This is a city that seduces dreamers - then eats their dreams.
Matthew Scudder understands the futility of his search for a longtime missing Midwestern innocent who wanted to be an actress in the vast meat-grinder called New York City. But her frantic father heard that Scudder is the best, and now the ex-cop turned private investigator is scouring the hell called Hell's Kitchen looking for anything that might resemble a lead. And in this neighborhood of the lost, he's finding love - and death - in the worst possible places.
©1989 Lawrence Block (P)2014 Blackstone Audio
A man's got to do what a man's got to do..
I believe Lawrence Block “at his best” is among the three top thriller writers of the past 20 (30?) years. A great writer, but also very inconsistent: he reaches his best in the Matt Scudder books where the affinity with the main character, the need to deliver complex and consistently new plots, the familiar New York ambiance (where Scudder stories are taking place) truly inspire him and contribute to deliver excellent results. While the Rodenbarr’s series are pleasant, but lightweight, the Keller books were surprising and stunning at first, but get repetitive and almost boring as new episodes come out, Matt Scudder continue to grip the reader with wit, dark dramas and the finely described characters and the environment of New York.
Scudder is following two cases at once: one involving a girl, a would-be
actress, who has been missing for several months. The second is more personal and involves the dead of an AA friend. In both the situations the police has given up and the leads few and scants. Suddenly both cases fortuitously intertwine and …..
By the way, Dan Butler is superb !
In my opinion the best for Scudder stories due to his ability to catch the right tone. Also this is one of the best stories with several memorable characters and meditations on trust and betrayal.
The narrator and story just put me to sleep. No sense of urgency or suspense. Author seemed more interested in promoting AA than mystery. Despite good ratings, I wouldn't want to read another Scudder book for fear of more of the same.
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