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Sintesi dell'editore

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.

In this unmerciful metropolis, no one is truly innocent - including Matthew Scudder.

©2009 Lawrence Block (P)2014 Blackstone Audiobooks

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  • Generale
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  • antonio
  • 01/08/2014

A journey between murder and melancholy

Matthew Scudder’ s books are not the typical detective story where a detective -the good guy- solves a mystery of a murder and gets the bad guy behind the bars and where suspense, violence and intensity are the basic ingredients of the plot. There is a bit (at times a lot) of all this in Scudder’s stories, but there is much more. Scudder is continuously in a soul-searching mode, engaged in a journey towards redemption from his demons (alcohol, bad memories, life failures). He does all this without rhetoric or drama; he is a man with a natural sense of self-reflection combined with a self-deprecating sense of humour. He is also smart, though when needed and a great at reading people behaviours.
In this particular book Scudder is asked to help solve the mystery of the death of a prosperous lawyer; a presumed killer is caught by the police, but …. Other more personal events cross Matt’s journey toward the truth and allow different levels of reflection, which the standards detective books do not usually do.
New York provides a fantastic background to the story and Joe Barret is as good as it gets.

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  • Generale
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  • XReviewer
  • 03/06/2015

Drags a little

Joe Barret is a great reader for this genre.

The story drags a bit here and there compared to other Scudder novels like When the Sacred Ginmill Closes but finishes very strong. It seems like Block is most compelling when Scudder is miserable.

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  • Generale
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  • Empress Karen
  • 30/09/2018

Scared Of What I'd Missed

This author is not for me. There’s humor but it comes way later in the mystery to overcome all the dark AA meetings, which are helpful to people, but seemed focused on a bit too much. I didn’t start at book 1, but this books’ story didn’t compel me to go back and begin the series. One reviewer said this was the best of the series so l purchased due to the reader Joe Barrett. He narrates the Brian Haig’s Sean Drummond series, excellent!!!
I do use the 1.25x speed to match the author’s intent.
For me, author’s type of humor eg grandmother had a black belt in House cleaning needed to open the book, instead of being so close to the discovery of the mystery killer. The beginning seemed a bit slow but you certainly got a birds eye view of Manhattan.
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  • Generale
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  • Ben B.
  • 14/11/2017

Character development w/o much story

Far from my favorite Scudder book, but decent nonetheless. Even without a compelling main storyline Block is able to provide some solid character development for those who've read all (or most) of the earlier Scudder books. This one lacks any thrills or real action, and the main mystery is pretty much of a dud, yet I enjoyed Joe Barrett's narration and certain other elements.

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  • Generale
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  • shelley spriggs
  • 12/07/2017

smart, funny, inclusive crime

really well written, enjoyable plotlines with great characters. really well narrated. Lawrence Block has become a favourite auther and Joe Barrett is hands down the best narrator.

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  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01/04/2022

Disappointing resolution to a murder

Morally challenged private eye Matthew Scudder cheats on his girlfriend and hangs out with both killers and cops, but somehow seems to walk an ethical tightrope. As with all of the Matt Scudder books, the attractions for me are the many conversations between Scudder and various minor characters, which are often as hilarious as they are irrelevant to the main storyline. I enjoyed this book, despite being disappointed in how the main mystery -- the murder of a man standing at a phone booth -- was "resolved." All narrated by one of the best readers out there, Joe Barrett.

  • Generale
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14/02/2022

Block Does It Again

Once again, Block mines the depths of the lower depths of Eighties Manhattan and strikes emotional gold.

  • Generale
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  • John
  • 18/10/2021

Once Again the Marriage of Lawrence Block and Joe Barrett win!!!

Joe Barrett brings Mathew Scudder and his Friends to life with every Audio book they partner with. I make it a point to listen to Joe Barrett in most every book he has been the Narrator. Why? He brings books to life and accentuates each and every character. His bless you both. ~ John Zirpola - Charleston, Sc.

  • Generale
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  • S. Weldy
  • 13/08/2021

Aces, as always!

I always enjoy Mathew Scudder books! The Nation was ok, but I prefer the ones Lawrence Block does himself. His voice is "right" for Mathew Scudder and I can close my eyes and it feels like Matt is right here telling me about his life!

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  • Q Garcia
  • 22/06/2021

Mistaken Identity

Great characters mixing it up in the story. To prove an apparently guilty man innocent, Scudder stumbles upon a federal snitch and a murderous pimp.

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  • Generale
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  • Lance
  • 10/04/2022

Matt Scutter and Travis McGee two of the best

Once again Block has managed to add even more to an already great character.
I have not enjoyed observing the development of a character throughout a series this much since John D. MacDonalds Travis McGee.
I had read the odd Matt Scutter book here and there, over the last few decades. but it wasn't until Audible Plus made the majority of the series available that I sat down and listened to the series in order and boy am I glad I did.
I'm not saying that I agree with all the decisions that Matt has Made throughout the series but I understand them and really appreciate the way that the decisions he made in earlier books effect the decisions and actions he takes in the later ones. this is something I noticed years ago in the Travis McGee series and the reason he is still my favourite literary character. and with this book, now Matt Scudder is running a close 2nd.

Please, if you have the chance, listen to the series in order. I think you will enjoy it as much as I do. and if so you might want to check out McGee.

  • Generale
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  • Elaine Brien
  • 07/02/2022

Good but not great

Probably the weakest so far of the Scudder novels. The story meanders along to a end with a wimper and an unsatisfactory conclusion. The main character Matt in other stories although flawed has redeeming qualities but here he finishes the book quite an unlikeable and unpleasant man, shame really. Brilliant narrator as usual.

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  • I. D. Hall-white
  • 02/06/2017

A MUST read like all t of Lawrence Block books .

Super reades always from the master of NYC stories and people, places and atmosphere ..