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Chip Harrison Scores Again: A Chip Harrison Mystery Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 1997

Book 2 of 4 in the Chip Harrison Series

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Lawrence Block is a four-time winner of the Edgar Award and was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America. He has also won four Shamus Awards, and was the first recipient of the Nero Wolfe Award. He is the author of over 40 books, many of which feature the characters Bernie Rhodenbarr, Matthew Scudder, Chip Harrison, and Evan Tanner. He lives in New York City with his wife Lynne.
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Product Details

  • Series: Chip Harrison Mystery
  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (March 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451187970
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451187970
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 0.7 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Harold L. Laroff on December 7, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Chip Harrison is back. This time he finds a bus ticket to Bordentown, South Carolina. Chip gets himself into trouble and then charmed the local sheriff who helps him get his Social Security card a driver's license. Lands a job as a bouncer at the local bordello and falls in love with the preacher's daughter. Better than No Score but a far cry from Block's series about Bernie Rhodenbarr and Matt Scudder it is light enjoyable reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dave Wilde on September 16, 2014
Format: Paperback
Those looking for another Block series akin to Matthew Scudder or Bernie Rhodenbarr should look elsewhere. Block honed his writing craft and made a living in the sixties and early seventies with what are often termed softcore books that appeared on the newsstand racks with racy covers in an era long before anyone dreamed of the internet. These books, particularly the first two Chip Harrison books (“No Score” and “Chip Harrison Scores Again”), which are not mysteries at all, fall into the softcore category. They are meant to be humorous, tongue-in-cheek, bawdy tales of a young man (Chip Harrison) who has adventures wandering from one town to another and meeting women along the way.

“Chip Harrison Scores Again” is the second book in the series. Chip has silly, risqué adventures which range from finding a bus ticket in a stolen wallet and meeting an amorous lady on the bus, to his evening thinking the prostitute he takes to a hotel has fallen for him so badly that she won’t charge him, to ending up in a small Georgia town for no reason, none that he could explain to the sheriff, to working as a deputy sheriff/bouncer in the town brothel, and to spending his lunch hours with the preacher’s daughter. The characters are hilarious and are meant to be that way. It feels as if Block, in writing this, was half-poking fun at the entire genre. It’s not really meant to be taken seriously. All in all, this is a light, humorous, bawdy read, meant for a mature audience and is not part of Block’s body of mystery and noir work, although you can read this and hear his voice developing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BJ Fraser VINE VOICE on February 21, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The book I'd give 5 stars. I'm taking a star off for the stupid publishers who erroneously call this a mystery when it's not. The first 2 Chip Harrison books (this one and the previous No Score) are more like soft core erotica or light literary fiction. The latter two books are actually mysteries. Block explains all this in the afterwords and it'd have been nice if someone at the publisher actually read that.

Anyway, so now that you know this isn't a mystery, it's more of a coming-of-age story that made me think of Huck Finn as perpetual liar and amateur con man Chip Harrison makes his way from New York to South Carolina and then back north. Along the way he has a lot of sex and gets himself into some trouble. And this leads him to grow up a bit.

There's also a bit of meta-fiction at work as Chip is writing a book about the events in the book, so there are some asides about how the editors demand he put more sex in the thing and some details he left out or glossed over.

Overall it's lighthearted fun and by today's standards the sex scenes aren't very graphic. And now if anyone ever offered a "Waterloo" to me, I'd know what it is.

That is all.
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By Laurence A. Savage on December 19, 2014
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Good follow-up to the earlier Chip Harrison novels.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Boston on December 14, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is from a series Block wrote early in his career. I think most people who read Blocks mysteries will be disappointed if they pick this up. It is fluff and not so interesting.
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