The Autobiography of Matthew Scudder (An Excerpt)

By Lawrence Block Not for the first time, I’ve been invited to write about Matthew Scudder—not to produce another slightly fictionalized rendition of one of his cases, though I’m assured such would be welcome, but to furnish a biographical report on the man himself. I can understand why I might be singled out for such … Continue reading The Autobiography of Matthew Scudder (An Excerpt)

Pericles “Perry” Christo

Created by Lee Child, Mary Higgins Clark, John Connolly, Charlaine Harris, CJ Box, Mark Billingham, Lawrence Block, Ken Bruen, Alafair Burke, Stephen L. Carter, Marcia Clark, Max Allan Collins, James Grady, Heather Graham, Bryan Gruley, Val McDermid, SJ Rozan, Dana Stabenow, Lisa Unger, and Sarah Weinman. Yet another of those sprawling, episodic, collaborative mystery efforts … Continue reading Pericles “Perry” Christo

Lou Largo

Created by William Ard Pseudonyms include Jonas Ward, Ben Kerr, Thomas Wills and Mike Moran (1922-1960) LOU LARGO must have been a pretty popular dick in his time, because when his creator, William Ard, passed away--having written just two books in the series--his publisher, Monarch Books, just kept pumping them out. The byline may have read … Continue reading Lou Largo

Bernie Rhodenbarr

Created by Lawrence Block (1938--) Okay, so he's not a P.I.! Slight, mild-mannered New Yorker BERNIE RHODENBARR and his cat run Barnegat Books on East Eleventh Street, between Broadway and University Place and lives in an apartment at Seventy-First and West End Avenue, in this sly, literate and slightly goofy series by Lawrence Block, creator of … Continue reading Bernie Rhodenbarr

Roy Markham (Markham)

Created by Sterling Silliphant and Robert C. Dennis This short-lived American TV series, intended as a summer replacement, tried to cash in on the success of Perry Mason and Peter Gunn (and preceded Burke's Law), consummate pro Ray Milland starred as suave, wealthy, educated, ex-patriate Brit ROY MARKHAM, a successful, but rather bored criminal attorney who … Continue reading Roy Markham (Markham)

Matt Scudder

Created by Lawrence Block (1938--) Loads of fictional private eyes drink oceans of booze. Some become invincible, some become silly, some become virtual Einsteins of deduction. MATT SCUDDER had no such luck. He drank and became an alcoholic. He used to be one of New York's Finest, a decent-enough detective, honest enough to get by, … Continue reading Matt Scudder

Telling Lies for Fun and Profit

Lawrence Block Writes (and Writes) About Writing     Some writers write. Some writers write about writing. But Lawrence Block does both. And he's damn good at both. No wonder I still hate him. Like many a starting writer, I tried to figure out how to write by reading books and amgazines about writing. Some … Continue reading Telling Lies for Fun and Profit