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The prolific, Edgar Awardwinning Block has written many mysteries, most in assorted series with colorful protagonists. Featured here is Matt Scudder in his follow-up appearance to Eight Million Ways to Die. Scudder is a former New York cop, now an unlicensed private detective who does favors for friends. Divorced from his wife, who lives with their sons on Long Island, Scudder rooms in a West Side hotel. His real home, however, is any one of three or four local bars, and his family are their owners, staff and habitues. In the summer of 1975, Matt is busy with assorted favors. Tommie Tillary, an investment salesman in flashy clothes, whose wife has been murdered in Bay Ridge, needs to be cleared of suspicion. The real booksas opposed to those shown to the IRSstolen from Skip Devoe's bar must be ransomed, and the masked gunmen who robbed the Morrisey brothers' after-hours place have to be identified. Drinking steadily all summer, Scudder accomplishes all of the above, his intuition, doggedness and respect for a higher law sputtering through the alcoholic haze. Block is an accomplished storyteller, and Matt Scudder is a fine example of hero as human being. Mystery Guild selection.
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"Ambitious and intense...A compelling and memorable novel." -- San Francisco Chronicle
"Chilling" -- Washington Post
I think there was a possiblity of a great plot in there somewhere with some great characters but it read more like an authors notes than a book. Read morePublished on Sept. 20 2003
Still an alcoholic. Still a dark, cynical, unlicensed P.I. Still has a twisted, dry sense of humor. But this book is different. Read morePublished on March 22 2003 by Robert T.
Block runs his alcoholic detective Matt Scudder through the bar scene of the 70"s in Manhattan. Read morePublished on July 19 2001 by Joseph Quinton
Even though mystery is not my favorite genre, I always make an exception for Lawrence Block novels, especially the Scudder novels. SACRED GINMILL is one of the best. Read morePublished on May 16 2001 by email@example.com
"When the Sacred Ginmill Closes" ranks up there with "8 Million Ways to Die" as one of the best Matthew Scudder novels. Read morePublished on March 20 2001 by Brian D. Rubendall
Matt Scudder is living in a residential hotel in New York City after leaving his marriage of twelve years. A former police officer, Matt now works as a private investigator. Read morePublished on Dec 10 2000 by Peter Kenney
Although I have not read the entire Scudder series this particular book has always stuck with me, far more than any of the others. Read morePublished on May 2 2000
A grim and disturbing novel about crime, alcoholism and betrayal, this should have been gloomy and depressing, but, like his previous novels, Block is able to leave you completely... Read morePublished on Feb. 4 2000 by John D. Costanzo