A Ticket to the Boneyard Hardcover – Large Print, Nov 1991
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From Publishers Weekly
A call girl warns former cop Matthew Scudder that a homicidal psycho he helped convict is out of jail and seeking revenge. "The New York settings are superbly authentic, the dialogue is hip . . . and the resolution . . . is hair-raising," said PW.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
"A Smooth, Chilling Suspense Novel That Stretches Nerves Wire-Tight" -- -- Boston Herald
"Absolutely Riveting . . . Non-Stop Tension And A Finish That Will Leave You Bug-Eyed" -- -- Washington Post Book World
"This Is Primo Stuff" -- -- The New York Times Book Review --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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This book was written quite well and people. Although the descriptions of some people and some details do not help as much as other descriptions; the book does paint a good picture of the deaths. The details of how people were killed gave a nice description of how everything came together and how each event occurred in order. Like the saying "Never judge a book by its covers." It is part of what this book is like. The cover changes every once in a while yet it helps depicts what kind of story this is.Read more ›
In between trips to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, Scudder desperately tries to convince the police that Motley is a deranged killer and is responsible for a few of the latest deaths around town. Motley, however, is clever enough to provide no provable evidence for Scudder to give the police. So in the end, it looks as though it will have to come down to a man on man confrontation.
Apart from being worried about being murdered by a psychopath, Scudder is also working hard on not taking a drink. This is something he works at throughout the book and is very important to his character's development.
Scudder is a very complex character who appears to be finally getting some sort of grip on his life. Although appearing to bumble his way through some situations he is able to stand up during the important moments. This is quite a good thriller that occasionally loses momentum while attending AA meetings.
and it is arguably the best in the Scudder series.
I have read all the Scudder mysteries except for the newest
three ("A long line of dead men", "The Devil knows
you're dead" and "A walk among the tombstones).
"A Ticket to the Boneyard" would definitely be my first
choice if I had to recommend someone to read a novel
by Lawrence Block. "Boneyard" is a cross between
existentialism and "Cape Fear", and Block takes Scudder's
restlessness and edginess to the extreme, in a perfectly
defined and balanced narrative that wastes no time
and takes you on a ride through the worst of NYC
from which you cannot escape. The villain in this
novel is one of the meanest, sharpest and most
believable SOB's to be featured in literature ever.
I inhaled "A Ticket to the Boneyard" in three days,
and it would have been less had I not cared about
being fired from my job. Scudder is a blast, and
Lawrence Block is a genius.
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I was mildly entertained by Lawrence Block's "Even the Wicked." "A Walk Among the Tombstones" was gritty enough to get me to try my third Matthew Scudder: "A Ticket to the... Read morePublished on Feb. 21 2003 by nobizinfla
I read all eight sample pages of this book and was captivated immediately by the author's use of adjectives. Well done Mr. Block. Well done.
"Ticket to the Boneyard" has to be one of the best books i have ever read. This was my first book out of the Mathew Scudder series but it definitely made me want to read... Read morePublished on April 21 2002 by Alex
I liked Lawrence Block's "A Ticket to the Boneyard" right off. This was my first Matthew Scudder novel to read, and I found the character very easy to associate with. Read morePublished on Jan. 25 2002 by Robert T.
"A Ticket to the Boneyard" is the Scudder novel that reitroduces Elaine, the sensible call girl who would eventually leave the life and become his wife. Read morePublished on May 21 2001 by Brian D. Rubendall
This was another great work of crime fiction. The story is a little familiar, reminiscent of old Dirty Harry films, but this isn't just a novel about plot. Read morePublished on Nov. 17 2000 by John D. Costanzo
Like Hime Hammer, this time Scudder is a trial. He punished Motley twice and sentenced him to death finally.
Unlike Hammer, Hammer usually killed for revenge. Read more
"TICKET" CROSSES THE LINE OF THE MYSTERY NOVEL TO MAINSTREAM AS DOES ANOTHER BLOCK MASTERPIECE, "A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES". Read morePublished on Jan. 6 2000