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
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.
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.
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.
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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.
Certainly in the top 15.
Matt, because he somehow manages to stick with the initial goal and stay in character.
Very good but not at the top, but I would listen to something else by him.
I would not hesitate to recommend this audible to others.
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.
Good differentiation among voices without over-acting; a good portrayal of the meaning of words, phrases, and entire conversations.
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.
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