Catch and Release

Catch and Release

"Catch & Release" appeared in and was written for STORIES, the anthology edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio. It's a very dark story with an articulate and introspective narrator, and if you don't like to spend time at the intersection of Sex and Violence, it's probably not something you'll enjoy. The lead character, as the title suggests, is a fisherman. The revi "Catch & Release" appeared in and was written for STORIES, the anthology edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio. It...

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Title:Catch and Release
Author:Lawrence Block
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Genres:Short Stories
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Nook
Number of Pages:289 pages pages

Catch and Release Reviews

  • Dan Schwent
    Sep 11, 2013
    Catch and Release is a collection of Lawrence Block's short stories. As usual, I'll attempt to comment on them as I go without revealing too much, which is difficult when it comes to short stories. A Burglar's Eye View of Greed: Bernie Rhodenbarr gives his thoughts on greed. It's a ...
  • Patrick
    Jun 12, 2017
    Like any collection of short stories this is hit or miss. The two worst were "Speaking of Greed" and "Speaking of Lust." They involve a soldier, priest, policeman, and doctor playing cards and like Caterbury Tales they each tell a story relating to greed and then lust. Greed was pretty...
  • Randy
    Sep 12, 2013
    CATCH AND RELEASE is a collection of crime stories that run the gamut of settings. We have backgrounds of golf, fishing, a couple on poker. We get serial killers, burglars, retired folks, a cop, a priest, a doctor, and a soldier. A couple I'd read in their original appearances, but ...
  • Shawn Granger
    Aug 15, 2016
    Great collection of crime short stories, Catch and Release by Lawrence Block. WARNING: A lot of the stories are told from the criminal's mind so some may find disturbing. Block is great narrating the audio version if you like to read while driving. Lawrence Block is probably better tha...
  • Ron
    Nov 22, 2013
    Block provides the reader a very varied collection tales of murder, crime, revenge, and horror with many having a twist that causes the reader to look back over the story to see what they missed. Some of the interesting stories involved a priest, policeman, soldier and doctor sitting a...
  • Richard
    Oct 21, 2013
    Well, it is not really a novel, but a number of short stories, a couple of novellas that are really one story, and a few things he had forgotten he had written including one he is not sure is his or not. The best part of the book, Story Notes, hardly more than 4 pages after the fict...
  • David Macpherson
    Oct 10, 2017
    Good collection of mostly recent short stories by Block. I like the way he writes, so I am inclined to like what he does. A lot of the stories were quite dark, but still entertaining. ...
  • Dave
    Mar 21, 2014
    I've been reading Lawrence Block since 1996, when a patron at the library suggested him. I fell in love with his Matt Scudder series, though I haven't been able to get into his other series... I enjoyed this set of short stories. The man knows how to write! ...
  • Craig Childs
    Oct 21, 2016
    Lawrence Block is known as a genre writer. Except for a handful of books on the writing life, he rarely roams far from the familiar grounds of crime and mystery. However, he is quite versatile in style and this collection showcases the breadth of what is possible within the genre. Catc...
  • Josh
    Oct 26, 2013
    I have no problem with trash, but this isn't quite the kind of trash I'd hoped for; instead of gleefully pulpy tales, most of these are either quite pedestrian (especially the insufferable poker and golf stories, and the lengthy philosophical discussions), or else they are dark and dep...
  • Blogbaas Van 'tVliegend Eiland
    Nov 16, 2013
    7/10 ...
  • Kevintipple
    Oct 10, 2013
    The latest book from author Lawrence Block titled Catch And Release: 17 Stories is an enjoyable grab bag of tales. Short tales, long tales, and a play are present here where those involved almost always offer a philosophy on life and their role in the world. As such, this is a thinking...
  • Cathi
    Jul 12, 2017
    The author's voice is so droning and one dimensional it was enough to put me to sleep. That was bad because I listened to this while driving. I'm not sure if the stories were boring or just the voice. ...
  • Andrew Smith
    Jul 08, 2014
    I'd read a scratching from Block on the back of a cereal pack, so picking up a new set of short stories from the Master of Crime was a no-brainer. I say new but I've come across some of these before, notably in a previous collection (Night and the Music) and also a book he penned in 20...
  • Veronika Červencová
    Jan 01, 2018
    Nevzru?en a nezaujat rozprvanie sriovho vraha o ,,chytan rb" pridva tejto poviedke nov rozmer hrzy. ...
  • StoryTellerShannon
    Aug 25, 2016
    I liked the the idea of these short stories and their themes but Lawrence Block as a narrator didn't work for me. :( OVERALL GRADE: C to C plus. ...
  • Jamie
    Aug 26, 2015
    Okay. I LOVE Lawrence Block, but as a general rule I don't love short stories. Not sure why. Anyway - This collection was very dark, very violent and at times uncomfortable to listen to. (Audiobook). Some were great, but most were darker than I enjoy or like. Fair warning. ...
  • EricW
    Dec 09, 2015
    I picked this one up on a whim at the public library, even though "hard-boiled crime" isn't really my genre. A few of the stories were intriguing, a few were in poor taste, and several didn't hold my interest. If this author had a collection that were all on par with the best pieces in...
  • Pj
    May 26, 2016
    Favorite stories: "Catch and Release" "Scenarios" "Without a Body" ...
  • Col
    Jan 08, 2014
    Synopsis/blurb......... The Master Returns--With Never-Before-Collected Tales of Murder and Desire One of the most highly acclaimed novelists in the crime genre, Lawrence Block is also a master of the short story, with award-winning work ranging from the macabre to the slyly comi...
  • Ester
    Feb 27, 2016
    Pure noir fiction, much so that every time anyone on the book googles something or uses a cell I got puzzled, I was waiting for Marlowe I guess :) I didn't know the author, the book came in a bundle a lot of time ago. I think I've found a new favorite. ...
  • Jim Wilson
    Oct 21, 2013
    Easy to read short mystery/crime stories. ...
  • Bad Cookie
    Oct 12, 2013
    I gave the majority of these stories 1 or 2 stars. I liked 7 out of the 17 and gave them 3 stars each. Here are some of my thoughts on some of the stories: "A Burglar's Eye View of Greed": What a tease. How the hell do you rate a story with only a couple of pages? I get that it's a ...
  • Denise
    Dec 31, 2014
    Although I generally like Lawrence Block, I really didn't like this group of short stories. First, the audio version was read by the author - bad idea. Secondly, the stories were not enjoyable - almost creepy in a way I can't quite describe but just ... creepy and not in a horror way. ...
  • Joshua
    Apr 17, 2016
    My kind of sleazy trash! This was my first experience with Lawrence Block who, as I understand, is a crime and mystery writer of no small acclaim. This volume of previously-published-but-uncollected short fiction proved to be a great introduction. I'm not sure if most of his work is mo...
  • Bruce Nieminski
    Nov 25, 2016
    8.5/10 289 pages Catch and Release is a short story collection written by Lawrence Block. 17 tapes of varying length comprise this collection with a blend of Block's hard boiled style meshing with satire and salaciousness. A nice variety: I found the most rewarding of the stories t...
  • Marceppy
    Dec 22, 2013
    I could not get into this book due to the subject and nature of killing people. Just not what I enjoy. ...
  • Natália Kováčová
    Feb 11, 2017
    Not so creepy, but worth of reading ...
  • Dave
    Jun 17, 2017
    Short story collections, even by the best authors, can range from crap to greatness. Sometimes, such collections are ego-driven collections of stuff no one would ever publish. Sometimes they are collections of an author's early work. Once in a while, a well-known author actually publis...
  • Cara's Craftsations
    Feb 03, 2018
    3.5 ...