This is certainly not your typical Lawrence Block, but I loved it! A fascinating study of the "6 degrees of separation" theory and a year in New York following 9/11 when NYC truly did become a "small town."
And you never DO know for sure who killed Marilyn!
I am a long time reader of all of Lawrence Block's stories. But this one rises above all of his wonderful books. SMALL TOWN grabbed me from the first page and carried me along the story of the people of New York City in post-9/11 world. Block feels that a city of such magnitude, NYC, is really just a small town, that people know other people. There's connections within connections. Block changes voices and points of view seamlessly. A great read. A hard read but worth the effort.
I LOVE Lawrence Block. Excellent book.
A killer attemts to paralize New York City. "Lawrence Block's electrifying new novel reveals the small town at the heart of the Big Apple..." I couldn't put it down, but that goes for anything the man writes.
This is a standalone, not a Matthew Scudder series. It is a good story that holds your interst but: if you are upset by pornography it is not the book for you.
Performed by the author. 6 Hours / 4 Cassettes. c. 2003
I am a long-time fan of Lawerence Block. Have read all the Matt Scudder and the "Hitman" books through 2003, and several of "The Burglar who..." books. "Small Town" is different from any of his other books that I've read.
First, it's a stand-alone novel(no reference to any of his several series).
Second. it's longer (541 pages)and it's clear that he put more thought and work into it than into any of his series offerings.
Third, it's a lot closer to being R rated than any of his other work - almost pornographic in places. Most of the people in the book spend an inordinate amount of time either involved in or thinking about sex, and some of it is way beyond normal sex.
You get the feeling that Block has put more of himself into the book than into any of his other work - and I'm not so sure I admire what he's told us about himself. I am not a prude (I spent 21 years plus as an enlisted man in the Air Force, the first ten as a bachelor, and more than five years overseas, during which I had a pretty active sex life), but most of the characters in the book seem focused on sex most of the time.
Block is a lover of New York, and spends a lot of time tallking about various Manhattan streets and locales, sometimes almost to the point of obsession. This is probably a big draw if you're an NYC resident, but I suspect the other 289 million residents of the USA might find it a little tedious. I've been to NYC several times, but I've also seen quite a bit of the rest of the world, and it does not begin and end at the NYC city limit sign.
Bold and flashy----a wily villain---use of multiple viewpoints to advance
the plot--a storyteller who chronicles the darker side of the human psyche.
Stories of some of the New York types (as imagined by Blocvk)who were effected by the events of 11/11/01. To Block, they were like residents of a small town. Good characterization, but not what one would expect of Lawrence Block- especially if you are looking for Mathew Scudder.
Surprising and provocative thriller read by one of my favorite readers, George Guidall. Very long and worth the time.
This is one wild and crazy ride. Not for children or the faint of heart, by the way. [explicit sex and sexual situations] FOUR STARS.
Takes place in New York City. A killer who wages a one-man war in New York City. I enjoyed this book.
A Different book for Block, but a really enjoyable read.
In the shadows of unbearable tragedy, an unlikely killing machine begins a one-man war to bring a city to its knees ... New York City.
I really like Lawrence Block. I did NOT like this book.
The book was so-so. Nothing outstanding, really.
Big, 675-page large print paperback.
From Publishers Weekly
This is a rare standalone from the Edgar Award-winning creator of Matt Scudder, Bernie Rhodenbarr, hit man Keller and others, and takes a number of risks unusual for its author. For a start, it is very deliberately a post-9/11 thriller, in which a man bereaved by the loss of his wife and children in the Twin Towers sets out to wreak what he thinks of as a sacrificial vengeance on the city by becoming a serial terrorist himself. For another, Block, who wrote some pornography early in his career, has created a female character whose kinky sex antics will definitely ruffle some of his mainstream readers. And while an intimate knowledge of New York and its folkways, and of urban character and conversation, has always been one of Block\'s great strengths, and is on plentiful show again here, his rather improbable action climax seems carelessly tacked on to the meticulous rest of the book. The novel offers a very crowded canvas whose central characters are the sad figure of the terrorist himself; a former police commissioner who eventually sets out to bring him down; a midlist writer who suddenly gets to be a hot property when he\'s accused of a murder (the publishing scenes will be delightful for insiders); the aforementioned kinky lady, an art dealer when not playing pierced dominatrix; a gay recovering alcoholic who unwittingly leads the villain to the scenes of his crimes; and, of course, the city itself, which, as the title suggests, is a place where everyone is somehow connected to everyone else\'s business. It\'s a bold and flashy effort, but its deliberately disturbing elements may somewhat limit its appeal.
Can't remember this one either!