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The Sins of the Fathers | [Lawrence Block]

The Sins of the Fathers

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.
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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.

©1976 Lawrence Block (P)2011 AudioGo

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    joan YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY, United States 05-14-13
    joan YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY, United States 05-14-13 Member Since 2006

    71 year old avid reader using either my eyes or ears. I make earrings that I donate to shelters and while I work, I listen to wonderful books. I also keep in mind that you have to kiss frogs to find princes - time's too short to bother with losers.

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    "Good Pulpish reading"

    About halfway through I know "who did it" but it was enjoyable anyway. Pulp to its utmost (I love pulp) a great hard-boiled detective story. But Matthew Scudder isn't all loveable, just fun to read about.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sharron 12-26-11
    Sharron 12-26-11
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    "Good introduction to a popular series"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book to my friends who enjoy mystery series. And, after reading it, I'll seek out more volumes in this series for myself.


    What does Alan Sklar bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good differentiation among voices without over-acting; a good portrayal of the meaning of words, phrases, and entire conversations.


    Could you see The Sins of the Fathers being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Perhaps a TV movie -- action could fit into a 90 minute window (plus commercials = 2 hours). The plot is straightforward enough to survive its necessary shortening to make the screen play. Good actors would convey the personalities and relationships among main characters effectively and efficiently, without relying on words alone.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Shawn Carrollton, TX, United States 11-16-13
    Shawn Carrollton, TX, United States 11-16-13

    Considering that I have a reading disorder, the Audible compamy has quenched a great day of time with Audible as my greatest personal fre

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    "Very good Detective Book"

    I would recommend this to those enjoy the Detective type of books.
    I was engaged but miss the "Blood Lust" for the good Thrillers and Covert Spec Ops.

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    "A listen you won't want to stop until the climax,"
    Where does The Sins of the Fathers rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Certainly in the top 15.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Matt, because he somehow manages to stick with the initial goal and stay in character.


    What about Alan Sklar???s performance did you like?

    Very good but not at the top, but I would listen to something else by him.


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    Any additional comments?

    I would not hesitate to recommend this audible to others.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David Pittsburgh, PA, United States 11-16-11
    David Pittsburgh, PA, United States 11-16-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Scudder's low point"

    I like Block's Scudder series a lot. This is one of two exceptions. You might want to avoid this book, unless you have a hankering for dime-store Freud and moral condescension. And I usually like Sklar's reading. But here he is a bit over ripe.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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