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  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; Reprint edition (Oct. 17 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006103097X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061030970
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.7 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
When a young woman finds her parents brutally murdered, the NYPD track the killers to an apartment near Coney Island.Their two bodies are found a week after the first murder, an apparent murder-suicide.Matt Scudder, a retired cop and de-licensed P.I, is somehow dissatisfied by the murder scenes, feeling that they look too "pat".With the approval of the daughter of the murdered first couple, and the assistance of his street smart assistant TJ, Matt follows a computer generated trail to get close to the murderer. Mr.Block leads the reader on a cleverly laid red herring trail first of all and then finally to the realization that this is the work of a psycopath who is getting his kicks from the sheer thrill of killing someone. Lawrence Block is a very stylish writer with such an easy flow of words that his book kept me up reading, far too late into the night.
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I absolutely love the Mathew Scudder character. I have read all the books in the series and find it to be one of the best. I tend to like mysteries that have great character development and insights about life, human nature, etc. This is one of the only series that I have read in this genre that I actually highlight great passages in every book. I love how Block intersperses Scudder's AA meetings and his struggles with his addiction with the plot of the story. Scudder is not as edgy and certainly more respectable than he used to be, but I still enjoy his story. I found this to be a really good book. The best scudder book, in my opinion is Eight Million Ways to Die.
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Most longtime fans of the Matt Scudder series should be pleased with "Hope to Die". The writing is stronger than the more recent Scudder novels, which seemed like hastily constructed assembly line jobs to fulfill a contract. The writing is not as good as the early Scudder novels, but this is a satisfying read, nonetheless. Stylistically, it had a few too many asides and tangents, although some of these help in introducing characters or bringing us up-to-date on them. The ending is a bit of a let down and a bit formulatic (I won't spoil it further), but I don't read these books for plot, as much as for the characters. Scudder's kids get established as adults with problems of their own & I'm guessing we'll be seeing them again in the future, which is all for the good.
Now, if only he'd do a new Bernie "Burglar" Rhodenberr--just leave out the guy who reminds of Inspector Lugar from the old Barney Miller tv series.
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After reading "Hit List", I just had to read more Lawrence Block. I thoroughly hated "Hope to Die." It was slow and boring. The attempt to create a rich, believable character got in the way of the story's flow. There was too much of Scudder's monologue (in his head) when he debated what he should do next. It was something like this: "I should get up and do that. No, maybe I shouldn't. Yes, I think I will. Oh well, I'll just have another cup of coffee." Why should we be bothered with his thought processes: this is a mystery novel, no a psychoanalytic treastise. Another thing, the side stories (regarding his ex-wife's funeral, and the relationship with his sons) also got in the way of the flow of the story. And, what they did to round out Scudder as a character did not make up for impeding the story. I should be fair and say that I usually have a bias against books written in first person. But, this one was much more of a chore for me to read than most. The only parts of the book that interested me were the chapters written in italics -- the ones that showed what the villain was doing. Unlike most of the book, that part was written in third peson. Finally, the end of the book did not justify the week that it took me to trudge through. Not to give it away to anyone who hasn't read it but, did Scudder capture his man?
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By mrliteral on Dec 6 2002
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Lawrence Block has been around for a while, writing a number of successful series. Although many of his books are good to great, I have found that his most recent books in his other series (Bernie Rhodenbarr, Keller, Evan Tanner) have been a little weaker than in the past, this book - featuring his best character, Matthew Scudder - shows that Block still has it.
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.
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Byrne and Susan Hollander are brutally murdered after returning home from an event at Lincoln Center. People are shocked at the deaths and can't believe it happened to such a powerful, wealthy couple in their own home.
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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