Mystery-A to Z Lawrence Block Step by Step

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From the revered New York Times bestselling author comes a touching, insightful, and humorous memoir of an unlikely racewalker and world traveler

Before Lawrence Block was the author of bestselling novels featuring unforgettable characters such as the hit man Keller, private investigator Matthew Scudder, burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr, and time traveler Evan Tanner, he was a walker.

As a child, he walked home from school (mostly because he couldn't ride a bike). As a col-lege student, he walked until he was able to buy his first car (a deep blue 1950 Chevrolet coupe named Pamela, after the Samuel Richardson novel). As an adult, he ran marathons until he discovered what would become a lifelong obsession--never mind if some people didn't think it was a real sport--racewalking.

By that time Block had already spent plenty of time walking through the city of New York. But racewalking ended up taking him all over the country, from New Orleans to Anchorage, from marathons in the punishing heat to marathons in the pouring rain. And along the way, as he began to pen the books that would make him a household name among suspense fans all over the world, he found that in life, as in writing, you just need to take one step after the other.

Through the lens of his adventures while walking--in twenty-four-hour races, on a pilgrimage through Spain, and just about everywhere you can imagine--Lawrence Block shares his heartwarming personal story about life's trials and tribulations, discomforts and successes, which truly lets readers walk a mile in the master of mystery's shoes.

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HardCover Pub Date: 2009. Pages: 384 in Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers the From the revered New York Times bestselling author comes a touching insightful and humorous memoir of of an unlikely racewalker world travelerBefore Lawrence Block was the author of bestselling novels featuring unforgettable characters such as the hit man Keller. private investigator Matthew Scudder. burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr. and time traveler Evan Tanner. he was a walker.As a child. he walked home from school (mostly because he couldn't ride a bike). As a col-lege student. he walked until he was able to buy his first car (a deep blue 1950 Chevrolet coupe named Pamela. after the Samuel Richardson novel). As an adult. he ran marathons until he discovered what would become a lifelong obsession -never mind if some people didn't think it was a real sport-racewalking.By that time Block had already sp...

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"Shocking ... darkly entertaining ... This one has more voltage than most." -- The New York Times Book Review

"This Is Primo Stuff" -- The New York Times Book Review

"[A] mesmerizing tale of psychological suspense." -- Library Journal

"Block treats both his unlikely hero's initial flight and his attempt to establish a new identity in such painstaking detail that they become riveting....From the first, Keller assumes this hit will be his last case. Readers can only hope it isn't so." -- Kirkus Reviews

"A strong dose of murder mixed with dollops of irony and whimsy." -- Orlando Sentinel

."..[a] remarkable series." -- Buffalo News

"[Block's] prose is as smooth as aged whiskey...and the story flows across its pages." -- Publishers Weekly

"Ambitious and intense...A compelling and memorable novel." -- San Francisco Chronicle

"Chilling" -- Washington Post

"Eminently readable...a moody page-turner." -- Chicago Sun-Times

"A Smooth, Chilling Suspense Novel That Stretches Nerves Wire-Tight" -- Boston Herald

"Lawrence Block is a writer's best friend. He is wise, he is funny, and, to tell the truth, he is damn helpful. When best friends and mothers fail, read this book." -- Martin Cruz Smith

"Letter perfect...a remarkable novel." -- The New York Times Book Review

"A madcap adventure....Block has a wonderful ear for dialogue." -- Daily News

"A knockout. . . . Block delivers a one-two punch of humor and introspection." -- Boston Herald

"[Bernie Rhodenbarr] is your man if you want a warm and fuzzy crime with no harsh language and a send-up of mystery conventions." -- Denver Rocky Mountain News

"It takes the steady hand of a cool pro to monitor the erratic pulsebeat of New York City...Block has the offhand grace to make it look easy." -- The New York Times

"I would urge writers, at whatever point in their careers, to take the time to read this indispensable handbook....It should be a permanent part of every writer's library." -- Sue Grafton

"A thrilling, satisfying concotion brewed by a master storyteller in top form." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Absolutely Riveting . . . Non-Stop Tension And A Finish That Will Leave You Bug-Eyed" -- Washington Post Book World

"A great beach read." -- Charlotte Observer

"A welcome addition to the Scudder mythos." -- Bookreporter.com

"A puzzler...So dry. So droll. So good for the native soul." -- Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

"[Block] ratches up the suspense with breathtaking results as only a skilled, inventive and talented writer can do." -- Orlando Sentinel

"A funny, compulsively readable, surprisingly philosophical travelogue thriller." -- Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine

"A materpiece...stunning work that draws on all his powers as a storyteller and chronicler of the darker side of the human psyche." -- Mystery Ink

"[Block's] as fresh, witty and inventive as ever." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A page-turning work of art." -- Toronto Sun

"Block and Scudder never set a foot wrong on New York's cracked, grimy sidewalks." -- Detroit News

"[A] must-read...the dialogue [is] so finely crafted and the plot is so twisted that one sitting is all it takes on this book.....Bernie and Carolyn will leave ou wanting more." -- Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

"A taut noir story one of Lawrence Block's best." -- Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Block has never been better." -- New York Daily News

"Lawrence Block combines three characteristics that rarely show up in the same crime writer: he's versatile, he's prolific, and he's damn good...Offers an impressive testament to a modern master of crime fiction whose talent shines just as brightly in the short form as it does in the novel." -- Booklist

"A cat-and-mouse game between Scudder and the man whose edge is a very sharp cutting blade. And Block plots the game flawlessly." -- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"Block's memoir is a worthy addition to his impressive list of accomplishments."--Buffalo News

"Block's exercise of memory is a delight compounded of rumination and amusement."--Booklist

"Unpretentiously serious, offhandedly funny, and unfailingly entertaining."--Mystery Scene

"Amusing....A peripatetic but never pedestrian memoir."--Kirkus Reviews

"Block has never been better."--New York Daily News

"One of the best writers now working the beat, Lawrence Block has done something new and remarkable with the private eye novel."--The Wall Street Journal

"One of the most accomplished writers of mystery and suspense fiction in America."--Kansas City Star

"Block knows that character and ambience are the heart and soul of crime fiction, but unlike so many of his brethren, he also maintaines a healthy respect for plot."--Booklist

"A superior storyteller. . . . Block has an awareness of the pain and pleasure of living. It is a gift not all authors have."--San Antonio Express-News

Block s memoir is a worthy addition to his impressive list of accomplishments. --Buffalo News"

Block s exercise of memory is a delight compounded of rumination and amusement. --Booklist"

Amusing....A peripatetic but never pedestrian memoir. --Kirkus Reviews"

Unpretentiously serious, offhandedly funny, and unfailingly entertaining. --Mystery Scene"

Block knows that character and ambience are the heart and soul of crime fiction, but unlike so many of his brethren, he also maintaines a healthy respect for plot. --Booklist"

Block has never been better. --New York Daily News"

One of the best writers now working the beat, Lawrence Block has done something new and remarkable with the private eye novel. --The Wall Street Journal"

One of the most accomplished writers of mystery and suspense fiction in America. --Kansas City Star"

A superior storyteller. . . . Block has an awareness of the pain and pleasure of living. It is a gift not all authors have. --San Antonio Express-News"

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