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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,644 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: March 2011 ISBN: 9781482980387
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The hooker was young, pretty … and dead, butchered in a Greenwich Village apartment. The prime suspect, a minister’s son, was also dead, the victim of a jailhouse suicide. The case is closed, as far as the NYPD is concerned. Now the murdered prostitute’s father wants it opened again—that’s where Matthew Scudder comes in. But this assignment carries the unmistakable stench of sleaze and perversion, luring Scudder into a sordid world of phony religion and murderous lust where children must die for their parents’ most unspeakable sins.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This tale, which introduced the then-hard-drinking ex-cop, is spare and lean and full of dark insights into lonesomeness and anguish…Block’s style is admirable: free of gimmicks, plain but utterly telling in every line. This is a fine opportunity to get in on the start of what has become one of the most rewarding PI series currently in progress.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The fascinating ordinariness of Scudder and the harsh realness of his New York City arrive full force here…As haunting and mournful as the baying of a hound at the moon—and a must for Block/Scudder fans.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy Chadwick | 2/14/2014

    " I started the Matt Scudder series years ago, I read them all in rapid succession. I have always felf that Matt was the perfect guy for me. He was brutally honest, very human and good looking too. I wait every year for Block to write another book in the series. I have ready other series by this offer that pale in comparision to Matt Scudder. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 2/9/2014

    " read a couple of years ago. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monique | 2/8/2014

    " More book candy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gretchen | 1/30/2014

    " The Sins of the Fathers by Lawrence Block is the first of the Matthew Scudder series. I can't give a higher compliment than this: I'm looking forward to reading all the rest of them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kurt Reichenbaugh | 1/16/2014

    " Scudder looks into a seemingly open and shut murder of a call girl. I liked this one a lot, even though I was pretty sure who real killer was about halfway into it. It's a short novel and could be read in a weekend. Bourbon and coffee fuel Scudder as he retraces the life of a sad young woman turned call girl. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 1/14/2014

    " Block's Matthew Scudder protagonist is quite a sad character. I've read others of Block's books with Scudder, but I don't remember them being such a downer. This is the first in the series & I decided to start at the beginning. I like Block's writing & fortunately because he writes such a good story, I did enjoy the book. And I try another Scudder book, but wish Block would write more "Burgular" books! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Helen | 1/6/2014

    " This is the second in the Matthew Scudder series that I've read. It'll probably be the last. I didn't see any improvement in the protagonist. I'd like for him to have at least a bit of an arc. He starts out a drunk and ends that way. Plus, the plot seems to trudge along. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine | 1/1/2014

    " The first Matt Scudder novel. Block is a master of the genre. Quick, hard hitting, and a completely enjoyable ride. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darrenglass | 12/29/2013

    " I've been reading Matthew Scudder books for nearly 20 years, so I'm not sure how I had never read the first one. And while the character was not as well-developed as he would later be, Block sure can write. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeffrey Marks | 12/7/2013

    " Excellent book. I love this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Craig Faustus Buck | 11/21/2013

    " Block is a master of stripped-down noir, and this book is no exception. But it's a journeyman's story, nothing particularly startling or surprising. If you're in the mood for a short, sour noir tale, this won't disappoint. But if you're looking to be gripped, this isn't the one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 10/3/2013

    " Murder-suicide..or is it? Scudder searches for answers. Dated by the absence of things high-tech this mystery,however,is as great today as it was in the 70's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Westley | 7/16/2013

    " The first Matthew Scudder book is a solid crime mystery. Definitely good enough for me to download the second one right away. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dorrie | 1/24/2013

    " I was really looking for a great series but this isn't it for me. Not enough excitement to warrant reading #2. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mb | 12/7/2012

    " A quick read, Block accomplishes a lot in a relatively short book. You really don't get a true sense who Scudder is until you are done with the book, but it's an easy read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Temple | 5/16/2012

    " The Matthew Scudder books are awfully good! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Faith | 12/5/2011

    " Matt Scudder mystery and I will read more of this character. Block wrote the Hit Man books which I really liked "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Awallens | 11/15/2011

    " this is the first in the Matthew Scudder series and I really liked it. I have not read many books featuring private investigators, but I really enjoyed this book and can't wait to see the evolution of this character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 6/29/2011

    " Classic noir. Classic hard-boiled. Just plain classic! Just finished this five minutes ago and am already starting Time to Murder and Create. Where has this man been hiding? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Djdee | 5/4/2011

    " great gritty tight novel.reads fast.No wated words!excellent! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy | 3/21/2011

    " Not up to Block's usual standards "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 12/16/2010

    " I really enjoyed the mystery and will read more to find out what happens to Matt Scudder in his life, however these books are not for people who want a light-hearted mystery read. It's rather a very gritty book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rajeev | 12/5/2010

    " If you like Chandler,this is good ! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 11/17/2010

    " This was a good mystery - even the christian part wasn't too offensive. Usually kindle freebies are a little long on Christian and short on story - this one was an exception to the rule. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Josh | 11/1/2010

    " For some reason i kept comparing this to Robert B Parker's Spencer PI novels...this wasnt as good though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 8/13/2010

    " One of the first books in the Matthew Scudder series. This was a pretty short book without many of the supporting characters that become regulars in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 4/19/2010

    " The 1st in the Matt Scudder series, I really enjoyed this book & story. The lead character is intriguing & I look forward to see how this series pans out. "

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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.