Small Town

Small Town

Book - 2003 | 1st ed.
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The author of Enough Rope presents a new thriller involving a writer on the verge of a breakdown, a folk art dealer exploring her sexuality, a lawyer who prefers murder trials, and an unlikely mass murderer.

Blackwell North Amer

The author of dozens of acclaimed novels including those in the Scudder and Keller series, Lawrence Block has long been recognized as one of the premier crime writers of our time. Now, the breathtaking skill, power, and versatility of this Grand Master are brilliantly displayed once again in a mesmerizing new thriller set on the streets of the city he knows and loves so well.

That was the thing about New York -- if you loved it, if it worked for you, it ruined you for anyplace else in the world.

In this dazzlingly constructed novel, Lawrence Block reveals the secret at the heart of the Big Apple. His glorious metropolis is really a small town, filled with men and women from all walks of life whose aspirations, fears, disappointments, and triumphs are interconnected by bonds as unbreakable as they are unseen. Pulsating with the lives of its denizens -- bartenders and hookers, power brokers and politicos, cops and secretaries, editors and dreamers -- the city inspires a passion that is universal yet unique in each of its eight million inhabitants, including:

John Blair Creighton, a writer on the verge of a breakthrough;

Francis Buckram, a charismatic ex–police commissioner -- and the inside choice for the next mayor -- on the verge of a breakdown;

Susan Pomerance, a beautiful, sophisticated folk-art dealer plumbing the depths of her own fierce sexuality;

Maury Winters, a defense attorney who prefers murder trials because there's one less witness;

Jerry Pankow, an ex-addict who has turned being clean into a living, mopping up after New York's nightlife;

And, in the shadows of a city reeling from tragedy, an unlikely killing machine who wages a one-man war against them all.

Infused with the raw cadence, stark beauty, and relentless pace of New York City, Small Town is a tour de force Block fans old and new will celebrate.

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A writer on the verge of a breakdown, a folk art dealer exploring her sexuality, and a lawyer who prefers murder trials are all connected by an unlikely mass murder.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2003.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780060011901
Characteristics: 448 p. ; 24 cm.


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Feb 27, 2016

Maybe two stars. Having read just the Scudder series and a few "burglars", this thriller surprised me with a lot of graphic sex, which is not what I expected from this author. Erotica is a different shelf and I might classify this book as "soft porn". That said, no complaint from me as to the quality of the writing, otherwise.

Jun 05, 2013

Collection of characters in the "Small Town", New York City, that featured an author, a self taught artist (similarity to NYT's: Works by Rafael Leonardo Black in Brooklyn. By JIM DWYER Published: June 4, 2013), an art gallery owner (Erotic character as Block's "Getting Off" with pen name Jill Emerson, 2011), a salty attorney and an ex-police commissioner who tried to solve a serial murder case.

Feb 06, 2013

Very interesting and well developed novel by this master writer centered around the aftermath of 911. 9 of 10 stars


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Jun 05, 2013

From Small Town
by Lawrence Block (Goodreads Author)
3.48 of 5 stars 3.48 · rating details · 530 ratings · 59 reviews
A solid craftsman with five bestselling series under his belt as well as numerous standalone mysteries and short-story collections to his credit, Lawrence Block breaks new ground with a resonant, compelling thriller about one man's response to the Twin Towers tragedy--an insane yet totally comprehensible, seemingly unconnected string of serial murders, or, as the killer calls them, "sacrifices" to the city he believes will be reborn out of the ashes of destruction. Block, a New Yorker born and bred, has penned a paean to the Manhattan he knows and loves, and created a cast of fascinating characters whose lives are touched by the killings. Among the most interesting are a woman whose sexual obsessions ensnare a former police commissioner who's being groomed for higher political office, a crime novelist uncertain about his own culpability in the so-called Carpenter Killings, and a gay housecleaner whose clients keep ending up dead. This may be Block's best novel to date--it's certainly his most erotic and astonishing one, and it will keep you going until the last extraordinary page. A mesmerizing take on New York after 9/11, this solidly paced, brilliantly executed thriller deserves all the attention it will surely receive. --Jane Adams


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