Lawrence Block’s 10th Matt Scudder novel is being released as a movie staring Liem Neeson on September 19th. I wanted to review the book prior to the movie being released. I have not read any of Block’s books and was interested to find out he started this series in 1976.
This is a story about an ex-New York City Detective who happens to be an alcoholic. Although this story has nothing to do with alcoholism many scenes take place at Alcoholic’s Anonymous meetings. This story is truly told through the eyes of as alcoholic who takes his sobriety one day at a time.
The book begins with the kidnapping and murder of a drug traffickers wife even after the ransom is paid. Matt Scudder is hired to find out who committed the murder without involving the police. When Matt finds a series of murders the seem connected he works with police, without reveling his clients situation, to find the serial killers.
The story weaves Scudder’s personsonal life with his professional one and had many rememorable characters.
Mark Hammer does an excellent job as a narrator and having been released on audiobook in 1992 the story takes place at the beginning of the computer age when people were just starting to use pagers and still used pay phones. I am sure the story will be updated for the upcoming movie.
This story grabbed my attention right away. It is written without the vulgarity in many of the modern crime novels and the characters are well developed and well thought out.
I recommend this book and look forward to going back into the Audible Archieves and listening to the complete series of Matt Scudder novels.
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