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Alive in Shape and Color: 17 Paintings by Great Artists and the Stories They Inspired Hardcover – December 5, 2017

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Editorial Reviews


"The fascinating premise has yielded some dark gems.", Publishers Weekly

"An imaginative collection bristling with surprises. Block has masterminded another delectably provocative union of art and suspense.", Booklist (starred) [praise for ‘Hiroshima Nagasaki’]

"Several [stories] capture every hue, tint, and tone of what makes a story captivating. Over the past few years, Lee Child’s short fiction has become my favorite of his work, and ‘Pierre, Lucien, and Me’ is an example of why. ‘Charlie the Barber’ by Joe R. Lansdale is a hard- boiled, richly detailed and violent story. The anthology’s only reprint, David Morrell’s ‘Orange Is for Anguish, Blue for Insanity,’ is also my favorite.", Mystery Scene Magazine

"This absolutely superb anthology starts out with two advantages: a true legend at the helm in crime writer Lawrence Block, and a fascinating concept. Every story is superlative. Hopper, America’s great mournful lyric realist, deserves a tribute of this grace and sensitivity.", USA Today, 4 out of 4 stars [Praise for Lawrence Block's In Sunlight Or In Shadow]

"If a picture is worth a thousand words, any of Edward Hopper’s paintings of American loneliness is worth an entire short story. Ekphrasis—seeing a story in a picture—was seldom so much fun.", Michael Dirda, Washington Post [Praise for Lawrence Block's In Sunlight Or In Shadow]

"A great collection. These stories are suspenseful and display masterful writing ability.", Seattle Book Review

"For anyone who has puzzled over the vividly evocative works of the beloved Edward Hopper, this little volume is the perfect gift. Short stories by 17 writers dramatically start where the paintings leave off.", San Francisco Chronicle [Praise for Lawrence Block's In Sunlight Or In Shadow]

"Belongs on the reading table of all crime and mystery fans. Allows readers the unique opportunity to directly experience the motivation of each story and follow where the artwork took each author.", Bookgasm

About the Author

Lawrence Block has been writing award-winning mystery and suspense fiction for half a century. His novels include The Girl With the Deep Blue Eyes, The Burglar Who Counted the Spoons, Hit Me, and A Drop of the Hard Stuff, featuring Matthew Scudder. He's well known for his books for writers, including the classic Telling Lies For Fun & Profit and Write for Your Life, and he has recently published The Crime of Our Lives, a collection of his writings about the mystery genre and its practitioners.

Product details

  • Item Weight : 1.51 pounds
  • Hardcover : 288 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1681775611
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1681775616
  • Product Dimensions : 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Publisher : Pegasus Crime; 1st ptg. Edition (December 5, 2017)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.2 out of 5 stars 38 ratings
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