Telling Lies for Fun & Profit

Author: Lawrence Block

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 006175529X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

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Characters refusing to talk? Plot plodding along? Where do good ideas come from anyway? In this wonderfully practical volume, two-time Edgar Award-winning novelist Lawrence Block takes an inside look at writing as a craft and as a career. From studying the market, to mastering self-discipline and "creative procrastination," through coping with rejections, Telling Lies for Fun & Profit is an invaluable sourcebook of information. It is a must read for anyone serious about writing or understanding how the process works.

Lawrence Block on Writing, Three Volumes in One

Writing the Novel, The Liar's Bible, and The Liar's Companion

Author: Lawrence Block

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1480465674

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 724

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A special three-in-one edition of four-time Edgar Award winner Lawrence Block’s definitive collections on the art of writing fiction: Writing the Novel, The Liar’s Bible, and The Liar’s Companion In Writing the Novel, Lawrence Block, the crown prince of suspense writing,offers neither tricks nor formulas, but straightforward advice based on the experience that comes with publishing more than one hundred books. He explains how to refine an idea, how to study one’s chosen genre, and how to use the novel’s expansive form to find one’s particular voice. And he tells it all in the easy, immediate style that has made his own work so successful. The Liar’s Bible collects, for the first time, ten years’ worth of Block’s writing expertise as originally published in his monthly column for Writer’s Digest. Each essay illuminates the tricks of the authorial trade, from creating vibrant characters and generating seamless plots, to conquering writer’s block and experimenting with self-publishing. Filled with wit and insight, this is a must-read for experts, amateurs, and anyone interested in learning to craft great fiction from one of the field’s modern masters. And in The Liar’s Companion, more of Lawrence Block’s hard-won wisdom from his monthly column in Writer’s Digest is brought together in one enlightening collection, covering such topics as creating a fresh story, delivering a powerful ending, adapting books for the screen, and deciding when to make the switch to full-time writer.

A Drop of the Hard Stuff

Author: Lawrence Block

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1409124835

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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Detective Matt Scudder is on the trail of a killer - but solving the case might be his undoing... Matt Scudder and Jack Ellery were at school together but never exactly friends. Twenty years later, when Scudder was a detective and Jack was standing on the other side of the one-way glass in a police line-up, it was clear their lives had taken very different paths. What they shared, however, was a battle with alcohol. Now Jack is on the ninth step of the AA program and it's time to make amends to the people he's wronged over the years because of his addiction. But when he ends up shot in the head, and it's clear that stirring up the past was not such a good idea, it's up to Scudder to find the killer.

The Inscribed List, or, Why Librarians Are Crazy

Hilarious Real Names of Real People from Library Catalogs

Author: Eric v.d. Luft

Publisher: Gegensatz Press

ISBN: 1933237457

Category: Humor

Page: N.A

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What do Ludwig von Baldass, Theodore Rolly Ball, John Cawte Beaglehole, Guido van Deth, Fulvia de Cunto Fadigas, Dingle Foot, Rev. Daniel Parish Kidder, Thomas Strangeways Pigg-Strangeways, Franciscus Petrus Hubertus Prick van Wely, Walter Lytle Pyle, Hendrik Peter Godfried Quack, Lazar Shitnitzky, Elephant Smith, Preserved Smith, Increase Niles Tarbox, and over 2000 others have in common? They are all real names of real people. They are all verified entries in library catalogs. They are all on The Inscribed List.

The Liar's Companion

A Field Guide for Fiction Writers

Author: Lawrence Block

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1453212280

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 110

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A must-have collection of essays on the art and craft of fiction from Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Lawrence Block For ten years, New York Times bestselling crime novelist Lawrence Block drew on the hard-won wisdom he gained creating over one hundred books to write a monthly column for Writer’s Digest. Collected here for the first time are writings that illuminate the tricks of the authorial trade, from creating a fresh story and delivering a powerful ending, to adapting books for the screen and deciding when to make the switch to fulltime writer. Filled with wit and insight, The Liar’s Companion is a must-read for experts, amateurs, and anyone interested in learning to craft great fiction from one of the field’s modern masters. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Lawrence Block, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.

