Catch and Release

Catch and Release

by Lawrence Block


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The Master Returns--With Never-Before-Collected Tales of Murder and Desire

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 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.

This is the book that led Publishers Weekly's reviewer to enthuse, "If Block were a serial killer instead of one of the best storytellers of our time, we'd be in real trouble."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492811787
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 09/25/2013
Pages: 294
Sales rank: 775,109
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Lawrence Block, proclaimed a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, 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 other 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.

Table of Contents

A Burglar's-Eye View of Greed 7

A Chance to Get Even 9

A Vision in White 21

Catch and Release 59

Clean Slate 43

Dolly's Trash and Treasures 69

How Far 83

Mick Ballou Looks at the Blank Screen 107

One Last Night at Grogan's 111

Part of the Job 123

Scenarios 129

See the Woman 137

Speaking of Greed 149

Speaking of Lust 199

Welcome to the Real World 251

Who Knows Where It Goes 267

Without a Body 281

Story Notes 285

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Catch and Release 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Man, whoever writes these intro's need some help. The only thing that caught my attention was when it said that other people liked it. Sad, isn't it? I honestly don't think it's worth my time. Sorry.