Reviewed in the United States on June 24, 2019, Reviewed in the United States on May 27, 2020. If you demand action more or less continuously, you'll be disappointed. You would think that there was nothing left to surprise this battle-hardened man, but there are things people do to each other for amusement and power games that are just truly evil. He’s an alcoholic, and the publisher names these early stories crime novels, but they are really straight-up novels with a developing existentialist theme running through them about this guy who just happens to be a detective with the emphasis on his emotional and physical recovery and not the details of the actual crimes. They are better the second time around, and i've read some of them two or three times already. A Dance At The Slaughterhouse" is the ninth novel in Block's Matthew Scudder series. This is a thinking mans detective novel which is pretty grounded and realistic. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. In the first, Scudder is hired by a dying man (AIDS) to determine whether, as both he and the cops suspect, the robbery/rape/murder of the man's sister was really a setup by her greedy husband, cable-TV magnate Richard Thurman, to cash in on her life insurance. As Matt investigates the possibility that a husband murdered his wife he stumbles across a snuff film and all the hell that that entails. During Scudder's hard drinking years, he left a piece of his soul on every seedy corner of the Big Apple. The city caught its collective breath when upscale couple Byrne and Susan Hollander were slaughtered in a brutal home invasion. --"The New York Times Book Review"Outstanding ... a smoothly paced, deftly plotted, brightly phrased study of perversity and coincidence with many twists and no straight arrows." Another great storyline from Lawrence Block, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 13, 2020, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 14, 2015, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 7, 2016. Block masterfully builds the pressure in this Edgar Award winner, as newly sober Manhattan PI Matt Scudder investigates the death of a TV producer's wife. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. A nice little twist at the to change things up nicely. Please try again. Perhaps the plot externals are so fierce here because Scudder's internal demons have mellowed: He seems to have won his battle with the bottle, and his loneliness has been banished by love for call-girl Elaine and by friendship with Irish gangster Mick Ballou. But this case is more depraved and more potentially devastating than anything he experienced while floundering in the urban depths. The trail grew cold and the book was unofficially closed on a serial killer who stopped killing. But the past three decades have not been kind to the Club of 31. The two cases merge, of course, as Scudder enlists the aid of his motley assortment of interesting friends. But now "The Icepick Prowler" has confessed - but only to seven of the killings. Matthew Scudder is about to face every cop's worst nightmare: James Leo Motley, psychopath extraordinaire. --, A wrenching and lurid Matt Scudder outing that pits the unlicensed p.i. Block is a very good writer. Be the first to get updates as well as access to exclusive offers and promotions. There was also my aversion to long running detective series as I prejudicially and pretentiously thought they were all alike and of little consequence. And a fellow from an AA meeting gives Scudder a rented VCR tape that has a violent sex scene recorded in the middle of a conventional movie. Does this book contain inappropriate content? Now the ex-cop and unlicensed p.i. Potentially also the darkest and most brutal too. This one will stay with you. There is something very likeable about Matt Scudder, the recovering alcoholic private investigator with a call girl for a girlfriend. Unfortunately we do not have a summary for this item at the moment, Our excellent value books literally don't cost the earth, Every used book bought is one saved from landfill, A Dance at the Slaughterhouse by Lawrence Block. Edgar Award-winning author Lawrence Block has been named a Mystery Writers of America Grand Master. This is my second P.I. Now, a few days later, the killers themselves have turned up dead behind the locked door of a Brooklyn hellhole - one apparently slain by his partner in crime, who then took his own life. We work hard to protect your security and privacy. This is darker, more gritty. Now the ex-cop and unlicensed p.i. Learn more about the program. Unable to add item to List. Avon Books; Reprint Edition (July 3, 2000), Reviewed in the United States on July 9, 2018. His acclaimed crime novels are as intelligent, provocative, and emotionally complex as they are nerve-tighteningly intense. Was this justice or cold-blooded murder? After an informative and entertaining dissertation on the pros and cons of amateur boxing, as well as some interesting self imposed memory tests of our man Scud, Mr Block manages to hit us with an uppercut so powerful and perfect it would have knocked Joe Frazier into next week. This Scudder learns by winning Thurman's confidence during several chats (which, added to his long talks with Ballou, Elaine, and a cop-pal, give the narrative a lazy, even slack, feel); but although Thurman's confession solves that case- -and leads to his murder by the Stettners--it takes Scudder and Ballou's vengeance by cleaver and gun, in a grand guignol finale, to close out the second. And, often, the most evil ones are the most charming and the most seductive. A Ticket to the Boneyard: A Matthew Scudder Mystery (Matthew Scudder Mysteries Book 8), The Devil Knows You're Dead: A MATTHEW SCUDDER CRIME NOVEL (Matthew Scudder Mysteries Book 11), Out on the Cutting Edge (Matthew Scudder Mysteries Book 7), Even the Wicked: A Matthew Scudder Novel (Matthew Scudder Mysteries Book 13), When the Sacred Ginmill Closes (Matthew Scudder Mysteries Book 6), Everybody Dies (Matthew Scudder Mysteries Book 14), Matt Scudder, the recovering alcoholic private eye from. Best-selling author Lawrence Block takes us into the seedier back alleys and side-streets of New York City, rendering his subject with a gritty realism. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. During Scudder's hard drinking years, he left a piece of his soul on every seedy corner of the Big Apple. I loved the first several of them, focused on the psychology/theology of an ex-cop whose life is pretty much in ruins. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. In Matt Scudder's mind, money, power, and position elevate nobody above morality and the law. Because this investigation is leading Scudder on a frightening grand tour of New York's sex-for-sale underworld -- where an innocent young life is simply a commodity to be bought and perverted ... and then destroyed. has been hired to prove that socialite Richard Thurman orchestrated the brutal murder of his beautiful, pregnant wife. When ex-cop Matt Scudder thought back on the summer of '75, two faces emerged from behind the smoky haze of a half dozen boozy saloons that made up his beat - Skip Devoe and Tommy Tillary - two bar flies he wouldn't have given a second thought to in the bright light of day. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. There is something very likeable about Matt Scudder, the recovering alcoholic private investigator with a call girl for a girlfriend. For details, please see the Terms & Conditions associated with these promotions. As Scudder wrestles with how to handle this case, the city seems to be falling to pieces around him. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. The constant evolution of Scudder as a person is at the heart of all that is good about this series, the further away he gets from the booze the more clarity he gives to his life outside of investigating degenerates who think that they can live outside of the law. Upgrade or cancel anytime. Start by marking “A Dance At The Slaughterhouse (Matthew Scudder, #9)” as Want to Read: Error rating book. And perhaps the most respected of his myriad works are the Matthew Scudder books -- masterworks of suspenseful invention featuring a remarkable protagonist rich in conscience and character, with all the flaws that his humanity entails. A wealthy New York couple, Richard and Amanda Thurman, arrives home at their upscale apartment after a night on the town.

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