Spider, Spin Me A Web

A Handbook For Fiction Writers

Author: Lawrence Block

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061861847

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 264

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The craft of writing is a lot like spinning a web: You take threads and weave them skillfully together, and only you know where this intricate network of twists and turns begin and how it will end. Now, with Lawrence Bloock's expert advice, you can learn this art of entrapping your reader in a maze of facinating fiction. Spider, Spin Me a Web is the perfect companion volume to Block's previous book on writing, Telling Lies for Fun and Profit, which Sue Grafton noted "should be a permanent part of every writer's library." As helpful and supportive as always, Block shares what he's learned over the course of writing over one hundred published books: techniques to help you to write a solid piece of fiction; strategies for getting a reader (or editor) to reaad—and buy—your book; ideas for increasing your creativity and developing an environment that will nourish you and your craft. Spider, Spin Me a Web is a complete guide to achieving your full potential as awriter.

Hit Me

Author: Lawrence Block

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 140912486X

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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The explosive fifth book in the Keller series from the master of classic American crime. Keller thought he was done killing people for money. He has a new name, a new wife, a new career, and a baby on the way. But old habits die hard. Business is bad and a phone call is all it takes to draw him back into the old game. This time, his work takes him to Dallas, to settle a domestic dispute; to Florida, where he joins a government witness on a cruise; to Wyoming, where a house has burned down; and to New York, where he lived for so many years. And where people might remember him...

Tausend kleine Lügen

Roman

Author: Liane Moriarty

Publisher: BASTEI LÜBBE

ISBN: 3732514781

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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Jane flieht vor ihrer Vergangenheit. Sie hat es seit der Geburt ihres Sohnes vor fünf Jahren nirgendwo länger ausgehalten. Nun ist sie im idyllischen australischen Küstenstädtchen Pirriwee gestrandet und hat das Gefühl, endlich angekommen zu sein. Schnell schließt sie Freundschaft mit der lebhaften Madeline und der wunderschönen Celeste. Doch plötzlich geraten die drei Frauen in den Strudel von dunklen Geheimnissen, Lügen und Intrigen. Als dann bei einem Elternschulfest ein Mann tödlich verunglückt, stellt sich die Frage: War es ein Unfall oder Mord?

Alive in Shape and Color: 17 Paintings by Great Artists and the Stories They Inspired

Author: Lawrence Block

Publisher: Pegasus Books

ISBN: 168177609X

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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In his brilliant follow-up to In Sunlight or In Shadow, Lawrence Block has gathered together the best talent from popular fiction to produce an anthology as inventive as it is alluring, including Joyce Carol Oates, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, David Morrell, and Jeffery Deaver. Even before Lawrence Block could rest on his laurels from In Sunlight or In Shadow, a question arose. What would he do for an encore? Any number of artists have produced evocative work, paintings that could trigger a literary response. But none came to mind who could equal Hopper in turning out canvas after canvas. If no single artist could take Hopper’s place, how about a full palette of them? Suppose each author was invited to select a painting from the whole panoply of visual art—From the cave drawings at Lascaux to a contemporary abstract canvas on which the paint has barely dried. And what a dazzling response! Joyce Carol Oates picked Le Beaux Jours by Balthus. Warren Moore chose Salvador Dali’s The Pharmacist of Ampurdam Seeking Absolutely Nothing. Michael Connelly, who sent Harry Bosch to Chicago for a close look at Nighthawks, has a go at The Garden of Earthly Delights by Harry’s namesake Hieronymous Bosch. S. J. Rozan finds a story in Hokusai’s The Great Wave, while Jeffery Deaver’s "A Significant Find” draws its inspiration from—yes—those prehistoric cave drawings at Lascaux. And Kristine Kathryn Rusch moves from painting to sculpture and selects Rodin. In artists ranging from Art Frahm and Norman Rockwell to René Magritte and Clifford Still, the impressive concept goes on to include Thomas Pluck, Sarah Weinman, David Morrell, Craig Ferguson, Joe R. Lansdale, Jill D. Block, Justin Scott, Jonathan Santlofer, Gail Levin, Nicholas Christopher, and Lee Child, with each story accompanied in color by the work of art that inspired it.

