets (Short Story) 2011Description / Buy

Order of Evan Tanner Series

1The Thief Who Couldn't Sleep 1966Description / Buy
2The Canceled Czech 1966Description / Buy
3Tanner's Twelve Swingers 1967Description / Buy
4Here Comes a Hero / Tanner's Virgin 1968Description / Buy
5The Scoreless Thai / Two for Tanner 1968Description / Buy
6Tanner's Tiger 1968Description / Buy
7Me Tanner, You Jane 1986Description / Buy
8Tanner on Ice 1998Description / Buy

Order of Fearless Jones Series with Janet Evanovich, Linda Fairstein, Nelson DeMille, Donald E Westlake, Mary Higgins Clark, Carol Higgins Clark, Nancy Pickard, Walter Mosley, Edna Buchanan, Ann Rule

1The Plot Thickens ( With: Janet Evanovich, Linda Fairstein, Nelson DeMille, Donald E Westlake, Mary Higgins Clark, Carol Higgins Clark, Nancy Pickard, Walter Mosley, Edna Buchanan, Ann Rule) 1997Description / Buy
2Fearless Jones ( By: Walter Mosley) 2001Description / Buy
3Fear Itself ( By: Walter Mosley) 2003Description / Buy
4Fear of the Dark ( By: Walter Mosley) 2006Description / Buy

Order of Hard Case Crime Series with Robert Bloch, Max Allan Collins, , Harlan Ellison

1Shooting Star/Spiderweb ( By: ) 1958Description / Buy
2Shooting Star / Spiderweb ( By: Robert Bloch) 1958Description / Buy
3Web of the City ( By: Harlan Ellison) 1958Description / Buy
4The Mercenaries ( By: ) 1960Description / Buy
5Two for the Money ( By: Max Allan Collins) 1973Description / Buy
6Deadly Beloved ( By: Max Allan Collins) 2007Description / Buy
7Gun Work ( By: ) 2011Description / Buy
8Catch and Release 2011Description / Buy

Order of Hot Blood Series

1Hot Blood 1989Description / Buy
2Hotter Blood: More Tales of Erotic Horror 1991Description / Buy
3Hottest Blood 1993Description / Buy
4Deadly After Dark 1994Description / Buy
5Seeds of Fear 1995Description / Buy
6Stranger by Night 1995Description / Buy
7Fear the Fever 1996Description / Buy
8Kiss and Kill 1997Description / Buy
9Crimes of Passion 1997Description / Buy
10Hot Blood X 1998Description / Buy
11Fatal Attractions 2003Description / Buy
12Strange Bedfellows 2004Description / Buy
13Dark Passions 2007Description / Buy

Order of Jill Emerson Series as Jill Emerson

1A Madwoman's Diary / Sensuous 1972Description / Buy
2Getting Off 2011Description / Buy
3The Trouble with Eden 2016Description / Buy
4Shadows 2016Description / Buy
5Enough of Sorrow 2016Description / Buy
6Threesome 2016Description / Buy
7Warm and Willing 2016Description / Buy
8Thirty 2016Description / Buy

Order of John Keller Series

1Hit Man 1998Description / Buy
2Hit List 2000Description / Buy
3Hit Parade 2006Description / Buy
4Hit and Run 2008Description / Buy
5Keller in Dallas 2009Description / Buy
6Hit Me 2012Description / Buy
7Keller's Adjustment 2012Description / Buy
8Keller on the Spot 2013Description / Buy
9Keller's Therapy (Short Story) 2013Description / Buy
10Keller's Horoscope 2013Description / Buy
11Keller's Fedora (Short Story) 2016Description / Buy
12Keller's Homecoming (Short Story) 2016Description / Buy
13Keller's Designated Hitter (Short Story) 2016Description / Buy
14Keller the Dogkiller (Short Story) 2016Description / Buy
15Keller in Des Moines (Short Story) 2016Description / Buy
16Quotidian Keller (Short Story) 2017Description / Buy

Order of Kit Tolliver Series

1If You Can't Stand the Heat 2013Description / Buy
2Rude Awakening 2013Description / Buy
3You Can Call Me Lucky 2013Description / Buy
4Clean Slate 2013Description / Buy
5Waitress Wanted 2013Description / Buy
6Jilling (Short Story) 2013Description / Buy
7Conjugal Rites 2013Description / Buy
8One Kind Favor I Ask of You 2013Description / Buy
9Don't Get in the Car 2013Description / Buy
10Fun with Brady and Angelica 2013Description / Buy
11Zeroing In 2013Description / Buy
12Unfinished Business 2013Description / Buy

