New Release Books by Lawrence Block

Lawrence Block is the author of Sex and the Stewardess (2022), The Taboo Breakers (2022), Versatile Ladies (2022), The Sin-Damned (2021) and other 191 books.

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Sex and the Stewardess

release date: Mar 30, 2022
Sex and the Stewardess
In the wake of the great popular success of Coffee, Tea, or Me (purportedly by a pair of personable airline hostesses, but actually written by the equally personable Donald Bain), Irwin Stein of Lancer Books asked John Warren Wells to turn his attention to the same topic. Would that all requests from publishers were as pleasantly fulfilled. Here's the blurb that appeared on the Lancer edition: "Did she serve you yesterday? "She is every man's dream mistress, pleasant and poised, cool under stress, always smiling and--because she is booked on another flight tomorrow morning--disposable... "Lynn, the Now Girl; Tracy, the Damn Good Kid; Shirl, the Lesbian in the sky; Lauren, the Swinger; Rona, the Freak-Out; Bambi, the Old Maid; Gillian, the Hooker; Kim, the Hound. "In a book that picks up where 'Coffee, Tea, or Me?' left off, eight major airline stewardesses show you the down-to-earth reality behind the dream: the with-whoms, wheres, and astonishing hows in the everyday sex lives of America's most glamorous working girls." Oh, Irwin. They're stewardesses with major airlines, not major airline stewardesses. Never mind...

The Taboo Breakers

release date: Mar 19, 2022
The Taboo Breakers
The sexual upheaval of the 1970s was a remarkable turning point in the evolution of contemporary sexual behavior. As much as anyone, John Warren Wells stalked the barricades of this social revolution. He met the players, and let them pour their stories into his sympathetic ear. From the original publisher's edition: " The Taboo Breakers is a penetrating, unbiased study of these modern "swingers." Just what do they do, and with whom, and why? Are they fools and sinners, the shock troops of a new sexual revolution, hell-bent hedonists piling one thrill upon another? Or are they merely individuals who have successfully separated sex from love? John Warren Wells, author of Eros and Capricorn, supplies the answers in a book that is itself a pioneering work...a true taboo breaker."

Versatile Ladies

release date: Mar 17, 2022
Versatile Ladies
One of this book's six versatile ladies sums it up like this: "When we first began to get into swinging, our whole orientation was innocent, and essentially limited to the idea of mate-swapping. That was what we thought swinging was about--you met with another couple, paired off, and had sex. We never considered the possibility that homosexual relations would be involved. Well, you live and you learn. I found out today I liked making love to another woman. Today I can't envision swinging without lesbian relations. And I understand that ninety-two percent of wives who get into swinging also get into bisexuality."Why? Here's my theory: All women are bisexual!"Some are aware of it and acting on it. Others are not. Every day, more women are discovering the truth about themselves...and about their most urgent inner needs!"

The Sin-Damned

release date: Sep 18, 2021
The Sin-Damned
Lawrence Block reports: "THE SIN-DAMNED was one of the early Andrew Shaw titles, published by Nightstand Books in sometime in 1960. The cover, like that of many of its contemporaries, is the work of Harold W. McCauley. "While I can recognize the text as my work, I can't claim to recall writing it. Every day the great hoard of things I don't remember grows incrementally larger, and writing this novel has long since been a part of it. I do know, though, that someone else supplied the title, probably some editor in publisher Bill Hamling's employ. It could have been Harlan Elison, or Algis Budrys-or perhaps it was the janitor. In any event, when the publisher reissued the bok in the early 1970s, it bore a different title: The Switchers. "And now you know as much about THE SIN-DAMNED as I do..."

