The Burglar Who Met Frederic Brown AND The Autobiography of Matthew Scudder

Lawrence Block

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The Burglar Who Met Frederic Brown

Dust jacket illustration by Chuck Pyle.

Subterranean Press is pleased to announce the first world hardcover edition of an unexpected gift from Lawrence Block, The Burglar Who Met Fredric Brown.


Bernie Rhodenbarr may be New York’s most charming bookseller (by day) and its most skillful burglar (by night), but the modern world isn’t kind to either of his vocations. How is a bookseller supposed to make ends meet in a world where Amazon will deliver any title right to your doorstep? And how is a burglar to ply his trade in a city filled with security cameras and unpickable electronic locks? 

The answer, as Bernie will discover in the pages of this wildly imaginative new novel—the twelfth in MWA Grandmaster Lawrence Block’s acclaimed series, and the first in nearly a decade—is that the world can sometimes change in the most unexpected ways. Tempted to steal a priceless diamond from the penthouse apartment of a swinish entrepreneur, Bernie goes out drinking with his best friend Carolyn instead. But when he wakes up with something much stranger than a hangover, he realizes he’s got the opportunity of a lifetime if only he can figure out what to do with it. 

Taking inspiration from the mind-bending works of one of Bernie’s favorite authors (and one of Block’s), The Burglar Who Met Fredric Brown throws Bernie into unfamiliar territory while keeping him squarely on the streets of the city he loves, and if that seems impossible to you, well—maybe that’s because impossible is exactly what it is… 


The Autobiography of Matthew Scudder

Subterranean Presspleased to announce the first world hardcover edition of an unexpected gift from Lawrence Block, The Autobiography of Matthew Scudder.


Matthew Scudder. Ex-cop. Private detective. Alcoholic.

Since 1976, Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Lawrence Block has chronicled the life of Matthew Scudder in 17 extraordinary novels that represent one of the greatest contributions of the past century to the literature of crime. Block has received numerous awards for his Scudder stories, including six Edgar Awards, two Anthony Awards, and no less than 11 Shamus Awards. Scudder has also made it to the silver screen twice, played by Jeff Bridges in 8 Million Ways to Die (1986) and by Liam Neeson in A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014).

But we have never gotten to hear Scudder’s story told in the man’s own words—until now.

The Autobiography of Matthew Scudder takes us back to the very beginning, long before the books began, and gives us our first glimpse of Scudder’s childhood, his family tragedies, his upbringing; and a powerful new perspective on how he first got drawn to police work and how, eventually, painfully, he left it. Even longtime readers who think they know Scudder’s story will be startled by how much they don’t know—and powerfully moved as the aging Scudder reflects on his life from the vantage point of a man drawing ever nearer to the end.

A sobering new installment in the Scudder saga, The Autobiography of Matthew Scudder offers at once a beautiful coda and a fresh beginning, and will remind you just how incomparable a creation Matthew Scudder truly is.

Limited: Each title is limited to 750 signed numbered hardcovers and we are selling them as a matching #'d set.

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