The Devil Knows You're Dead (Matthew Scudder #11)
A deranged derelict, a crazed Vietnam vet, has been arrested for gunning down successful young lawyer Glenn Holtzmann at a corner phone booth on Eleventh Avenue and the suspect's brother wants p.i. Matthew Scudder to prove the madman innocent. But Scudder's curiosity and dedication are leading him to dark, unexplored places in his own heart...and to passions and secrets...more
A yuppie lawyer gets murdered when making a call at a payphone, and everyone thinks that a homeless and disturbed Vietnam veteran was the killer. Even the vet isn’t sure if he did it or not but admits he could have. The vet’s brother asks Matt to ch...more
Although not bad this is the weakest Scudder so far, which speaks good of the series, only one weak title after 10 remarkable ones. But there's no danger, no thrill and the mystery took a third of the book to take off.
The good writing and the greatness of the characters save the book...more
The Devil Knows You're Dead wasn't quite up to par with the rest of the Lawrence Black's...more
Much of this book seems to be at least as much about changing the status quo of Scudder's life as it does having him tack...more
But this is how it goes – you creat a recurring protagonist for your novels, give him a backstory, and, as no man is an island, some friends,...more
This is onl...more
I believe the paperback may still be in orbit, I threw it so hard. As this was only my second Block book and he has legions of fans, perhaps I judged his work too harshly (not *this* work though - 2 stars is generous). While I would advise any reader of mysteries and thrillers to run from this one as fast as you can, I may pick up another of his books and give his life's work another chance.
Would appreciate some recomm...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