This is the third book in the Chip Harrison series, and certainly displays the unique characterizations that Lawrence Block is justly famous for. I have read some of his books, but not with kind of fervor I approach other masters of the mystery genre. I heard about this series having a Nero Wolfe styled character (who may have a delusional belief that Wolfe and Archie Goodwin really exist). Block weaves a story that absolutely pays tribute to Rex Stout’s style, without ever becoming merely parody.
He also give a nice shout out to Ross MacDonald, one my favorite writer of detective stories.
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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 with the Deep Blue Eyes. His other 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 recently 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.
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (6 January 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 184 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1523284102
- ISBN-13 : 978-1523284108
- Dimensions : 12.7 x 1.17 x 20.32 cm
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A Wonderful Tribute to Nero WolfeReviewed in the United States on 21 April 2020
I like the older ones betterReviewed in the United States on 30 July 2015
I am a Lawrence Block fan. I like the older ones better. Not positive about this but I heard that Lawrence Block passed away years ago and his son is writing the newer books. I don't know for SURE so not to spread rumors.
1970's pulp!Reviewed in the United States on 19 September 2011
This is an out of print book and not one of Block's best known characters. Chip Harrison only has two murder mysteries (the Tulip Caper), and there's two lame 'Catcher in the Rye' coming of age books (what a waste). If you like Bernie Rhodenbarr, then you'll like Chip Harrison. If you like Matthew Scudder, well this probably isn't for you. The only other place I could find Chip Harrison stories were in the short story collection 'Enough Rope'.
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