Martin Ehrengraf

Created by Lawrence Block (1938 --)

"All my clients are innocent. That's what makes my work so gratifying. That and the fees, of course."

-- "The Ehrengraf Affirmation"

Even folks who hate lawyers should like Lawrence Block's short story series character MARTIN EHRENGRAF.

Although this precise, polite little man may confirm every single one of their worst fears about lawyers. you see, Ehrengraf believes every single one of his clients is innocent, and so prepares a defence that definitely, defiantly proves it, using every trick, clean, dirty and filthy, in the book.

And if he can avoid even a trial, that's even better. As Martin says, "I don't much care for the whole idea of leaving a man's fate in the hands of twelve people, not one of them clever enough to get out of jury duty."


  • "The Ehrengraf Defense" (February 1978, EQMM; aka "The Ehrengraf Method")
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  • "The Ehrengraf Presumption" (May 1978, EQMM)
  • "The Ehrengraf Experience" (August 1978, EQMM)
  • "The Ehrengraf Appointment" (December 1978, Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine)
  • "The Ehrengraf Riposte" (December 1978, EQMM)
  • "The Ehrengraf Obligation" (March 1979, EQMM)
  • "The Ehrengraf Alternative" (September 1982, EQMM)
  • "The Ehrengraf Nostrum" (May 1984, EQMM)
  • "The Ehrengraf Affirmation" (March 1997, EQMM)
  • "The Ehrengraf Reverse" (2012).. Kindle it!
  • "The Ehrengraf Settlement" (2015, Buffalo Noir)
  • "The Ehrengraf Fandango" (January 2016, digital).. Kindle it!



The official site, full of vital info about the author, his books, his short stories, his newsletter, his upcoming projects, his seemingly endless book tour and everything else. And you can also buy autographed copies here (credit cards gleefully accepted). Although, you know what they say -- the rare Block is the unsigned copy.

Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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