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Collecting Modern First Editions: Lawrence Block

By Lauren Corba. Jun 22, 2014. 9:00 AM.

Topics: Modern First Editions

Lawrence Block, one of the most prolific writers of his genre, continues to astound readers with his craft. Presented with countless honors, including the Edgar, Anthony, and Shamus awards, Block is undoubtedly seen as a master of mystery.

block_photoBlock was born in Buffalo, New York on June 24, 1938. Although his stories now are primarily crime and mystery based, he started off his career writing erotic fiction under various pseudonyms, adding a fun dimension for collectors of his work. In 1957, Block’s first story published in his own name, "You Can't Lose," appeared Manhunt magazine. Block later included it in his anthology One Night Stands and Lost Weekends. From here, his career bloomed and has since published numerous novels and short stories.  

A Selection of Collectible Lawrence Block Books


Time to Murder and Create

Time to Murder and Create is the third book in Block's most popular Matthew Scudder series. Our unique copy is a Deluxe Limited Edition, only 141 were printed. Not only is the novel in excellent condition, but it is signed by both Lawrence Block and Jonathan Kellerman. Details>> 


The Burglar in the Closet

The Burglar in the Closet is the second book in Block's Bernie Rhodenbarr series. This comedic account describes Rhodenbarr and the pleasure he finds in his crime. Details>>



The Burglar in the Library

This is Block's eighth novel in his Burglar series. Rhodenbarr is finally able to take a break from the city life and take a trip upstate. But Bernie must discover who is behind the murder in the library before he can rest! Details>>   


Ehrengraf for the Defense

Another delightful signed limited edition consisting of all eleven stories in the Ehrengraf series. Block's main character is criminal defense laywer, Martin H. Ehrengraf, who is infamous for proving his client's innocence, whether they did it or not. Details>>


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Lauren Corba
Laur·en: of Florida origin—currently living in the Northwestern United States. Lover of language, horror films, literature, and cats—particularly fond of her own feline, Bagheera.


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