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A Walk Among the Tombstones (Matthew Scudder #10)

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The wife of Kheran Khoury, heroin wholesaler, is killed after he haggles over the price of her ransom. With the help of two computer geniuses, a streetwise punk, drug lords and his friend, ex-cop Scudder, they track the killers through the back streets of Brooklyn.
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Published November 1st 2004 by Orion Publishing Group (first published January 1st 1992)
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    Kemper
    Right after finishing this book, I was at the grocery store with the wife. I was daydreaming while she got some meat from the butcher’s counter. She dropped a couple of wrapped steaks and hamburger in the cart. I ran screaming out of the store. So thanks for that, Lawrence Block.

    Kenan Khoury is a heroin distributor whose wife Francine was kidnapped. Kenan followed instructions and paid a large ransom without contacting the cops, but Francine still got choppity-chopped and sent home like pork cut...more
    brian
    finished all 16 matt scudder books (+1 short story collection). that's like 5,000 pages. and now i'm kinda depressed. well, a few thoughts before i drown myself in ice cream sandwich and crap TV: ignore all the 3 and 4 star ratings with the knowledge that the series is a solid fiver. like simenon's novels, (the first 16 of) stark's parker books, PKD's mindfuckedpulperies, etc, it's a mosaic which equals more than the sum of its parts. forget elaborate mysteries and plot-stuck crime books -- that...more
    Dan Schwent
    A gang of psychopaths kidnap, rape, torture, and murder a drug dealer's wife after getting a ransom from him. The drug dealer hires Matthew Scudder to find the men for him. But was this the only time the psychopaths have struck? And will they strike again...?

    As the series goes by, Matthew Scudder goes up against sicker and sicker foes and gets put into worse and worse situations. Like usual, it makes the book a page turner because you can't wait to see him settle the bad guys's hash. The high po...more
    Carol. [All cynic, all the time]
    Sep 13, 2012 Carol. [All cynic, all the time] rated it 3 of 5 stars
    Recommends it for: Block fans, mystery fans who like the wrong side of the law
    Recommended to Carol. [All cynic, all the time] by: Kemper, Dan
    Block opens the book with an "English lullaby" that is pretty much guaranteed to cause sleeplessness in any child listening. It might scare them quiet, however: "baby, baby if he hears you/As he gallops past the house/Limb from limb at once he'll tear you/Just as a pussy tears a mouse." A gruesome and fitting way to start off one of Scudder's more horrific cases.

    A Walk is little more to the 3.5 area on the scudder scale of awesomeness. Scudder is back in usual form, but with some of the characte...more
    Brandon
    A young lady is snatched by a pair of lowlifes and held for ransom. Her husband, drug dealer Kenan Khoury, is forced to cough up four hundred thousand for her safe return. Upon payment, her husband is told to collect her from the trunk of a car not far from his home. Hoping to reunite with his missing wife, Kenan finds her in less than desirable shape.

    Distraught over his wife’s murder and unable to reach out to the police, Kenan turns to his brother Peter who suggests bringing in Matt Scudder, a...more
    Anthony Vacca
    A Walk Among the Tombstones is a prime choice cut of detective fiction—heck, it’s maybe worth two or three or a whole car trunk full of packaged slices on ice of high quality writing. All the necessary tasty bits that make the Matthew Scudder novels so savory are on full display in this tenth entry into the series. Dialogue that sizzles, suspense that slow boils over the cooking pot, and characters as complex and heady as a carefully-prepared dish of steak tartare. This time around, Scudder take...more
    Alberto
    Another winner from Mr. Block. From Eight Million Ways To Die on the series has reached his top. I suppose in a couple of titles the level will decrease a little bit. Well, I hope not. This time Scudder gets a little help from his own Baker Street Irregulars.
    It seems there's a film adaption of this one in the works, starring Liam Neeson as Scudder.
    Donna
    With his usual remarkable ability to evoke life-like characters, Lawrence Block has created a real spectrum in this novel—from the delightful TJ, homeless teen and emerging genius, to the most horrific monsters imaginable.

