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"Lawrence Block has been around for a long time, and his bibliography spans many decades. To say that his awards are too numerous to mention may sound trite, but just take a look at some of the major awards; four Anthony Awards, nine Edgar Awards, and eleven Shamus Awards, including in 2002, the Lifetime Achievement Award ("The Eye"), and in 2009, the Best Character Award ("The Hammer") for Matt Scudder. In 1994 Block was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America.

We all know the Matthew Scudder novels, Bernie Rhodenbarr and Evan Tanner, but few are versed in Blocks earliest books. Block now refers to these books as "mid-century" or "classic erotica." Writing as Jill Emerson, Paul Kavanagh, Sheldon Lord, Andrew Shaw, Don Holliday, Ben Christopher, and numerous other pseudonyms, Block cranked out over 50 of these titles with the first, CARLA, released when Block was just 20 years old."


Block was born in Buffalo, New York in 1938. By his mid-teens, he had already resolved to pursue a career as a writer. He attended at Antioch University in Ohio, but did not complete his studies. To pay the rent, he began writing mid-century sex novels under various pseudonyms--writing as many as 15-20 per year. Although these novels were not particularly inspiring, they were excellent practice.

Finally, Block published a story under his own name, in Manhunt magazine. This was followed by his first crime novel, Grifter's Game (1961) a few years later. Now, Block is known for his reoccurring characters, especially ex-cop Matthew Scudder and gentleman burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr. He has written dozens upon dozens of novels, not to mention short stories (and in fact, if one counts his early works, he has published more than a hundred novels).

Block is a Grand Master of Mystery Writers of America, and a past president of MWA and the Private Eye Writers of America. His pseudonyms include Jill Emerson, John Warren Wells, Lesley Evans, and Anne Campbell Clarke. He has won countless awards for his work. Block has also written for the screen, on occasion, and several of his stories have been adapted for film.

Block lives in New York with his wife Lynne. He has three daughters. When not writing, he and Lynne enjoy traveling the world together.

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A Time to Scatter Stones
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Block, Lawrence | From Sea to Stormy Sea | Signed First Edition Copy Block, Lawrence | From Sea to Stormy Sea | Signed First Edition Copy

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Devil Knows You're Dead, The | Block, Lawrence | Signed First Edition Book Block, Lawrence | Devil Knows You're Dead, The | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  1993 NY: Morrow  First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread, flawless dust jacket, signed by author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Author Signed Hardcover Book.  April 2019 NY: Subterranean Press Limited edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket, signed by Lawrence Block. Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover. Limit 500 copies.

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Burglar Who Studied Spinoza, The | Block, Lawrence | Signed First Edition Book Block, Lawrence | Burglar Who Studied Spinoza, The | Signed First Edition Copy

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Block, Lawrence | Time to Scatter Stones, A | Signed First Edition Copy Block, Lawrence | Time to Scatter Stones, A | Signed First Edition Copy

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Hope to Die | Block, Lawrence | Signed First Edition Book Block, Lawrence | Hope to Die | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  2001 NY: Morrow  First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread, flawless dust jacket, signed by author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Dance at the Slaughterhouse, A | Block, Lawrence | Signed First Edition Book Block, Lawrence | Dance at the Slaughterhouse, A | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  1991 NY: Morrow  First edition, first printing, fine in a near fine dust jacket (fading to jacket spine), signed by author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Ronald Rabbit is a Dirty Old Man | Block, Lawrence | Signed Limited Edition Book Block, Lawrence | Ronald Rabbit is a Dirty Old Man | Signed Limited Edition Book

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  1995 Royal Oak and Mission Viejo: A.S.A.P  Limited First Edition, hardbound quarto in special acrylic slipcase. Illustrations by Phil Parks. This is copy 96 of 150 limited copies signed by both Block and illustrator Phill Parks. Block provides a new introduction to this edition.

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Ehrengraf for the Defense | Block, Lawrence | Signed Limited Edition Book Block, Lawrence | Ehrengraf for the Defense | Signed Limited Edition Book

Author Signed Hardcover Book. 1995 Royal Oak and Mission Viejo: A.S.A.P Publishing  Limited First Edition, signed on limitation page by Block, Edward D. Hoch, who wrote the introduction and illustrator Phil Parks; mint, new/unread in illustrated cloth boards, enclosed in special acrylic slipcase, no dust jacket as issued; a scarce presentation copy.

