Matt Scudder
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  • 1

    The Sins of the Fathers

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
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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.

    David says: "Scudder's low point"
    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 Fr..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 16 2011 by David (Pittsburgh, PA, United States)
  • 2

    In the Midst of Death

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
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    Jerry Broadfield thinks he's a good cop. But now he's been charged with extortion - and his former buddies in the NYPD would like to see him laid out on a morgue slab for squealing to a committee on police corruption. Suddenly, he's got a lot of enemies, and when a dead call girl turns up in his apartment, his troubles get even bigger. Broadfield screams "setup," but nobody believes him - except ex-policeman, now unlicensed PI Matthew Scudder. Because Broadfield turned traitor no cop is going to give Scudder any help with this investigation, so Scudder's on his own.

    crazybatcow says: "Another calm cool and collected detective..."
    Another calm cool and collected detective...

    Firstly, to be clear, I love Lawrence Block's writing style - he is crisp, to the point, sometimes a bit shocking (more so in later books), and non-mo..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 22 2011 by crazybatcow (East Coast, Canada)
  • 3

    Time to Murder and Create

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
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    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....

    Amy F. Makson says: "Enjoying this series"
    Enjoying this series

    Lawrence Block gets you involved in the story line right from the beginning... enough twists to keep it interesting without feeling that the results a..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 14 2013 by Amy F. Makson (columbia, sc)
  • 4

    A Stab in the Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    Nine long years have passed since the killer last struck - nine years since eight helpless young women were brutally slaughtered by an icepick-wielding maniac. The trail grew cold and the book was unofficially closed on a serial killer who stopped killing. But now "The Icepick Prowler" has confessed - but only to seven of the killings. Not only does he deny the eighth, he has an airtight alibi. Barbara Ettinger's family had almost come to accept that the young woman was the victim of a random killing.

    Amy F. Makson says: "Another good Scudder story"
    Another good Scudder story
    Reviewed on February 25 2013 by Amy F. Makson (columbia, sc)
  • 5

    Eight Million Ways to Die

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Lawrence Block
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    Battling the bottle one day at a time, ex-cop, sometime PI Matthew Scudder finds that next to staying sober, staying alive seems easy. But in the mean streets of New York City it never is. Not for the prostitute who wanted out and got her beautiful self slashed to ribbons. Not for a pimp named Chance who is betting his life that the broken-down detective can find her murderer. And not for Matthew Scudder - just trying to stay alive in a city that knows nothing better than how to die.

    antonio says: "Matt Scudder is the best !"
    Matt Scudder is the best !

    Yes, certainly. I've read the book many years ago, but was truly a pleasure to listen to it. Lawrence Block does a great job in reading it and one can..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 26 2012 by antonio (genthod, Switzerland)
  • 6

    When the Sacred Ginmill Closes: A Matt Scudder Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
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    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. Yet they and their troubles were the reason that moved him a little farther out of the bleary-eyed mess that had become his life.

    mindusq says: "Great narration, great prose"
    Great narration, great prose

    Block paints a detailed portrait of New York's boozy underbelly while weaving in mystery, dirty deeds and self-doubt. The characters ring true--hopele..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 25 2010 by mindusq (san francisco)
  • 7

    Out on the Cutting Edge: A Matthew Scudder Crime Novel, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Dan Butler
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    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.

    antonio says: "A great thriller"
    A great thriller

    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 inconsisten..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 02 2014 by antonio (genthod, Switzerland)
  • 8

    A Ticket to the Boneyard: A Matthew Scudder Crime Novel, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
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    Matthew Scudder is about to face every cop's worst nightmare: James Leo Motley, psychopath extraordinaire. Twelve years ago Matthew Scudder lied to a jury to put James Leo Motley behind bars. Now the ingenious psychopath is free, and the alcoholic ex-cop turned private investigator must pay dearly for his sins. Friends and former lovers - even strangers unfortunate enough to share Scudder's name - are turning up dead because a vengeful maniac is determined not to rest until he's driven his nemesis back to the bottle…and then to the boneyard.

    Kevin Quigley says: "Fantastic read for a fantastic story."
    Fantastic read for a fantastic story.

    Block has never failed to impress me with his evolving look at Matt Scudder. So many readers have attempted these books and I've liked them all (Bloc..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 12 2014 by Kevin Quigley (Boston, MA United States)
  • 9

    A Dance at the Slaughterhouse: Matthew Scudder, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
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    In Matt Scudder's mind, money, power, and position elevate nobody above morality or the law. Now the ex-cop and unlicensed PI has been hired to prove that socialite Richard Thurman orchestrated the brutal murder of his beautiful, pregnant wife. During Scudder's hard-drinking years, he left a piece of his soul on every seedy corner of the Big Apple. But this case is more depraved and more potentially devastating than anything he experienced while floundering in the urban depths.

    antonio says: "Dark, engaging, well written !"
    Dark, engaging, well written !