    Matt Scudder's relationship with Elaine is coming along nicely in this episode, in which those who habitually engage in a life of crime become multidimensional and sympathetic and the most heinous act of revenge seems justified. Even the reader is hooked into a world in which...more
    Ensiform
    A very gritty and black entry into the series of the former alkie but still unlicensed private eye. In this book, Scudder is hired by a drug dealer to find the sadistic spree killers who kidnapped and butchered his wife. With the help of his street connections, Scudder decides to mete out some more of the rough justice that is becoming his trademark. But lest he become a remorseless killing machine, Block allows Scudder to begin to craft some domestic bliss at the end of this saga.

    It’s a fine re...more
    Tim Niland
    Ex-NYPD policeman Matthew Scudder is an off the books private eye in New York City. An alcoholic staying sober one day at a time with the help of AA he takes jobs that most PI's won't touch or wouldn't be approached to do. When the wife of a big time drug smuggler is kidnapped in broad daylight, then murdered and dismembered, the dealer is unwilling to go to the police, but asks Scudder to look into what happened and find out who was responsible. He takes on the job with mixed feelings, but soon...more
    Craig Pittman
    A taut and twisty thriller that doesn't shy away from peering into the darkest corners of the human psyche. I didn't give it five stars only because the final clue to the identity of the psychopaths kidnapping, torturing and killing women was so obvious I nearly yelled at the book, but finally the author allowed the detective to figure out its significance.
    Matt Allen
    Look, Lawrence Block is a national treasure. I think we can all agree on that. What continuously impresses me about his writing is how effortlessly he continues to make familiar territory deeper and consistently alive.

    A Walk Among the Tombstones is a simple premise. One that's been done countless times in crime fiction. But Block creates characters here with weight and personalities and real dimension so that the reader feels, "While this may have happened a million times in stories, this time...more
    Perry Martin
    Lawrence Block's 10th Matt Scudder novel is being released as a movie staring Liem Neeson on September 19th. I wanted to review the book prior to the movie being released. I have not read any of Block's books and was interested to find out he started this series in 1976.

    This is a story about an ex-New York City Detective who happens to be an alcoholic. Although this story has nothing to do with alcoholism many scenes take place at Alcoholic's Anonymous meetings. This story is truly told through...more
    Megatherium
    Jun 13, 2014 Megatherium rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
    Recommends it for: Scudder fans
    Not a review, just a random thought...or two

    Okay, okay..gotta admit the 4 star rating is how I remember this book being the first time I read it, not how it seemed a bit on the thin side as I did a re-read in anticipation of the movie coming out in September 2014. (Trailer here.) And said movie version looks like it is going to be radically different from the book...though how could it not be, with all the (view spoiler)...more
    Megargee
    While a page turner, this 1992 Matt Scudder novel was too brutal and sadistic for my taste. However, it marks some important developments in Scudder's relationship with his working girl friend Elaine and with his protege TJ. Modern cell phone addicts may become impatient with the early 1990s technology since much of the plot involves seeking the location of various payphones used by the kidnappers. (For those too young to remember, "payphones," frequently located in "phone booths," were large b...more
    Georgiann Hennelly
    Another fine mystery by Lawrence Block. Aquick read and a good tale.Agang of psychopaths kidnap , rape, torture and murder a drug dealers wife after getting a ransom from him. The drug dealer hires Matthew Scudder to find the psychopaths for him.But is this the only time the psychopaths have struck and will they strike again?
    Carl
    A decent detective procedural, but a tad on the boring side, and a little too much of the over-the-top gruesomeness. It seems half the book involves the protagonist looking up phone records (exciting!), and the murder victims are described in so much detail you feel you’re reading a coroner’s report.
    Ed
    Another hard-boiled standout, though not the best, in the Matt Scudder series. His street-savvy African-American sidekick TJ plays a key role in solving the murder. Lots of NYC geography.
    Eric
    Easily my favorite of the Matt Scudder mysteries, and possibly my favorite mystery, period.
    Yehia Shehata
    I started reading this based on an interview I watched with Block on Craig Ferguson, and I don't recall why I chose this one of all the Scudder books to begin with, but I found the plot summary interesting enough, and unlike any detective novel I've ever read before. The idea that the victims are the more or less innocent family members of criminals and drug dealers, who can't go to the police for help was a change to the detective novel format I have become accustomed to.