Drei Am Haken

Author: Lawrence Block

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781537402284

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Page: 200

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Der Spitzel und Kleingauner Jake »Schnipser« Jablon macht sich eine Menge neuer Feinde, als er die Laufbahn wechselt und von Informant auf Erpresser umsattelt. Früher oder später, vermutet er, wird einer seiner neuen Kunden handgreiflich werden, und wen wird das kümmern?Er sitzt an einem Tisch mit Matthew Scudder, schnipst einen Silberdollar an und lässt ihn auf dem Tisch kreiseln. Schließlich ist das die Gewohnheit, die ihm seinen Spitznamen eingebracht hat. Dann heuert er Scudder an, einen Mord aufzuklären, der sich noch nicht ereignet hat.Niemand ist sonderlich überrascht, als Schnipser mit eingeschlagenem Schädel im East River treibend gefunden wird. Noch schlimmer: Es kümmert niemanden - außer Matthew Scudder. Der Ex-Cop und Privatdetektiv ist kein pflichtversessener Racheengel. Aber er ist willig, Leib und Leben zu riskieren, um Schnipsers mörderisch-aggressive Kunden zur Rede zu stellen. Schließlich ist ein Job ein Job - und Scudder wurde bezahlt, einen Mörder zu finden. Bezahlt vom Opfer ... im Voraus.»Drei am Haken« ist die deutsche Neuübersetzung des zweiten Romans mit Lawrence Blocks charismatischster Figur, Matthew Scudder. Von Daseinsangst geplagt, hat Scudder Frau und Kinder verlassen und den Polizeidienst quittiert. Nun lebt er allein in einem Hotel im New Yorker Stadtteil Hell's Kitchen und ernährt sich von Bourbon und Kaffee in der Kneipe von Jimmy Armstrong um die Ecke. Das Geld, das er zum Leben braucht, verdient er sich als Privatdetektiv ohne Lizenz, indem er, wie er es ausdrückt, »Freunden Gefälligkeiten erweist«.Schnipser Jablon war nicht unbedingt ein Freund, und es ist zu spät, ihm einen Gefallen zu erweisen. Aber Scudder war schon immer ein Mann, der tut, was getan werden muss ...

Größer als das Amt

Auf der Suche nach der Wahrheit - der Ex-FBI-Direktor klagt an

Author: James Comey

Publisher: Droemer eBook

ISBN: 342645422X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

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Die Erinnerungen von Ex-FBI-Chef James B. Comey sind aktuell, brisant und spannend wie ein Krimi. 2017 von Präsident Trump gefeuert, schreibt Comey einen fesselnden Insider-Bericht über politische Machenschaften und das von Donald Trump korrumpierte System. Ein Sachbuch wie ein Kriminalroman der Extraklasse: James Comeys brisante Erinnerungen an die vergangenen 20 Jahre im Zentrum der Macht zeigen ihn als unbeugsamen Ermittler, der gegen die Mafia, gegen CIA-Folter und NSA-Überwachung, und zuletzt im Wahlkampf 2016 gegen Hillary Clintons Umgang mit dienstlichen Emails und Donald Trumps Russland-Verbindungen vorgegangen ist. Der Weg des parteilosen New Yorker Vorzeigejuristen gleicht einer politischen Achterbahnfahrt: stellvertretender Justizminister unter George W. Bush, zum FBI-Direktor ernannt von Barack Obama und gefeuert von Donald Trump wegen angeblicher Illoyalität. Sein Buch ist ein eindrückliches Lehrstück über den aufrechten Gang in einer verantwortungslosen Regierung.

