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--Otto Penzler, Los Angeles Times, Ten Most Wanted Books of 2011
"Indeed, the title story is a brilliantly told mood piece that willdeeply satisfy those who have followed Scudder on his journey throughlife. It is a rare moment of pure humanity in Scudder's world and serves to give the impression that Scudder is a lot more than just a PI, thathis story doesn't stop when we're not reading about him."
--Russel McLean, Crime Scene Scotland
"It's easy to imagine yourself sitting on the couch in Scudder's home,sipping iced tea while jazz music plays softly in the background...Youare always guaranteed a good time."
--John Neal, The Celebrity Café
"My favorite, I think, is the title story, "The Night and the Music",which finds Matt and his wife Elaine talking and listening to music invarious places around their part of New York. This story is so elegantand evocative that it reminds me very much of some of Irwin Shaw'sstories...Also in that vein is the final story in the book, the recently written and fittingly titled "One Last Night at Grogan's", again not amystery or a crime story. I don't know if Block plans to write any moreabout Matt Scudder, and he may not know, either, but "One Last Night atGrogan's" has a beautifully elegiac feel to it, and if it does turn outto be the series' farewell, it's a good one."
--James Reasoner, Rough Edges
About the Author
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.--This text refers to the mp3_cd edition.
- ASIN : B005QSSKCG
- Publisher : Telemachus Press, LLC (November 19, 2013)
- Publication date : November 19, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 698 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 249 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #236,753 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It included one of the stories in this anthology, “The Merciful Angel of Death.” This is one of my favorite stories from this collection of Block's work. Matt Scudder is investigating the possibility of a serial killer who's murdering AIDS patients at Caritas. But it's not that simple. He watches as she helps a patient die without touching him, not that she didn't occasionally give one of them a shove. This story is not the traditional mystery story, usually a rehashed version of an “Ironside” episode from the 20th century. It was topical and philosophical, and it made you think.
My other favorite from this collection is “Let's Get Lost”. Matt is still a cop, married to his first wife, living on Long Island, still drinking, but he's having an affair with a high-priced hooker named Elaine. A man had a heart attack and died while in her bed, and Matt handled the situation for her. Now he had the reputation of a fixer, someone who takes care of problematic situations. In this case it's a weekly poker game, and one of the players winds up dead. The other four players say he answered the door in the middle of a hand and someone stabbed him. Matt smells a rat right away. He tells them the police will never believe that, and he sets up an alternative scenario. What he's really done is sniff out evidence that the players' version isn't what really happened, and the reader sees what a great detective Scudder really is.
If you're looking for a new detective series that makes you think a bit, you might try THE SINS OF THE FATHERS or WHEN THE SACRED GIN MILL CLOSES. There are about ten full-length novels and they're all better than the usual tripe, that is unless you're bothered by a detective without a license who walks all around New York City, attending AA meetings while showing you the city and working a case.
“Out the Window” and “A Candle for the Bag Lady” were written after the 3rd novel In the Midst of Death when Scudder was still drinking heavily. Both are excellent mysteries in line with the tone of the early books. However, the second story contains a bit of a spoiler for the 4th novel A Stab in the Dark. The motivation of the killer in “Bag Lady” was identical to the one in the novel.
“By Dawn’s Early Light” – Won an Edgar Award. Later expanded and incorporated into the 6th novel When the Sacred Ginmill Closes.
“Batman’s Helpers” – Explores the murky ethics of copyright trademark enforcement. From a strictly narrative standpoint, this story lacks punch, but interesting nonetheless. Occurs after the 7th novel Out on the Cutting Edge.
“The Merciful Angel of Death” – A bleak look at New York’s response to the AIDS crisis and an exploration of the murky ethics of assisted suicide. Published the same year as the 11th novel The Devil Knows You’re Dead
“The Night and the Music” – A contemplative vignette showcasing New York’s jazz scene in Greenwich Village. Occurs after the events of A Long Line of Dead Men.
Looking for David – A particularly sad and hardboiled tale inspired by Michelangelo’s sculpture of David, with a jolt of an ending. Matt and Elaine spent their honeymoon in Europe; this story occurs during that trip.
“Let's Get Lost” – In this prequel story, set before the first novel, Scudder helps some men cover-up a suspicious death and in the process arrives at the truth. This one is not so much noir or mystery as it is O’Henry-ish.
“A Moment of Wrong Thinking” – Scudder recalls an unresolved case from early in his career and considers several possible scenarios. Occurs after Hope to Die.
“Mick Ballou Looks at the Blank Screen” – This short-short is essentially just a fluff piece, but it fills in an important gap in Mick’s personal life between the end of All the Flowers Are Dying and the beginning of A Drop of the Hard Stuff.
“One Last Night at Grogan's” –Matt, Elaine, and Mick Ballou reminisce for the final time at Grogan’s Open House. The final elegiac prose-poem for the series.
Top reviews from other countries
I recommend reading this volume last after you have read all the previous novels.
Although the stories are set in different time lines throughout the series they are an easy read (one of which is actually a short version of one of the novels).
What caps this book off is the final story "One Last Night At Grogan's" which if it is the final words written about Matt Scudder is a fitting finale.
A great book to end a fantastic series of novels.