TIH 352: Lawrence Block on Dead Girl Blues, Film Adaptations, and Matthew Scudder

In this podcast Lawrence Block talks about his latest novel Dead Girl Blues, film adaptations, Matthew Scudder, and much more. 

About Lawrence Block

Lawrence Block has been writing crime, mystery and suspense fiction for more than half a century. He has published in excess of 100 books, and no end of short stories. Lawrence Block is best known for his series characters, including cop-turned-private investigator Matthew Scudder, gentleman burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr, globe-trotting insomniac Evan Tanner, and introspective assassin Keller. Because one name is never enough, Lawrence Block has also published under pseudonyms including Jill Emerson, John Warren Wells, Lesley Evans, and Anne Campbell Clarke.

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1 comment

    • sewcraftyme on July 16, 2020 at 10:51 pm

    It was great to listen to the interview with the Grand Master himself. Thank You for the fantastic talk with him.

    I’ve been a fan of his for so long and love the Matt Scudder series.

    Bernie, The Butler Who… series is loads of fun and I wish more attention had been paid to those books in the interview because they show the lighter side of Lawrence Block and highlight his superb ability to write in different genres without missing a step.

    I read Dead Girl Blues in one setting. I found it to be very compelling. I was left questioning how long a person should be haunted for a bad decision made once, a long time ago, but who has lived an exemplary life thereafter?

    Dead Girl Blues is certainly not what most of his fans would expect from Mr. Block, but I found it to be one of his most evocative books. I find myself still, almost a month later, trying to figure out what justice would be appropriate for the lead character in the book. Very unusual for me as normally I’m pretty set on what justice fits the crime.

    If you read this Oh Grand Master, I wish you’d do an anthology of female criminals who use their brains instead of their feminine wiles to commit near or perfect crimes. If you read the Joe R. Lansdale free story this week on his web site, (July 16) + the bonus story in Issue 94 of Nightmare e-zine, you’ll understand what I’m talking about. Nuns just aren’t what they used to be.

    I do think it would be enough material for another Podcast on This is Horror which I listen to, recommend highly to many people, but rarely comment on.

    Now go out there, or call someone and have some yellow bananas delivered. You’ve got anthology’s to work on and fans who are waiting on you to get them done.

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