Lawrence Block Books

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

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

Order of Chip Harrison Series

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

Order of Evan Tanner Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Thief Who Couldn't Sleep 1966 Description / Buy
2 The Canceled Czech 1966 Description / Buy
3 Tanner's Twelve Swingers 1967 Description / Buy
4 The Scoreless Thai 1968 Description / Buy
5 Tanner's Tiger 1968 Description / Buy
6 Tanner's Virgin 1968 Description / Buy
7 Me Tanner, You Jane 1986 Description / Buy
8 Tanner on Ice 1998 Description / Buy

Order of John Keller Series

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

Order of Kit Tolliver Series

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

Order of Lawrence Block Non-Fiction Books

# Read Title Published Details
1 Writing the Novel from Plot to Print to Pixel 1979 Description / Buy
2 Telling Lies for Fun & Profit: A Manual for Fiction Writers 1981 Description / Buy
3 Write for Your Life 1986 Description / Buy
4 Spider, Spin Me A Web: A Handbook for Fiction Writers 1988 Description / Buy
5 After Hours: Conversations With Lawrence Block 1995 Description / Buy
6 Gangsters, Swindlers, Killers, and Thieves: The Lives and Crimes of Fifty American Villains 2004 Description / Buy
7 Step by Step: A Pedestrian Memoir 2009 Description / Buy

Order of Lawrence Block Short Story Collections

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1 Like a Lamb to Slaughter 1984 Description / Buy
2 Sometimes They Bite 1984 Description / Buy
3 Some Days You Get the Bear 1993 Description / Buy
4 By the Dawn's Early Light: And Other Stories 1994 Description / Buy
5 Enough Rope 2002 Description / Buy
6 Defender of the Innocent: The Casebook of Martin Ehrengraf 2014 Description / Buy

Order of Lawrence Block Standalone Novels

# Read Title Published Details
1 Grifter's Game 1961 Description / Buy
2 A Diet of Treacle 1961 Description / Buy
3 Coward's Kiss / Death Pulls a Doublecross 1961 Description / Buy
4 $20 Lust / Cinderella Sims 1961 Description / Buy
5 Borderline 1962 Description / Buy
6 You Could Call it Murder 1962 Description / Buy
7 Strange Embrace 1962 Description / Buy
8 Lucky at Cards 1964 Description / Buy
9 The Girl with the Long Green Heart 1965 Description / Buy
10 Deadly Honeymoon 1967 Description / Buy
11 After the First Death 1969 Description / Buy
12 The Specialists 1969 Description / Buy
13 After the First Death 1969 Description / Buy
14 Ronald Rabbit is a Dirty Old Man 1971 Description / Buy
15 Ariel 1979 Description / Buy
16 Code of Arms 1981 Description / Buy
17 Random Walk 1988 Description / Buy
18 The Lost Cases of Ed London 2001 Description / Buy
19 Small Town 2002 Description / Buy
20 Getting Off 2011 Description / Buy
21 Catch and Release (Short Story) 2011 Description / Buy
22 Nothing Short of Highway Robbery (Short Story) 2013 Description / Buy
23 I Know How to Pick 'Em (Short Story) 2014 Description / Buy
24 The Crime of Our Lives 2015 Description / Buy
25 The Girl With the Deep Blue Eyes 2015 Description / Buy
26 Sinner Man 2016 Description / Buy
27 Resume Speed (Short Story) 2016 Description / Buy

Order of Manhattan Noir Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Manhattan Noir 2006 Description / Buy
2 Manhattan Noir 2: The Classics 2008 Description / Buy

Order of Matthew Scudder Series

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

Order of Matthew Scudder Short Story Collections

# Read Title Published Details
1 One Night Stands and Lost Weekends 1999 Description / Buy
2 The Night and the Music 2011 Description / Buy

Order of Paul Kavanagh Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Such Men Are Dangerous 1969 Description / Buy
2 The Triumph of Evil 1972 Description / Buy
3 Not Comin' Home to You 1974 Description / Buy

Order of The Seven Deadly Sins Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Speaking of Lust: Stories of Forbidden Desire 2001 Description / Buy
2 Speaking of Greed: Stories of Envious Desire 2001 Description / Buy
3 Speaking Of Wrath 2002 Description / Buy


# Read Title Published Details
1 Death Cruise: Crime Stories on the Open Seas 1999 Description / Buy
2 Master's Choice: Mystery Stories by Today's Top Writers and the Masters Who Inspired Them 2000 Description / Buy
3 Opening Shots: Great Mystery and Crime Writers Share Their First Published Stories 2000 Description / Buy
4 Opening Shots - Vol II: More Great Mystery and Crime Writers Share Their First Published Stories 2001 Description / Buy
5 The Best American Mystery Stories 2001 2001 Description / Buy
6 Blood on Their Hands 2003 Description / Buy
7 Masters of Noir 2010 Description / Buy
8 Have a NYC 3: New York Short Stories 2014 Description / Buy
9 Dark City Lights: New York Stories (Have a NYC) 2015 Description / Buy
10 In Sunlight or In Shadow: Stories Inspired by the Paintings of Edward Hopper 2016 Description / 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 Resume Speed and was released on December, 31st 2016.