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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (809 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lawrence Block Narrator: Alan Sklar Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Matthew Scudder Series Release Date: October 2011 ISBN: 9781482981360
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Jerry Broadfield thinks he’s a good cop. But now he’s been charged with extortion—and his former buddies in the NYPD would like to see him laid out on a morgue slab for squealing to a committee on police corruption. Suddenly, he’s got a lot of enemies, and when a dead call girl turns up in his apartment, his troubles get even bigger. Broadfield screams “setup,” but nobody believes him—except ex-policeman, now unlicensed PI Matthew Scudder. Because Broadfield turned traitor, no cop is going to give Scudder any help with this investigation; so Scudder is on his own. But finding a killer among the stoolie cop’s sleazebag connections is going to be as difficult as pouring a cold beer in hell—where some of Broadfield’s enemies would like to see Scudder if he gets himself in too deep.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Very tight and well written and filled with a cross section of New York City denizens…Reader Alan Sklar does an excellent job.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alberto | 2/11/2014

    " I enjoyed this one less than other Matt Scudder ones, but anyway it deserves 4 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mikel | 1/26/2014

    " A great read, with a wonderful character in Jerry Broadfield. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arlene Allen | 1/13/2014

    " Early mysteries of the 60's and 70's amaze me, particularyly Lawrence Block's. His prose is taut, his characters fully formed and believeable, the mystery satisfying - and he did it without writing an encyclopedia-sized tome. This is a particularly great example of his early work. I can't remember reading an adult novel that clocked in under 200 pages yet made me tear up the way this one did. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Glenn | 12/11/2013

    " 3.5 stars. As usual, a solid Block mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 11/26/2013

    " Former detective Matt Scudder makes himself unpopular with New York's when he tries to prove the innocence of a cop accused of murdering a prostitute after trying to blow the whistle on police corruption. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew Miller | 10/16/2013

    " Solid story. Not many bells or whistles. Scudder's alcoholism is interesting. Just a good solid mystery. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ellen | 8/14/2013

    " Needed a brain break. His books are pretty good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rusty | 7/20/2013

    " Scudder is still drinking; helps out Jerry Broadfield, a cop who is accused of murder; "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beausephus | 6/5/2013

    " The kind off formulaic detective fiction that scratches the exact itch it intends to. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christine | 5/30/2013

    " DNF. Fine prose, but the protagonist seemed like a jerk. And then his client seemed like a jerk. And then I quit. I'm not too interested in jaded, alcoholic P.I.s these days. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eddy Allen | 5/7/2013

    " Nobody ever called Jerry Broadfield a saint, but he was an (almost) honest cop. Then one day he took off his badge and ratted on nearly every crooked cop on the NYPD. He was a hero--until someone set him up. Now Matt Scudder is on the case and has no idea how dirty it will get. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martha | 2/26/2013

    " Would have liked it more if Jonathan Kellerman hadn't written a spoiler introduction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keiran Broadhurst | 8/24/2012

    " I like this series, its so easy reading it just flows off the tongue, but I would say many women would not like these as our hero Scudder is the true symbol of the stereotype man. There great, I look forward to reading the next one after I have read the passage "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bobbi | 3/20/2012

    " I love these books. Man, I love them. Part of me wishes I'd discovered them years ago - I've been missing out. The other part of me is glad, since I have 14 books left to go in the Scudder series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leon Aldrich | 2/9/2012

    " I can't seem to get enough of Block. With fourteen more to go in this series alone, I made a conscious decision to weave other novelist into my reading regime. I just don't want to devour all the good Block novels in one read-a-thon. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Russel Opland | 10/23/2011

    " While this book was okay, I wasn't too impressed w/ the story. I'm new to the Matt Scudder series & will move onto the next book... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine Clark | 10/9/2011

    " I love Block. On this second reading though, I have the same complaint I made earlier. I really do get tired of the cliche that in every book a woman falls into bed with the private detective. Other than that...I like that Block isn't afraid to tackle the difficult, morally ambiguous issues. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 9/13/2011

    " I liked this one better than the 1st and 3rd in the series (this is the second). The one thing about this series is that the "reveal" of the mystery is very short and not at all specific. I feel like they should be more complicated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 8/20/2011

    " I like a good detective story, and Lawrence Block writes some very good ones! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 7/22/2011

    " I liked this one better than the 1st and 3rd in the series (this is the second). The one thing about this series is that the "reveal" of the mystery is very short and not at all specific. I feel like they should be more complicated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keiran | 2/8/2011

    " I like this series, its so easy reading it just flows off the tongue, but I would say many women would not like these as our hero Scudder is the true symbol of the stereotype man. There great, I look forward to reading the next one after I have read the passage "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martha | 1/25/2010

    " Would have liked it more if Jonathan Kellerman hadn't written a spoiler introduction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 1/18/2010

    " Former detective Matt Scudder makes himself unpopular with New York's when he tries to prove the innocence of a cop accused of murdering a prostitute after trying to blow the whistle on police corruption. "

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

    " A great read, with a wonderful character in Jerry Broadfield. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Alan Sklar, a graduate of Dartmouth, has excelled in his career as a freelance voice actor. He began narrating audiobooks in 1996, winning seven AudioFile Earphones Awards and earning several “Best Voice” awards. He has also worked as a stage actor and as a promo announcer at WPIX-TV in New York City. His dream is to be an opera singer, a role for which he hones his bass-baritone operatic skills in the upstairs shower of his home.