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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (806 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lawrence Block Narrator: Lawrence Block Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Matthew Scudder Series Release Date:
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Twenty-five years ago Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Lawrence Block introduced his acclaimed unlicensed private investigator to the New York crime scene. Today Matt Scudder remains one of the most complex, richly human protagonists in noir fiction as he pursues a faceless adversary with a unique talent and taste for murder.

When Byrne and Susan Hollander are killed in a brutal home invasion, the whole city catches its collective breath. A few days later the killers turn up dead behind a locked door in Brooklyn. One has killed his partner, then himself. The city sighs with relief. The cops close the case.

Matt and Elaine Scudder were in the same room with the Hollanders hours before their deaths. In spite of himself, Scudder is drawn to the Hollander case. The closer he looks, the more he senses the presence of a third man, a puppet master who manipulated his two accomplices, then cut their strings when he was done with them.

The villain who looms in the shadows is one of Block’s most inspired creations, cold and diabolical, murdering for pleasure and profit. Nobody but Scudder even suspects he exists—and he’s not done killing.

He’s just getting started. . . .

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Remarkable…Block [is] one of the most graceful stylists around.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “A solid mystery.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Block, who writes bestsellers and racks up awards in equal measure, adheres to most of crime fiction's formulas, but he still manages to bring a rare depth and power to the genre.”


  • “Block has become to New York City what Raymond Chandler was to Los Angeles and John D. MacDonald was to South Florida.”

    New York Daily News

  • “Compelling…One can only hope the Matt Scudder series will live on.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Lawrence Block writes terrific books. His Matthew Scudder series is his best work.”

    Boston Sunday Globe

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Merredith | 2/3/2014

    " this is a matthew scudder mystery, and my first i think. though its way advanced into the series. i love stories about psychopath killers. great mystery, likeable characters, all around great. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Dave | 1/20/2014

    " Another strange book... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jim | 12/22/2013

    " I hold Lawrence Block and his Matthew Scudder series in high regard, and this book did not live up to my expectations. Oh, it was still an above average mystery, but still below my expectations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jackie | 12/16/2013

    " This was a reread. I liked Block's series about Matt Scudder the recovering alcoholic detective so much that I bought all the paperbacks and have reread most of them. "

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