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3.36 out of 53.36 out of 53.36 out of 53.36 out of 53.36 out of 5 3.36 (28 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: August 2004 ISBN: 9780060783198
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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.”

    Booklist

  • “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 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 Dave | 1/20/2014

    " Another strange book... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 12/10/2013

    " LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is a brutal story or one man who is totally DEPRAVED!!! Way too much violence and not a satisfying ending!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jordan McPeek | 11/30/2013

    " Solid private eye book. Scudder slowly unravels an open and shut multiple murder case. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 10/26/2013

    " Lawrence Block is always a good read, with Matthew Scudder one of my favorite characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeannie Lewis | 10/4/2013

    " A little slow to start, but it picked right up! Very thrilling! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrick | 9/17/2013

    " A really creative mystery story, with some of the funniest dialogue in any of the mysteries in this series. In addition, Block introduces the most ingenious villain ever. Definitely read this book before reading ALL THE FLOWERS ARE DYING in the same series. Highly recommended! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 9/15/2013

    " I thought this book was okay, it had a good pace and was interesting enough. The characters were colorful and there was alot of action! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 1/26/2013

    " Another great read. I enjoy Scudder's changes and while some of Block's books have too many twists, leaving me to wonder how it all came together, this one had just enough to keep me interested and reading through the night. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael Lobdell | 12/15/2012

    " Not to impressed. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christopher | 5/15/2012

    " Reviewers - those quoted on the backs of these books, even - opine that each of the Scudder novels is trying to one-up the previous in bleakness and in grotesque violence. It's not true of the entire series, but I see little reason for this book to have been written but to support the theory. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 4/21/2012

    " Lawrence Block is one terrific writer. Have read him for years. This book one in the Matthew Scudder series, was great. Scudder an ex-cop ex-drunk and a man one goes to for help when all else fails.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim Warner | 1/29/2012

    " I am definitely a fan.... of both Matthew Scudder and Lawrence Block. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mikel | 9/29/2011

    " A good Scudder novel, dripping in dark violence. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Eanes | 5/27/2011

    " Very good crime drama of the more methodical style. Good dialogue with a realistic presentation. Some good surprising twists and was well written enough that you didn't need constant action to keep your interest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise M. | 5/10/2011

    " AKA: Sheldon Lord, Jill Emerson, Paul Kavanaugh, Chip Harrison, Lawrence Block "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 11/19/2010

    " WOW! At first I thought it would be boring and I probably wouldn't finish reading it. I kind of figured out early on "who dun it" but I wanted to understand why so I kept reading. And it turned out to be not at all what I thought. A very good book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 9/13/2010

    " I've read all the Matthew Scudder books, and they keep getting better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 6/25/2010

    " I've read all the Matthew Scudder books, and they keep getting better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mortimer | 10/24/2009

    " A very well crafted work. A bit different from the other Scudders in that not all of the book is shown through Matt's eyes. Instead, the readers gets regular glimpses over the (serial) killer's shoulder. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 9/26/2009

    " AKA: Sheldon Lord, Jill Emerson, Paul Kavanaugh, Chip Harrison, Lawrence Block
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 8/26/2009

    " Very Good; Continuing character: Matt Scudder; detective tracks serial killer who is also a pretend psychiatrist.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 7/4/2009

    " 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.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 6/15/2009

    " Another great read. I enjoy Scudder's changes and while some of Block's books have too many twists, leaving me to wonder how it all came together, this one had just enough to keep me interested and reading through the night. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mikel | 12/30/2008

    " A good Scudder novel, dripping in dark violence. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Merredith | 10/1/2008

    " 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. "

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About the Author
Author Lawrence Block

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.