Order of Lou Largo Series with William Ard

1Babe in the Woods 1960Description / Buy

Order of Manhattan Noir Series

1Manhattan Noir 2006Description / Buy
2Manhattan Noir 2: The Classics 2008Description / Buy

Order of Matthew Scudder Series

1The Sins of the Fathers 1976Description / Buy
2In the Midst of Death 1976Description / Buy
3Time to Murder and Create 1977Description / Buy
4A Stab in the Dark 1981Description / Buy
5Eight Million Ways to Die 1982Description / Buy
6When the Sacred Ginmill Closes 1986Description / Buy
7Out on the Cutting Edge 1989Description / Buy
8A Ticket to the Boneyard 1990Description / Buy
9A Dance at the Slaughterhouse 1991Description / Buy
10A Walk Among the Tombstones 1992Description / Buy
11The Devil Knows You're Dead 1993Description / Buy
12A Long Line of Dead Men 1994Description / Buy
13Even the Wicked 1996Description / Buy
14Out the Window (Short Story) 1997Description / Buy
15Everybody Dies 1998Description / Buy
16Hope to Die 2001Description / Buy
17A Moment of Wrong Thinking (Short Story) 2002Description / Buy
18All the Flowers are Dying 2005Description / Buy
19A Drop of the Hard Stuff 2011Description / Buy
20Let's Get Lost (Short Story) 2011Description / Buy
21A Candle for the Bag Lady (Short Story) 2012Description / Buy
22A Time to Scatter Stones 2018Description / Buy

Order of Murderous Christmas Stories Series

1Murder under the Christmas Tree: Ten Classic Crime Stories for the Festive Season 2016Description / Buy
2Murder on Christmas Eve 2017Description / Buy
3A Very Murderous Christmas: Ten Classic Crime Stories for the Festive Season 2018Description / Buy

Order of Paul Kavanagh Series as Paul Kavanagh

1Such Men are Dangerous 1969Description / Buy
2The Triumph of Evil 1972Description / Buy
3Not Comin' Home to You 1974Description / Buy

Order of Seven Deadly Sins Series

1Speaking of Lust: Stories of Forbidden Desire 2001Description / Buy
2Speaking of Greed: Stories of Envious Desire 2001Description / Buy
3Speaking of Wrath 2002Description / Buy

Order of Transgressions Series with Stephen King, Ed McBain, John Farris

1Transgressions ( By: Ed McBain) 2006Description / Buy
2Transgressions, Vol. 2 ( With: Stephen King, Ed McBain, John Farris) 2006Description / Buy

Order of Lawrence Block Standalone Novels

1Carla 1958Description / Buy
2Into the Night ( With: Cornell Woolrich) 1959Description / Buy
369 Barrow Street 1959Description / Buy
4Campus Tramp 1959Description / Buy
5Candy 1960Description / Buy
6A Girl Called Honey 1960Description / Buy
7Kept 1960Description / Buy
8A Strange Kind of Love 1960Description / Buy
9Grifter's Game / Mona / Sweet Slow Death 1961Description / Buy
10A Diet of Treacle 1961Description / Buy
11Cinderella Sims 1961Description / Buy
12Killing Castro 1961Description / Buy
13Coward's Kiss / Death Pulls a Doublecross 1961Description / Buy
14$20 Lust / Cinderella Sims 1961Description / Buy
15Borderline 1962Description / Buy
16The Case of the Pornographic Photos / Markham / You Could Call it Murder 1962Description / Buy
17Strange Embrace 1962Description / Buy
18Sin Hellcat 1962Description / Buy
19Lucky at Cards 1964Description / Buy
20The Girl with the Long Green Heart 1965Description / Buy
21Deadly Honeymoon 1967Description / Buy
22After the First Death 1969Description / Buy
23The Specialists 1969Description / Buy
24Ronald Rabbit is a Dirty Old Man 1971Description / Buy
25A Week as Andrea Benstock 1975Description / Buy
26Ariel 1979Description / Buy
27Code of Arms ( With:) 1981Description / Buy
28Random Walk 1988Description / Buy
29The Lost Cases of Ed London 2001Description / Buy
30Small Town 2002Description / Buy
31Community of Women 2010Description / Buy
32The Girl with the Deep Blue Eyes 2015Description / Buy
33Passport to Peril ( With: Anne Campbell Clark) 2016Description / Buy
34Sinner Man 2016Description / Buy
35April North 2019Description / Buy
36Dead Girl Blues 2020Description / Buy

