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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.

But Scudder has mortality problems of his own, for his is a city that feeds mercilessly on the unsuspecting - even the powerful and those who serve them are easy prey. There are too many secrets here, too many places fora maddeningly patient serial killer to hide…and wait…and strike.

©1994 Lawrence Block (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • antonio
  • genthod, Switzerland
  • 09-13-14

One of Matt Scudder better stories...

I’ve read in “real time” all the Scudder’s books as they were published, but the pleasure to listen to listen to them few years later has not changed. In this story we find a Matt Scudder going trough a more settled period of his life (living with Elaine and working with TJ , almost like a “normal” detective). The plot is a more conventional of a mystery/thriller story –and a bit reminiscent of Agatha Christie. A group of young 31 "honorable" men engage themselves to meet every year –bound in a sort of life-long fraternity- until the last remaining member alone will be alive. After a few years one member suspects that too many of them are dying too young and in too large numbers. Scudder is hired to investigate and…..
This mystery has a pleasant pace with an intriguing scenario supported by great dialogue and interesting NY characters. A must read !

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Couldn't listen............

What would have made A Long Line of Dead Men better?

I own this book and was looking forward hearing it - but the Mr. Barrett's voice was so annoying (no matter the speed or volume) that I'm deleting it. Love Lawrence Block, Love Scudder - won't be buying any more that are read by Joe Barrett, however.

Would you be willing to try another one of Joe Barrett’s performances?

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

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  • Ben B.
  • Philly 'burbs, PA, US
  • 12-07-17

My favorite Scudder to date (probably)

I have listened to the entire Scudder set to this point (plus a few others out of sequence) , and this is my favorite to this point in the series. Unlike the previous entry (The Devil Knows You're Dead), this one has a great plot and a compelling, almost eerie mystery that grabs the reader. I would compare it to other detective novels but that would comprise a spoiler.

Joe Barrett has really grown on me as a narrator, too.

My only complaint is that I didn't want it to end. Block wraps things up pretty quickly, when he could have prolonged the story for quite a while had he wanted to. But that "complaint" just indicates that I was having a good time with the book. Highly recommended.

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Fantastic! First time to read a Block book

What made the experience of listening to A Long Line of Dead Men the most enjoyable?

Fascinating believable story! Narration superb. Joe Barrett's voice is welcoming and his accents subtle & spot on. One of those you didn't want to end.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Matt Scudder of course! <br/>Not often that I read a book that references other books /ideas and I take the time to look them up. In this case a quick reference to "tontine" the idea and the old books made me look them up and want to read them too. Also logic game of the 3 Christians and 3 cannibals mentioned I wasn't familiar with and looked it up and tried to solve too. <br/>The ending was creative/ Overall an engaging & satisfying - I"m off to read another of Blocks' books read by Barrett

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

May just be the best narrator I've heard. Just love the tone of his voice, his accents are slight but all work.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes!