Discovering Lawrence BlockJune 29, 2011 at 7:52 PM | Posted in Books, Writers | 7 Comments
Tags: Lawrence Block, Matt Scudder, NY Times Book Review
It amazes me that I continue to “discover” authors after reading so hard for so long. Less than a month ago I had never heard of Lawrence Block and now I’m about to begin my fifth novel. He’s great and he is fun. His wiki tells me that he began writing, back in the fifties under a pseudonym, in the sex paperback industry and it shows — in a good way.
I happened to be glancing at the NY Times Book Review and there was a paragraph hailing Block’s latest Scudder novel. Block is prolific and has many character-led series but Matt Scudder, former NYPD cop, un-licensed Private Eye, alcoholic, friend to prostitutes is his most famous and he is a likable character with a real edge. Jeff Bridges once portrayed him in a movie.
I went to my library to see if, by chance, they might have a Block novel. They had 30! How many times in the past 24 years have I walked up and down the “B” aisle and not noticed Block. I tout myself as a curious person – I guess not. But I do remember certain things and I well remember my mother referring to bars as “ginmills.” And “When the Sacred Ginmill Closes” is my next up.
Is Block un-put-downable? In a Scudder novel — yes!