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Alive in Shape and Color | Block, Lawrence | Signed First Edition Book Block, Lawrence | Alive in Shape and Color | Signed First Edition Copy

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Burglar Who Painted Like Mondrian, The | Block, Lawrence | Signed First Edition Book Block, Lawrence | Burglar Who Painted Like Mondrian, The | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  1998 NY: Dutton  First edition, first printing, fine in a fine dust jacket, signed by author, remainder marked.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Burglar in the Rye, The | Block, Lawrence | Signed First Edition UK Book Block, Lawrence | Burglar in the Rye, The | Signed First Edition UK Copy

Author Signed UK Hardcover Book.  1999 LON: No Exit Press  First UK edition, first printing, mint/new unread in a flawless dust jacket, signed by author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Hit Parade | Block, Lawrence | Signed First Edition Book Block, Lawrence | Hit Parade | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book  2006 NY: HarperCollins.  First edition, first printing, fine in a fine dust jacket, signed by the author, remainder marked.   Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Best American Mystery Stories of 2001 | Block, Lawrence (Editor) & Penzer, Otto | Signed First Edition Block, Lawrence (Editor) & Penzer, Otto | Best American Mystery Stories of 2001 | Signed First Edition

Signed Hardcover Book.  2001 NY: Houghton Mifflin  First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket, signed by Lawrence Block.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Murder on the Run | Block, Lawrence | Signed First Edition Book Block, Lawrence | Murder on the Run | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  1998 NY: Berkley  First edition, first printing, fine in fine dust jacket, signed by the author, remainder marked.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Step by Step | Block, Lawrence | Signed Book - Advance Reading Copy Block, Lawrence | Step by Step | Signed Book - Advance Reading Copy

ARC Book.  2009 NY: William Morrow  Advance reading copy uncorrected proof, mint, new/unread in flawless pictorial wrappers, signed by the author.

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Such Men Are Dangerous | Block, Lawrence | Signed First Edition (thus) Trade Paper Book Block, Lawrence | Such Men Are Dangerous | Signed First Edition (thus) Trade Paper Book

Author Signed Trade Paperback Book. 2016 NY: Lawrence Block Production First Trade Paperback edition, first printing (thus), mint, new/unread in flawless pictorial wraps, signed by the author.

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Catch and Release | Block, Lawrence | Signed First Edition Trade Paper Book Block, Lawrence | Catch and Release | Signed First Edition Trade Paper Book

Author Signed Trade Paper Book. September 2013 NY: Lawrence Block Production First edition, later printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket, signed by the author. Fully cloth bound.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Borderline | Block, Lawrence | Signed First Edition Book Block, Lawrence | Borderline | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book May 2014 NY: Hard Case Crime     First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket, signed by author. Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Tanner's Tiger | Block, Lawrence | Signed First Edition Book Block, Lawrence | Tanner's Tiger | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book 2001 MI: Subterranean Press  First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket, signed by the author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Limited Numbered Edition 2001 MI: Subterranean Press  Limited Numbered edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket, signed by the author.  Slipcased, limited to one of 175 copies.

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Hit Me | Block, Lawrence | Signed First Edition Large Print Book Block, Lawrence | Hit Me | Signed First Edition Large Print Book

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All the Flowers Are Dying | Block, Lawrence | Signed First Edition Book Block, Lawrence | All the Flowers Are Dying | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  2005 NY: Morrow  First edition, first printing, fine in a fine dust jacket, signed by the author, remainder marked.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Tanner on Ice | Block, Lawrence | Signed First Edition Book Block, Lawrence | Tanner on Ice | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  1998 NY: Dutton  First edition, first printing, fine in a fine dust jacket, signed by author, remainder marked.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Gangsters, Swindlers, Killers, & Thieves | Block, Lawrence | Signed First Edition Book Block, Lawrence | Gangsters, Swindlers, Killers, & Thieves | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book May 2004 NY: Oxford University Press      First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless pictorial boards (no dust jacket as issued), signed by Lawrence Block (editor).

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Some Days You Get the Bear | Block, Lawrence | Signed First Edition Book Block, Lawrence | Some Days You Get the Bear | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  1993 NY: Morrow  First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread, flawless dust jacket, signed by author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Lawrence Block Selected Bibliography


Ehrengraf Stories

  1. Ehrengraf for the Defense - 2012 (eBook, collected short stories)
  2. Defender of the Innocent: The Casebook of Martin Ehrengraf - 2014

Matthew Scudder Novels

  1. The Sins of the Fathers - 1976
  2. Time to Murder and Create - 1977
  3. In the Midst of Death - 1976
  4. A Stab in the Dark - 1981
  5. Eight Million Ways to Die - 1982
  6. When the Sacred Ginmill Closes - 1986
  7. Out on the Cutting Edge - 1989
  8. A Ticket to the Boneyard - 1990
  9. A Dance at the Slaughterhouse - 1991
  10. A Walk Among the Tombstones - 1992
  11. The Devil Knows You're Dead - 1993
  12. A Long Line of Dead Men - 1994
  13. Even the Wicked - 1997
  14. Everybody Dies - 1998
  15. Hope to Die - 2001
  16. All the Flowers Are Dying - 2005
  17. A Drop of the Hard Stuff - 2011
  18. The Night and the Music - 2011
  19. A Time to Scatter Stones - January 2019 (novella)

