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The Night and the Music (Matthew Scudder) Paperback – November 20, 2013
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I love the Matthew Scudder series. One of the great short stories of all time is the Edgar-winning "By the Dawn's Early Light."
--Otto Penzler, L.A. Times
"One Last Night at Grogan's" has a beautifully elegiac feel to it, and if it does turn out to be the series' farewell, it's a good one."
--James Reasoner, Rough Edges
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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!
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.
The first story Out of The Window has a nice little case of veritgo, well it seems Matt has a case of height fears like me, that old palpitations and dizziness you get when heights are in the picture. He needs to solve a case of a jumper a local dame he knows on the simplest terms, who was a waitress in a cafe he frequents. Suicide or murder?
The second story A Candle for The Bag Lady involves a local lady nicknamed the bag lady. She gets murdered and Matt finds himself on her will which is a strange occurrence. He digs deeper to find out that maybe she was acting pre-emptively, in needing of his services. Anyway he can't let this one go, he must find the bag ladies killer. Some locals thought she was one that didn't count and just a ghost in the community but her death proved she was a legacy, a character that made a Mark in peoples lives.
Batman's Helpers a story back when he and some patrolmen had to clean the streets of illegal merchandise. All the Batman shirts and goodies that were copyrighted and had not permission to be made was being taking out of circulation. Fold up your tables and quit shop.
In The Night and The Music, also the title of the collection, you wil find Matt and his wife reminiscing.Read more ›
It was a thrill to read this collection of Scudder stories; this is Lawrence Block at his best. Here's hoping he never stops writing.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of a dwindling handful of writers that never writes a bad book.Published 17 days ago by bmts1234
I really liked all of the stories. The last is one of the best and a great ode. Any Scudder novel is a good read.Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
This is the 18th and final book in the Matt Scudder series, a collection of 11 short stories and novellas written between 1977 and 2011, presented in order of publication. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Craig
Any one who has a struggle with addictions would relate to his stories. He is a powerful story teller. He has been there.Published 2 months ago by John G Geiken
Disclaimer: If Lawrence Block writes it and it's about Matt Scudder, I will love it and I will buy it. Of all his short story collections, I've enjoyed this one most. Read morePublished 6 months ago by grandma Nord