Trailer Trollop

release date: Aug 23, 2021
Trailer Trollop
LAWRENCE BLOCK remembers: "Actually, the header's mistaken. In point of fact, I remember next to nothing about Trailer Trollop. I've loaded it onto my Kindle in advance of republishing it, and I've made my way through a few of its chapters, and while there's sufficient textual evidence to make it very clear that I wrote this book, the memory of the two or three weeks devoted to so doing has long since left me. "I can tell you where and when I wrote it. In the spring of 1960, my recently-acquired first wife and I took an apartment on West 69th Street in New York. I installed a desk in the bedroom, and I spent my days seated at it, flailing away at a manual typewriter. A year earlier, unmarried and living in an SRO hotel some twenty-two blocks to the south, I'd launched Andrew Shaw's career with Campus Tramp, and ever since then I'd had a standing assignment; I produced a 50,000-word book every month, for which the publisher paid $750. (My agent took $75, which left me with $675. And yes, one could live on that; the rent at 110 W 69th was $125 a month.) "Of course I was writing more ambitious work as well. Short stories for crime fiction magazines. Novels, too--my first crime novel under my own name, now available as Grifter's Game, came about when what I'd intended as an opening chapter for that month's Andrew Shaw title struck me as having the potential to be something more. I wrote a little of this and a little of that, I completed a mystery novel that William Ard had left unfinished at his death, I fielded whatever assignments my agent steered my way, and I have to say I kept busy. "Nightstand Books published Andrew Shaw, and God knows they were easy to work with. They left it to me to come up with the backgrounds and storylines each month, and I can only recall one book that grew out of a suggestion of a Nightstand editor, relayed to me by my agent. "And that was Trailer Trollop. 'A mobile home with three or four hookers parked on the edge of an army base. They share it, they live and work in it, it moves around. You get the idea.' "Well, sure. I got the idea, and a couple of weeks later the manuscript was on its way to Nightstand's Illinois offices, and sometimes in 1961 the book was published. The title, a pair of alliterative trochees, may be the book's most memorable element, and I have to think that it popped into my mind when the book's premise was proposed to me. "Or had someone at Nightstand come up with it, along with the idea itself? "No way to know. But I think I'll claim it as my title. At this stage, there's no one left alive to say otherwise. "So that's as much as you--or anyone, really--needs to know about Trailer Trollop. I can but hope you find some diversion and amusement in it. And, of course, if you've any interest in my beginnings as a writer, and my adventures in Midcentury Erotica, you'll probably want a look at my memoir of those days, A Writer Prepares."

Collectibles

release date: May 17, 2021
Collectibles
A COLLECTION... OF COLLECTIONS What leads one person to collect stamps and another coins, one fine art and another butterflies? Who can say? But one thing is certain: those who've got the collecting bug care passionately-sometimes violently-about the objects of their obsession. No one covets like a collector; and as you will find in the pages of this brand new anthology from MWA Grand Master Lawrence Block, a truly dedicated collector will ignore the other nine commandments, too, in his quest for his personal Holy Grail. From Joyce Carol Oates' tale of the ultimate Marilyn Monroe collectible to Dennis Lehane's bookseller with a penchant for other people's tragic correspondence, from Lee Goldberg's Hollywood hustler with a collection of unaired TV shows to Joe R. Lansdale's stylish foray into noir, culminating in Lawrence Block's own classic story of a killer with a unique approach to choosing his victims, Collectibles illustrates the range of the collecting impulse and the lengths people will go to in their hunger to possess the perfect piece.

Write for Your Life

release date: Sep 04, 2020
Write for Your Life
In the 1980s, Lawrence Block developed an interactional seminar that adapted elements of the human potential movement specifically for writers. Write For Your Life is about making the best out of what you are and who you are.

