Hope To Die Mass Market Paperback – Oct 10 2002
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From Publishers Weekly
Unlicensed PI Matthew Scudder returns after a three-year absence to investigate the murder of a wealthy couple savagely slain in their Manhattan townhouse. Matt's now 62, and his age shows in this relatively sedate outing. There's less violence than in many cases past, and the urban melancholy that pervaded his earlier tales has dissipated, replaced by a mature reckoning with the unending cycle of life and death. The mystery elements are strong. To the cops, the case is open-and-shut: the perps have been found dead, murder/suicide, in Brooklyn, with loot from the townhouse in their possession. Matt enters the scene when his assistant, TJ, introduces him to the cousin of the dead couple's daughter; the cousin suspects the daughter of having engineered the killings for the inheritance. At loose ends, Matt digs in, quickly rejecting the daughter as a suspect but uncovering evidence pointing to a mastermind behind the murders. Block sounds numerous obligatory notes from Scudder tales past the AA meetings, the tithing of Matt's income, cameo appearances by Matt's love interest, Elaine, and his friend, Irish mobster Mick Ballou and he adds texture with some familial drama involving Matt's sons and ex-wife. His prose is as smooth as aged whiskey, as always, and the story flows across its pages. It lacks the visceral edge and heightened emotion of many previous Scudders, however, and the ending seems patly aimed at a sequel. This is a solid mystery, a fine Block, but less than exceptional. (Nov.)Forecast: All Blocks sell and Scudder's return will do particularly well, especially with the attendant major ad/promo, including a 17-city author tour. Simultaneous Harper Audio and Harper large print edition.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
This is the 15th Matthew Scudder novel in 25 years, and readers of Block's noir series know what to expect. It's all here: a perfect evocation of the sights, sounds, and smells of New York City; trips to AA meetings in church basements; Mick Ballou's bar; and the recurring characters such as Ballou, the streetwise TJ, and Elaine, the civilizing influence. In this latest outing, Matt and Elaine attend a "Mostly Mozart" benefit concert at Lincoln Center. At the same concert are a couple who are later murdered in their Upper West Side apartment. Then, the "murderers" are themselves killed in Brooklyn. Without anyone really asking him to, and for want of something better to do, Scudder starts to pick at this case until the whole story unravels before him to a startling conclusion. Every so often, the real murderer narrates a chapter, which adds a cat-and-mouse element. But those looking for fast action will not find it here the pace is leisurely, and characters and set pieces are almost as important as plot. Recommended, especially for public libraries, where readers will ask for it.
- Fred Gervat, Concordia Coll. Lib., Bronxville, NY
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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It was difficult waiting for Hope To Die but it certainly built the tension and suspense to the max.
When it arrived I dived in immediately and read it in record time.
We knew of course the family would be rescued but even so Patterson planted seeds of doubt along the way to keep us guessing.
With each Cross novel Patterson hones his skills and has become a master of the craft. That's what keeps us coming back for more.
Alex has become more of a family man rather than the super cop/detective we first met in "Along Came a Spider", "Kiss the Girls" and so on. But then again, as it is in real life, even a fictional super cop must age in order to appear genuine.
"Hope to Die" has the short clipped chapters which have become a trademark of Mr. Patterson and I think it works so well in a suspense story. As a long time devoted Alex Cross fan this was a quick, easy, OK read.
Scudder is a constantly evolving character. In the earliest novels, he was a standard hard-boiled private eye, but soon he came to terms with his inner demons (in particular, his alcoholism) and learned how to reconstruct his life. Now, he is sixty-two, not as inclined to get in dangerous situations, but still out to expose murderers.
This case deals with a couple who is killed in a home invasion robbery. Soon, the killers are themselves dead in a murder-suicide, but Scudder, when drawn into the case, begins to think there is a third man. Along with his investigation, he is involved with a subplot involving the death of his ex-wife and his relationship with his estranged sons.
Block is always at his best when writing about Scudder, and this case is no exception. Admittedly, this book works best if you have read the others in the series, but even as a standalone, this is a good novel.
Just a few days later, the case is closed after the two killers are found shot to death across town. One shooting his partner and then turning the gun on himself.
But Matt Scudder has his own ideas about what really happened. He suspects a third person is involved, making very calculated moves to cover his or her tracks.
Although Scudder's an unlicensed private investigator, he works through the circumstances surrounding the murder. Just why did it happen? What was the real motivation? Scudder explores all of the possibilities, working them out in a logical fashion right before the reader's eyes.
Byrne and Susan's niece halfway expects her cousin Kristin, the daughter of the victims, was motivated by money. Or could it be Kristin's ex-boyfriend? Scudder talks with family and friends of the Hollanders but can't quite connect the dots to trace the real killer.
As he tries to solve the case, a murderer hides in the shadows. Watching. Waiting. And killing those who could expose the true identity and reasons behind the murders.
"Hope to Die" is Lawrence Block's 15th Matthew Scudder novel. Even newcomers to the series won't have any trouble following this story. Block does an excellent job of catching longtime fans up to their favorite characters while introducing new fans to these same characters at the same time.
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