A Stab in the Dark (Matthew Scudder #4)
Louis Pinell, the recently apprehended "Icepick Prowler," freely admits to having slain seven young women nine years ago -- but be swears it was a copycat who killed Barbara Ettinger Matthew Scudder believes him. But the trail to Ettinger's true murderer is twisted, dark and dangerous...and even colder than the almost decade-old corpse the p.i. is determined to avenge.
Lawrence Block does it again. In the fourth volume, Matthew Scudder struggles with his alcoholism and follows a trail nine years cold. Once again, Block did a good job tricking me into thinking I knew who t ...more
He also drinks. Heavily by this point. But ...more
The brandy, I told myself. Probably be a good idea to stay away from it. Stick to what you're used to. Stick to bourbon. I went on over to Armstrong's. A little bourbon would take the edge off the brandy rush. A little bourbon would take the edge off almost anything. ~A Stab in the DarkAh, Matt. Things are getting pretty dark for you my friend. Rock bottom is rushing up to meet you at about 200 miles an hour. It's going to hit like a freight train and I'm afraid you won't even see it coming. Ca ...more
In this one, a serial killer is caught by police. The catch? He only confesses to seven of the murders and has an airtight alibi for the eighth. The father of the eighth victim realizes he needs a new kind of closure and hires Scudder to investigate. He pursues it like a terrier; hanging on, chasing down leads from nine years ago, drinking his way through the city. After he interviews the remarried husband and his new wi ...more
Matt Scudder, unlicensed PI returns for his fourth instalment, this time doing a favour for a bereaved father who has recently discovered that his dead daughter is the only "victim" of a captured serial killer that he couldn't possibly have murdered. Once more treading the unsafe streets of New York, bourbon and coff ...more
I really wanted to open this review with the line, "My favorite part was when Scudder drinks coffee with bourbon" (get it? 'cause that's like 90% of the novel) but I thought better of it. Scudder's boozing is totally out of control in A ...more
Matt gets hired by a man whose daughter, Barbara, was suppo ...more
From the book...
SoHo is from South of Houston (street location)
Tribeca is from Triangle Below Canal
Matthew Scudder is such a
Let's say Scudder has some definite daytime and night-time mares (Cockney slang, folks, easy to figure out.)
Those mares walk with him every waking and sleeping moment for this ex-cop who r ...more
After this ...more
I understand now.
Scudder picks up the pace in A STAB IN THE DARK. He starts struggling with the idea that he is an alcoholic and it starts spilling on the other aspects of his life. When the father of a long dead murder victims offers him to take the case, Scudder has difficulty dealing with the mediocrity ...more
So all of a sudden Barbara's father, Charles London, knows that whoever killed his daughter is still on the streets, but the police won't ...more
What makes a whiskey bourbon?
"The law. While knocking back a dram of bourbon is a decidedly carefree exercise, making it is exceedingly technical and requires that the whiskey meet a rigid set of criteria. The Federal Standards of Identi ...more
SETTING: New York
SERIES: #4 of 17
WHY: Matt Scudder, unlicensed PI, is convinced to look at the murder of a young woman named Barbara Ettinger nine years earlier. Her supposed killer, the "Icepick Murderer", eventually murdered 8 woman. But it appears that she may have been killed by a copycat. The plot is fine, but of more interest is the fact that Scudder is relying heavily on booze to make it through the day.
I must say this one is a little different in that he didn't get to know the victim, or a good clear picture of her, like in the previous books. It makes sense, of course, since the murder took place nine years ago. The theme was more about wives and families and the relationships between them.
Don't let that dissuade you, though. There's nothing not to like, a ...more
However, the very fact that I hate the character proves that Block is one of the great writers. He is able to hook the reader into following this scummy character, as he stumbles through a plodding investigation, analyzing details, statements, ...more
Lawrence Block: el último clásico de la novela negra
Mientras algunos inauguran bibliotecas de autor de novela negra empezando por un especialista en thrillers mediocres como Lee Child; el más grande autor vivo de novela negra permanece en el ostracismo debido a políticas editoriales ciertamente dudosas y mucha, mucha mala suerte.
A Block, como a Leonard, ciertamente le ha hecho daño el ser tan prolífico. Si echamos un vistazo a la Wiki del auto ...more
By Ellen Rappaport (Florida)
This review is from: A Stab in the Dark (Matthew Scudder Mysteries) (Mass Market Paperback)
The "icepick prowler" seems to be behind bars for his atrocious killings. His confession has wrapped up the case ...that is all but one other killing.
This is when Matt Scudder steps in to the picture.This more recent murder appears to copy the icepick murderers style of killing but with a twist. Matt deducts that the victim may have known a ...more
A Stab in the Dark is not a bombastic thriller. It's not a fast-paced, thrill-a-minute ratchet-up-the-tension screamer. That's not what it is. And that's absolutely fine.
The fourth Scudder is a slow burn. It's a thoughtful, contemplative journey into the past. What Block manages to do so well is draw you into the case-du-jour and then show you how the past has changed the lives of those involved and the effects of Scudder stirring up the dust. There are ...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