Lust Weekend

release date: Mar 27, 2021
Lust Weekend
Lawrence Block on Lust Weekend: "LUST WEEKEND was written in 1962 and published that same year by Nightstand Books. The title's an obvious play on THE LOST WEEKEND, Charles Jackson's groundbreaking novel of alcoholism. The book was a sensation, as was the film adaptation starring Ray Milland. "The people at Nightstand generally changed the titles on my manuscripts. But LUST WEEKEND made the cut, and I'm sure I came up with the title first and wrote the book to fit. 'Lust' was a favorite word at Nightstand, where they wanted to excite the readers withoutd alarming the censors. (Lust and slut were favorites. I gave one book the can'tmiss title LUST SLUT- but they changed it. Go figure."A confession: in the ordinary course of things, I don't read these early titles before reissuing them in the Collection of Classic Erotica. Like most writers, I find it difficult to look back at my earliest work. But in this case I had absolutely no recollection of the book, although a glance at the very first page made it clear that it was unquestionably my work. I was pretty sure it all took place in the course of a single turbulent weekend, that much was implicit in the title, and again the first page confirmed my suspicion."But I read on, because I have to admit I liked the writing. Really, what's not to like?Between the hours of four and five Friday afternoon, Jordan Flagg sat behind a free-form desk and jotted notes and numbers on sheets of yellow manila paper. The desk was Scandinavian, and in recent years the Scandinavians had developed a penchant for taking a perfectly ordinary garden-variety sort of thing like a desk and designing it in the approximate inglorious shape of a kidney. Jordan Flagg's desk looked like a kidney. The wood was well-polished walnut that glowed like plastic, and the whole desk itself was so determinedly graceful that it looked as though it were capable of dancing.Jordan Flagg liked the desk.Flagg liked things to be modern. Although he never found time to go to a museum or to browse in galleries, he was an ardent fan of modern art. He read only recently published books, went only to first-run movies, and pretty much stuck to tastes and pursuits which, if not actually futuristic, were at least determinedly up-to-date. The kidney-shaped desk reflected this. So did the Bigelow on the floor, the title on the door, the close-cropped crewcut on his head, the heavy horn-rimmed glasses, the natural-shoulder suit, the ultra-slim attaché case, the architect-designed contemporary home in Fairfield County, the clean hands with their manicured nails, the nerve on his forehead with its slight tendency to twitch, and so on, and so on, and so on. Jordan Flagg was modern. Period."I read on, and the narrative moved from one character to another, and before I knew it hooker named Lily Merriman was quoting a parody of Longfellow's poem about the village blacksmith: Under the spreading chestnut treeThe village idiot satAmusing himself by abusing himselfAnd catching the drops in his hat."Now I didn't make that up, nor do I remember who did, but I suspect it's almost as venerable as the original. But, to my utter astonishment, that's not how it reads in Nightstand's edition, where it goes like so: Under the spreading chestnut treeThe village idiot satAmusing himself by abusing himselfAnd singing a quarter-tone flat."I can but guess that a Nightstand editor worried that any reference to ejaculation would rouse a censor from his long sleep. But what a creative solution! It rhymes, it scans, and if it doesn't make a great deal of sense, well, it comes close enough."I wonder who made the substitution, leaving it to me to discover his work 60 years later. Nightstand was the creature of Bill Hamling, who had grown up in science fiction; at one time or another his staff included such SF types as Earl Kemp, Algis Budrys, and Harlan Ellison."You know what? I bet it was Harlan."

Hunting Buffalo with Bent Nails

release date: Feb 28, 2021

A Writer Prepares

release date: Feb 20, 2021
A Writer Prepares
A Writer Prepares, an examination of the first quarter century of a writer's life, is the work of two writers, the middle-aged fellow who wrote half of it and there's the octogenarian who finished the job.

Mystery Tribune / Issue No3

release date: Nov 28, 2017
Mystery Tribune / Issue No3
Fall 2017 edition of Mystery Tribune Magazine is a must-have! The issue features short fiction from iconic voices such as Lawrence Block to literary favorites including Angel Luis Colón. A curated collection of the photography from European and American artists, along with essays, book reviews and interviews by some of the best voices in mystery and suspense are among the other highlights. The issue features: Stories by Lawrence Block, Angel Luis Colón, Scott Adlerberg, Jim Doherty, and Brian Silverman. An essay on film noir by Robert Miklitsch. Interviews and Reviews by Gunnar Staalesen, Ken Follett and Thomas Andes. Photography by Kylli Sparre (Estonia) and Christopher Rivera (U.S.) and more. An elegantly crafted 180 page quarterly issue, and with a beautiful layout designed for optimal reading experience, our Fall 2017 issue will make a perfect companion or gift for avid mystery readers or fans of literary crime fiction.

