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This hefty collection of acclaimed mystery master Lawrence Block's short fiction is packed with delights for fans of his many popular series as well as first-time readers who haven't yet met the engrossing protagonists who people them, including Keller, the thoughtful hit man; private eye Matt Scudder; burglar and bookstore owner Bernie Rhodenbarr; and Martin Ehrengraf, the well-dressed lawyer who takes criminal cases on a contingency basis and has his own devious methods for making sure his clients are always acquitted. But it's the non-series stories that are the standouts here, particularly "Cleveland in My Dreams," in which a psychiatrist comes up with a novel way to rid a patient of a relentless nightmare, and the patient passes on the "cure" to an unsuspecting friend; "Collecting Ackermans" and "Death Wish," two standouts about jealousy and its discontents; and a handful of other little gems with central characters who may not merit their own series because they're just not very likable, but show off Block's ability to keep the reader guessing until the last sentence. It may be hard to pick up--if only because it runs nearly a thousand pages--but this wry, witty, well-wrought collection is even harder to put down. --Jane Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A month before the mass market edition of his bestseller Hope to Die hits shelves, whodunit Grand Master Lawrence Block will come out with Enough Rope"in Blocks words, a huge doorstop of a thing "a collection of 83 stories spanning a career that began nearly five decades ago. With early tales (1957s You Cant Lose ) and recent ones (Terrible Tommy Terhune ), not to mention plenty featuring series heroes Martin Ehrengraf, Matthew Scudder and Keller, this compendium of sharply written short fiction will delight Blocks many fans, and likely earn him new ones.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 896 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (November 4, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060559675
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060559670
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #928,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By David Montgomery VINE VOICE on August 11, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Fans of Block's series characters will find plenty to enjoy here, including nine Matt Scudder stories, three featuring burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr, and five with hit man Keller. They have all appeared elsewhere at one time or another, but unless you're a Block completist, you're unlikely to have seen several of them before. Even if you have read some of them, this book is still an invaluable addition to your collection, as it includes all of the stories and presents them in chronological order, something impossible to find prior to this.
Perhaps the best thing about "Enough Rope," though, is the inclusion of a dozen new works, most of them fairly lengthy for short stories, all of them superbly crafted and delightful little reads. A few in particular, like "Almost Perfect" (about a murderous baseball game) and "Points" (about a father and son) stand out for their quality and inventiveness. Even after half a decade of writing short fiction, Block is still trying, and succeeding at, new things. (For historical value, if nothing else, the author's first published story is included as well.)
"Enough Rope" is a hefty book, containing eighty-three stories that run almost 900 pages. That represents virtually every published story by this prolific writer. It is a testimony to the popularity of Block and the quality of his writing that his publisher would take such a gamble and produce such a large, handsome volume. "Enough Rope" is a real treat.
Reviewed by David Montgomery, MysteryInkOnline.com
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By William E. Adams on October 5, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I discovered Lawrence Block when he was writing a monthly column for "Writer's Digest" magazine back in the late 70's. His contribution was always the highlight of each issue, so I began reading his novels and short stories. Now almost all of his shorter pieces, over a 40-year career, are in this volume...885 pages worth. For the price, you can't get another book that will give you as much enjoyment as this one, and teach you about well-crafted writing to boot. All his tales have a twist, and he wastes no words. Block is as good in his own way as Dick Francis and Robert B. Parker are in theirs. I had read many of these older stories in the 80's, but forgot the details until encountering them again in this volume. He'll occasionally make you laugh, more often give you a shiver, but always, his people resonate, even the darkest characters. If you know Block's work from his mystery/detective/humor series, you already know that you want to own this. If you haven't started the LB habit yet, this is "Enough Rope" to tie you up in him for years.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John H. Macdonald on March 14, 2006
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Those of us who have followed the redemption of Matt Scudder, the moral musings of post modern hit man Keller, and the hapless Bernie Rodenbhar series, know the letdown you feel when you have read them all, and must wait till the next new release!

Well, here is a great sampler of many new, and many classic short stories about the quirky continuing characters of Lawrence Block that you probably haven't read yet. . Just the right length for a quick fix of Block irony, and arranged by character, this is a great beach book or airport companion. You may have read a few of these, but I found some new stuff well worth the price...I consider it the canon of an earlier Block and a whale of a paperback!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey on September 22, 2012
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I am an unabashed fan of Lawrence Block and still have a t-shirt from a visit he made to South Haven. That said, this huge book exceeded expectations. Short stories of many of his featured characters and other unknown tales (to me at least). Whimsical at times, fanciful and delightful. I read 12 stories while flying to Vegas last week. Would read one or two, take a break, come back and read some more.

I had read a couple of these previously, but having them all together was nice. Highly recommend the kindle version, the actually book is 896 pages and you would need a lot of rope to tote it around. But on the kindle, it is as light as string.

I am saving half of the stories to read once the winter snows kick in.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ravi Ramaswami on April 30, 2012
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That works out to 225 pages for a dollar and all of them penned by Lawrence Block ! If the price is not right then the stories are just right. A sampler of Block's writings all the way from 1957 to more recent works, it not only has Matt Scudder stories but also the Keller the hit man,Bernie Rhodenbarr the burglar and Martin Ehrengraf, the well-dressed lawyer.

All 83-that's not a typo- stories are concise,well plotted and smooth sailing enough to make it good reading material while you are waiting on line or wanting to read a complete story in a short period of time. For the novice,this collection is a good primer of many of Block's characters. For the more seasoned Block fan,it is yet another unforgettable experience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 6, 2012
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From the start Block tells stories that entertain, are mind twisters or just plain blow you away. Many of these short stories have a twist in the final line or paragraph that make you ask, "How did I miss that ?" or "Why didn't I see that comming ?"
Very entertaining and just right for eposodic reading when you have short times to read when waiting for your daily appointments or meetings.
I am enjoying these stories thoroughly.
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