Well written, but Block seems to be a "man's" author. Men who've read this detective series (Matt Scudder) really enjoy it. (This is based on two men.) Women (myself and one other) find the character's private life too depressing to really enjoy the series. If you do not find depressing the saga of a hard-drinking divorced man living alone in a hotel room with no family and no close friends, then you'll enjoy every book in the Scudder series. Plots are tight and prose is fast paced. The earlier books in the series are a little dated, but still enjoyable.
Edgar Award winner for best novel of 1992.
The police can't prove that socialite Richard Thurman arranged the rape, torture, and murder of his beautiful, pregnant wife. The dead woman's brother thinks Matthew Scudder can.
Excellent book, I couldn't put it down. Not for the squeamish though.
If you haven't read Lawrence Block, start! His collection of the Matthew Scudder mysteries set in New York City are good, sometimes gritty and fascinating glimpses into a side of life that here is treated a with interesting style and texture than the popularized versions in movies and TV of the theme. The series of books he wrote with Scudder as his main character are available in Paperback Swap - and they are guaranteed to entertain and please. A Dance at the Slaughterhouse was my favorite, but they're all good.
I was recently introduced to the Matthew Scudder Series. I enjoyed the first one so much that I requested all of the series. They have been, for me, an excellent read. The characters are 'real' and enjoyable . The series follows their growth and change.
My one regret is that I have not been able to locate #2 & #4 and that #12 has not arrived as yet.
Although slow is some places, it is an incredible mystery. The subject matter is not for everyone including a "snuff film". There are lots of twists and turns and the subject of alcohol abuse recovery.
Lawrence Block's books tend to focus on the story's characters rather than the crime itself and the solving and/or psychological aspects of the perpetrator(s) and crime(s), so if you like crime novels that focus more on the drama and character interaction, then this one will be right up your alley.
I, personally, favor more action, more description/details of the crime itself, and how the hero(s) solves the crime (known better as âpolice proceduralsâ), so I was somewhat disappointed in this book. It did have potential, so I kept reading, hoping it would become more detailed. I also felt that it jumped around some, and/or skipped parts, and left me saying, âWait, WTF?â and then going back to reread again to see if I had missed something, which I usually didn't and found myself left hanging out to dry, wondering how we skipped ahead to such-and-such part. However, I believe if one enjoys the character interaction more than the solving of the crime, you won't be disappointed.