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BlogTalkRadio Interviews Author Lawrence Block

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. (more…)

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What’s a AWATT – and what is Liam Neeson doing presenting it at the Zurich Film Festival?

Lawrence BlockAWATT is the film industry’s abbreviated form of A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES, a film based on Lawrence Block’s tenth Matthew Scudder novel. It is the brilliant work of writer/director Scott Frank, and stars Liam Neeson, with a terrific supporting cast. It opens worldwide Friday September 19.

To quote Block, “Unless you’ve spent the past month in one of those sensory-deprivation tanks, floating your troubles away, you’ve probably been blitzed . . . by lobby cards and trailers and bus-and-subway posters and TV commercials, all in aid of A Walk Among the Tombstones.”

Lawrence Block is without a doubt the most prolific American crime writer.

Named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America in 1994, Lawrence Block came to prominence in the 1970s when he introduced us to his most famous creation, the ever-evolving Matthew Scudder, an alcoholic ex-cop working as an unlicensed private investigator in Hell’s Kitchen. He has written 17 Scudder novels and a collection of short stories, the most recent being 2011’s A DROP OF THE HARD STUFF.

Block also created 11 Bernie Rhodenbarr novels, including THE BURGLAR WHO COUNTED SPOONS in 2013, 8 Evan Tanner novels, 4 Chip Harrison novels and a collection of eighty-four short stories, ENOUGH ROPE containing two Chip Harrison stories, and 5 Keller novels including 2013’s HIT ME.

Recently, Block began reissuing titles he wrote in the 50s, 60s and 70s under different pseudonyms.

With the release of a new Jill Emerson novel GETTING OFF in 2011, he wrote 8 books as Jill Emerson, 3 written as Paul Kavanagh, 8 written as Sheldon Lord with 69 BARROW STREET recently re-released with his Ben Christopher novel STRANGE EMBRACE, 5 as Andrew Shaw and numerous others.

Block also wrote over a dozen standalone titles, a half-dozen or so books of short stories, several books about writing and a memoir. Wow!

A Walk Among the Tombstones is the first movie from a Matthew Scudder novel. In 1987 Hollywood had plans to make a movie adapted from Block’s 1978 novel The Burglar in The Closet, starring Bruce Willis as Bernie Rhodenbarr, Block’s lovable burglar, with Whoopi Goldberg playing the next-door-neighbor. When Willis backed out of the production, they adapted the script to star Whoopi in the title role. It was released as Burglar.

Defender of the InnocentNew This Month! – DEFENDER OF THE INNOCENT: The Casebook of Martin Ehrengraf by Lawrence Block

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Lawrence Block Agrees to Sign 1st Editions of ‘Getting Off – A Novel of Sex and Violence’

Some forty years ago bestselling author Lawrence Block wrote a half a dozen books as Jill Emerson.  They were trashy, they were sordid, they were explicit, and they were popular!  With titles like Warm and Willing, these stories are now known as the sexy sleaze books.  Collectible copies of these and other vintage paperbacks by now famous authors (writing under pseudonyms) command stratospheric prices at shows around the country.

Getting Off A Novel of Sex and Violence by Lawrence BlockIn September, Lawrence Block resurrects Jill Emerson with Getting Off: A Novel of Sex and Violence.  She, he, they?  introduce us to the world of Kit Tolliver, a serial killer with a strange pattern.  She dons a new identity, chooses a man, has sex with him, and then kills him. It’s a pattern of behavior that erupts out of a childhood trauma. She soon realizes that there a few men – five, to be precise – who have bedded her and lived to tell the tale. And she decides that’s five too many.  Getting Off is very funny, with a sharp satirical edge that cuts into sexual mores and the notion of healing through closure. Go figure. 

Getting Off is the first (more…)

Lawrence Block on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

Catch Lawrence Block on the The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson Monday, May 18!  He’ll be promoting his new title Step by Step: A Pedestrian Memoir.


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