    This is the darkest Matt Scudder's book of the serie so far : sex for sale, snuff films and an evil killer . New York provides a fantastic background ..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 03 2014 by antonio (genthod, Switzerland)
  • 10

    A Walk Among the Tombstones: A Matt Scudder Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
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    Private detective Matt Scudder investigates a series of kidnappings that always end in brutal murder. 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.

    Liz says: "Sorry!"
    Sorry!

    The book might have been OK but the narration of it drove me nuts. Soooo slow.........

    Reviewed on August 18 2010 by Liz (Cochranville, PA, United States)
  • 11

    The Devil Knows You're Dead: A Matthew Scudder Crime Novel, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
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    In New York City, there is little sense and no rules, and those who fly the highest often come crashing down the hardest. A deranged, derelict, crazed Vietnam vet has been arrested for gunning down successful young lawyer Glenn Holtzmann at a corner phone booth on 11th Avenue - and the suspect's brother wants unlicensed private investigator Matthew Scudder to prove the madman innocent. But Scudder's curiosity and dedication are leading him to dark, unexplored places in his own heart…and to passions and secrets that could destroy everything he loves.

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  • 12

    Even the Wicked

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
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    A demented serial killer, who calls himself "The Will of the People", has gained a wide audience by sending warning letters to the New York Daily News. When "Will" names a prominent criminal defense attorney as his next victim, P.I. Matt Scudder suddenly finds himself protecting an old associate. Matching his wits against the wily murderer, Matt must race to uncover "Will's" identity before he loses his lawyer friend.

    antonio says: "Excellent"
    Excellent

    Another excellent book by L Block..The plot is intriguing and the characters captivating . With Matt Scudder's stories, Lawrence Block follows the tra..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 01 2011 by antonio (genthod, Switzerland)
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    A Long Line of Dead Men: A Matthew Scudder Crime Novel, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
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    An ancient brotherhood meets annually in the back room of a swank Manhattan restaurant, a fraternity created in secret to celebrate life by celebrating its dead. But the past three decades have not been kind to the Club of 31. Matthew Scudder - ex-cop and ex-boozer - has known death in all its guises, which is why he has been asked to investigate a baffling thirty-year run of suicides and suspiciously random accidents that has thinned the ranks of this very select group of gentlemen.

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  • 13

    Everybody Dies

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
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    In Everybody Dies, Matt is finally leading a comfortable, almost respectable life - until he helps an unlikely friend uncover a nameless enemy. The Big Apple seems to be mellowing now that the crime rate is down and gentrification is sweeping the old neighborhoods. But when a hoodlum buddy from the past asks Matt to investigate the murders of two employees, the spruced-up sidewalks seem as mean as ever.

    Rich says: "Excellent"
    Excellent

    I had a hard time taking pauses in listening to this book. Good story and excellent narration.

    Reviewed on September 30 2007 by Rich (Fort Worth, TX, United States)
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    Hope to Die

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    All the Flowers Are Dying

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  • 16

    A Drop of the Hard Stuff

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
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    Edgar Award-winning author Lawrence Block has been named a Mystery Writers of America Grand Master. A Drop of the Hard Stuff continues Block’s popular series starring New York private detective and recovering alcoholic Matthew Scudder. Scudder is already struggling with his sobriety when his friend and fellow AA member Jack Ellery is found murdered. Now the only thing keeping Scudder from the bottle is his obsession with finding the culprit.

    David says: "Too Much...Not Enough."
    Too Much...Not Enough.

    Scudder's struggles with alcohol have always been an interesting sub-plot in Block's book, but takes center stage here. Center stage with a spotlight ..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 22 2011 by David (Northridge, CA, United States)
  • A Candle for the Bag Lady: A Matthew Scudder Story, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 8 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Lawrence Block
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    Matthew Scudder investigates the brutal murder of a woman known as the “bag lady.” A seemingly homeless woman, she turns out to have distributed her substantial wealth in a complex will naming random strangers. Where did the money come from? Why was she living in such reduced circumstances? And why in the world did she choose these beneficiaries - the owner of a local newspaper stand, a neighbor she rarely spoke to, the detective himself - when her real friends and acquaintances got nothing at all? And how is all this linked to her murder?

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