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Oct. 8 1992
When a heroin kingpin's wife is kidnapped by some bad hombres, he haggles over the ransom and receives her back in pieces, leaving Scudder to track down the killers. By the author of A Dance at the Slaughterhouse. Simultaneous.

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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.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"A big bruiser of a crime novel...This is no pleasant stroll in the country, but it's some trip." -- The New York Times Book Review

"As good as the crime thriller gets." -- San Diego Union-Tribune

"Wonderful...Everyone who relishes a vicarious walk on the rough side should rejoice!" -- Arizona Daily Star --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A good Scudder, but not a classic Oct. 23 2002
A very gritty and black entry into the series of the former alkie but still unlicensed private eye. In this book, Scudder is hired by a drug dealer to find the sadistic spree killers who kidnapped and butchered his wife. With the help of his street connections, Scudder decides to mete out some more of the rough justice that is becoming his trademark. But lest he become a remorseless killing machine, Block allows Scudder to begin to craft some domestic bliss at the end of this saga. It's a fine read, because Block is always entertaining. A few points distract from the story. One is unfortunate timing; the book is dated, with its labyrinthine plot to get ahold of a phone number that today could be obtained by the police without a second thought, and most civilians who have the technology. Block uses a pair of teenage hackers as the tools for this caper, and it seems like Block's stretching, trying to get into the big "thing" of the early '90s. Clearly Block's not on familiar ground, plot- or dialogue-wise. He should stick to cynical thugs and world-weary cops. The other point is that this book has a lot of black humor of the particularly morbid variety. The Scudder that I'm familiar with wouldn't have made a joke about a woman getting her breast cut off (in A Dance At the Slaughterhouse, his reaction to torture was appropriately grim). Maybe now that Scudder's found love, he's light hearted enough tocrack about torture and mutiliation, but I'm not sure I like it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a headlong ride with no letup July 15 2001
This was the first Scudder novel I tried,and I have since read all of them.The novel is one of the best.In one short passage where Block mentions a body being dumped in Mount Zion cemetery in Queens,he evokes a very sharp ,realistic image-you have to be there on a gray drizzly Sunday afternoon to know just how desolate a place in the city can be.A perfect place to dump a body.Block has a great sense of place as well as a very strong grasp of the details of how crime and the investigation of it play out in the real world.Block portrays evil in a way that makes you realize there is nothing theatrical or entertaining about it.These attributes form the reinforcing rods on which Block pours the concrete to achieve the finished story.Some of his novels are better than others,but none are poorly written.Even the one I liked least was saved by a single scene which was basically the outpourings of a hoodlum's feelings about his brother's death in Vietnam.It was far more powerful than my synopsis makes it sound and it made the book worth reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Scudder Takes a Walk June 23 2001
Lawrence Block's amazing Matthew Scudder series maintains a very high level of quality considering the number of novels. "A Walk Among the Tombstones," follows "A Dance at the Slaughterhouse," which was one of the best novels in the series. "Tombstones" is not quite as good, largely due to an ending that is not as satisfying, but it is hardly a dud. In "Tombstones," a drug dealer whose wife was kidnapped and hideously murdered hires Scudder to track down the perpetrators. Scudder quickly discovers that the deed was the work of a team of serial killers who have decided to turn their "fun" into profit. Like most novels in the Scudder series, this one is dark and obssessed with death. It seems that even as the alcoholic Scudder gets more of a firm handle on his sobriety and his life, his cases get uglier. Recurring characters in this novel are the street kid T.J., the police detective Joe Durkin, the eccentric informant Danny Boy Bell and call girl Elaine Mardell, who has become the love of Scudder's life. In fact, "Tombstone" features a key moment in Scudder's developing relationship with Elaine.
Overall, this is not the best novel in the Scudder series, but it is still well written and highly satisifying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Most chilling Scudder novel to date. Dec 2 1998
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Matthew Scudder is Lawrence Block's remarkable private investigator. He's a former NYPD detective who left the force after an accident left a child dead in crossfire. Because he is unlicensed you can't "hire" him. Instead he does you a favor by taking your case and solving the crime. "Walk among the Tombstones," is one of the most chilling of all the Scudder novels to date. Other reviews here have said it's dark and brooding. This I agree. A drug dealer to find out who kidnapped and killed his wife hires Scudder. Even though drug dealers are low on Scudder's list even they deserve justice. Block introduces several new characters, the Kongs, a pair of teenage hackers who break into the telephone company's computers and a streetwise African-American kid who goes by the name T.J. This kid has real spunk is a very likeable character I hope Block and Scudder keep around for a while. Other characters that have been in past novels are off to Ireland. Elaine, Scudder's, call-girl friend who he has had more than a passing interest in comes center stage as a lover. Read one Scudder novel is not unlike eating potato chips. You just can't read just one. I've got others sitting on my table waiting to be read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Scudder Success Nov. 2 1997
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Block has created one of the best serial mystery characters with Matt Scudder and this book is no exception to the series success. The reason behind this success is Block's easy writing style and his atmospheric descritions of New York. In this installment, after some reluctance, Scudder decides to take the case of drug dealer who's wife was kidnapped and killed. A dark, brooding book, it shows the seamier side of the world, but also gives us portraits of some interesting supporting characters.
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Published 8 days ago by Phil
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting read
I read only science fiction and fantasy. So this one was a real change for me. The characters were memorable and the setting was real enough. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Samuel James Simpson
2.0 out of 5 stars yawn
This book is pretty pedestrian and at times outright boring not worth the money or time invested to read it
Published 3 months ago by KeiferB
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing read!
Couldn't put this book down! Loved the interaction between TJ and Matt. Hope both characters continue their book life together.
Published 18 months ago by Dr. Ellsworth LeDrew
2.0 out of 5 stars Good story, boring book.
This is the first, and only, book I've read by Lawrence Block. I picked it up for a N.Y.-to-L.A. flight. Read more
Published on March 9 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Lawrence Block scores big with this Scudder novel.
I rate this the best of the Scudder novels. I couldn't put this book down. I loved the other characters in it too. Can't wait for the movie to come out. Read more
Published on Oct. 3 2000 by Moxie
As good a book as any ive ever read traveling through the city with old school detective mathew scudder ands his underground friends this book makes me wanna go back and read all... Read more
Published on Aug. 8 2000 by Greg Maxwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Kick Ass!
Now, this isn't exactly literature, so I'm not giving this five stars over Dickens or anything, but for hard-boiled, raw, simple prose, Scudder kicks ass, and Block deserves all... Read more
Published on June 4 1999
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