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All the Flowers are Dying CD (Matthew Scudder Mysteries) Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Matt Scudder, bestseller Block's extraordinary private detective, has been around for almost 30 years, and if his aging has been neither gentle nor graceful, it's certainly been eventful. In his stellar 16th outing (after 2001's Hope to Die), the 60-something Scudder proves to be as tough and resilient as ever when faced with the slickest, sickest killer to ever test his mettle. Fans won't be surprised that the killer is linked to the unresolved murders of Hope to Die or that Elaine and Scudder may become the fiend's target. The narrative smoothly shifts between Scudder's point-of-view and the thoughts and actions of the killer, whose ingenuity, daring and pure viciousness sear the pages. Aware of the danger but without a clue to the person behind the threat, Scudder and Elaine are forced into a protective siege while Scudder uses all his skills to probe the mystery. Series fans will welcome the familiar characters and places that have become such an important part of Scudder's universe: TJ, Mick Ballou, Grogan's Bar, the AA meeting spots. Add them together with some brilliant twists and one gets a thrilling, satisfying concoction brewed by a master storyteller in top form.
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From Bookmarks Magazine
Block, like so many successful mystery writers, is a proven commodity. With a shelf full of awards (including four Edgars, four Shamus Awards, two Maltese Falcon Awards, the Nero Wolfe Award, and Grandmaster status from the Mystery Writers of America), hes established his mastery of riveting plots, compelling characters, and whip-smart dialogue. So what surprises does the 16th Matt Scudder mystery hold? Reviewers note the progression (or regression) towards the darker side of noir fiction, especially in the gruesome actions of the serial killer. And while the gore might be reason enough to keep faint-hearted readers away, a few critics find the serial killer too flat to be believable. More of a good thing might not bring effusive praise, but its sure to satisfy Block fans.
Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
At book's commencement, Scudder is asked by one of Elaine's friends to investigate a character she has hooked up with, someone of which she met blindly via an internet dating service. Along with the supremely confident assistance of up and coming PI-apprentice TJ, the matter seems to be a relatively sane walk in the park for our obliging heroes. But can we successfully join the dots and assume that the man in question is in fact the dastardly mass murderer from HOPE TO DIE? Of course, the book is way more complicated than such a simple deduction and it would be offensive to Mr Block to suggest such a simple plot. One needs to read this excellent book to find out who does what to whom but you can rest assured that there will be plenty of action, suspense, subtle violence and classic New York atmosphere all packed in between the front and back covers.
Mr Block's writing style has not aged or dropped off in entertainment value one iota across the full length of the Scudder Saga and this is something for which his world wide followers are forever grateful. In fact, our man Scud has moved with the times and finally come to grips with some of the technology which has so overwhelmingly shaped his world. The characters populating the story are the much loved favourites but for a bit of extra colour lets hope Mick Ballou's appearances in the story are more than cameos.
This one is sure to entertain his long standing followship. A solid entry in the series.
And so to the ending. It is violent, suspenseful, but extremely satisfying. It was not entirely unexpected in one sense, but it was inevitable and really, the only way the book could have finished the duology of AB. As i feared, Mick Ballou's role in the story was only a small one, but as a reader I was glad he was there to help out when things got tough at the end. So too, was the Scud, and TJ and Elaine and one other character I wont mention. But was the book worth five stars? Absolutely. There was never a dull moment. Some readers may have been put off by the detail and gruesome murders, but to me that just made the story more realistic and the bad guy even more hateable than he would have been otherwise. One wonders at the vulnerability of the prison officers, and whether prison staff and visitor selection procedures are really that fallible, but who am i to judge, and this is a work of fiction, after all. This book may not have hit the heights of some of the others in the series (I'm looking at you, Sacred Gin Mill!) but it was a heck of a pulse pounding ride, and what more do you want out of a book? The downside is that there is only one more Scudder novel left in the series. But at least i can read the entire collection of shorts as found in THE NIGHT AND THE MUSIC, and then start on the novels in order again.
I don't know if this book won an award. If it didn't, it should have.
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