Kept

release date: Jun 15, 2016
Kept
So you're unemployed, fresh off a construction crew in Albany, and standing on a Thruway ramp trying to thumb a ride, and a babe in a Cadillac convertible stops for you. Hey, these things happen. They never happened to me, but never mind. For you it's different. You're Mark Taggert and you've got the good sense to get in the car, and it changes your life. The girl's Elaine Rice, and she's gorgeous and sexy, and you wind up in her Park Avenue apartment, and you go to bed, and the chemistry is right, and there's only one problem. She's rich. Too rich for you to be comfortable living with her. You're totally lacking in ambition and quite happy drifting, going from town to town and menial job to menial job. It's a life and it's a living and that's enough for you. But if you're going to share Elaine's life, you have to make something of yourself. So you check out the want ads, and you let her buy you a wardrobe, and she fabricates a resume for you, and you land a job. And you turn out to be remarkably good at it, but she's still got too much money, and you move out. And, you know, stuff happens... Pretty interesting set-up, innit? KEPT was the penultimate book Sheldon Lord wrote for Midwood-CANDY, #2 in the Collection of Classic Erotica, was the last-and it's a shame I stopped there. I understand why I did; I was starting to write crime novels, and didn't want to devote a disproportionate amount of my time to erotica, and Bill Hamling's line, Nightstand Books, was paying me significantly more per book than Harry Shorten at Midwood. Hello, Bill. G'bye, Harry. A pity, though, because Nightstand's artists never came close to the cover art Paul Rader was turning out for Midwood, and his cover for KEPT may be the best of the bunch."

The Darkling Halls of Ivy

release date: May 31, 2020
The Darkling Halls of Ivy
In recent years, colleges and universities have become known for their "trigger warnings" and "safe spaces"--but as the 18 authors who penned stories for this powerful new anthology can tell you, there's plenty of danger still lurking behind the stolid stonework, leather-bound volumes, and thickets of ivy. Award-winning editor Lawrence Block has assembled a Who's Who of literary luminaries and turned them loose on the world of academia, where petty rivalries and grand betrayals inflame relations between professors and students, deans and donors. From Ian Rankin to Joe Lansdale, Seanan McGuire to David Morrell, each author reveals the dark truths and buried secrets that make institutions of higher learning such a hotbed of controversy. You'll encounter plagiarism, sexual misconduct, and brutal competition--not to mention secret societies, cover-ups of murder, and one near-future course of study that makes The Handmaid's Tale look like Mother Goose. So: collect your supplies, plan your schedule, and prepare to pull an all-nighter, because The Darkling Halls of Ivy is required reading.

The Burglar in Short Order

release date: Feb 29, 2020

The Specialists

release date: Feb 07, 2016
The Specialists
"The colonel was right. You had to draw a line through mankind, a wavy line but a line, and on one side you had Good and on the other side you had Evil. There was good and bad in everyone, sure, and every shitheel was some mother's son, and it was all well and good to know this, but when push came to shove, it was just words; there was Good and Evil with no shades of gray and Judgment Day came seven time a week." Meet the Specialists, five good men, Manso and Murdock and Simmons and Giordano and Dehn. They scattered when they took off their green berets and returned to civilian life, but now and then their colonel picks up the phone and gets in touch-and they get together to do as they did in Vietnam. Colonel Roger Elliott Cross left a leg in Vietnam. His men came home physically intact, but each bears scars nonetheless. But when they come together, teamed up to right wrongs, they are a powerful force for good. And, by doing good, they also manage to do well. Because when five specialists take on a Mafia-owned bank, why shouldn't they turn profit on the deal? If you saw The A-Team on television, this may seem familiar to you. When Lawrence Block saw the A-Team, it seems uncannily familiar to him, and he had the feeling the show's producers had read his 1968 novel. But he decided, wisely or not, that life is too short for litigation. Now, years later, the TV show has vanished and the book lives on. Isn't that as it should be? THE CLASSIC CRIME LIBRARY brings together Lawrence Block's early crime novels, reformatted and with new uniform cover art.

