In the course of a lifetime of fiction writing, Lawrence Block has done a certain amount of nonfiction as well, and in The Crime of Our Lives he has collected the critical pieces and trips down Memory Lane that center on the field of crime fiction. Many of his recollections of colleagues appeared in Mystery Scene; others were published in American Heritage, GQ, and the Japanese edition of Playboy. Several were commissioned as introductions. All told, chapter subjects include Edward Anderson, Fredric Brown, Raymond Chandler, Mary Higgins Clark, Joseph Conrad, Ed Gorman, Dashiell Hammett, Gar Haywood, Evan Hunter, Henry Kane, Al Nussbaum, Robert B. Parker, Edgar Allan Poe, Spider Robinson, Mickey Spillane, Ross Thomas, Jim Thompson, Donald E. Westlake, and Charles Willeford. And there's a personal survey of the genre from its early days, and a recollection of his own early days at Scott Meredith's bucket shop.
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