Great Scudder book, would recommend to anyone who likes detective fiction.
Written as a retrospective by Matt Scudder, detailing a couple of concurrent cases that he worked on ten years earlier. It was a way of revisiting the hard-drinking, hard-living Scudder without having him fall off the wagon. Quite an ingenious device used by Block, actually. This one was a winner, everything you've come to expect and love from Block. At times poetic and poignant, at times hard and gritty. Very well done and highly recommended.
Murder mystery. A good book to read when you can't sleep anyway.
Lawrence Block's Matt Scudder series is a classic and deservedly so, beginning with the early Scudder books with its Hell's Kitchen atmosphere, and an alcoholic Matt somehow doing his "favors" for friends but refusing to become an official PI. Just a burned out cop getting by, except that Block's articulate prose elevates the series, even when Scudder finally gets sober. The later books in the series have him going to AA meetings. He somehow keeps that edge.
Detective Matt Scudder is back, surviving the only way he knows -- day by day and drink by drink. And now Scudder's barroom cronies have lured him into some nasty pieces of business, including blackmail, double crosses -- and murder.
This is perhaps my favorite noir-styled novel in Lawrence Block's series about an alcoholic ex-cop, only fitfully on the wagon. Aside from Elmore Leonard (Pulp Fiction;Get Shorty; 3:10 To Yuma,and many others) Block has no peer in dialogue or plot in contemporary fiction.Period.One day, some enterprising publisher will reissue these novels in a set of handsome cloth editions as has been done for Dashiell Hammett (The Thin Man, The Maltese Falcon) and Raymond Chandler (The Big Sleep; Farewell, My Lovely; The Long Goodbye;was there ever a finer screenplay than Chandler's Double Indemnity?)! This is the best point of entry for the world of Lawrence Block. You'll be glad you took this first step.
Love Matt Scudder...you just never know what he'll be getting in to next....
This book was well worth my time and effort. I enjoyed reading it very much. This book has betrayal, greed and is based on drinking friendships and how much we know about those friends. It even has a cold blooded killer. I will be reading more of the Matthew Scudder series.
I have enjoyed all the books in the Matthew Scudder series