Dead Girl Blues

release date: Jun 24, 2020
Dead Girl Blues
Lawrence Block has been writing and publishing crime fiction for sixty years. He's received recognition for lifetime achievement in the US and the UK. His books have won awards and occasionally show up on bestseller lists. Several of them have been fimed. DEAD GIRL BLUES is a new novel, available for the first time in 2020.

Candy

release date: Dec 09, 2019
Candy
Jeff Flanders has a perfectly good life. Until Candace Cain sashays into it and turns it upside-down. Jeff's got a good-looking wife; he loves her and she loves him. He's got a job, swinging a desk at a semi-shady finance company, signing off on usurious loans to losers; he doesn't love it and it doesn't love him, but it's easy work and it pays the bills. Until a girl called Candy applies for a $1000 loan--with no job, no bank account, no security. Nothing but a beautiful face, an awesome body, and all the nerve in the world. He lends her the money himself. That's a mistake. In return, she takes him to bed. That's a bigger one. All she wants in the world is someone who'll keep her in style. All he wants is more Candy. . . CANDY, first published in 1960, is a noir novel of sexual obsession.

Hit Me

release date: Feb 14, 2013
Hit Me
The explosive fifth book in the Keller series from the master of classic American crime. Keller thought he was done killing people for money. He has a new name, a new wife, a new career, and a baby on the way. But old habits die hard. Business is bad and a phone call is all it takes to draw him back into the old game. This time, his work takes him to Dallas, to settle a domestic dispute; to Florida, where he joins a government witness on a cruise; to Wyoming, where a house has burned down; and to New York, where he lived for so many years. And where people might remember him...

You Could Call It Murder

release date: Dec 09, 2019
You Could Call It Murder
A missing person case brings private eye Roy Markham to the remote winter-bound college town of Cliff's End, New Hampshire. But what began as a routine investigation quickly becomes dark and dangerous. Six pornographic photos and a tidy little blackmail scheme result in a brutal and baffling murder, and no one is safe - especially Markham himself.

So Willing

release date: Dec 09, 2019
So Willing
From the author: When Don Westlake and I were starting out as writers, we both served an apprenticeship writing erotic novels for Harry Shorten at Midwood Books and Bill Hamling at Nightstand. (I was Sheldon Lord for Midwood and Andrew Shaw for Nightstand, while Don was Alan Marshall for both publishers. Note though that the presence of either name upon a book is no guarantee that one of us wrote it. Both of us made arrangements whereby lesser writers would submit works under our names--and I know it's hard to believe that any writers were less than we were back then, but it's true.) Well. We'd become friends in the summer of 1959, while we were living a few blocks away from each other in midtown Manhattan. I was at the Hotel Rio, on West 47th between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, and Don was a block south and several blocks west of me. Then I moved back to my parents' house in Buffalo, and Don and his wife and kid moved to Canarsie, and we wrote letters back and forth. And at one point we decided it might be fun to do a novel together. Not by thinking it out and talking through it and, you know, collaborating in a serious artistic manner. Our method was simpler. One of us would write a chapter, and then the other would write a chapter to come after it, and back and forth, like that, until we had a book. It worked, and by God it was fun. The first of our efforts was A GIRL CALLED HONEY, and it started when I wrote a chapter and sent it to Don. And so on, and we stopped when we had a book and sent it to Henry Morrison who sent it to Harry Shorten. We put both our names on the book, our pen names that is to say, and that's how Harry published it: by Sheldon Lord and Alan Marshall. And he included our dedication: "To Don Westlake and Larry Block, who introduced us." It was so much fun that we did it again. This time Don wrote the first chapter, and I wrote the second. Was I still in Buffalo, and did we still send the chapters through the mail? Damned if I can remember. I think I may have been in New York by then, living with my first wife on West 69th Street. But maybe not, and what does it matter? We finished the book, we sent it in, Midwood published it, and we shared the advance, which was probably $600 for A GIRL CALLED HONEY, but may have escalated to $750 by the time we did SO WILLING. So each of us wound up with either $300 or $375 for our trouble, and that's not a lot of money nowadays, and it wasn't a lot of money in 1960 either, but neither was it a lot of trouble. Damn, those were good days. We did a third novel in collaboration, SIN HELLCAT, and I think it may have been the best of the three--but we didn't get to put a joint byline on it. Well, we did--but someone at Nightstand felt free to change it, dropping Alan Marshall from the "by Alan Marshall and Andrew Shaw" byline we'd supplied. Much the same thing happened to CIRCLE OF SINNERS, my collaboration for Nightstand with Hal Dresner; "By Andrew Shaw and Don Holliday" is what we tagged it, and this time it was Andrew Shaw who got bumped. Never mind. Here's SO WILLING--and if reading it brings you a small fraction of the fun we had writing it, you'll be back right away to scoop up A GIRL CALLED HONEY and SIN HELLCAT.