The Twisted Ones

Author: Lawrence Block

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781534731646

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Page: 184

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You might be surprised to learn that back in 1961 Nightstand Books published an inquiry into the heartbreak of scoliosis, but-oh, hang on a minute. You say the title refers to characters who are not spinally but psychosexually bent? Oh. Well, never mind. Dave and Nancy Grantland look for all the world like happy couple leading a comfortable suburban lifestyle. And Lucy King, the regular babysitter for the Gavilans next door, looks for all the world like a normal teenager. But Dave's lost interest in sex with his wife, as he increasingly becomes obsessed with the desire for a much younger partner. Not a Lolita, exactly, but someone a few years under the age of consent. And Nancy's recalling her college days as what we've since learned to call a LUG. (That's Lesbian Until Graduation. But you knew that, right?) And Lucy's ready for sexual experience, but with whom? Someone more knowledgable than her oafish boyfriend? Dave finds a cafe in the West 20s where a man named Hassan can supply anything he wants. Nancy finds a job working for a woman named Bobbie, who can supply anything she wants. Lucy finds a man who'll teach her what she wants to learn-and what she doesn't. Can you see where this is going? Well, along the way you'll get to look over Dave's shoulder as he watches a pornographic movie, courtesy of Hassan. I'm not sure which book was the first in which I employed this device, but the editors at Nightstand thought it was a great way to spice up the books, and I was encouraged to include such scenarios in future books. Well, you know, you didn't have to tell me twice... A Google search advises me that in 1959, two years before this book appeared, Gold Medal published Marijane Meaker's suspense novel, The Twisted Ones, under her pen name of Vin Packer. My guess is that it's a better book than mine, but who's to say you won't enjoy them both?"

Secrets

Author: Jo Ann Lordahl

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595364853

Category: Fiction

Page: 160

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In this first of a trilogy, "Secrets," Antonia learns through her relationships with four men to become a woman. The secrets of her loveless Alabama childhood help us understand the romantically-driven, searching-for-love adult woman. Antonia is secretly in love with, and grieving for, the now dead Catlin (Catlin is based on James Jones, author of "From Here to Eternity"). Antonia is separated from her deceitful husband, John; unexpectedly, she found him in her bed with another woman. "Secrets," To add to love entanglements, Antonia now lives with Vic, the wild motorcycle rider she met the night John cheated. Icy John and his developing alcoholism drove Antonia away; his unfaithfulness was only a bitter ending. And always, Antonia grows through her experiences, secrets and too late love for Catlin. She finds herself described in his final book. Antonia buys a small house in Louisiana and when carefree, heedless Vic becomes erratic, Antonia chooses, regretfully to be sure, to tell Vic goodbye. From the black and white biblical bleakness of the beginning, this brave and wounded long-ago girl is now grown up. Antonia decides to own herself and her life. No more secrets.

College for Sinners

Author: Lawrence Block

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781534638846

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Page: 192

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Young David Forrester is a sex-obsessed freshman student at Upper Manhattan's Columbia University, although the institution remains unnamed in the book. An upperclassman shepherds him through the loss his virginity, then steers him into a club of libertines. And, you know, one thing leads to another. But as far as I'm concerned, the most striking aspect of COLLEGE FOR SINNERS is that it seems to have been the occasion for some unwitting plagiarism on my part. The dramatist Moliere has a character who's astonished, and not half-chuffed, to discover that all his life he's been speaking prose. Well, I'm every bit as surprised by this revelation, if less delighted with myself for it. Here's the story: Not too long ago some idle surfing, possibly prompted by a Talkwalker alert, led me to a site on which a blogger took me to task for having plagiarized CAMPUS LOVE CLUB, by David Challon. The novel he names was published in 1959, a year before COLLEGE FOR SINNERS, and evidently told much the same story; it too was set at Columbia, called Metropolitan University in Challon's novel. And there's a horny young innocent like our David Forrester, and a suave upperclassman, and a club of undergraduate perverts in training. And, duh, one thing leads to another. Now in the ordinary course of things I'd have written this off as coincidence, and a fairly commonplace coincidence at that. But here's the thing-I happen to know that I actually did read CAMPUS LOVE CLUB. I remember the byline, David Challon, and remember having learned that the actual author was the prolific and talented Robert Silverberg. I recall reading it, and I recall thinking that it was good of its kind, and then from that day to this I don't believe I ever gave it another thought. The book I read was published by Bee-Line Books, and the fifty cents I paid for it was more than its author ever saw from the bastards; a bit of surfing shows that Bee-Line failed to pay Silverberg for it, and so a couple of years later he sold it to Midwood, where it was published under another of his pen names, Loren Beauchamp. In the interim COLLEGE FOR SINNERS was published by Nightstand Books under my pen name, Andrew Shaw. If I thought I was plagiarizing anyone, it was neither Mr. Challon nor Mr. Silverberg. (Mr. Beauchamp was not yet in the picture.) My conscious model for COLLEGE FOR SINNERS, to the limited extent that I had one, was an earlier book called HIGH SCHOOL SEX CLUB. . .by a chap who was calling himself Andrew Shaw. Indeed. Decades after all of this happened, Bob Silverberg and I finally met and became friends, and in fact presented a joint program at a Bay Area library in 2011, talking about our early days of laboring in the Midwood/Nightstand vineyard. (And a wonderful evening it turned out to be. Go to YouTube, search for "Lawrence Block Robert Silverberg Lust Lords"-and enjoy.) Did I steal anything from Bob's book? Not consciously, certainly. It was natural enough for me to pick Columbia as a setting, as I'd spent a semester taking courses at that institution's School of General Studies during my year at Scott Meredith. Beyond that, I never deliberately followed any plotline, my own or another's, when I was writing one of these books. I wrote a chapter, and whatever happened in it led me to the next chapter, and so on. Which, now that I think about it, is pretty much the way I've led my life. Is that enough about COLLEGE FOR SINNERS? I think it had better be. . .

