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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,096 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lawrence Block Narrator: Lawrence Block Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Matthew Scudder Series Release Date:
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Battling the bottle one day at a time, ex-cop, sometime PI Matthew Scudder finds that next to staying sober, staying alive seems easy. But in the mean streets of New York City it never is. Not for the prostitute who wanted out and got her beautiful self slashed to ribbons. Not for a pimp named Chance who is betting his life that the broken-down detective can find her murderer. And not for Matthew Scudder—just trying to stay alive in a city that knows nothing better than how to die. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Superb…An exceptional novel…Remarkably rich in plot, character development, and crackling dialogue.”

    San Diego Union-Tribune

  • “Block’s latest novel is both a rousing private-eye story and an extended meditation on the whimsical ways of death—through freak accident, premeditated murder, and self-destruction…A magnificently plotted, sensitive portrayal of two kinds of death—the kind that comes as an intruder and the kind that comes as an invited guest.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Lawrence Block writes a tight story. Not a lot of chaff. Scudder stumbles, Scudder falls, Scudder makes mistakes. He’s everyman trying to solve a murder. He is tenacious, amassing clues until he finally figures it out. Once a police officer, Matthew Scudder is a student of police procedure, and finding murderers as a PI (but not really a private detective; he has no license) is the same as finding them as a cop. Without the badge.”


  • “By the end of the last [track], you can’t imagine anyone else impersonating Scudder.”


  • Winner of the 1983 Shamus Award
  • Winner of the 1983 Edgar Allan Poe Award

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Keiran Broadhurst | 2/9/2014

    " I loved this book. Matt Scudder always seems quite detached but he is starting to unravel because he had excepted that he is an alcoholic. The last photograph was very powerful. I could not recommend this more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Charles Robbins | 2/5/2014

    " The first Block / Scudder book I read, and I've been hooked since. Superb. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mark | 1/27/2014

    " The actual murder mystery takes second place to Scudder's struggle with the bottle in 8 Million Ways to Die. When I realized that I was 60 pages in and the murder hadn't been committed yet I knew I was going to like this book. I look forward to reading the earlier books in the series to get more of Matthew Scudder's back story, but I enjoyed the way Lawrence Block lets us truly get inside his character's head, and live his problems along with him. If you like your mysteries with lots of characterization and good dialogue, then the Matthew Scudder series is for you. It's not lighthearted by any means, but it's a poetic darkness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Marni | 1/26/2014

    " I loved all Block's Scudder books. "

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