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In the Midst of Death Audio Cassette – Jun 2000

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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Chivers Audio Books; Unabridged edition (June 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0792723678
  • ISBN-13: 978-0792723677
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 14.4 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 327 g
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From Library Journal

Block's detective, Matthew Scudder, the former New York City police officer, now tries to discover who killed a call girl and pinned the murder on a policeman who is cooperating with an investigation into corruption. The story is very tight and well written and filled with a cross section of New York City denizens. The person who hired Scudder is blatantly crooked, and Scudder himself was involved with both money and women while on the force. However, as with the other entries in this series, the compelling focus is the detective's battle with alcoholism. As presented in A Stab in the Dark, Scudder's drinking increases; he functions well enough to solve the case, but suffers more and more from the effects of the booze. Reader Alan Sklar does an excellent job; recommended for all audio collections. Stephen L. Hupp, Urbana Univ., OH
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Lawrence Block was awarded the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger in 2004. He is also a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America. He is the author of many novels and short stories and has won numerous awards for his mystery writing. He lives and works in New York City. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars 69 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series!! Aug. 5 2016
By Eric C. - Published on Amazon.com
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I have become a very big fan of Lawrence Block. Trying to start at the beginning of the series. I find the stories to be very well written and hold your attention. At times I feel like I am the character, or identify with some of his traits in the book.
One of the Matt Scudder books was made into a movie, with Liam Neeson as Matt. It was very close to the book.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars June 13 2016
By joseph - Published on Amazon.com
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Might make a better movie!!
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book by Award Winning Author July 25 2016
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A good read by an award winning author. Written and set in the New York City of the 1980's and featuring detective Matthew Scudder, an alcoholic former cop turned private eye who spends almost as much time combating his inner demons as he does solving cases.

Perhaps the author's most successful series, Scudder is not a stagnant character but slowly evolves as the books in the series progress. There is eventual hope for this once lost man.
5.0 out of 5 stars Early Scudder, Still Great June 5 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio Cassette
Through no deliberate intent, I've been reading the Matt Scudder series backwards. I started with A Long Line of Dead Men (#11) then went on the Even the Wicked (#12) and that's all well and good (I've done the same thing with his Burglar series, having read #'s 4, 5, 6, and 7 in that order), but then I dropped back to Eight Million Ways to Die (#5) because it was the only audiobook my library had.
Now I've come to #2, this book. It's very interesting to see Scudder's life in this way, because I already have insight into his future actions. In the later ones, Matt is a recovering alcoholic, in Eight Million, he begins his treatment after deciding to do something about it. However, in Midst, he doesn't yet seem to be aware that he even has a problem. Although he's never far from his next drink, when someone mentions the word "alcoholic," he rationalizes it away.
The mystery is never the reason to read Lawrence Block (even though I'm sure he wouldn't appreciate that because he works hard to create the mystery), it's the characters. And Scudder is not exception. I don't even remember what the mystery was in Eight Million Ways to Die, but it stand out as my favorite because of the way Block writes about Scudder's struggle with realization.
Matt Scudder is one of the most interesting characters in fiction, but I haven't read all his books because they are invariably dark and I have to be in the mood for them. But read them I will.
A note on the audiobook presentation: Alan Sklar's voice fits this material nicely. This is a wonderful addition to the Chivers Audio presentations of Block's works. The only one I liked more was Block's own reading of Eight Million Ways to Die.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The series is starting to take off Sept. 4 2001
By Tom Bruce - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
For for the first time in the Matt Scudder series -- now three books long -- the word "alcoholic" rears its ugly head; it's not uttered by Matt, but suggested by a questioning friend. And Matt is full of denial: he can stop anytime he wants, he doesn't drink that much, it doesn't interfere with his capabilities. But, during the solving of this mystery, Matt's seldom far from his last or next drink, he's already suffering blackouts, and he made several tactical, and possibly deadly, errors because of a brain fogged by burbon and coffee. But in between his repeated toss-backs, we have another tight little mystery: This time his client is a cop on the take who gets too greedy and is set up to appear to have killed a hooker. And we get to meet some original and intriguing characters: like Doug Furhman, a character that would be perfect for the acting talents of the late Elisha Cook, Jr., and Kenny the owner of Sinthia's, a gay Village bar. Elaine, the call girl, is back from the first book with a more substantial role in this tale. And there's the client's wife with whom Matt has fling, thankfully alluded to, not given a full desription by Block. And Matt keeps the affair going by feeding her the lines she wants to hear, or could it be that he is so desperately lonely that he really means them and it is her that is stringing his emotions along? It's a dirty big city, but I'm glad Matt lives there and Lawrence Block takes us along with him on his adventures.