One of the most highly acclaimed novelists in the crime
genre, Lawrence Block is also a master of the short story, with award-winning
work ranging from the macabre to the slyly comic, from heart-stopping tales of
revenge to memorable explorations of lust and greed, all told in Block’s
unforgettable style. The sixteen stories (and one stage play) collected here
feature appearances by some of Block’s most famous characters, including
gentleman burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr and alcoholic private detective Matt
Scudder, as well as glimpses into the minds of a rogue’s gallery of frightening
killers, dangerous sociopaths, crooked cops, and lost souls whose only chance
to find themselves may be on the wrong side of a gun.
You’ll meet a compulsive hoarder whose towering piles of
trash and treasures hide disturbing secrets; a beautiful young tennis star with
a rather too possessive secret admirer; a dealer in stolen art who is unwilling
to part with his most prized possession at any price; poker players with
agendas that have nothing to do with the cards in their hands; and a
catch-and-release fisherman whose preferred catch walks on two legs.
Terror and passion, cruelty and vindication—it’s all here,
in a collection that will thrill you, scare you, and remind you why Lawrence
Block is still the best there is at what he does. Download and start listening now!