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BlogTalkRadio Interviews Author Lawrence Block

Author Lawrence BlockLawrence Block (born June 24, 1938) is an acclaimed contemporary American crime writer who has been writing crime, mystery, and suspense fiction for more than half a century. He has published in excess of 100 books, and no end of short stories. Block has also published under pseudonyms including Jill Emerson, John Warren Wells, Lesley Evans, and Anne Campbell Clarke.

Block’s major series, humorous and much lighter in tone, relates the misadventures of gentleman burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr. The series is rich in sophisticated dialogue, wit and cynicism. Besides Scudder and Rhodenbarr, Block has written eight novels about Evan Tanner, an adventurer and accidental revolutionary who, as a result of an injury sustained in the Korean War, cannot sleep.

In our interview he talks about working (as editor) with authors Michael Connelly, Joyce Carol Oates, Robert Owen Butler, Stephen King, Lee Child, Megan Abbott, Joe R. Lansdale in the anthology based on the paintings of artist Edward Hopper called “In Sunlight or Shadow.”