Lawrence Block has been writing award-winning mystery and suspense fiction for half a century. His most recent novels are HIT ME, featuring Keller, and A DROP OF THE HARD STUFF, featuring Matthew Scudder, who will be played by Liam Neeson in the forthcoming film, A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES. Several of his books have been filmed, although not terribly well. He's well known for his books for writers, including the classic TELLING LIES FOR FUN & PROFIT, and THE LIAR'S BIBLE. In addition to prose works, he has written episodic television (TILT!) and the Wong Kar-wai film, MY BLUEBERRY NIGHTS. He is a modest and humble fellow, although you would never guess as much from this biographical note.
The Burglar Takes a Cat (a Bernie Rhodenbarr story)by Lawrence Block
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I began writing about Bernie Rhodenbarr in 1977, in Burglars Can't Be Choosers. It wasn't until the third book (The Burglar Who Liked to Quote Kipling) that he acquired Barnegat Books as a place of business and Carolyn Kaiser as a best friend; then, in 1994's The Burglar Who Traded Ted Williams, the tailless cat Raffles came into his life—and has been a vital part of it ever since.
A couple of years ago, my friend Ellen Datlow was putting together an anthology of cat stories, and I extracted a 5000-word section from Ted Williams, which she put to good use. I've since realized that the material works on its own as an introduction to Bernie—and, duh, to Raffles. If you've read Ted Williams, you've already read this piece. (But why should that stop you from reading it again?)
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