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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,236 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lawrence Block Narrator: William Robert Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Matthew Scudder Series Release Date:
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Nine long years have passed since the killer last struck—nine years since eight helpless young women were brutally slaughtered by an icepick-wielding maniac. The trail grew cold, and the book was unofficially closed on a serial killer who stopped killing. But now the “Icepick Prowler” has confessed—but only to seven of the killings. Not only does he deny the eighth but he also has an airtight alibi.

Barbara Ettinger’s family had almost come to accept that the young woman was the victim of a random killing. Now they must grapple with the shocking revelation that not only was her death disguised to look like the serial killer’s work but her murderer may have been someone she knew and trusted.

Matthew Scudder has been hired to finally bring her slayer to justice, setting the relentless detective on the trail of a death almost a decade old, searching for a vicious murderer who is either long gone, long dead—or patiently waiting to kill again.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Lawrence Block is a master…The Matthew Scudder novels are among the finest detective books penned in this century.”

    Jonathan Kellerman

  • “Among the virtues of the book is its complete lack of sentimentality. The author is a deft surgeon, spare and economical, with no wasted motion, sure and precise in his technique.”

    New York Times

  • “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.”


  • “The more interesting aspect of the work is Scudder’s alcoholism. Not yet bottomed out, he engages in morning eye-openers and all-day benders…Though his lover enters Alcoholics Anonymous at the end of the work, Scudder continues his heavy drinking. William Roberts’s reading of the story is quite good. A required purchase for all detective story collections.”

    Library Journal

  • Winner of the 1982 Shamus Award

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Joyce McKune | 2/20/2014

    " Unlicensed PI Mathew Scudder is asked to find out who killed a woman 9 years ago. The assumed killer was recently caught and confessed to all the "Ice Pick Killings" except this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Keiran Broadhurst | 2/3/2014

    " What I love about these books is that they are so raw! Although Matt Scudder seems very detached this also makes him very deep. Now reading the next one, which is somewhat longer "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Theresa Leone Davidson | 1/29/2014

    " Another in the Matthew Scudder series, this is about Matt investigating the murder of a woman killed years earlier. Her death was thought to be the work of a serial killer but when the killer is caught, it turns out he couldn't have done it, so the woman's father hires Matt to find who really killed her. It is an engrossing mystery, I thought I had who did it but I was wrong. I also think the series is getting stronger, letting more of Matt and his past in, and delving deeper into his alcoholism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kevin Connery | 1/26/2014

    " Matthew Scudder 4. Very strong story, excellent characterizations. "

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