A Stab In The Dark Mass Market Paperback – Jan 1 1992
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About the Author
A Mystery Writers of America Grand Master, Lawrence Block is a four-time winner of the Edgar Allan Poe and Shamus Awards, as well as a recipient of prizes in France, Germany, and Japan. The author of more than fifty books and numerous short stories, he is a devout New Yorker who spends much of his time traveling.
Though Roberts is an expressive, earnest narrator, fans of Block's endlessly satisfying Matthew Scudder mysteries will find the tone of this reading somehow off. Block's writing is understated and restrained, reflecting his hero's resigned acceptance of humankind's darker nature. Scudder is not surprised by the failings of people, including himself. Roberts's reading is showy, infused with an incredulity that is simply not in keeping with Scudder's informed fatalism. Still, this is a Scudder mystery, and listeners will enjoy his relentless investigation into the brutal nine-year-old murder of a pregnant woman. The novel is early in the Scudder series, by the way, and an important stepping-stone on his way to sobriety. M.O. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Block reads like "she said... he said..." conversations. Dry comes to mind. As I said in a previous review if you really hate "show not tell" in novels this is the writer for you. He does no showing at all. I feel as if I am listening to someone outline what might be a very good book. I had read another book of his which had the same fate as this one: halfway I tossed it into the get rid of this do NOT pass on to someone you like pile.
Matt comes across as the most pathetic attempt at an alcoholic I have encountered in novels [or in real life and I use to work Drug and Alcohol units]. He meanders aimlessly thru his addiction and Block meanders aimlessly thru the plot. Well suited for each other. It's a shame. As I said previously there is great potential for a GREAT story here. It was wasted more than Matt ever was in his drinking days.
IF you must try Block, I suggest the library.
The Matt Scudder character is the important feature of this book as we follow his tortured journey around New York City chasing up clues in a long-dead case. He unearths clues and leads as a good detective should, but it's his battle with the bottle that proves the most fascinating story. He finally gets a good hard smack across the chops in this book which may help put him on the road to sobriety, at least, it scares him enough to consider he may need help.
This is another fine example of an outstanding modern hardboiled mystery, just part of an outstanding hardboiled series.
Most recent customer reviews
Scudder novels are still entertaining - rest of Block novels not worth buying. K. HealeyPublished 14 months ago by Kenneth Healey
This is probably the best Matt Scudder book I've read yet. It takes us to a time when Scudder drank but never thought about his habit as something that was gradually controlling... Read morePublished on May 20 2002 by Robert T.
The fourth novel in the Matthew Scudder series shows our hero's drinking starting to spin out of control. Read morePublished on March 7 2001 by Brian D. Rubendall
Excepting a middle section that drags, Lawrence Block's fourth Matthew Scudder mystery is another lip-smacking goodie. Read morePublished on June 25 1999
I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good thrill Lawrence Block has a style like no one else. It will keep you glued to every page. Needless to say i loved itPublished on Nov. 11 1998 by firstname.lastname@example.org
this book really keeps you haning on every word and every turn. I highly recommend it .Even if your not a fan of Lawrence Block you will love itPublished on Nov. 9 1998 by email@example.com