Order of Lawrence Block Short Stories/Novellas

1Collecting Ackermans (Short Story) 1979Description / Buy
2A Chance to Get Even (Short Story) 2011Description / Buy
3Dolly's Trash & Treasures (Short Story) 2011Description / Buy
4Welcome to the Real World (Short Story) 2011Description / Buy
5Who Knows Where It Goes (Short Story) 2011Description / Buy
6Scenarios (Short Story) 2011Description / Buy
7Headaches and Bad Dreams (Short Story) 2011Description / Buy
8Sweet Little Hands (Short Story) 2011Description / Buy
9You Don't Even Feel It (Short Story) 2011Description / Buy
10In For a Penny (Short Story) 2011Description / Buy
11Three in the Side Pocket (Short Story) 2011Description / Buy
12Like a Bone in the Throat (Short Story) 2011Description / Buy
13Nothing Short of Highway Robbery (Short Story) 2013Description / Buy
14I Know How to Pick 'Em (Short Story) 2014Description / Buy
15Resume Speed (Short Story) 2016Description / Buy

Order of Lawrence Block Short Story Collections

1Like a Lamb to Slaughter 1984Description / Buy
2Sometimes They Bite 1984Description / Buy
3Some Days You Get the Bear 1993Description / Buy
4By the Dawn's Early Light: And Other Stories 1994Description / Buy
5The Collected Mystery Stories 1999Description / Buy
6Enough Rope 2002Description / Buy
7The Crazy Years 2004Description / Buy
8Catch and Release 2011Description / Buy
9Defender of the Innocent: The Casebook of Martin Ehrengraf 2014Description / Buy
10Resume Speed and Other Stories 2018Description / Buy
11From Sea to Stormy Sea 2019Description / Buy

Order of Lawrence Block Plays

1How Far (Short Story) 2011Description / Buy

Order of Lawrence Block Non-Fiction Books

1The Wife-Swap Report 1970Description / Buy
23 is Not a Crowd 1971Description / Buy
3Sex and the Stewardess 1972Description / Buy
4The Sex Therapists 1972Description / Buy
5Different Strokes 1974Description / Buy
6Total Sexuality 1974Description / Buy
7Writing the Novel from Plot to Print to Pixel 1979Description / Buy
8Telling Lies for Fun & Profit: A Manual for Fiction Writers 1981Description / Buy
9Write for Your Life 1986Description / Buy
10Spider, Spin Me A Web: A Handbook for Fiction Writers 1988Description / Buy
11After Hours: Conversations With Lawrence Block 1995Description / Buy
12Gangsters, Swindlers, Killers, and Thieves: The Lives and Crimes of Fifty American Villains 2004Description / Buy
13Step by Step: A Pedestrian Memoir 2009Description / Buy
14The Liar's Bible 2011Description / Buy
15The Liar's Companion 2011Description / Buy
16The Male Hustler (Short Story) 2012Description / Buy
17Wide Open 2012Description / Buy
18Doing It! - Going Beyond the Sexual Revolution 2012Description / Buy
19Come Fly With Us (Short Story) 2012Description / Buy
20Beyond Group Sex 2012Description / Buy
21The Crime of Our Lives 2015Description / Buy
22Afterthoughts: Version 2.0 2021Description / Buy

Order of Matthew Scudder Short Story Collections

1One Night Stands and Lost Weekends 1999Description / Buy
2The Night and the Music 2011Description / Buy

Order of World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories Series

1The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 1 2000Description / Buy
2The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 2 2000Description / Buy
3The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 3 2002Description / Buy
4The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 4 2003Description / Buy
5The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 5 2004Description / Buy

