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Despite their dark titles (the words Slaughterhouse and Boneyard figured in the previous two), Block's splendid, award-winning Matt Scudder novels are by no means unrelievedly bleak. His latest-as well as offering the customary skillful plotting, adroit pacing and sure sense of New York character-features a wry humor all its own, along with a particularly ingratiating and convincing pair of computer hackers. The premise is grim, certainly: a pair of men who prey murderously on women progress to kidnapping the womenfolk of drug dealers and demanding huge ransoms. Former alcoholic PI Scudder-now going to more AA meetings than ever-reluctantly agrees to help one dealer, a Lebanese, after his wife is killed by the kidnappers. Slowly and methodically he discerns a pattern in the mayhem. With the help of his erstwhile police colleagues, his black Times Square sidekick TJ and his call-girl sweetheart, Elaine, Scudder tightens the net on the culprits. When they seize the daughter of a Russian dealer, he is ready for the showdown. Block isn't big on action, though when it comes it is swift, vivid and horribly convincing; his Scudder books are built on character, atmosphere, crackling dialogue and a great deal of brooding-the taste for them is addictive. An equal of Elmore Monard and Robert Parker, Block deserves similar acclaim. Author tour.
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Lawrence Block is a master...the Matthew Scudder novels are among the finest detective books penned in this century Jonathan Kellerman Outstanding...excellent...a smoothly paced,deftly plotted,brightly phrased study of perversity CHICAGO TRIBUNE --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
I've read it when it first came out, and as all of Blocks works, it was a great read. Read more
The book was excellent the characters were interesting to follow and the end was not predictable i will read mr
Book took a little too long to get to the conclusion, but when reached became breath taking. A good readPublished 6 months ago by Douglas Unsworth
Sounds trite, but I literally could not put it down. Not everybody's cup of tea, because some parts are graphic. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Murielle Racette
Until this book I had only read his "Hit" series. Block does not disappoint - his is a heck of a writer with engaging characters and excellent plots. Read morePublished 11 months ago by dufferingirl
it was ok. It wasn't as suspenseful as I thought it would be. I really wouldn't recommend it to someone.Published 11 months ago by Kim Cameron