A Long Line of Dead Men by Lawrence Block audiobook

A Long Line of Dead Men: A Matthew Scudder Novel

By Lawrence Block
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Blackstone Publishing 9781937698928

The Matthew Scudder Series: Book 12

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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 for a maddeningly patient serial killer to hide … and wait … and strike.

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Summary

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A 1995 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee for Best Novel

A 1995 Shamus Award Nominee for Best PI Hardcover

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 for a maddeningly patient serial killer to hide … and wait … and strike.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“One of the best writers now working the beat, Lawrence Block has done something new and remarkable with the private eye novel.” Wall Street Journal
“Matthew Scudder has evolved into the perfect noir hero.” Entertainment Weekly
“Masterful fiction…Skillful and imaginative.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“Superb…Block writes better than all of them…He gets better and better all the time.” Village Voice
“Ingenious…Consistently strong.” Baltimore Sun
“A superior storyteller…Block has an awareness of the pain and pleasure of living. It is a gift that not all authors have.” San Antonio Express-News
“An intelligent detective story that plays fair with the reader and yet will keep you guessing until the very end.” Rochester Post-Bulletin
“Block takes this absolutely wonderful premise and makes the most of it. Like all the best hard-boiled writers in the post-Chandler era, Block knows that character and ambience are the heart and soul of crime fiction, but unlike so many of his brethren, he also maintains a healthy respect for plot. When you read a lot of mysteries, you come to feel a numbing inevitability about literary murder: there are only so many motives and so many ways to kill somebody, and we’ve seen them all. Hence the pleasure of encountering a new Block novel and realizing again the joys of a fresh premise.” Booklist (starred review)
“The newest Matt Scudder novel by the blessedly prolific Block is right up to his usual standards…His ex-call girl companion, Elaine, is her usual comforting self, and there’s a brilliant portrait of an offbeat New York lawyer, obviously modeled on William Kunstler, who specializes in representing the underdog. The scene where the lawyer and suspicious ex-cop Scudder get to know and like each other is alone worth the price of the book.” Publishers Weekly

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Author Bio: Lawrence Block

Author Bio: Lawrence Block

Lawrence Block is the recipient of a Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America and a New York Times bestselling author. His prolific career spans over one hundred books, including four bestselling series and dozens of short stories and articles. He has won multiple Edgar and Shamus awards, two Falcon Awards from the Maltese Falcon Society of Japan, the Nero and Philip Marlowe Awards, the Cartier Diamond Dagger from the Crime Writers Association of America, and many others. Aside from being a mystery writer, he has also written a number of episodes for television, including two episodes of the ESPN series Tilt; he also cowrote the screenplay for the film My Blueberry Nights, starring Norah Jones. Block currently lives in New York City with his wife, Lynne.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 8.72
Audience: Adult
Language: English