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A Ticket to the Boneyard [Large Print] [Hardcover]

Lawrence Block
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November 1991 Curley Large Print Books

Twelve years ago, Matthew Scudder lied to a jury to put James Leo Motley behind bars. Now the ingenious psychopath is free. And the alcoholic ex-cop-turned-p.i. must pay dearly for his sins. Friends and former lovers -- even strangers unfortunate enough to share Scudder's name -- are turning up dead. Because a vengeful maniac is determined not to rest until he's driven his nemesis back to the bottle...and then to the boneyard.

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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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3.0 out of 5 stars A Ticket to the Boneyard Oct. 11 2002
By Olivia
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In A Ticket to the Boneyard Matthew Scudder is a former New York detective who left because he had a drinking problem. He is involved with a hooker called Elaine. They get into some trouble because of a man Elaine was involved with, James Leo Motley. Parts of the book explain the problems and results in drinking. It also describes the difficulty the main character, Matt, deals with the problem of drinking. Motley was not a normal customer of Elaine; he was new but caused trouble. The story starts out telling the life story about Matt and how he got involved with the hooker, Elaine and the man she was in trouble with. Then it goes to tell how Motley was put in jail, but before he can go he vows to revenge the man who puts him in jail. Motley was in for a number of years and yet he still remembers his vow. His vengeance toward the man who put him into jail encourages him to harm innocent people. The whole book is talks about how Matt and Elaine are scared of Motley and searching for him. Most of the time Matt is plays detective to find Motley and to protect Elaine from any danger from Motley. Although Matt is not a detective anymore he uses some of the skills he acquired and he goes searching around the city of New York for Motley after he got out of jail.
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Who Let the Psycho Out? May 5 2002
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It would seem that Matt Scudder bought his ticket to the boneyard when he was instrumental in putting away James Leo Motley for aggravated assault. It turns out that Motley is rather psychotic and tends to hold a grudge before violently acting on it. And now that he's out of prison, Scudder's on top of his hit list, as is just about anyone remotely friendly to him.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Matt Scudder Novel Dec 2 1998
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. Matthew Scudder is Lawrence Block's remarkable private investigator. He's a former NYPD detective who left the force after an accident left a child dead in a crossfire. Because he is unlicensed you can't "hire" him. Instead he does you a favor by taking your case and solving the crime. In exchange for the favor the client returns the favor by giving him some cash. Scudder is a recovering alcoholic who attends AA meetings throughout the book. In earlier Scudder novels Matt is almost always without a drink in his hands. I have read most of the Scudder series to date and fond "A Ticket to the Boneyard," the best. I could not put it down. Reading it took priority of everything else I had to do or should have done. Scudder is reacquainted with James Leo Motley sent to prison a dozen years earlier. Motley vowed to get even and kill Scudder and all his women. Although Scudder is divorced the only woman in his life is Elaine, a call girl. This doesn't stop Scudder as friends, acquaintances; the psychotic killer eliminates people he doesn't know. If you read only one Lawrence Block/Scudder novel, "A Ticket to the Boneyard," should be that novel. An afterthought: Matthew Scudder is a realistic, likeable character. In the early books we find that after he left the NYPD he took up drinking and left his wife and two sons. From time to time she asks Scudder to send more money because "we need it." Scudder generally obliges. Although not living with his family Scudder is not distant from them. He speaks to his boys on the phone and brings them into the city for a ball game. For some reason that Scudder doesn't know finds himself visiting churches and leaving a donation, tithing, ten percent of money recently received from a client. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lawrence Block is a true literary master Oct. 9 1996
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have just finished reading "A Ticket to the Boneyard"
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Now I am hooked on Block.
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 more
Published on Feb. 21 2003 by nobizinfla
5.0 out of 5 stars Wrong Boneyard
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.
Tom Emery
Published on Oct. 9 2002 by Tom Emery
5.0 out of 5 stars Blew Me Away
"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 more
Published on April 21 2002 by Alex
4.0 out of 5 stars Boneyard is Classic Material
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 more
Published on Jan. 25 2002 by Robert T.
4.0 out of 5 stars Scudder Almost Gets His Ticket Punched
"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 more
Published on May 21 2001 by Brian D. Rubendall
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great one!
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 more
Published on Nov. 17 2000 by John D. Costanzo
4.0 out of 5 stars Scudder is never like Mike Hammer.
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
Published on June 2 2000 by Albert Tam
5.0 out of 5 stars AT THE TOP OF A GREAT PILE OF BOOKS
Published on Jan. 6 2000 by "jas-webb"
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the genre!
Block is the world's greatest living master of the hard-edged, gritty detective novel. Be prepared to stay up late with this one...
Published on June 11 1998 by mmandel@interlog.com
5.0 out of 5 stars "Hard to Put Down"
This is a great book and keeps you glued to its pages. I have read almost all of Block's books and have enjoyed them all but, so far, this is the absoulute best one.
Published on March 16 1998
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