Lawrence Goldtree Blochman was an American detective story writer and translator.
Lawrence Blochman was born in San Diego, California to Lucien A. Blochman, a banker, and his wife Haidee Goldtree. He began writing early. As a junior at San Diego High School, Blochman reported school sports for the San Diego Evening Tribune and, as a senior, he replaced the Tribune sports editor off to serve in World War I. Blochman then attended the University of California, Berkeley where he edited the college newspaper, the Daily Californian. In the summer he served as a police reporter for the Tribune and a courthouse reporter for the San Diego Sun. He graduated from college in 1921.
After graduation he tried to write his "way around the world," working in Tokyo for the Japan Advertiser, in Hong Kong for the South China Morning Post, the Far Eastern Review in Shanghai, The Englishman in Calcutta and the Paris edition of the Chicago Tribune. He returned to San Diego as city editor of The Sun in 1924. In 1926 he married Marguerite Maillard in Paris.
Writing as Lawrence G. Blochman, he published more than 50 books, including many mystery and detective novels, as well as several hundred short stories, novelettes and articles. Several of his stories were made into films, television and radio shows. He also translated more than a dozen books and detective stories from the French, including novels by the celebrated Belgian writer, Georges Simenon.