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- Listening Length: 6 hours and 31 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
- Audible.com Release Date: January 1, 2013
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ANUFD04
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The Night and the Music: The Matthew Scudder Short Story Collection Audible – Unabridged
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Top Customer Reviews
I'd read some of the stories in the collection in anthologies available to the general public (i.e., Alfred Hitchcock, Ellery Queen, etc.), but as Block details in his closing notes, some of the stories have not been available in print before.
I had just finished "A Drop of the Hard Stuff" and apparently was heavily into my Scudder-addiction (I've discovered it just takes one). I quickly turned to the next book on my Kindle to help feed the obsession, the addiction, the craving. When I came across "The Night and The Music", I thought at first that perhaps I could do some controlled reading. If I limited myself to one story a day, I could make this book last about a week and a half. Ah, but one story is too many and the whole book, not enough!
I loved the stories in this anthology. I enjoyed that it was only Matt Scudder and that it included stories from the beginning of the series through to the end. I appreciated the ones that were a one/shot case, the ones that filled in some blanks or were character studies. I would be hard pressed to select a favorite from the whole lot. However, as other reviewers have shared, "One Last Night at Grogan's" (and the fact that it has been printed nowhere else, but was written specifically for inclusion in this volume) was the best gift an author could offer his fans.
Thank you, Lawrence Block. Thank you.
Matthew Scudder has been my favorite detective for a few years now and I'm always ready for more of his stories. The Night and the Music is all I could hope for and more. From the touching intro by Brian Koppelman to Lawrence Block's notes at the end, I was once again entranced.
The stories presented are from various points in Matthew Scudder's career. It could easily serve as either a jumping on point for new readers or a nice summation of the series. You've got Matt solving staged suicides, setups, and mysterious deaths. There are stories of Matt during his seldom talked about days on the police force and even one of his jobs with Reliable, rounding up bootleg Batman merchandise. The later stories are my favorite. As Matt enters the later years of his life, he spends more time thinking about the old days. He and Elaine run into someone he arrested years before while vacationing in Italy. Mick Ballou and Matt talk about death and Mick asks Matt to be his best man.
The final story in the collection threatened to yank silent tears from my manly ducts. Mick has closed Grogan's and he, Matt, Elaine, and Kristin gather for one last night of stories. As Mick and Matt reminisced about the earlier times in that fabled bar, I remembered experiencing the same moments with them in the early books. If Lawrence Block never writes another Matthew Scudder book, One Last Night at Grogan's would be a beautiful way to end the series.
I can't recommend the Matthew Scudder series enough and The Night and The Music is no exception!
But it is a fantastic purchase. Trust me.
They are not all crime stories. Some are character pieces that delve into Scudder's, and those around him, character. All quite nicely done.
A quite satisfying set of stories.