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Lawrence Block spends a lot of time abroad, but his characters don't often leave the Big Apple

IF LAWRENCE BLOCK HAS THE KIND of kooky fetish you might expect of a hard-boiled fiction writer who used to make ends meet writing erotica, it might be his fascination with towns named Buffalo. He's visited more than seventy-five, though he can't explain why.

"The effort of getting there is its own reward," says Block, a native of Buffalo, New York. "Being there isn't always such a much."

It's an apt parallel for Block's work. His sleight-of-hand plot resolutions, wry characterizations and whack-a-mole endings leave a stronger impression in the course of reading than in the course of memory. Still, they're fun jaunts.

Hope to Die, which is due out in October, continues the adventures of Matthew Scudder, the eX-NYPD detective turned private eye who's almost unrecognizable from the dour alcoholic he was in Block's first Scudder book twenty-five years ago. Nowadays Scudder fits crime-solving into a busy schedule of exclusive Manhattan society galas. Block's a well-to-do New Yorker, too, but he gets out of the city every chance he gets.

Block, who has written more than fifty books, is a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America, but currently he's hoping to join the Traveler's Century Club, whose members must have visited one hundred countries. …

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