Small-time stoolie Jake "The Spinner" Jablon made a lot of new enemies when he switched careers from informer to blackmailer. And the more "clients," he figured, the more money - and the more people eager to see him dead. So he's greedy but scared, and he turns to his old acquaintance Matthew Scudder, who used to pay him for information back in Scudder's days as a cop. Scudder's his insurance policy - if anything happens to "The Spinner," Scudder can check up on the people who wanted him dead. No one is too surprised when the pigeon is found floating in the East River with his skull bashed in. Blackmail's a dangerous business. What's worse, no one cares - except Matthew Scudder. The unofficial private eye is no conscientious avenging angel. But he's willing to risk his own life and limb to confront Spinner's most murderously aggressive marks. A job's a job, after all, and Scudder's been paid to find a killer - by the victim…in advance.
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A man's got to do what a man's got to do..
In the golden circle of the thrillers ... Matt Scudder's novels are the type of books where the journey is more important than the destination. Is more about characters, atmosphere , good dialogue than plots. All in all very enjoyable
Good reading , that suits well the main character
Murder in New York...
I'd like to see more more Matt Scudder's audiobooks offered by Audible...
My friends! We are about to embark on the most odious, the most evil, the most diabolical scheme of my illustrious career!
I think I would. If I ever give the series a listen again. This was a lot better than book two in the series and about on par with book one. The only issue is that the story can feel a little loose in this one. At worst it can feel meandering. It does a lot to establish Scudder as a character, but I found myself caring less and less about the plot.
Yes, I plan on going through the entire Scudder series.
Sklar has a great voice for this kind of novel. He doesn't go straight to cliche like a lot of narrators.
I'd like to point out that I've finished the fourth book before I wrote this review and it's a big step up. If you're wondering when the series hits it's stride then book four is your answer.
Reading with no hands!
Matthew Scudder finds himself the executor of an unusual last request. He must figure out which of three marks killed their blackmailer.
As we watch him fall more deeply into the destructive embrace of alcohol's arms, he plays his hand close as he parries between a society maven with a porn past, a father who's paying to conceal his daughter's past and a politician with gubernatorial aspirations that has a predilection for young boys.
As we have come to expect, he gathers info, calls in favors and hones in on the guilty while concurrently attempting to leave the rest unmaligned.
Alan Sklar, our narrator, delivers yet another on point performance adding layers and dimension when the story doesn't.
Readers who want to build their connection to a character with many facets, will appreciate this series the most!
Lawrence Block gets you involved in the story line right from the beginning... enough twists to keep it interesting without feeling that the results are not possible or, the reverse, too easy to figure out.
He does a very good job of relating the story... he is not the best at changing the voices but good enough, but keeps the story going well... one is able to forget he is reading it and get immersed.
It keeps you interested, although not on the edge of the seat, but surely, towards the end you want to complete the tale.
We enjoy listening to audiobooks during a 2.5 hour ride we take frequently, and first chose this series due to the length of the book, but found it very enjoyable and as mentioned, the storyline gets one involved right from the start, and keeps one interested throughout.
The protagonist is an interesting character, and we are looking forward to hearing more of his stories.
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