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Subject: Any Lawrence Block fans?
Date Posted: 6/11/2009 2:11 PM ET
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I just received an announcement that he will be calling in to participate in our book club meeting next month, but I haven't read anything by him!  Looks like he has a lot of books.... does anyone have any recommendations?  Thanks!

Date Posted: 6/11/2009 2:48 PM ET
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I've read most of his earlier books:  All of the Burglar books, most of the Evan Tanner books, and many of the Matt Scudder books.

Both series are a bit lighter than his others, in the same vein as Donald Westlake, if you've read him ... Bernie Rhodenbarr ("The Burglar Who ...") and Evan Tanner ("The Thief Who..) are well-crafted characters with interesting plot lines ... the first one I read was The Burglar Who Painted Like Mondrian (Bernie Rhodenbarr Mysteries) and I was hooked.  I also really enjoyed Tanner On Ice (Evan Tanner Suspense Thrillers), but it's one of the last in the Tanner series, so not a really good place to start ...

Matt Scudder is a more complex character, and the books are excellent ... the way Matt evolves throughout the series is wonderful, and very well-written.  You don't necessarily have to read them in order, but it's better to read the earlier ones before the later ones (I draw the line between early and late at 1983 - 8 Million Ways to Die ) .... In the late 80's, the Scudder novels got a little too dark for me, and I stopped reading them, although I still have several on Mt. TBR ....

I haven't read any of the "Hit" novels yet ... but also have those on Mt. TBR ...

He also has written a book about how to write mysteries (I can't remember the title) ... so he should prove to be a really interesting person to listen to at your meeting!!

Date Posted: 6/12/2009 10:55 AM ET
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I read several of the "Burglar" books a L-O-N-G time ago when I was in college the first time.  I couldn't tell you what any of them was about but I remember really enjoying them.  I went through a stretch of reading a lot of Lawrence Block and Lawrence Sanders, probably because I had them confused in my head! LOL!

Date Posted: 6/12/2009 11:46 AM ET
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LOL LeeAnne!  They were two of my favorite authors back in the 80's ... read everything I could get my hands on ....

Date Posted: 6/12/2009 5:48 PM ET
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Thanks for the suggestions!  They haven't decided which of his (many) books to read yet.  Brian Freeman called into one of the previous meetings, which unfortuantely I missed but the other members said it was a lot of fun.  I'll let you know how it goes.  :-)

Date Posted: 6/13/2009 12:40 AM ET
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Elizabeth, I strongly recommend Hit Man if the description appeals to you at all.  I often recommend it to people as a good "summer read" and make a point to re-read it myself every once in a while.  (The follow-up books, Hit List and Hit Parade, are also good, but I prefer the first one.)  Hope your book club is fun!