Borderline

release date: May 23, 2014
Borderline
THE SCORCHING PULP NOVEL BY LAWRENCE BLOCK, AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 50 YEARS! On the border between El Paso, Texas, and Juarez, Mexico, five lives are about to intertwine — with fatal results. You'll meet MARTY: the professional gambler who rolls the dice on a night with... MEG: the bored divorcee who seeks excitement and finds... LILY: the beautiful hitchhiker lured into a live sex show by... CASSIE: the redhead with her own private agenda... and WEAVER: the madman, the killer with a straight razor in his pocket, on the run from the police and determined to go down swinging! This is MWA Grand Master Lawrence Block at his rawest and most visceral, a bloody, bawdy, brutal story of passion and punishment — and of lines that were never meant to be crossed. PLUS: Three of Block's rarest short stories from the pulps, mapping the border between sanity and depravity...

The Twisted Ones

release date: Dec 09, 2019
The Twisted Ones
You might be surprised to learn that back in 1961 Nightstand Books published an inquiry into the heartbreak of scoliosis, but-oh, hang on a minute. You say the title refers to characters who are not spinally but psychosexually bent?

High School Sex Club

release date: Dec 09, 2019
High School Sex Club
Something evidently made authorities in various jurisdictions across the country single out HIGH SCHOOL SEX CLUB for censorship and suppression. Really?

Passport to Peril

release date: Dec 09, 2019
Passport to Peril
Struggling folksinger Ellen Cameron can't believe her luck. Not only is the State Department sponsoring her trip to West Berlin, but her agent has arranged for her to tour Ireland. It's just the break she needs. But things - and people - aren't always what they seem.

April North

release date: Dec 09, 2019
April North
Danny Duncan drives his father's Oldsmobile. It's a nice respectable family sedan, and April North is every bit as respectable as the car. Until he manages to get her into the back seat. Now she's no longer a good girl, but only Danny know it, and he can keep a secret, can't he?

A Drop of the Hard Stuff

release date: May 12, 2011
A Drop of the Hard Stuff
Facing his demons in his first year of sobriety, Matthew Scudder finds himself on the trail of a killer. When Scudder's childhood friend Jack Ellery is murdered, presumably while attempting to atone for past sins, Scudder reluctantly begins his own investigation, with just one lead: Ellery's Alcoholics Anonymous list of people he wronged. One of them may be a killer, but that's not necessarily Scudder's greatest danger. Immersing himself in Ellery's world may lead him right back to the bar stool. In a novel widely celebrated by critics and readers, Lawrence Block circle back to how it all began, reestablishing the Matthew Scudder series as one of the pinnacles of American detective fiction. "Right up there with Mr. Block's best . . . A Drop of Hard Stuff keeps us guessing." -- Tom Nolan, Wall Street Journal

A Woman Must Love

release date: Dec 09, 2019
A Woman Must Love
A WOMAN MUST LOVE is #12 in the Collection of Classic Erotica, and it's never been reissued since Midwood brought it out in 1960