Bernie Rhodenbarr Novels

  1. Burglars Can't Be Choosers - 1977
  2. The Burglar in the Closet - 1978
  3. The Burglar Who Liked to Quote Kipling - 1979
  4. The Burglar Who Studied Spinoza - 1980
  5. The Burglar Who Painted Like Mondrian - 1983
  6. The Burglar Who Traded Ted Williams - 1994
  7. The Burglar Who Thought He Was Bogart - 1995
  8. The Burglar in the Library - 1997
  9. The Burglar in the Rye - 1999
  10. The Burglar on the Prowl - 2004
  11. The Burglar Who Counted Spoons - 2015

Bernie Rhodenbarr Short Stories

  • A Bad Night for Burglars
  • The Burglar Takes a Cat
  • Like a Thief in the Night - 1983
  • The Burglar Who Dropped In On Elvis - 1990
  • The Burglar Who Smelled Smoke - 1997

Evan Tanner Novels

  1. The Thief Who Couldn't Sleep - 1994
  2. The Canceled Czech - 1966
  3. Tanner's Twelve Swingers - 1967
  4. Two for Tanner - 1968
  5. Tanner's Tiger - 1968
  6. Tanner's Virgin - 1968
  7. Me Tanner, You Jane - 1970
  8. Tanner on Ice - 1998

Chip Harrison Novels/Stories (as Chip Harrison)

  1. No Score - 1970
  2. Chip Harrison Scores Again - 1971
  3. Make Out With Murder - 1974 (a.k.a. The Five Little Rich Girls)
  4. The Topless Tulip Caper - 1975
  5. "As Dark As Christmas Gets" - 1997

Keller Novels

  1. Hit Man - 1998
  2. Hit List - 2000
  3. Hit Parade - 2006
  4. Hit and Run - 2008
  5. Hit Me - 2013
  6. Keller's Fedora - 2016 (Novella)

Paul Kavanagh Novels

  1. Such Men Are Dangerous - 1969
  2. The Triumph of Evil - 1971
  3. Not Comin' Home to You - 1974

Hard Case Crime Series

  1. The Girl with the Deep Blue Eyes - 2015
  2. Strange Embrace - 2012
  3. Pads Are for Passion - 1961 (as Sheldon Lord) (aka A Diet of Treacle)
  4. Borderline - 2014
  5. Catch and Release - 2014
  6. Sinner Man - 2016

Other Fiction


  • $20 Lust - 1961 (aka Cinderella Sims)
  • Death Pulls a Doublecross - 1961 (aka Coward's Kiss)
  • Mona - 1961 (aka Sweet Slow Death and Grifter's Game)
  • Markham - 1961 (aka You Could Call It Murder)
  • Fidel Castro Assassinated - 1961 (as Lee Duncan) (reissued by Hard Case Crime as Killing Castro)
  • The Girl with the Long Green Heart (1965)
  • Deadly Honeymoon (1967)
  • After the First Death (1969)
  • The Specialists (1969)
  • Ronald Rabbit Is a Dirty Old Man (1971)
  • Ariel (1980)
  • Random Walk (1988)
  • Enough Rope: Collected Stories (2002)
  • Small Town (2003)
  • My Blueberry Nights (2007)
  • Lucky at Cards (2007)
  • Getting off, A novel of Sex and Violence (2011)
  • Strange Embrace/69 Barrow Street (2012)
  • Dark City Lights: New York Stories - Edited by Lawrence Block (April 2015)
  • April North (2016)
  • Candy (2016)
  • Resume Speed (2016)
  • In Sunlight or In Shadow (2016) (Editor)
  • Alive in Shape and Color - November 2017 (Editor, Anthology)
  • At Home in the Dark - April 2019 (Editor, Anthology)
  • From Sea to Stormy Sea - December 2019 (Editor, Anthology)

Books for Writers

  • Writing the Novel From Plot to Print (1979)
  • Telling Lies for Fun & Profit (1981)
  • Write For Your Life (1986)
  • Spider, Spin Me a Web (1987)
  • The Liar's Bible (2011)

Memoirs

  • Step by Step: A Pedestrian Memoir (2009)
  • The Crime of Our Lives (2015)

Lawrence Block Awards

  • Edgar and Shamus awards four times each
  • Japanese Maltese Falcon award twice
  • Nero Wolfe award
  • Philip Marlowe award
  • Lifetime Achievement Award from the Private Eye Writers of America
  • Diamond Dagger for Life Achievement from the Crime Writers Association (UK).
  • Hes also been honored with the Gumshoe Lifetime Achievement Award from Mystery Ink magazine and the Edward D. Hoch Memorial Golden Derringer for Lifetime Achievement in the short story.)

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