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Author: Lawrence Block Narrator: Joe Barrett Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Matthew Scudder Series Release Date: March 2014 ISBN: 9781482965216
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There is no accolade or major mystery award that has not already been bestowed upon Lawrence Block. His acclaimed crime novels are as intelligent, provocative, and emotionally complex as they are nerve-tighteningly intense. And perhaps the most respected of his myriad works are the Matthew Scudder books—masterworks of suspenseful invention featuring a remarkable protagonist rich in conscience and character, with all the flaws that his humanity entails. This is the detective novel as high art.

In Matt Scudder’s mind, money, power, and position elevate nobody above morality or the law. Now the ex-cop and unlicensed PI has been hired to prove that socialite Richard Thurman orchestrated the brutal murder of his beautiful, pregnant wife. During Scudder’s hard-drinking years, he left a piece of his soul on every seedy corner of the Big Apple. But this case is more depraved and more potentially devastating than anything he experienced while floundering in the urban depths. Because this investigation is leading Scudder on a frightening grand tour of New York’s sex-for-sale underworld—where an innocent young life is simply a commodity to be bought and perverted … and then destroyed.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Darkly entertaining…Shocking…This one has more voltage than most.”

    New York Times 

  • “Outstanding…A smoothly paced, deftly plotted, brightly phrased study of perversity and coincidence with many twists and no straight arrows.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Block and Scudder never set a foot wrong on New York’s cracked, grimy sidewalks.”

    Detroit News

  • “[A] pitch-perfect crime story…[Scudder’s] evolution in Block’s series, fraught with ambiguity, is as convincing as a real life.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This strong cast of supporting characters, along with a riveting plot and forceful prose, place this on the high priority list.”

    Library Journal

  • “Strong stuff from a real pro.”


  • “A wrenching and lurid Matt Scudder outing that pits the unlicensed PI against child-killing slime and climaxes in vigilante violence…Written with great heart and care.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Lawrence Block is the recipient of a Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America and a New York Times bestselling author. His prolific career spans over one hundred books, including four bestselling series and dozens of short stories and articles. He has won multiple Edgar and Shamus awards, two Falcon Awards from the Maltese Falcon Society of Japan, the Nero and Philip Marlowe Awards, the Cartier Diamond Dagger from the Crime Writers Association of America, and many others. Aside from being a mystery writer, he has also written a number of episodes for television, including two episodes of the ESPN series Tilt; he also cowrote the screenplay for the film My Blueberry Nights, starring Norah Jones. Block currently lives in New York City with his wife, Lynne.

About the Narrator

Joe Barrett, an actor and Audie Award and Earphones Award–winning narrator, has appeared both on and off Broadway as well as in hundreds of radio and television commercials.