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!