Thursday, April 27, 2017
That autumn I was chairing a panel on short stories at Bouchercon in Seattle and, a month before, when I had settled everything with the panelists about what we would do and when, the bosses asked if we could squeeze in one more panelist who was interested in the panel. Fella named Larry Block.
Not being a complete idiot I said, I said, hell yes. He was terrific and the panel drew a huge crowd. And the highlight of my writing career is walking from the green room to the conference room with Edward D. Hoch leading the way and Lawrence Block marching behind me.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
This is his third appearance on the cover of TV Guide, and this time he brought along a couple of castmates.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Monday, April 24, 2017
But back in 1936 he published a crime story in Colliers Magazine. "Rogues Gallery" is his most reprinted story, including an appearance in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine.
Sunday, April 23, 2017
But on this day A&E introduced the best (and so far last) version. A Nero Wolfe Mystery was produced by Tim Hutton, a dedicated fan of the Corpus, who played Archie Goodwin (inexplicably, he gave the Ohio-born gumshoe a New York accent). Maury Chaykin was suitably grumpy as the fat man.
I used to reread Stout books as comfort food when I had a cold. Now I crank up a DVD of one of these.
I discovered him when his "The Lord of Central Park" appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine under the title "A Manhattan Night's Entertainment." (Editor Frederic Dannay was a notorious title tinkerer.) This novella involved an innocent young lady from the midwest, a pickpocket, the Mafia, the Nafia, Hudson River pirates, a plot to blow up the Brooklyn Navy Yards, and a British earl who lives in a cave in Central Park with his pet falcon.
He crossed the fantasy-mystery line with his tales of Dr. Esterhazy, who lived in Scythia-Pannonia-Transbalkania.
He also ghost-wrote two late Ellery Queen novels.
Friday, April 21, 2017
Frank MacLeod is an aging hitman who works for the top crime boss in that city. He's good at his job, but how long can he do it? His boss has youngsters nipping at his heels, and Frank has competition too. And this is one job where there is no pension plan...
Publisher's Weekly called it "gripping and surprisingly poignant."