All the Flowers Are Dying (Matthew Scudder #16)
Scudder, a complex character w...more
"Wow!" is the best way I can sum this one up. I've read that Block wrote this one to be the series ender and it easily could be. As usual, Block delivered the goods and had me guessing, even though I knew who the killer was when I opened the book. There was a red herring tha...more
Dear Block, why did you do this? It was such a great run--was a serial killer really the direction you wanted to take the Scudder series? Why, I remember the good ol' days when Scudder was a life drop-out, hanging out on bar stools and nursing his way through a whiskey and coffee, subsisting on his favors for 'friends.' Now officially retired and respectable, Scudder is still...more
The ones in the middle are the best but the whole series has been excellent and all the more enjoyable for having read them in order as by the end there are frequent references to previous books. This one ended up being one of my favourites and was very hard to put down. Just A Drop of the Hard Stuff and the short story collection The Night and the Music to go now.
Block spends much more time viewing things from the eyes of a sadistic murderer in this book, which he does so well, it is unnerving. But the drop to 3 stars from 4 is due to just that. This book, unlike the others I have read in this series is so focused on the mind of the murderer it almost caused me to stop reading.
AA acquaintance’s mysterious new boyfriend --- when death strikes close to Elaine. The demented serial killer with the razor-sharp intellect from Hope To Die is back, and out for revenge.
Block’s writing, if not at its full power, is still taut and fraught with suspense, and keeps the pages turning. Seeing the aged-in-real-time Scudder and all his cronies feels like a family reunion; that’s a great...more
In remarks others have made, it's intriguing to note that those unfamiliar with earlier books in the Matt Scudder series seem tentative in their assessment. They seem to feel they're missing some of the pieces, and perhaps that's true. I probably became acquainted with Matt Scudde...more
The writing is great as usual but super masterminded serial killers are not credible to me. Also the inclusion of chapters related from the point of view of the criminal breaks the continuity.["br"]>
Block didn't wait for his career as a writer to take off, he, unlike other struggling authors, invested time meeting with readers and booksellers. Even as a best-selling author, he would take it upon himself to tour the country giving talks at bookstore and signing books.
I intercepted him years and years ago when he visited the Fresno Barnes & Noble on one of those trips....more
I hope and pray that this isn't the last time that we see Matt Scudder... but if it is, he has capped his career with what is unquestionably his most exciting and terrifying case ever. Borrowing some agonizingly exquisite evil from his own book, Small Town, Block cr...more
Block, Lawrence – 16th novel in series
William Morrow, 2005 – Hardcover
Matt Scudder has been hired to investigate a woman's suspicious lover. In the meantime, there is a man on death row awaiting execution for murdering three boys. He has been befriended by a "psychologist" who clearly knows more about the murders than he does. And, when a friend of Elaine Scudder is brutally murdered, the threads are slowly tied together and head...more
Block, like so many successful mystery writers, is a proven commodity. With a shelf full of awards (including four Edgars, four Shamus Awards, two Maltese Falcon Awards, the Nero Wolfe Award, and Grandmaster status from the Mystery Writers of America), he's established his mastery of riveting plots, compelling characters, and whip-smart dialogue. So what surprises does the 16th Matt Scudder mystery hold? Reviewers note the progression (or regression) towards the darker side of noir fiction, espe...more
However, winding his way across the states, returning to New York is a mass murderer, whose attention to detail, patience and changing MO has at least one man on death row for the rape and murder of three children he didn't commit.
Back in New York, and AB is killing time - and people - whilst planning a vengeance o...more
The focus shifted from Matthew to a horrible psychopath who tortured and killed men, women and even children. The worst part is that we were subjected to explicit details of these atrocities. I found myself skipping several pages at a time. If you're into that...fine...more
Starting the series with this book, I didn't have his history and this book did not bring Scudder or other major characters alive for me until near the end of the book.
I ended up liking both Scudder and his wife, E...more
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