Crime Fiction Academy Master Class: Lawrence Block

Wednesday September 30, 2015
07:00 pm

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Photo Credit: Mary Reagan

Lawrence Block is one of the true legends in the world of crime fiction. Having written over 50 novels (and that's not counting the ones written under pseudonyms), several books of short stories, screenplays, edited anthologies, and the winner of every known crime fiction award - the Edgar, Shamus, Anthony (some, more than once), Block is as close to a National Treasure of "crime" as we have. Several of his novels have become major motion pictures, including the recent "A Walk Among the Tombstones," with Liam Neeson. The author of several books about the craft of writing, Block discussed crime writing, his latest novel, and his long and successful career.


About The Girl with the Deep Blue Eyes

Cashed out from the NYPD after 24 years, Doak Miller operates as a private eye in steamy small-town Florida, doing jobs for the local police. Like posing as a hit man and wearing a wire to incriminate a local wife who’s looking to get rid of her husband. But when he sees the wife, when he looks into her deep blue eyes...

He falls—and falls hard. Soon he’s working with her, against his employer, plotting a devious plan that could get her free from her husband and put millions in her bank account. But can they do it without landing in jail? And once he's kindled his taste for killing...will he be able to stop at one? 

Lawrence Block has been writing award-winning mystery and suspense fiction for half a century. His newest book, pitched by his Hollywood agent as “James M. Cain on Viagra,” is The Girl Swith the Deep Blue Eyes. His other recent recent novels include The Burglar Who Counted The Spoons, featuring Bernie Rhodenbarr; Hit Me, featuring philatelist and assassin Keller; and A Drop Of The Hard Stuff, featuring Matthew Scudder, brilliantly embodied by Liam Neeson in the new film, A Walk Among The Tombstones.  Several of his other books have also been filmed, although not terribly well.  He's well known for his books for writers, including the classic Telling Lies For Fun & Profit and Write For Your Life, and has just published a collection of his writings about the mystery genre and its practitioners, The Crime Of Our Lives. In addition to prose works, he has written episodic television (Tilt!) And the Wong Kar-wai film, My Blueberry Nights. He is a modest and humble fellow, although you would never guess as much from this biographical note.