A Ticket to the Boneyard (Matthew Scudder #8)
Holy crap! James Leo Motley was the scariest villain I've run into a long time, far from a mustache twirling James Bond villain. He's crazy and nigh unstoppable. A few times while I was reading, I had to look over my shoulder and make sure he hadn't slipped into m ...more
Friends of Matt S. (since he’s working the steps, I’ll use the program’s preferred nomenclature) likely know from previous volumes, that Scudder-bran ...more
Twelve years earlier, while Scudder was still a detective in the NYPD, a psycho named James Leo Motley assaulted an escort named Elaine Mardell and insisted that she now belonged to him. Elaine was a friend of Scudder's; the two had been intim ...more
After Elaine was robbed, beaten and raped by a sadistic misogynist named John Leo Motley, she called Matt for help, and Scudder responded by getting Motley sent to priso ...more
1) I'm a chicken when it comes to horror/thriller.
2) In Ticket, Block experiments with a thriller plot of a sadistic freak stalking Scudder and Elaine for revenge. Yes, they set him up, but they were totally justified, because he was stalking prostitutes, assaulting and raping them and trying to use mind Jedi tricks to convince them to let him be their pimp for good. No cop thought the charges would stick because, you know, this is a New York jury: they ...more
This was less of a Matt Scudder mystery and more of a Matt Scudder thriller! James Leo Motley plays the first truly aggressive adversary he's ever faced, almost like an insane arch-nemeses in a way. This guy really hates Scudder, to the point where he wants to kill him and everyone he cares about. Talk about a grudge!
The whole thing dates back to a situation where Motley had been harassing Scudder's on again-off again call-girl/girlfriend, Elaine, a few years back. The only way that Scudder ...more
Motley is a creepy villain and still plausible, normaly i dislike the sick serial killer type villain.
Block brought back in the story the high-class prostitute named Elaine that Scudder use to be close with. That along with Scudder's new friendship with Mick Ballou, an Irish gangster made the story extra interesting and Matt less of depressing loner. Scudder in this series destroys the cool lone wolf type hero. He is a depressing loner ...more
JL Motley is a son of a bitch of the highest order, misogynist in the extreme and incre ...more
Lots of unexpected turns in the plot and a very satisfactory ending and most importantly, the scariest psychopathic bad guy ever !
Like the way that Scudder's character has developed throughout the series and enjoyed this one all the more for having read the previous 7 books but if you were to read just one of the series, this would be the one that I would recommend.
Completely unputdownable at times - almost missed my bus stop and ended up at the airport y ...more
On a good note, Matt is doing quite well in the no-drinking department:
"My name is Matt and I'm an alcoholic, and my hangovers used to be bad, too. I figured I was done with them in sobriety, so I felt a little ...more
This might be the best Scudder yet. Compared to the adolescent fantasies of Spenser, the characters are gritty, believable and fleshed out. This in turn helps the drama. While you know Spenser will outmatch everyone (yawn), Scudder, an Everyman struggling with his demon ...more
A Ticket to the Boneyard is the 8th Lawrence Block novel to feature Matthew Scudder. This book finds Matthew Scudder doing well with his sobriety. He's got a semi-regular gig working as an operative for a large detective agency and while lif ...more
There's little mystery in Ticket. There's Scudder, there's the client, there's the antagonist. It's pretty clear cut. The plot comes down to the gritty machinations of the two sides working against the other. It's compelling to see play out. Our antagonist is likely the most fearsome in the series to this point. Scudder, still struggling h ...more
This is one of the earlier Matt Scudder books. Here we have Matt coming out of yet another failed relationship. He is a former NYPD cop and now an unlicensed private investigator who only takes on cases he’s interested in, no matter whether or not they can pay. He and Elaine Mardell, the call girl he has known for years, become panic-stricken because a psychop ...more
In this book we find out just how grey his past was and how far he will go to make things right.
Almost impossible to put down.
Something bothered me in this book that didn't in the previous one, as well -- while a lot of male characters, including the minor ...more
By the time this book starts, our g ...more
The story begins when a woman from Matthew's past calls to say yet another mutual friend was murdered by a they offended before he went to jail a dozen years before. As Matthew tries to unravel the mystery of where their nemesis might be hiding, murders continue to pile up. ...more
It was exactly what I was looking for at the time; a book I could pick up, even mid-series, not feel lost when reading, ...more
"The streets of New York are never safe, but the release of James Leo Motley, a psychopath who went down swearing revenge on Matt Scudder on all who knew him, means death is out there looking for a victim. No-one is safe - friends, lovers or just those unfortunate enough to share the same name."
From his web site:
I'm told every good author website needs a bio, so here's mine:
"Lawrence Block's novels range from the urban noir of Matthew Scudder (A Drop of the Hard Stuff) to the urbane effervescence of Bernie Rhodenbarr (The Burglar on the Prowl), while other characters include the globe-trotting insomniac Evan Tanne ...more