The Adulterers

Author: Lawrence Block

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781534711518

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Page: 182

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Ah, yes. THE ADULTERATORS, the thrilling account of a couple of desperadoes whose violation of the Pure Food and Drug Act brought a nauseated nation to its knees, and- Oh, it's THE ADULTERERS? Oh. Well, never mind. THE ADULTERERS was my second effort for Bill Hamling's Nightstand Books. Like its predecessor, CAMPUS TRAMP, its cover was the work of Harold W. McCauley. I wrote the book in the fall of 1959, and it's not hard to find its beginning in my own life a little over a year earlier. In May of 1958 I left the employ of Scott Meredith and went home to Buffalo, where I wrote my first novel, STRANGE ARE THE WAYS OF LOVE. Then, with my friend and Antioch roommate Steve Schwerner, I headed to Mexico to devote two months to rest and recreation before returning for another year at the college. We flew to Houston, hitchhiked to Laredo-and that last empty stretch of road from Freer to Laredo, where the book begins, bas not faded from memory. We were a long time waiting for a ride, and learned later it was because nobody wanted to pick up a hitchhiker on that stretch of highway; if you did and he put you out of the car, you'd die out there. Well, the guys who picked us up weren't worried. They were Tex-Mex gangsters in a block-long Caddy, and the car's welcome A/C was cool, but they were way cooler. THE ADULTERERS features George and Mona Sutton, a sexually incompatible couple on their way to a Mexican divorce. But they meet a helpful guide named Ernesto, and that changes everything. Now Steve and I had met an Ernesto of our own, and he was helpful enough to steer us to some pot, but this Ernesto took George to a live sex show, and it made an impression on the fellow. And, not too long afterward, Mona drank enough rum and Coca-Cola to float a light cruiser, and wound up as the sex slave of El Tigre, who might have been a narco-trafficker if the career category had existed back then. So it's a story of evolving depravity. And it's dedicated, you'll note, to Steve and Letitia. You already know who Steve is. Letitia was a young woman at work in one of the establishments we visited, and he became quite fond of her. But, you know, those summer romances never work out...