    It was also funny at ti...more
    Johnny
    Fans of Lawrence Block may be shocked that a person who enjoys reading mysteries would wait so long to read his work. I apparently had the author confused with Robert Bloch, another well-known author who work is (in my opinion) rather uneven. As a result, I had read a couple of short stories by the latter that I didn’t care for and had ignored the work of the former by mistake. When my brother gave me a box of mysteries that he enjoyed, it included several of the Matthew Scudder series (about an...more
    Larou
    Lawrence Block’s Matthew Scudder series has been around since 1976 and is quite famous, so it is more than a bit embarrassing that I only discovered them in 2010. Block is a very prolific writer, and still manages not to sacrifice quality to quantity, at least not for the Matthew Scudder novels who through all of the ten volumes I have read so far have been among the best in crime fiction around.[return][return]A Walk Among the Tombstones, like the other novels in the series, has a noir-ish feel...more
    Jack Haringa
    After reading and enjoying short stories and non-fiction by Lawrence Block, I finally decided to pick up one of his novels that I've had in the house for years. A Walk Among the Tombstones is the tenth book in the Matthew Scudder series, and thus probably not an optimal jumping on point. But getting up to speed with Scudder--in this novel a recovering alcoholic who is seriously dating his call girl friend Elaine--wasn't the issue. Instead, the problem was the dispassionate distance all of the ch...more
    Leew49
    Francine Khoury, the wife of drug dealer Kenan Khoury is kidnapped and murdered in a particularly brutal way. Since Kenan's brother Peter knows Matthew Scudder from AA, they decide to enlist his aid in tracking down the killers. Scudder learns that this is not the first murder/torture/kidnapping perpetrated by the same criminals, and their history can be traced back several years. With the help of TJ, a streetwise African-American teen, and two hackers called The Kongs (Jimmy Hong and David King...more
    Michael Morris
    This may be my favorite of all the Scudder novels. It is more layered than many Block books, without causing the reader undo stress with hard to follow story lines. The usually amoral (but not without his scruples) Scudder is more introspective here, but his thoughts don't carry him into over maudlin territory or preach at the reader.
    Matt Scudder is called in when after the wife of a drug trafficker is kidnapped and brutally killed despite the ransom being paid. In the course of his investigati...more
    Lani K Brown
    You'll be okay going to bed at night

    Interesting read but overall for your psycho thriller novels I found parts to be a little long winded. While I thought the story line was interesting and did keep me reading it wasn't as suspenseful as I would have hoped. Not sure I would want to spend the money to see the upcoming dramatization in the theaters, might wait for that one to come out on dvd. I am considering giving some of his other books a try.
    Don
    After seeing the trailer for the movie, I went to the library to read the book first. I can honestly say this is the worst book I have read this year. A boring story that had very little in the way of character development, a lack of engaging story, and such a slow pacing it was painful to get through each chapter. How engaging can the story be when a majority of it deals with the main character looking up phone records. Hopefully the movie provides more entertainment then this over-inflated sto...more
    Kristin
    Wanted an easy summer page-turner, but this was anything but that. Poor character development that oftentimes didn't even make sense, no gripping chapter endings that forced you to keep on reading, and when I thought the author was dropping clues or developing intricate plot twists, it amounted to nothing. A disappointing mystery novel...but at least I can now hope that the upcoming movie version will HAVE to be better.
    Monica
    I continue to indulge in my Matthew Scudder series...like eating chocolate in bed. Once again, Block delivers a whammy of book...great story, bloody psychopaths, and of course great characters. The return of TJ, a streetwise kid who Matt seems to be taking under his wing. The books in this series suck you in and don't seem to let go. A particular note in this review about the dialogue that Block is able to produce: flawless.

    Onward Marvelous Matt!
    Der-shing
    Finished my second read of this book, first one was in 2005. Just as awesome as I (vaguely) remembered... I'm glad I'd forgotten enough that the story still held some surprises. Though the crime in this book is disturbing, there is enough of Scudder's internal struggles and well-written side characters/ plots to give this book many layers of interest. The ending is also pretty first rate (esp for us morbidly-humored readers).

    An aside: I can't remember the title (thankfully) but there is a Koontz...more
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    Received the Shamus Award, "The Eye" (Lifetime achievment award) in 2002.

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    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
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