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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Twelve years ago, Matthew Scudder lied to a jury to put James Leo Motley behind bars. Now the ingenious psychopath is free. And the alcoholic ex-cop-turned-p.i. must pay dearly for his sins. Friends and former lovers -- even strangers unfortunate enough to share Scudder's name -- are turning up dead. Because a vengeful maniac is determined not to rest until he's driven his nemesis back to the bottle...and then to the boneyard.
by Lawrence Block
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
Matt Scudder on the trail of a man he put in prison some years ago, when he was a NYPD detective. Scudder is off the force, on his own as an unlicensed PI with a AA managed drinking problem, when he gets a call that his "cousin" needs him. The "cousin" is a high priced call girl that he once had an affair with, and a friend of hers has been murdered, along with her family.
Bodies begin to pile up, and it's obvious that the ultimate target is Scudder, preceded by his call-girl
Years ago while a police det ms frames someone. He was not guilty of what hw was charged, but was a threat to Elaine -- he had already hurt her and there was little doubt he would end up killing her in the end. At the trial he swears to get even with Scudder and his women.
Fast for forward a number of years, he is out of jail and back at it. Three deaths [a triple AA acquaintance, a former colleague of Elaine's and an unrelated woman with Scudder's last name], and Elaine next to death and Scudder...more
Block, Lawrence - 8th in series
From Fantastic Fiction: 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.
This is another very good book in an excellent series. I love the characters. Block's wr...more
Reviewed by David Feeney, author; Terror on the high seas
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