- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 4 hours and 59 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
- Audible.com Release Date: October 6, 2011
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005TA8JR2
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
In the Midst of Death Audible – Unabridged
|New from||Used from|
|Free with your Audible trial|
Customers who bought this item also bought
Top Customer Reviews
Mr Block is world famous for his writing and story telling abilities. Already, at such an early stage of this wonderful series, his plots are sufficiently engaging (and dare I say, sufficiently fascinating) to make it difficult for the reader to close their kindle. There is the hint of a relationship building between Scudder and his female friend Elaine but he has not committed himself to her at this stage. His too busy sleeping with this client's wife. *blushes* Readers can associate and get to like Scudder very quickly for his personal traits and beliefs, as well as his obvious flaws and weaknesses. Fortunately for him, and the baddies, these are few and far between.
Unless books leave me with goose bumps, and gasping with awe at the brilliance of the reading experience, I tend not to award them five stars. IN THE MIDST OF DEATH is like this. It is good, in fact, very, very good but I can't give it full marks.
One has to leave room for the extraordinary.
A fun, satisfying crime story. This book wouldn't be out of place beside the best works of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler. It's that good!
Matthew Scudder is a hard drinking ex-cop taking life as it comes near the fringes of society in New York City. He'd tell you that he's not a private detective. Private detectives do things like charge fees, keep records, and file tax returns -- Scudder doesn't do any of that. Instead he does "certain things for certain friends." Favors he calls them, and in return these certain friends might do him a favor... like give him money.
When Jerry Broadfield, a cop of questionable ethics who has decided to turn stool pigeon against the department, gets accused of extortion he needs help. Bad. Since it's not like he can go to the cops, they hate him, he reaches out to Matt Scudder. After some consideration Scudder reluctantly agrees to take the case even though he can't shake the feeling that Jerry Broadfield isn't being straight with him.
Then the key witness against Broadfield is murdered and the cops decide they needn't look any further than Jerry Broadfield himself for the murderer. Scudder doesn't buy the official version, he also doesn't completely buy Jerry Broadfield's version, but since he's on the case anyway he's going to stick with it until he finds out what there is to know. And he will find out!
This is the third novel in the Matthew Scudder series and it's one of the best -- some sources will list it as the second novel: It was written third but originally published second, so it may depend on when your copy was printed. It's a lean, riveting, fast paced example of the best of one of the modern masters in the private detective genre.
Shorter than most of Lawrence Block's other Matthew Scudder novels and as a result it focuses almost exclusively on the case. There isn't much in the way of Scudder's usual self-reflection or the more colorful characters that will generally turn up in the course of his investigations. This one is a pure example of the pulp fiction detective novel.
I had read this years ago, this and Eight Million Ways to Die were what got me hooked on the Scudder series in the first place, but in the years since I had forgotten how hard-boiled the early Scudder novels were compared to the more recent ones. It's like renewing an old friendship.
I can't recommend this book highly enough for anyone who likes a hard edged detective novel in the old pulp tradition.
In this installment, Matthew Scudder still has his hands around several bourbons and coffees (and bourbon-and-coffees) while he tries to get a grasp on who is framing an NYPD officer for the murder of a high-priced, highly-connected working girl. The mystery element is standard Block competency--which translates to high-level mystery writing for other authors. My only negative comment happens at the very, very end of the novel. There is an almost--ALMOST--jaw-dropping "Oh, no! You can't end it like this!" element. (I can't tell you anymore without spoiling it, but you'll recognize it when you read it.) However, even though this event resolves itself, the feeling that Block was going for a quick shot before ending the book remained with me. Again, four stars not five. And a four star Lawrence Block novel is a five-and-a-half star novel by just about anyone else. Go for it.