Lawrence Block Anthologies

1 Chapter and Hearse1985Description / Buy
2 The Perfect Murder1991Description / Buy
3 The Year's 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories1992Description / Buy
4 Bad Behavior1995Description / Buy
5 Win, Lose or Die1996Description / Buy
6 The Plot Thickens1997Description / Buy
7 The Best of the Best1998Description / Buy
8 Hot Blood X1998Description / Buy
9 The Best American Mystery Stories 19981998Description / Buy
10 Death Cruise: Crime Stories on the Open Seas1999Description / Buy
11 The Best American Mystery Stories 19991999Description / Buy
12 Master's Choice: Mystery Stories by Today\'s Top Writers and the Masters Who Inspired Them2000Description / Buy
13 The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century2000Description / Buy
14 The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 12000Description / Buy
15 Opening Shots: Great Mystery and Crime Writers Share Their First Published Stories2000Description / Buy
16 The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 22000Description / Buy
17 The Best American Mystery Stories 20012001Description / Buy
18 Opening Shots, Vol. II2001Description / Buy
19 The Mighty Johns2002Description / Buy
20 The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 32002Description / Buy
21 Blood on Their Hands2003Description / Buy
22 The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 42003Description / Buy
23 In the Shadow of the Master2003Description / Buy
24 Greatest Hits2005Description / Buy
25 Transgressions2005Description / Buy
26 These Guns for Hire2006Description / Buy
27 Transgressions, Vol. 22006Description / Buy
28 The Best American Mystery Stories 20072007Description / Buy
29 The Dark End of the Street2010Description / Buy
30 Masters of Noir2010Description / Buy
31 The Best American Mystery Stories 20112011Description / Buy
32 In Pursuit of Spenser: Mystery Writers on Robert B. Parker and the Creation of an American Hero2012Description / Buy
33 Inherit the Dead2013Description / Buy
34 Dangerous Women2013Description / Buy
35 Have a NYC 3: New York Short Stories2014Description / Buy
36 Dark City Lights: New York Stories (Have a NYC)2015Description / Buy
37 Mostly Murder2016Description / Buy
38 In Sunlight or In Shadow: Stories Inspired by the Paintings of Edward Hopper2016Description / Buy
39 Gym Rat & Murder Club2016Description / Buy
40 Alive in Shape and Color2017Description / Buy
41 At Home in the Dark2019Description / Buy
42 The Darkling Halls of Ivy2020Description / Buy
43 Collectibles2021Description / Buy
44 Jewish Noir II: Tales of Crime and Other Dark Deeds2021Description / Buy
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Lawrence Block Awards:

Over his long career, Block has earned many awards for his work. He won four Edgar and Shamus awards, and two Japanese Maltese Falcon awards. Some of the other ones he has received include the Nero Wolfe and Phillip Marlow awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Private Eye Writers of America. He got another Lifetime Achievement Award from the Crime Writers Association, which is in the United Kingdom. Mystery Ink magazine gave him the Gumshoe Lifetime Achievement Award. He also got the Edward D. Hoch Memorial Golden Derringer Lifetime Achievement award in the short story category. He has also been featured in several mystery writing festivals.

Lawrence Block Books Into Movies:

Many of Block’s stories have been turned into movies. The first one was an adaptation of his novel, Campus Tramp, this was made into the movie The Antioch Adventure in 1967. In 1974, his book, Nightmare Honeymoon, was made into a movie. In 1985, one of his short stories was used on an episode of a series called Tales of the Unexpected; the episode was called “Nothin’ Short of Highway Robbery. His novel, 8 Million Ways To Die, was adapted into a movie in 1986. One of his stories was used in an episode of the short-lived series Alfred Hitchcock Presents in 1987; the episode was called “When This Man Dies.” One of his series of books was made into a movie in 1987 called The Burglar. In 2003, a story called Bradford in My Dreams was made into an episode of the series Spine Chillers. Block wrote a couple episodes of the series Tilt in 2005. He wrote a screenplay for a movie called My Blueberry Nights in 2007. Most recently, his novel A Walk Among the Tombstones was made into a movie in 2014.

Best Lawrence Block Books:

These books provide the introductions for each of Lawrence Block’s most successful series.

The Sins Of The Father: This is the first book in the Matthew Scudder series. This book revolves around the alleged murder of a young prostitute. The suspect is a minister’s son, and he hanged himself in his jail cell. The victim’s father comes to Scudder for answers about his daughter’s death.

Burglars Can’ Be Choosers: This book is an introduction into Block’s Benie Rhodenbarr series. Rhodenbarr is a good neighbor and friend and poker player. and professional burglar. He is a modern-day Robin Hood stealing from the rich well-to-do people of New York City. The reason he only robs rich people is because the poor don’t have anything to steal. In the introduction to this series, he gets himself in a huge heap of trouble when he goes to steal from someone and he finds their bloody corpse. The cops arrive and see him in the apartment, so this starts Rhodenbarr on a journey to find the real killer while avoiding jail.

Keller: This book is the introduction for the series of the same name. Keller is a stereotypical urban lonely guy. He works for decent pay, and he lives in a nice apartment. He also takes a little trip and kills someone in another country. He starts having doubts about his life, and he goes to a therapist. Then he decides to get a dog and a girlfriend.

Evan Tanner: This book begins the Evan Tanner series. Tanner hasn’t gotten any sleep in a decade. This started after a piece of shrapnel got embedded in his skull while he was on the battlefield. He finds very interesting ways to occupy his never ending waking hours. He joins many odd organizations such as the Flat Earth Society.

When Does The Next Lawrence Block book come out?

Lawrence Block doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Collectibles and was released on May, 31st 2021.

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