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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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