Like a Lamb to Slaughter

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HarperCollins, Sep 1, 1996 - Fiction - 254 pages

They are poor little lambs who have lost their way: a murderous madman feigning madness; a beautiful woman, dangerous to look at and lethal to touch; a shy little boy quietly testing his newfound power to destroy. In this ingenious collection, multiple award-winning mystery author Lawrence Block leads us into dark, unprotected fields, where human sheep gather in terror of predatory wolves. And we follow willingly-through a hayseed's bloody mid-life crisis, into the explosive heart of a vengeful CPA:s account-balancing...and onto the streets with p.i. Matthew Scudder, as he spends an inheritance from a baglady to hunt down the old woman's killer.

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User Review  - Kirkus

Most of Block's better—and funnier—short stories were collected in Sometimes They Bite. This second gathering, with 18 stories originally printed in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine and elsewhere ... Read full review

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User Review  - ffortsa - LibraryThing

A collection of short stories by Lawrence Block, not his usual crew of protagonists, but solo and sometimes quite creepy stand-alone stories. One of them seems to be a possible source for the movie Basic Instinct, all a rather macabre and outside the law. Read full review

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About the author (1996)

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.

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