A Drop of the Hard Stuff

Seeing as Matt Scudder ages along with his creator, Lawrence Block doesn’t feel there’s much interest in following the activities of a detective in his mid-70s.  Rather than write a follow-up to All The Flowers Are Dying, Block backtracks about thirty years, all the way back to Scudder’s first year of sobriety where he finds…

All The Flowers Are Dying

The day I started my journey through the Scudder series in 2011, I’ve been dreading this moment.  I somehow managed to stretch the sixteen novels over the past four years in an attempt to get maximum enjoyment out of the series.  It was a great choice, if I don’t say so myself.  While there are…

Hope to Die

When a married couple is found brutally murdered in their own home, the two scum bags thought responsible are found dead in their own apartment of an apparent murder suicide.  While the NYPD feels confident in closing the case, the niece of the deceased does not.  She mentions this in passing to TJ who in…

Everybody Dies

“The most successful war seldom pays for its losses.” –Thomas Jefferson Lawrence Block’s fourteenth entry in his long running Matt Scudder series is by far the most tragic.  The loss of life within these pages is astounding and there came a time near the end where I thought very few would make it out alive.…

Borderline

I wonder if Juarez and El Paso were inspirations for George Lucas when he created the town of Mos Eisley as the two border towns are both wretched hives of scum and villainy. Seeing the public eye for the first time in over fifty years, and released through renowned publisher Hard Case Crime, Borderline (originally…

Even The Wicked

At the urging of an opinion piece, a vigilante takes to the streets of New York knocking off an accused child molester who up until now, has escaped the hand of justice.   Succeeding in his mission, he dubs himself  “The Will of the People” (or “Will” for short).  Shortly after, he writes into a…

Interview – Lawrence Block

Over the last few years, I’ve been making my way through Lawrence Block’s Matt Scudder series.  I’ve also branched out into his novels with Hardcase Crime as well as his Bernie Rhodenbarr series with last year’s self-published release, The Burglar Who Counted The Spoons.  As you could probably guess, Block has emerged as one of my…

A Long Line of Dead Men

Unlicensed detective Matt Scudder is hired by a member of a secret group of men who meet once a year to discuss progress made in their lives.  In 1961, the group started out strong with thirty-one members and now, some thirty years later, they’re down to fourteen.  It doesn’t seem uncommon – people die all…