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Col Mystery Stories L.Block(f)-H [Hardcover]

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5.0 out of 5 stars Block is "The Man" Feb. 1 2002
Format:Paperback
If there is any doubt that Lawrence Block is the most creative mystery writer of his generation, this book dispells it. A comprehensive work that encompasses nearly every published Block short story (over 70 of 'em!) it is a must have for mystery fans. The book includes seven Matthew Scudder stories, nine Martin Ehrengraf stories, three Bernie Rhodenbarr stories and the complete texts of the three previous Block short story volumes. As a bonus, there are five "new" Block stories, never before previously anthologized.
The stories run the gamut from hard-bitten to whodunnits? to even the occasional horror story. Block shows every bit as much mastery with his short works that he does with his novels. The diversity of his subjects and the bredth of his knowledge is simply breathtaking. The book also includes a short prologue by the author, explaining how the book is laid out and giving a little helpful background.
Overall, "The Collected Stories" is a fine tribute to a great writer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Collected Mystery Stories Dec 31 2001
Format:Paperback
From his title "The Grandmaster of Crime" as written on the cover, Lawrence Block has compiled a delightful mix of over 70 of his short stories. He's taken shorts from his series characters Bernie Rhodenbarr, Martin Ehrengraf, Keller, Chip Harrison, and the ever-lovable Matthew Scudder. He's also added in a handful of fairly new stories as well as stories that were turned into full-length features like "Sometimes They Bite", "Like A Lamb to Slaughter" and "Some Days You Get The Bear". This is a must have for true Block fans, who will enjoy reading every last story!
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Good Endings This Book is for You! Nov. 7 2001
Format:Paperback
This book contains wonderful short mystery stories with great endings. Occasionally you can figure out the ending but in most cases they are a surprise. I really enjoyed the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Block is "The Man" Feb. 1 2002
By Brian D. Rubendall - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If there is any doubt that Lawrence Block is the most creative mystery writer of his generation, this book dispells it. A comprehensive work that encompasses nearly every published Block short story (over 70 of 'em!) it is a must have for mystery fans. The book includes seven Matthew Scudder stories, nine Martin Ehrengraf stories, three Bernie Rhodenbarr stories and the complete texts of the three previous Block short story volumes. As a bonus, there are five "new" Block stories, never before previously anthologized.
The stories run the gamut from hard-bitten to whodunnits? to even the occasional horror story. Block shows every bit as much mastery with his short works that he does with his novels. The diversity of his subjects and the bredth of his knowledge is simply breathtaking. The book also includes a short prologue by the author, explaining how the book is laid out and giving a little helpful background.
Overall, "The Collected Stories" is a fine tribute to a great writer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Huge collection by a huge talent Dec 16 2004
By Neal J. Pollock - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
There's a lot to like here though not all of the stories are terrific. I do like his novels a bit better, especially the Scudder ones, but I wouldn't have "met" Ehrengraf without having read this book--and he's a trip!!! Maybe Block will write an Ehrengraf novel some day. I wish. Most of his novel series' heros are included here: Scudder, Rhodenbarr, Chip Harrison, and even the intriguing Keller. A more recent collection entitled, "Enough Rope" is also available though I believe many of the stories in this book are in that one as well. My favorite quotes from this book are:

"Supposition is blunder's handmaiden" from "The Ehrengraph Riposte," p. 229.

"Youth is one of those things time cures" from "The Night and the Music" p. 742.

"He couldn't say exactly why, but he didn't really feel good about the idea of having a relationship with the sort of woman you couldn't give a bear to" from "Some Days You Get the Bear" p. 535.

I loved the clever Ehrengraph stories and the touching "Some Days You Get the Bear" the most. Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Collected Mystery Stories Dec 31 2001
By A. Mills - Published on Amazon.com
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From his title "The Grandmaster of Crime" as written on the cover, Lawrence Block has compiled a delightful mix of over 70 of his short stories. He's taken shorts from his series characters Bernie Rhodenbarr, Martin Ehrengraf, Keller, Chip Harrison, and the ever-lovable Matthew Scudder. He's also added in a handful of fairly new stories as well as stories that were turned into full-length features like "Sometimes They Bite", "Like A Lamb to Slaughter" and "Some Days You Get The Bear". This is a must have for true Block fans, who will enjoy reading every last story!
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Good Endings This Book is for You! Nov. 7 2001
By Edward F. Hughes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book contains wonderful short mystery stories with great endings. Occasionally you can figure out the ending but in most cases they are a surprise. I really enjoyed the book.
4.0 out of 5 stars A great collection of short mysteries Nov. 22 2012
By Devil_Monkey - Published on Amazon.com
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A solid collection of great shorts. Perfect for those of us who sometimes suffer from a short attention span. This collection contains all the author's mystery short stories (as of the publication date in 1999) except for a handful of stories published in the late '50s that the author could "see no justification for inflicting them on the general reader".

The majority of these stories are good or better -- with more than a few being absolutely great -- and then there are two or three that I found to be a little mediocre. Along with the standard formula short stories, where the reader can more or less guess where the plot is headed, there are many that are truly inventive and offer surprising twists.

I particularly liked the section featuring slick criminal defense attorney Martin Ehrengraf who rarely goes to court as his clients somehow almost always end up being innocent before going to trail (anyone familiar with the TV show Breaking Bad will see a certain similarity, in a much cruder form, in that shows resident shyster Saul Goodman).

All in all, if you're a fan of short mystery stories I don't see how you can go wrong with this collection from Lawrence Block.
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