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The Girl With the Long Green Heart, by Lawrence Block

Discovering the Hard Case Crime imprint has led me toward the early work of a few widely-known crime authors, including those of Lawrence Block. I’ve found the early Block novels variable in quality, but usually interesting for the characters and plot devices that show up later in his Scudder titles. 940 more words


Sinner Man, by Lawrence Block

The last book I reviewed reached a sort of philosophical climax when the two major protagonists, father and son, confronted each other about their willingness, as Emperors of their people, to commit evil acts in service of the greater good. 1,364 more words


365 days, 365 short stories - 1/1/18-1/6/18

My goal is to read 365 stories in 2018. Opening week, I stayed on track!

This week I read the following:

1/1/18: “Merrick,” by Ben Boulden… 439 more words

Arthur Conan Doyle

2017: The Reading Year

After my attempt in 2016 to read a century of books, I decided this year to reduce the target to a more manageable 80. Still over a book a week, but with a little more breathing space to wade into some longer books. 798 more words

On Writers

And I Blame Myself*

One way to get away with a crime – or leas have a good chance of it – is to frame someone else. And a very effective way to frame someone else is to convince that someone that she or he is guilty. 1,045 more words

Agatha Christie

Review of Lawrence Block's Ronald Rabbit Is a Dirty Old Man

If I was asked to recreate Mount Rushmore using the faces of my four favorite authors, the monument would include Stephen King (no introduction needed), … 886 more words


Let the Music Play

I had already decided to make January a theme month on the blog, and to once again make it Short Story Month, with the goal to read a short story every day. 930 more words

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