Written by:
Lawrence Block

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
February 2022
10 hours 29 minutes

What leads one person to collect stamps and another coins, one fine art and another butterflies? Who can say? But one thing is certain: those who've got the collecting bug care passionately-sometimes violently-about the objects of their obsession. No one covets like a collector; and as you will find in the pages of this brand new anthology from MWA Grand Master Lawrence Block, a truly dedicated collector will ignore the other nine commandments, too, in his quest for his personal Holy Grail.

From Joyce Carol Oates's tale of the ultimate Marilyn Monroe collectible to Dennis Lehane's bookseller with a penchant for other people's tragic correspondence, from Lee Goldberg's Hollywood hustler with a collection of unaired TV shows to Joe R. Lansdale's stylish foray into noir, culminating in Lawrence Block's own classic story of a killer with a unique approach to choosing his victims, Collectibles illustrates the range of the collecting impulse and the lengths people will go to in their hunger to possess the perfect piece.
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Table of contents… Lawrence Block – The Elephant in the Living Room (An Introduction) Junior Burke – The Evan Price Signature Model S. A. Cosby – Blue Book Value … From Otto Penzler’s Mysterious Obsession: Introduction Janice Eidus – A Collection of Friends Lee Goldberg – Lost Shows Rob Hart – Bar Wall Panda Elaine Kagan – God Bless America … From Otto Penzler’s Mysterious Obsession: Memoires de Vidocq Francoise-Eugene Vidocq Kasey Lansdale – Resonator Joe R. Lansdale – The Skull Collector Dennis Lehane – A Bostonian (in Cambridge) Joyce Carol Oates – Miss Golden Dreams 1949 ... From Otto Penzler’s Mysterious Obsession: Lingo Dan Percival Pollard Thomas Pluck – The Green Manalishi with the Two-Pronged Crown David Rachels – Devil Sent the Rain Blues (PM 13040) S. J. Rozan - Chin Yong-Yun Meets a Mongol Kristine Kathryn Rusch - The Demise of Snot Rocket … From Otto Penzler’s Mysterious Obsession: Red Harvest and The Maltese Falcon Dashiell Hammett Alex Segura – First Appearance Lawrence Block – Collecting Ackermans About Our Contributors About Lawrence Block A Block essay, sixteen short stories and some pieces from Otto Penzler on books and collecting. I'm a bit of a collector/hoarder myself so I could very easily relate to the stories, although some of the items were a little bit far out for me. In my fifty plus years on the planet, I've variously collected badges, football programmes, coins, cigarette cards, stamps, first day covers and now just books, though I'm endeavouring to curb that particularly nasty habit. A few months on memories have faded on some of them. Ok most of them. Lee Goldberg's story sticks in the mind, as does S. A. Cosby's. Ditto Lawrence Block's. I don't think I loved them all, but that's to be expected. I've encountered some of the authors before and was happy to make the acquaintance of some new guys and gals. Entertained, satisfied, happy??? Yes, yes, yes. It's a collection I'll listen to again in another year or so's time. 4.5 stars from 5 Read – (listened to) March, 2022 Published – 2021 Page count – 300 (10 hrs 29 mins) Source – review copy from author Format – Audible

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