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by Lawrence Block

  • ISBN: 0786703423
  • Category: Thriller & Mystery
  • Author: Lawrence Block
  • Subcategory: Mystery
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Carroll & Graf Pub (July 1, 1996)
  • Pages: 144 pages
  • FB2 size: 1313 kb
  • EPUB size: 1966 kb
  • Rating: 4.5
  • Votes: 574
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Good early Lawrence Block book. Lot's of nice twists and other great hardboiled plot elements. But though Markham was already a well-established character, YOU COULD CALL IT MURDER is a Lawrence Block novel through and through.

Good early Lawrence Block book. Nothing in these pages would feel the least out of place in his other detective novels from that same year, such as COWARD'S KISS and GRIFTER'S GAME. The story is also too racy for TV during that period, in that the whole mystery centers on pornographic photos being used for blackmail because you'd never resist," I never got the sense Block was toning himself down any.

In 1961, Lawrence Block was living in New York and earning a living writing Midcentury Erotica and crime fiction. But that left Block owing Belmont a book. He’d just sold his first book under his own name, Grifter’s Game, to Gold Medal Books. They insisted on calling it Mona, but the original title’s been restored by Hard Case Crime. You Could Call It Murder is what he wrote for them, and it turned out fairly nicely as well, but his agent sent it to Belmont all the same, where they published it as Markham: The Case of the Pornographic Photos. By the time it came out-surprise surprise-the TV series was canceled. Is everything clear?

Find sources: "Lawrence Block" – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR (November 2013) (Learn . Markham (1961) (reissued as You Could Call It Murder) - written and published as a tie-in to Markham (TV series). The Girl with the Long Green Heart (1965).

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0 0 5 Author: Lawrence Block Narrator: Peter Berkrot . A missing person case brings private eye Roy Markham to the remote winter-bound college town of Cliff's End, New Hampshire. Six pornographic photos and a tidy little blackmail scheme result in a brutal and baffling murder, and no one is safe-especially Markham himself.

Crime & mystery, Mystery/Suspense, Fiction, Fiction - Mystery/ Detective, Mystery & Detective - General, Fiction, Mystery & Detective, General, Mystery fiction, Detective and mystery stories. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Uploaded by Lotu Tii on April 20, 2012. He'd just sold his first book under his own name, Grifter's Game, to Gold Medal Books. They insisted on calling it Mona, but the original title's been restored by Hard Case Crime. Is everything clear?

Nor all your piety and wit. Can call it back to cancel half a line

Nor all your piety and wit. Can call it back to cancel half a line. Nor all your tears wash out a word of it. I had tried hard to blame myself for Estrellita Rivera, but in a certain sense it wouldnt stick. I could have done nothing, and then Henry Prager would not have wound up in a body bag. But there is a difference between murder and other crimes, and the world is a worse place for the murderers it allows to walk unpunished, as Henry Prager would have walked had I done nothing. There should have been another way. Just as the bullet should not have ricocheted into a little girls eye. And try telling all that to the moving finger. Mass was still going on when I left.

You Could Call It Murder.

Make Out with Murder. Penguin Group USA, Inc (1997). A Biography of Lawrence Block. Penguin Group USA, Inc (1997) SUMMARY: A previously published mystery follows New York City sleuth-for-hire Chip Harrison as he confronts his first case, in which five beautiful sisters-one of them a former flame-are hunted down by their wicked. One. The man was about forty or forty-five. You must cultivate sitzfleisch, Chip.

When a missing person case leads to a blackmail scheme, murder is next in line, and private eye Roy Markham can only wait for it to strike in the winterbound college town of Cliff's End, New Hampshire.
Reviews about You Could Call It Murder (7):
Vintage Lawrence Block, I liked this book. It kept my interest with the dialogue.
Great crackling lines. Block is one of the true great mystery/drama authors.
You Could Call It Murder was one of the first few books Block published under his own name rather than under a pseudonym. In case you weren't aware, Block has been writing for well over 50 years and has published way too many books to count.

This book published in 1961 was originally written as a tie-in to a tv show.

It's a mystery tale typical of the pulp era of the late fifties and early sixties. It's not filled with surprises for today's well informed reader, but it's a damn good piece of writing. It is, without qualification, well worth your time. To top it off, it is easy to read and the pages ( even virtual pages) turn very quickly in your hands.

Roy Markham is a PI. A wealthy acquaintance wants Markham to find his college age daughter who disappeared from her exclusive college in a small New England town. Solving the riddle takes Markham into the small town and involves him with scandalous photos, blackmail, mobsters, and rescuing damsels in distress.

The book was quite enjoyable to read.
YOU COULD CALL IT MURDER is an incredibly short book; it's practically a novella. My copy clocks in at a slim 168 pages, has a slightly larger than average font, and greater-than-necessary spacing between the lines. The story itself is also fairly small in scale. It's a typical noir adventure, but told with enough spark to make it a reasonably enjoyable book.
The novel is so short that it's hard to discuss anything specific about it without potentially venturing into spoiler-territory, so I'll be brief. In short, this book is filled with the usual sort of stuff pertaining to this genre. There are tough guys, fast women, lots of boozing and smoking, a shootout with the baddie, murder, and blackmail; you get the idea. None of this material is in any way original, yet the story moves quickly enough for it to be a lot of fun.
YOU COULD CALL IT MURDER is definitely not the best noir novel ever published, but, luckily, it isn't the worst either. I didn't love the book; I just found it entertaining while I was reading it. I may never read it again, but it did provide me with a quick little shot of noir, which is exactly what I wanted. It's short enough that you can read it in a single, lazy afternoon, and there are much poorer ways you could spend that afternoon. If you like this kind of thriller, then you'll probably like this "lite" version.
I was as always with LB, pulled through this story as though through a wormhole, certain that I would soon come out the other side.
Like practically everything else by Lawrence Block, I really liked this story. It is short, but for all of that it is complete. There is a good plot, credible story line and decent characters. I'd like to think of it as an interestng beginning. It is reminiscent of the noir genre. The writing is tight and crisp, and the denoument effective. I'd love to see more stories involving Ray Markham. Well, Mr. Block, how 'bout it?
The plot was okay and the story moved at a reasonable pace. The problem with this bopk is the same as all his works. Mr. Block spends to much time on the heros personal life thereby adding to many characters to the story.
Early Block. Somewhat sexist and simplistic, but the writing is good.

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