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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (125 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lawrence Block Narrator: Lawrence Block Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2012 ISBN:
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Lawrence Block's 17 Matthew Scudder novels have won the hearts of readers throughout the world - along with a bevy of awards including the Edgar, the Shamus, the Philip Marlowe (Germany), and the Maltese Falcon (Japan). But Scudder has starred in short fiction as well, and it's all here, from a pair of late-'70s novelettes (Out the Window and A Candle for the Bag Lady) through By the Dawn's Early Light (Edgar) and The Merciful Angel of Death (Shamus), all the way to One Last Night at Grogan's, a moving and elegiac story never before published. Some of these stories appeared in such magazines as Alfred Hitchcock, Ellery Queen, and Playboy.

The title vignette, The Night and the Music, was written for a NYC jazz festival program; another, Mick Ballou Looks at the Blank Screen, has appeared only as the text of a limited-edition broadside. Several stories look back from the time of their writing, with Scudder recounting events from his former life as a cop, first as a patrolman partnered with the legendary Vince Mahaffey, then as an NYPD detective leading a double life. Along with these eleven stories and novelettes, The Night and The Music includes a list of the seventeen novels in chronological order, and an author's note detailing the origin and bibliographical details of each of the stories.

Brian Koppelman, the prominent screenwriter and director (Solitary Man, Ocean's Thirteen, Rounders) and a major Matt Scudder fan, has sweetened the pot with an introduction.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vickie | 2/18/2014

    " Matthew Scudder is my favorite of Block's characters, and this collection of short stories follow his development over the decades. The next best thing to a new novel in the Scudder series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 2/16/2014

    " For us long standing Matthew Scudder fans, this is a superb treat. Very few mystery writers can weave a story as well as Block, and these stories are like finding some long forgotten gems stashed at the bottom of the trunk in the attic, even though the last story was written specifically for this collection. A bit of nostalgia, and a bit of the creature make this time well spent with old friends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 1/29/2014

    " Loved it. Especially enjoyed the bit at the end telling how each of the stories came to be told. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven | 1/21/2014

    " Matthew Scudder is one of my favorite characters. I enjoyed this book very much; I especially enjoyed the first few stories and the last one. I was less fond of the story about street vendors. I am sorry Mick closed Grogans. If I could afford it and had the time, I'd open up Grogan's II. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Der-shing | 1/18/2014

    " Fantastic read for fans of Block's hard-boiled Scudder series. Many of the items in this collection are reprints from other collections, but there are a few new stories that are definitely worth reading. And as always, written in that style that leaves you mentally breathless at the end of the story... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew Smith | 1/16/2014

    " I'm not a big fan of short stories but I am a big fan of Block & the Scudder books in particular. These gems pick up some of the characters you'll be familiar with if you've read the books - each a master class in modern hard boiled crime writing. Pure class! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harvey | 1/5/2014

    " Turns out I had read most of these stories in various anthologies...but it is nice to have them all in one place. Always a pleasure to spend time with Matt and the gang thanks to Block's keen sense of who these people are and what is really important in their lives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank | 12/9/2013

    " I always enjoy a Lawrence Block novel. Easy well written detective stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allie | 12/5/2013

    " Lawrence Block never, ever disappoints, especially with anything to do with Matt Scudder. All of these stories are worth reading and re-reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeffrey Marks | 11/30/2013

    " Great book, well written with excellent characterization. I'm going back to pick up a few others, even the ones I've read before. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 11/24/2013

    " All you ever wanted to know about Matt Scudder-- well there's always more I suppose-- and some about Block as well. Great short stories, I understand all to date. May there be more Scudder! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darusha Wehm | 10/25/2013

    " I had read most of these stories previously, and I have to say they stand up better alone than in a group. However, for the Scudder completist, this collection is a must. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ben | 10/16/2013

    " The good stories have been published elsewhere, and the new stuff just isn't that interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Buck | 7/6/2013

    " A detailed look into the character. Filled in some gaps and made me want to reread the series. Great stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eddy Allen | 7/6/2013

    " A collection of Matthew Scudder short stories with an introduction by Brian Koppelman and an afterword by Block about the stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 5/26/2013

    " Scudder short stories.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 R. Francis | 5/23/2013

    " If this is indeed the end, why, then isn't it a fine one? And if not, well, then let this tide you over until the next. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 5/1/2013

    " I loved this, as I do most (all?) Lawrence Block work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 3/22/2013

    " wonderful short stores about matt scudded. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 2/7/2013

    " Short, simple, beautifully written Scudder collection. Buy it now. "

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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.