Lawrence Block, The Burglar in the Library
Lawrence Block is a Grand Master and living legend of American crime fiction. Regarded by some aficionados as just about the coolest of the noir writers, his Scudder series is certainly one of the high points of American detective fiction during recent times. This one of his sophisticated crook Bernie Rhodenbarr detective novels with an appreciation by crime writer James Sallis.
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Lawrence Block has been, and continues to be, the most industrious purveyor of a wide range of American crime fiction; from comic to the tragic, the ridiculous to the sublime, light-hearted to the most serious of subjects – it is all in his range. Block is the one the others point to as the master craftsman of the genre. With a shelf full of awards (including four Edgars, four Shamus Awards, two Maltese Falcon Awards, the Nero Wolfe Award, and Grandmaster status from the Mystery Writers of America, and the Cartier Diamond Dagger from the Crime Writers’ Association of the United Kingdom), he is the one others point to as the master craftsman of the genre. Compulsive plots, deft characterisation and dialogue the zing’s. Lawrence Block continues to be the bench mark for high quality noir.
The Burglar in the Library (1997) is the eighth entry in the Bernie Rhodenbarr series that currently stands at ten. Plotline: What’s Bernie Rhodenbarr doing in the country? He is a New York kind of guy, an urbane antiquarian bookseller who moonlights as a buttoned down burglar. Until an impossibly rare Raymond Chandler novel dedicated to Dashiell Hammett lures him and his buddy, Carolyn, from their own turf to the hills of Western Massachusetts. Before they knows it, they’re smack in the middle of Agatha Christie country and you know what that means. A classic English country house. A guest list awash in eccentricity. And the snow keeps falling. And the bridge is out. And the phone lines are cut. And, one by one, somebody’s killing off the guests. And….shhhh! There’s a burglar in the library!
A Lawrence Block story appeared in the anthology No Alibi and he did an appreciation of Ian Rankin for the short story collection Beggars Banquet. Other Scorpion Press editions by Block are Hope to Die and All the Flowers are Dying. This edition of 99 signed and numbered copies contains an appreciation by cool crime writer and critic James Sallis.