Murder in the Family by Lawrence Block

From hard-boiled private eye to burglar-turned-sleuth, Lawrence Block can enchant all varieties of mystery lovers.

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Murder in the Family by Lawrence Block


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.12 x 8.54 x 5.53
  • Publisher: Prime Crime; (August 6, 2002)
  • ISBN: 0425183351

    From Publishers Weekly
    Despite the presence of such well-known mystery and suspense names as Lawrence Block, Mary Higgins Clark and Susan Isaacs, this uneven anthology of a dozen stories gathered loosely under the rubric of "family" is largely disappointing. Block's "A Moment of Wrong Thinking" (seemingly a Matt Scudder tale though the character isn't named) lacks the bite of most of his short fiction. Clark's "The Funniest Thing Has Been Happening Lately" is nicely written but the plot borders on the obvious. Joyce Harrington's "In the Merry Month of Mayhem" rambles for much too long. Peter Straub's strange story, "Ronald, D---!," transmogrifies a familiar fictional family of cartoon ducks into humanoid counterparts, while Justin Scott's animal tale, "Cat in Love," features a feline fatale, a mink and a terrier among its murderous suspects. Among the more successful stories are Stanley Cohen's take on a Samaritan and a prostitute, "A Girl Named Charlie," and Susan Isaacs's amusing tangle of two families, one business and a murder, "My Cousin Rachel's Uncle Murray." Warren Murphy manages a clever twist on a frustrated son's care of his elderly mother in "Motherly Love." A stronger editorial hand-no editor is credited-might have helped, but fans whose expectations aren't too high should welcome favorite authors as well as the chance to sample new ones. (Aug. 6)to the Adams Round Table, a group of mystery writers founded by Mary Higgins Clark and the late Thomas Chastain, which meets once a month at a midtown Manhattan restaurant.
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    Book Description
    A dozen of today's masters of mystery and suspense present an all-original anthology of compelling, provocative stories, revealing that the families that play together sometimes slay together.

    Featuring stories by:
    LAWRENCE BLOCK * MARY HIGGINS CLARK * STANLEY COHEN * DOROTHY SALISBURY DAVIS * MICKEY FRIEDMAN * JOYCE HARRINGTON * SUSAN ISAACS * JUDITH KELMAN * WARREN MURPHY * JUSTIN SCOTT * PETER STRAUB * WHITLEY STRIEBER


    Reader Reviews
    1 of 5 people found the following review helpful: New presentations that have not seen print elsewhere, October 7, 2002 Reviewer: Midwest Book Review from Oregon, WI USA Lawrence Block, et.al.'s Murder In The Family packs in high-profile mystery writers whose new presentations have not seen print elsewhere. Mary Higgins Clark probes a father's motivation for revenge, Susan Isaacs presents a chilling portrait of a family which should not be in business, and Dorothy Davis tells of a letter which transforms lives in this excellent collection.

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