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Lawrence Block (1938) is an American crime writer best known for two long-running New York–set series, about the recovering alcoholic ‘P.I. Matthew Scudder’ and ‘gentleman burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr’, respectively. Block was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America in 1994.
Block also published under several pseudonyms, including: Chip Harrison (novels about main character Chip Harrison), Paul Kavanagh, and Lee Duncan.
On two novels his pseudonym Sheldon Lord collaboration with Alan Marshall (a pseudonym of Donald Edwin Westlake). These books were credited to ‘Sheldon Lord and Alan Marshall’: ‘A Girl Called Honey’ was dedicated to Westlake and Block, and ‘So Willing’, dedicated to ‘Nedra and Loretta’, at that time Westlake and Block's wives. For their third collaboration Sheldon Lord and Alan Marshall used the name, Andrew Shaw, a pseudonym frequently used by Richard Stark, but also shared by other writers. Stark explains: ‘The publishers would either pay more for the names they already knew or would only buy from (those) name. It became common practice for several of us to loan our names to friends. Before the end of 1961 six other people, friends of mine, published books as Alan Marshall, with my permission but without the publishers' knowledge.’
‘Lawrence Block’, Wikipedia, retrieved 14 October 2013
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