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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Chivers Audio Books; Unabridged edition (August 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0792723724
  • ISBN-13: 978-0792723721
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 16.5 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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By E. Stepko on July 18 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Block is always good.
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Matt Scudder is still drinking in this yarn. He is an ex-cop and is not a licensed private investigator. He does favors for people. A father wants him to find out why his daughter died. He had not been in contact with her for three years. Scudder is no longer a police officer because he has lost faith. A ricochet bullet targeted at miscreants killed an innocent child.
Reviewing the records with the help of his police contacts, Matt concludes that it seems to be case of a murder suicide, the suicide taking place while the murderer was in custody. The persons involved in the crime were roommates. Richard Vanderpoel was a minister's son. He was employed as a clerk in the antiques business. Scudder sees the attorney who visited Richard at the Tombs. Richard's father is tall and rail thin.
Scudder arranges to see a former roommate of the victim. The victim, Wendy, is described as having a little girl quality. Both Richard and Wendy played out patterns in life representing relationships with and the loss of parents.
Scudder books depict the consequences of caring about people's fate too much. What results is a sense of exhaustion, a sense of loss. This volume follows the pattern.
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By snalen on May 25 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Zero stars first of all to Athena Gassoumis for the awful author's photograph: "Ok Larry, Now I want you to do a PENETRATING STARE." Oh please.
The book is better but certainly not brilliant. Matthew Scudder is an ex cop dabbling in private detective work, a fairly nasty piece of work with an unattractive taste for brutality, bullying and vigilante DIY justice. The case he investigates is intriguing enough to keep a reader turning the pages though the denoument is of a somewhat disappointing banality and wins no prizes for credibility. The story is efficiently told but the only characters in which the author begins to succeed rendering very vivid or interesting are the two deceased.
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By Robert T. on March 16 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the first in the Matt Scudder series and, having read most of the other books already, I can tell. It's fresh and original, unlike most of the newer and exhausted Scudder novels. I won't discuss the plot, since you can get the gist from the back of the book and anything else would be a spoiler, but the case is pretty simple. Scudder digs into a closed-case homicide and finds more than meets the eye. I won't say the mystery is especially difficult to figure out ahead of time, but Block's novels usually aren't. The value of the book, like most of the others, is in Scudder's battle with alcoholism, his shallow personal connections, and his dark cynicism. This is one of the best, but there are lots of other Scudder novels that hit the mark, including Ticket to the Boneyard, Out on the Cutting Edge, and A Stab in the Dark to name a few. As the series goes on, however, it gets slower and less interesting. These initial books, however, are great and introduce us to one of the most memorable hard-boiled P.I.'s ever to walk the streets of New York.
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By Untouchable on June 25 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book serves as a means of introducing Matt Scudder to us. We learn that, while he works as a private detective, he's not licensed and will do investigative work in return for "gifts". We find out why he left the police force and the bulk of his personal life. We also find out that he's rarely without a drink in his hand. Apart from the character introduction, we are treated to a mystery that firstly, is more than it first appears, and secondly, displays Scudder's dogged determination perfectly.
To start off the Matt Scudder series, he is asked by a man to investigate why his daughter was murdered. Not how, not who, but why. Her killer was her male room-mate who subsequently hanged himself in his prison cell after he was arrested. The father just wants to know why she died to set his own mind at rest.
This is not a terrifically complex thriller that involves a lot of action sequences, rather it's a gritty hardboiled mystery that gradually uncovers facts while we get to know the protagonist. It serves it's purpose well as an introduction to the series and promises to hook you as a Matt Scudder fan.
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I got two Lawrence Block books at the same time, this one and Hit List. Of the two, I liked this one better. All I can say is, I'll be reading the next one in the series and hope to get hooked.
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I got two Lawrence Block books at the same time, this one and Hit List. Of the two, I liked this one better. All I can say is, I'll be reading the next one in the series and hope to get hooked.
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