The 71 tales in this indispensable volume represent the complete short fiction of one of the genre's giants....like all the best short stories, each of them, from the badger game turned murderous to the fatalistic ex-con trying vainly to go straight, seems less created than discovered, dug up from dark places and carved to gemlike brightness. Lots of suspense writers can keep you turning pages far into the night. But how many others can keep you starting story after story, popping just one more poisoned chocolate, hours after you meant to turn out the light?
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Used availability for Lawrence Block's The Collected Mystery Stories
November 1999 : UK Hardback
September 2002 : UK Paperback
November 1999 : UK Paperback
January 2011 : Australia, UK Kindle edition