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CRIME Pays!

Erin here, posting LB’s newsletter sent from somewhere in the North Atlantic. He didn’t have time to insert hyperlinks, so I’ve added them. The Crime of Our Lives, that is—my collected articles, essays, introductions and reminiscences, born of fifty-plus years of reading and writing in the genre, and about as many hanging out with some of its foremost practitioners. I brought out TCOOL a few months back in hardcover and trade paperback and ebook, and it delights me to report that it’s crossed the sales threshold into profitability. Along with some bracingly good reviews, the book has secured the most important approval of all. Y’all have been buying it. So I’ve lowered the price. See, the sales to date justify it. The book’s surged into the black, and that means I can now afford to price it to reach the greatest possible number of readers. So the ebook, originally $9.99, is now available for Kindle and Nook and Apple and Kobo for only $4.99.   The trade paperback’s also reduced in price, but less dramatically. When you’re dealing with paper and ink, you’ve got fixed costs that don’t apply in the eWorld. I’d priced it initially at $16.99, and we’re now able to cut that to $14.99. But wait—there’s more! Hey, I know that voice. Over the years it’s sold me no end of knives and cookwear. And yes, Ron Popeil, there is more—for the Kindlegartners  among you. If you’ve already bought the printed book from Amazon, or if you buy it now, you can add the ebook for the bargain-basement price of $1.99. The deal’s yours for the... read more

LB gets to run his mouth…

I say yes to quit a few interviews, but some of them work out better than others. The quality of the questions is a big factor, and I suspect my own mood at the time makes a difference as well. The stars were in alignment when Peter Mann and Joel Meadows interviewed me for Tripwire; with their permission I’m republishing the interview in full here on my website: A Suspenseful Life: Interview with Lawrence Block Lawrence Block is the grand master of crime, mystery and suspense novels. He has written over 100 novels and scores of short stories. He has a career that stretches back over half a century. Tripwire sent Peter Mann and Joel Meadows to interview the man himself, to find out what makes him tick TW: In the mid-1970s you published two novels Make Out With Murder (a.k.a. The Five Little Rich Girls) (1974), The Topless Tulip Caper (1975) that repurposed your earlier hero Chip Harrison into the sidekick of Leo Haig, a fat detective who raises tropical fish instead of orchids in his Manhattan brownstone. Haig, who seems to be a pastiche of Nero Wolfe, resurfaced in As Dark as Christmas Gets, a short story in the late 1990s. I assume from this that you are an admirer of the late Rex Stout? LAWRENCE BLOCK: Yes, very much so. It’s a conceit of Haig’s that Wolfe really exists, and that Rex Stout, which would translate as “corpulent king”, is a rather transparent pseudonym. Make Out With Murder was dedicated “to Rex Stout, whoever he may be,” if I remember correctly. His biographer, John McAleer, told... read more