Matt Scudder

20 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 2,070 ratings

The Sins of the Fathers Publisher's Summary

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.

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  • Book 1

    • The Sins of the Fathers

    • By: Lawrence Block
    • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
    • Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 206
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 174
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 176

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good introduction to a popular series

    • By Sharron on 12-26-11

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  • Book 2

    • Time to Murder and Create

    • By: Lawrence Block
    • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
    • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 93
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 87
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 88

    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....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Another good Matt Scudder novel....

    • By antonio on 10-26-12

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  • Book 3

    • In the Midst of Death

    • By: Lawrence Block
    • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
    • Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 85
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 76
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 77

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent narration. A lesser Scudder mystery.

    • By Justin D. on 02-11-16

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  • Book 4

    • A Stab in the Dark

    • By: Lawrence Block
    • Narrated by: William Roberts
    • Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 80
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 68
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Letdown

    • By Mark on 04-11-17

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  • Book 5

    • Eight Million Ways to Die

    • By: Lawrence Block
    • Narrated by: Lawrence Block
    • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 128
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 117
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 115

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Matt Scudder is the best !

    • By antonio on 05-26-12

    Regular price: $18.17

  • Book 6

    • When the Sacred Ginmill Closes

    • A Matt Scudder Mystery
    • By: Lawrence Block
    • Narrated by: Mark Hammer
    • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 149
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 92
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 91

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great narration, great prose

    • By mindusq on 04-25-10

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  • Book 7

    • Out on the Cutting Edge

    • A Matthew Scudder Crime Novel, Book 7
    • By: Lawrence Block
    • Narrated by: Dan Butler
    • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 68
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A great thriller

    • By antonio on 02-02-14

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  • Book 8

    • A Ticket to the Boneyard

    • A Matthew Scudder Crime Novel, Book 8
    • By: Lawrence Block
    • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
    • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 88
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 71

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another Matt Scudder great story...

    • By antonio on 03-12-14

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  • Book 9

    • A Dance at the Slaughterhouse

    • Matthew Scudder, Book 9
    • By: Lawrence Block
    • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
    • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Oustanding in a very good series. 5-star narrator.

    • By MidwestGeek on 01-03-16

    Regular price: $18.17

  • Book 10

    • A Walk Among the Tombstones

    • A Matt Scudder Mystery
    • By: Lawrence Block
    • Narrated by: Mark Hammer
    • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 459
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 402
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 403

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Movie to be out Sept 19, 2014

    • By PerryMartinBookReviews on 06-24-14

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  • Book 11

    • The Devil Knows You're Dead

    • A Matthew Scudder Crime Novel, Book 11
    • By: Lawrence Block
    • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
    • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 51

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A journey between murder and melancholy

    • By antonio on 08-01-14

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  • Book 12

    • A Long Line of Dead Men

    • A Matthew Scudder Crime Novel, Book 12
    • By: Lawrence Block
    • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
    • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of Matt Scudder better stories...

    • By antonio on 09-13-14

    Regular price: $21.68

  • Book 13

    • Even the Wicked

    • By: Lawrence Block
    • Narrated by: Mark Hammer
    • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 132
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 81
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 83

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent

    • By antonio on 05-01-11

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    • Even the Wicked

    • By: Lawrence Block
    • Narrated by: Mark Hammer
    • Length: 12 hrs
    • Unabridged
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    Matt Scudder is drawn into the case of a serial killer targeting criminals the law cannot touch. The Will of the People, egged on by a vitriolic newspaper columnist, kills a sex offender, a mobster, and a racist cult leader despite their seemingly impenetrable security. Then Scudder gets a call from a hot-shot attorney, the recipient of the Will's latest letter....

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  • Book 14

    • Everybody Dies

    • By: Lawrence Block
    • Narrated by: Mark Hammer
    • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 126
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 72
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 72

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent

    • By Rich on 09-30-07

    Regular price: $29.37

    • Everybody Dies

    • By: Lawrence Block
    • Narrated by: Mark Hammer
    • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Matt Scudder is well and truly off the booze, but he still spends time with some of his old drinking pals, including Mick Ballou. Mick is worried - a garage full of bourbon has been ripped off and two of his henchman killed in cold blood. Mick wants Scudder to look into it - he reluctantly agrees. The following weekend Matt's mentor from AA is shot dead at point blank range - Matt knows it should have been him. Now the case is personal.

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  • Book 15

    • Hope to Die

    • By: Lawrence Block
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 32

    The city caught its collective breath when upscale couple Byrne and Susan Hollander were slaughtered in a brutal home invasion. Now, a few days later, the killers themselves have turned up dead behind the locked door of a Brooklyn hellhole - one apparently slain by his partner in crime, who then took his own life. There's something drawing Matthew Scudder to this case that the cops have quickly and eagerly closed.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Block's prose is as smooth as aged whiskey...

    • By antonio on 07-05-16

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  • Book 16

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    • All the Flowers Are Dying

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  • Book 17

    • A Drop of the Hard Stuff

    • By: Lawrence Block
    • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
    • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 195
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 153
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 153

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • more great Lawrence Block

    • By Louella on 01-16-12

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    • The Night and the Music

    • The Matthew Scudder Short Story Collection
    • By: Lawrence Block
    • Narrated by: Lawrence Block
    • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28

    Lawrence Block's 17 Matthew Scudder novels have won the hearts of readers throughout the world - along with a bevy of awards including the Edgar, the Shamus, the Philip Marlowe (Germany), and the Maltese Falcon (Japan). But Scudder has starred in short fiction as well, and it's all here, from a pair of late-'70s novelettes ("Out the Window" and "A Candle for the Bag Lady") through "By the Dawn's Early Light" (Edgar) and "The Merciful Angel of Death" (Shamus), all the way to "One Last Night at Grogan's", a moving and elegiac story never before published.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Stories are clever if you can get past his voice.

    • By MidwestGeek on 03-31-14

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