Campus Tramp

release date: Dec 09, 2019
Campus Tramp
From the author: There's a song they used to sing at Antioch College, and it went something like this: "She was just a little freshman Victim of Admission's whim Then she met an upperclassman--we won't name him-- And she had a child by him. "Now he's off in New York City Rescued by the co-op plan While she walks the streets of Yellow Springs, Ohio, Looking for another man." Ah, they don't write 'em like that anymore, and it's not hard to see why. And the sad story recounted in the song is not entirely unlike that of Linda Shepard, titular (so to speak) heroine of CAMPUS TRAMP. The story of the book may be more interesting than the story told in the book. I wrote it in July of 1959, at the Hotel Rio on West 47th Street in New York. I'd just arrived from, yes, Yellow Springs, having spent a year writing books for Harry Shorten, editing the college newspaper, and giving short shrift to my academic studies. (This was my third year at Antioch. I was there for two years, took a year off to work at a literary agency, and then came back, only to discover that, having seen Paree, you couldn't keep me down on the farm. I tried to drop out during the first semester, got manipulated into staying by my parents, and somehow finished the year. Now I was in New York, where I was to spend the summer writing, before returning for what was supposed to be my last year of school.) Well. My agent came up with an assignment. William Hamling, publisher of science fiction and Rogue Magazine, had decided to initiate a line of erotic novels similar to what I'd been writing for Midwood. Could I write one? I could and did, and thought it might be amusing to use Antioch as a setting, and to choose the characters' surnames from the buildings and dormitory units on the Antioch campus. I picked the title CAMPUS TRAMP and sent it off, and they liked it well enough in Hamlingville (that would be Evanston, Illinois, IIRC) to ask for more. Not long after I'd finished the book, I got a letter from Yellow Springs. The Student Personnel Committee, having taken a long look at my academic performance, advised me of their decision that I might be happier elsewhere. I thought this was very perceptive of them, that I would indeed be happier almost anywhere else, and the passive-aggressive lout I was at the time found this an ideal resolution to a situation I seemed incapable of resolving on my own. Their letter had left the door slightly ajar, if not wide open; I sensed I could talk my way back in, but why? Then CAMPUS TRAMP came out, and a copy or two made it all the way to Yellow Springs, and a legend sprang up. I'd written the book as payback, it was said, a way to revenge myself upon the school that had expelled me. Now when I'd written CAMPUS TRAMP I'd still thought I was to return in the fall. And I was if anything profoundly grateful to the school for having cut the umbilical cord and sent me out into the world. No end of people knew better, even as they were sure they knew who the models were for the various characters--but that happens all the time. But never mind. One recalls the newspaperman's line from THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE: "When the legend becomes fact, print the legend!"

Gigolo Johnny Wells

release date: Dec 09, 2019
Gigolo Johnny Wells
17-year-old Johnny Wells was a very handsome young man, and you'd have called him a babe magnet. He decided to capitalize on his looks and the response they earned from women, invested in a haircut and a good wardrobe, moved out of his slum apartment and into a budget hotel, and reinvented himself as a gigolo.

21 Gay Street

release date: Dec 09, 2019
21 Gay Street
When Joyce Kendall arrives in New York, she has a job and an apartment waiting for her. The job's as a first reader for Armageddon Publications. The apartment's at 21 Gay Street, and the small Federal-period house is already home to a lesbian couple, Jean Fitzgerald and Terri Leigh, and an out-of-work newspaperman, Pete Galton.

Ariel

release date: Dec 05, 2019
Ariel
Ariel is a story of the madness that lies just under the surface, and what it takes to bring it out; the need to give evil a face and a name. Who better to scapegoat for unexplainable tragedies than the one who is Different? Ariel is adopted, and looks slightly unusual.

Community of Women

release date: Dec 28, 2010
Community of Women
Four women are trapped in suburbia, bored and eager for their next torrid affair Roz is left unfulfilled each day when her husband sets off for work. So is Maggie, whose frustration with her own marriage sends her looking for comfort in the beds of other men. And as Elly waits patiently for a handsome and willing deliveryman to appear on her doorstep, Nan picks up the phone to arrange her next scandalous tryst. For in this picturesque suburb, once the last morning commuter leaves town, no one left behind is ever as they seem. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Lawrence Block, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from his personal collection, and a new afterword written by the author.

