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A Time to Scatter Stones

A Time to Scatter Stones

by Lawrence Block

Availability: Out of Print

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A Time to Scatter Stones Signed Limited Edition (imperfect)
A Time to Scatter Stones Trade Hardcover Edition

We’re pleased to present a brand new 29,000 word novella featuring MWA Grandmaster Lawrence Block’s most enduring creation, private eye Matthew Scudder.


Dust jacket illustration by Patrick Faricy.

We’re pleased to present a brand new 29,000 word novella featuring MWA Grandmaster Lawrence Block’s most enduring creation, private eye Matthew Scudder.

Important Note: The remaining copies of the signed limited edition are all imperfect, some with very slightly miscut pages, and other printing miscues. Copies are being sold "as is" and are not returnable.

About the Book:


More than 40 years after his debut and nearly a decade since his last appearance, one of the most renowned characters in all of crime fiction is back on the case in this major new novella by Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Lawrence Block.

Well past retirement age and feeling his years—but still staying sober one day at a time—Matthew Scudder learns that alcoholics aren’t the only ones who count the days since their last slip. Matt’s longtime partner, Elaine, tells him of a group of former sex workers who do something similar, helping each other stay out of the life. But when one young woman describes an abusive client who’s refusing to let her quit, Elaine encourages her to get help of a different sort. The sort only Scudder can deliver.

A Time to Scatter Stones offers not just a gripping crime story but also a richly drawn portrait of Block’s most famous character as he grapples with his own mortality while proving to the younger generation that he’s still got what it takes. For Scudder’s millions of fans around the world (including the many who met the character through Liam Neeson’s portrayal in the film version of A Walk Among the Tombstones), A Time to Scatter Stones is an unexpected gift—a valedictory appearance that will remind readers why Scudder is simply the best there is. 

Limited: 500 signed numbered leatherbound copies

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover copies


From Booklist (Starred Review):

“Block's unlicensed New York City investigator Matt Scudder debuted 40 years ago but has been absent for the last decade… Block has never been predictable, as this novella demonstrates… A superb book and a reminder to his longtime fans that this crime-fiction master hasn't lost his touch.”

From Publishers Weekly:

“If brevity keeps all the usual supporting characters from returning, some nice nostalgic mentions will reassure fans that they haven’t been forgotten. It’s good to see Matt back in action.”


Additional Information

Authors Block, Lawrence
Artists Faricy, Patrick
Binding Hardcover
Type Novella
Edition Limited
ISBN 978-1-59606-893-3
Year 2019
Month January
Print Status In Print
Shippable Yes
Shipping Class Ship at Once
Length 160 pages



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