In the era before he created moody private investigator Matthew Scudder, burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr, sleepless spy Evan Tanner, and the amiable hit man Keller—and years before his first Edgar Award—a young writer named Lawrence Block submitted a story titled "You Can't Lose" to Manhunt magazine. It was published, and the rest is history.
One Night Stands and Lost Weekends is a sterling collection of short crime fiction and suspense novelettes penned between 1958 and 1962 by a budding young master and soon-to-be Grand Master—an essential slice of genre history, and more fun than a high-speed police chase following a bank job gone bad.
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The titles of short stories, the first things readers see before they begin a story, are also very important, and need to be eye-catching, and Block's stories in this collection demonstrate that, with titles like "Bride of Violence," "Bargain in Blood," "The Badger Game," and "Professional Killer."| Read Full Review of One Night Stands and Lost Wee...
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