Not Comin' Home to You

release date: Dec 05, 2019
Not Comin' Home to You
Jimmie John Hall wasn't anything until he was a killer, and Betty Dienhardt wasn't anything until she met Jimmie John Hall. When they get together, sparks fly and bullets follow. The first to go are Betty's parents, but Betty isn't bothered. She only wants to be with her man - the first person to ever make her feel special. They set off on a cross-country spree, killing for gas money and food, killing to swap their car for one the police aren't looking for. As the dragnet draws tighter, they only grow closer, riding a road that leads to death because death has surrounded them all the time. This novel derives from and was inspired by the real-life (and real death) rampage of Charles Starkweather and Caryl Fugate in 1950s Nebraska; the novel itself is set fifteen years later, and does not attempt a literal reconstruction of the original case. It's a powerful work of fiction, a penetrating look at two disturbed and disturbing individuals, and a breakneck tear across the American Midwest. Like Such Men Are Dangerous and The Triumph of Evil, it was originally published under LB's Paul Kavanagh pen name, but as soon as he could he resides all three books under his own name, and is pleased to make them available now in the Classic Crime Library.

Thirty

release date: Dec 28, 2010
Thirty
The titillating diary of a housewife gone wild Turning twenty-nine years old, Janet Giddings Kurland starts a journal and records her comfortable, if boring, suburban lifestyle. But when this square sneaks a screw with her friend’s husband, she starts down a path that will lead her to the hip streets of Greenwich Village. Amidst the sexually free, Janet blossoms and her housewife’s journal turns into a sex diary filled with raunchy encounters, dangerous lotharios, orgies, and drugs. The more depraved her actions, the more she craves new experiences. Will this intoxicating drug called sex take her over the edge—or to new heights? This ebook features an illustrated biography of Lawrence Block, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from his personal collection, and a new afterword written by the author.

A Time to Scatter Stones

release date: Feb 01, 2019
A Time to Scatter Stones
More than 40 years after his debut and nearly a decade since his last appearance, one of the most renowned characters in all of crime fiction is back on the case. Well past retirement age and feeling his years--but still staying sober one day at a time--Matthew Scudder learns that alcoholics aren't the only ones who count the days since their last slip. Matt's longtime partner, Elaine, tells him of a group of former sex workers who do something similar, helping each other stay out of the life. But when one young woman describes an abusive client who's refusing to let her quit, Elaine encourages her to get help of a different sort. The sort only Scudder can deliver. A Time to Scatter Stones offers not just a gripping crime story but also a richly drawn portrait of Block's most famous character as he grapples with his own mortality while proving to the younger generation that he's still got what it takes. For Scudder's millions of fans around the world (including the many who met the character through Liam Neeson's portrayal in the film version of A Walk Among the Tombstones), A Time to Scatter Stones is an unexpected gift--a valedictory appearance that will remind readers why Scudder is simply the best there is.

The Canceled Czech

release date: Oct 22, 2018
The Canceled Czech
Presenting EVAN TANNER-the first series character created by Lawrence Block, bestselling author of A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES...Ever since a shred of shrapnel did a number on his brain's sleep center, Even Tanner has been awake 24/7. This gives him more time than your average underachiever. Time to learn the world's languages (he's fluent in Basque, but has trouble with Chinese). Time to embrace the world's lost causes and irredentist movements (The Flat Earth Society, the League for the Restoration of Cilician Armenia, the Society of the Left Hand). Time to write term papers theses for students with more money than knowledge. And, most important, time to do his dreaming while he's wide awake.THE CANCELED CZECH is Tanner's second adventure. A key figure in the Nazi puppet regime of Slovakia is in jail in Prague's Hradcany Castle, and the mysterious US spymaster who thinks Tanner works for him sends our lad to rescue the man. Not surprisingly, the Slovak has an obnoxious personality; he also suffers from catalepsy. Tanner, using his contacts and working his magic, does what he's asked to do-but with a poetic twist that only Evan Tanner could think up.

Catch and Release

release date: Jan 01, 2013
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