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The Burglar in Short Order

Enthusiasts of the “Burglar” series will delight in revisiting Bernie’s beginnings, his bookshop, and his introduction to Raffles. Readers new to the series will enjoy this introduction to a charming character.

Alive in Shape and Color: 16 Paintings by Great Artists and the Stories They Inspired

Reminiscent of Rod Serling's Night Gallery, this anthology has something, often nasty or scary, for every art lover.

In Sunlight and in Shadow: Stories Inspired by the Paintings of Edward Hopper

Recommended for art aficionados, creative writers, and mystery fans. ["A nice-looking book for Hopper fans and short story readers": LJ 7/16 review of the Pegasus hc.]

In Sunlight and in Shadow: Stories Inspired by the Paintings of Edward Hopper

A nice-looking book for Hopper fans and short story readers, this title would also make a great gift.

A Walk Among the Tombstones

This reissue of the 1992 book coincides with the release of its film adaptation; highly recommended to all mystery and police procedural fans.

The Girl with the Deep Blue Eyes

Block's (The Girl with the Long Green Heart) ninth contribution to Hard Case Crime's lineup of classic and contemporary pulp fiction is less a crime thriller and more an examination of one extremely troubled and disturbed man. Rife with numerous and explicit sexual scenes, some of them violent, this is crime fiction at its most vulgar. Only for fans of the publisher and readers who like sexually graphic hard-boiled fiction.

Burglars Can't Be Choosers

A first-rate example of what a cozy mystery can be. With the right combination of humor, snappy dialog, plot, and characterization, Block gives his series debut (first published in 1977) enough zip to appeal to genre and nongenre fans alike.

Lucky at Cards

Although the book is dated, fans of nonviolent crime fare will enjoy. Block is always worth the time.

Hit Me

In the fifth entry in the Keller series (after Hit and Run), the appealing antihero with his own moral code continues to dig into the motives of his distant employers and make his own decisions about who deserves to die. But stamp collecting is more than just a secondary theme here, and Block's discourses about the history behind stamps are vivid enough to pique the interest even of those not at all inclined toward the hobby. Master mystery writer Block is at the top of his form here. [See Prepub Alert, 8/3/12.]

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