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Hope to Die: A Matthew Scudder Novel

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Twenty-five years ago Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Lawrence Block introduced his acclaimed unlicensed private investigator to the New York crime scene. Today Matthew Scudder remains one of the most complex, richly human protagonists in noir fiction — as he pursues a faceless adversary with a unique talent and taste for murder.

When Byrne and Susan Hollander are killed in a brutal home invasion, the whole city catches its collective breath. A few days later the killers turn up dead behind a locked door in Brooklyn. One has killed his partner, then himself. The city sighs with relief. The cops close the case.

Matt and Elaine Scudder were in the same room with the Hollanders hours before their deaths. In spite of himself, Scudder is drawn to the Hollander case. The closer he looks, the more he senses the presence of a third man, a puppet master who manipulated his two accomplices, then cut their strings when he was done with them.

The villain who looms in the shadows is one of Block's most inspired creations, cold and diabolical, murdering for pleasure and profit. Nobody but Scudder even suspects he exists — and he's not done killing.

He's just getting started...

Review:

"A puzzler....So dry. So droll. So good for the native soul." Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"[Block's] prose is as smooth as aged whiskey, as always, and the story flows across its pages....[Hope to Die] lacks the visceral edge and heightened emotion of many previous Scudders....[A] solid mystery, a fine Block, but less than exceptional." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Block...manages to bring a rare depth and power to the genre....With Matt as our guide, we emerge from these visits to the dark side a little more fearful but always richer for the experience." Wes Lukowsky, Booklist

Review:

"Remarkable....Block [is] one of the most graceful stylists around." The Washington Post Book World

Review:

"[A] plot as diabolical as it is far-fetched....Second-drawer Scudder is still Scudder, but...this battle of wits lacks the somber view of mortality that makes his best work so powerful — right down to the final chapter, which strongly hints at a rematch." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"[E]njoyably wistful....Hope to Die isn't a great whodunit; like its protagonist, it sags a bit around the middle. What sustains your interest are the vividly drawn locals whom Scudder encounters... (Grade: B+)" Bruce Fretts, Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"Lawrence Block writes terrific books. His Matthew Scudder series is his best work." The Boston Sunday Globe

Synopsis:

When Byrne and Susan Hollander are killed in a brutal home invasion, the whole city catches its collective breath. A few days later the killers turn up dead behind a locked door in Brooklyn. One has killed his partner, then himself. The city sighs with relief. The cops close the case.Matt and Elaine Scudder were in the same room with the Hollanders hours before their deaths. In spite of himself, Scudder is drawn to the Hollander case. The closer he looks, the more he senses the presence of a third man, a puppet master who manipulated his two accomplices, then cut their strings when he was done with them.The villain who looms in the shadows is one of Block's most inspired creations, cold and diabolical, murdering for pleasure and profit. Nobody but Scudder even suspects he exists — and he's not done killing.He's just getting started....

About the Author

A Mystery Writers of America Grand Master, Lawrence Block is a four-time winner of the Edgar Allan Poe and Shamus Awards, as well as a recipient of prizes in France, Germany, and Japan. The author of more than fifty books and numerous short stories, he is a devout New Yorker who spends much of his time traveling.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060198329
Author:
Block, Lawrence
Publisher:
William Morrow
Location:
New York
Subject:
New york (state)
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Private investigators
Subject:
New York
Subject:
Scudder, Matt
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Matthew Scudder Mysteries (Hardcover)
Series Volume:
15
Publication Date:
October 16, 2001
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.58x6.46x1.15 in. 1.36 lbs.

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Product details 336 pages William Morrow & Company - English 9780060198329 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A puzzler....So dry. So droll. So good for the native soul."
"Review" by , "[Block's] prose is as smooth as aged whiskey, as always, and the story flows across its pages....[Hope to Die] lacks the visceral edge and heightened emotion of many previous Scudders....[A] solid mystery, a fine Block, but less than exceptional."
"Review" by , "Block...manages to bring a rare depth and power to the genre....With Matt as our guide, we emerge from these visits to the dark side a little more fearful but always richer for the experience."
"Review" by , "Remarkable....Block [is] one of the most graceful stylists around."
"Review" by , "[A] plot as diabolical as it is far-fetched....Second-drawer Scudder is still Scudder, but...this battle of wits lacks the somber view of mortality that makes his best work so powerful — right down to the final chapter, which strongly hints at a rematch."
"Review" by , "[E]njoyably wistful....Hope to Die isn't a great whodunit; like its protagonist, it sags a bit around the middle. What sustains your interest are the vividly drawn locals whom Scudder encounters... (Grade: B+)"
"Review" by , "Lawrence Block writes terrific books. His Matthew Scudder series is his best work."
"Synopsis" by , When Byrne and Susan Hollander are killed in a brutal home invasion, the whole city catches its collective breath. A few days later the killers turn up dead behind a locked door in Brooklyn. One has killed his partner, then himself. The city sighs with relief. The cops close the case.Matt and Elaine Scudder were in the same room with the Hollanders hours before their deaths. In spite of himself, Scudder is drawn to the Hollander case. The closer he looks, the more he senses the presence of a third man, a puppet master who manipulated his two accomplices, then cut their strings when he was done with them.The villain who looms in the shadows is one of Block's most inspired creations, cold and diabolical, murdering for pleasure and profit. Nobody but Scudder even suspects he exists — and he's not done killing.He's just getting started....
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