One Night Stands and Lost Weekends (Paperback)

By Lawrence Block

William Morrow Paperbacks, 9780061582141, 384pp.

Publication Date: November 18, 2008

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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.

About the Author

Lawrence Block is one of the most widely recognized names in the mystery genre. He has been named a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America and is a four-time winner of the prestigious Edgar and Shamus Awards, as well as a recipient of prizes in France, Germany, and Japan. He received the Diamond Dagger from the British Crime Writers' Association—only the third American to be given this award. He is a prolific author, having written more than fifty books and numerous short stories, and is a devoted New Yorker and an enthusiastic global traveler.

Praise For One Night Stands and Lost Weekends

“It’s interesting to observe his skills progressing and no doubt inspiring to would-be writers....If your taste runs to cheap detectives, cheaper crooks, and D-cup damsels, One Night Stands and Lost Weekends is for you.”
— Library Journal

“Taut classic hard-boiled noir....Will leave even newcomers hungry for more.”
— Publishers Weekly

“Well worth resurrecting as the portrait of a self-described ‘gormless young man’ who grew up to be a killer writer.”
— Seattle Times

“This collection will delight the prize-winning author’s many fans.”
— Aptos Times (Aptos, CA)

“Tasty like candy and a little addictive.”
— Lisa Ko, author of The Leavers

“This new collection of Block’s early stories will delight fans of hard-boiled detective fiction.”
— Charlotte Observer

“These early Block writings deftly capture the flavor and attitudes of an era when crime ran rampant in the city....Block is in fine form.”
— Lansing State Journal