21 Gay Street

Author: Lawrence Block

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781533523440

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Page: 184

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When Joyce Kendall arrives in New York, fresh out of Clifton College in Iowa, she has a job and an apartment waiting for her. The job's as a first reader for Armageddon Publications. The apartment's at 21 Gay Street, and the small Federal-period house is already home to a lesbian couple, Jean Fitzgerald and Terri Leigh, and an out-of-work newspaperman, Pete Galton. The relationships of these four people under one roof add up to a fast-paced story that is not only satisfying fiction but a rare window on Bohemian life in the late 1950s. A drug-fueled rent-party-turned-orgy at the apartment of one Fred Koans is just link to a world some older readers may recall. Gay Street, in the heart of Greenwich Village, runs for only a single block between Christopher Street and Waverly Place. The 1943 movie A Night to Remember portrays 13 Gay Street as the address of the building where most of the action, including a murder, occurs. In 1996, Sheryl Crow made a video on Gay Street for the song "A Change Would Do You Good." 21 Gay Street, a very early Lawrence Block novel, was originally published under the pen name Sheldon Lord. It was never reprinted after its initial publication in 1960, and this marks its first appearance in 56 years. As such, it seems an ideal choice to lead off Lawrence Block's Collection of Classic Erotica, and the book's original cover, with a painting by the great Paul Rader, is reproduced here.

Community of Women

Author: Lawrence Block

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781533699046

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Page: 168

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Sheldon Lord began his career with CARLA (#5 in the Collection of Classic Erotica), published by Harry Shorten's Midwood Books in 1958. Just about a year later he wrote CAMPUS TRAMP (CCL #7) for William Hamling's Nightstand Books, for whom he'd morphed into Andrew Shaw. And young Mr. Lord's first book for yet a third publisher, Beacon, was APRIL NORTH (CCL #4). Each publisher wanted more from the guy. Beacon's request for a second book was remarkably specific. They had a title in mind-COMMUNITY OF WOMEN-and a theme. Their notion was that no end of interesting and attractive couples lived in the suburbs, and five mornings a week virtually all of the husbands rode into Manhattan on the train, while their wives remained to do presumably wifely things at home. So during daytime hours, Monday through Friday, all of these wives constituted a...Community of Women. Which would make it a hotbed of, um, hot stuff. Duh. Well, it was an okay premise. I remember the occasion when it was delivered to me. I was in Buffalo, my ancestral home, on a brief visit. My agent called and recounted what Beacon had asked for. (That agent believed in keeping writers and publishers far apart. I did meet Harry Shorten once, at Harry's insistence, but never had any direct contact with anyone at Nightstand or Beacon.) "They need this as soon as possible," he added. I fell for this, of course. I always did. About a year earlier I was living on West 69th Street when the same agent told me that Monarch Books had an unfinished novel, the first chapters and outline of which had been written by William Ard, who'd died at what even then seemed like an impossibly young age. (Looking back, I can't avoid the thought that the one thing poor Bill Ard got out of his early death was that he didn't have to finish that goddam book.) So my job was to complete the book, which would put a few dollars in my pocket and a few more in the near-empty purse of Ard's widow. "And they need it right away..." Well, the hell they did. But I bought the notion, moved into a hotel on the corner of Broadway and 69th. I went there every morning and went home every night, and i finished that awful book. Are might have made something of it, he was a pretty good writer, but all I can say for myself is the book got written, and published. And it's not as though Monarch was holding the press for it. They published it whenever they got around to it. Same with Beacon and COMMUNITY OF WOMEN. Nobody there was holding his breath. But I believed what I was told, so I wrote it right there, sitting at a card table in the front room of my mother's house on Starin Avenue. I didn't know much about life in the suburbs, or about people who went to an office every morning and came home every night, but it wasn't hard to come up with characters and find ways for them to interact with one another. If I recall correctly (and how often does that happen?) it took me four or five days. I guess Beacon liked it well enough. They wanted more, and published several more of Sheldon Lord's efforts. And then, when they wanted still more and I had neither time nor inclination to write them, my agent suggested we find writers to ghost the books under Sheldon Lord's name; I'd receive a fee off the top for my involvement, with the balance to go to the actual writers. Consequently there are more than a few Sheldon Lord titles-specifically most of the ones for Beacon-which I neither wrote nor read. And so I've spared you a summary of COMMUNITY OF WOMEN, and gotten off the hook instead by taking this little trip down Memory Lane. It is, after all, one of my favorite thoroughfares, not without potholes and sharp turns, and sometimes confused with the Boulevard of Broken Dreams...