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The Night and the Music by Lawrence Block
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Read from September 28 to October 02, 2011

For the first time ever, all the short stories featuring Matthew Scudder are collected between two covers.

Matthew Scudder has been my favorite detective for a few years now and I'm always ready for more of his stories. The Night and the Music is all I could hope for and more. From the touching intro by Brian Koppelman to Lawrence Block's notes at the end, I was once again entranced.

The stories presented are from various points in Matthew Scudder's career. It could easily serve as either a jumping on point for new readers or a nice summation of the series. You've got Matt solving staged suicides, setups, and mysterious deaths. There are stories of Matt during his seldom talked about days on the police force and even one of his jobs with Reliable, rounding up bootleg Batman merchandise. The later stories are my favorite. As Matt enters the later years of his life, he spends more time thinking about the old days. He and Elaine run into someone he arrested years before while vacationing in Italy. Mick Ballou and Matt talk about death and Mick asks Matt to be his best man.

The final story in the collection threatened to yank silent tears from my manly ducts. Mick has closed Grogan's and he, Matt, Elaine, and Kristin gather for one last night of stories. As Mick and Matt reminisced about the earlier times in that fabled bar, I remembered experiencing the same moments with them in the early books. If Lawrence Block never writes another Matthew Scudder book, One Last Night at Grogan's would be a beautiful way to end the series.

I can't recommend the Matthew Scudder series enough and The Night and The Music is no exception!
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James Thane I'm in the middle of this book, carefully apportioning myself one story a night to stretch it out as long as I can. I'm really enjoying it, which is probably no great surprise.


message 2: by Dan (new) - rated it 5 stars

Dan Schwent James wrote: "I'm in the middle of this book, carefully apportioning myself one story a night to stretch it out as long as I can. I'm really enjoying it, which is probably no great surprise."

I probably should have spaced it out instead of wolfing most of it down in one sitting.


James Thane Dan wrote: "I probably should have spaced it out instead of wolfing most of it down in one sitting."

Believe me, I understand how strong the temptation is to do exactly that. But I'm keenly aware of the fact that I may never have a new Scudder novel to read again, so I want to make this last.


message 4: by Dan (last edited Oct 04, 2011 10:01AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Dan Schwent James wrote: "But I'm keenly aware of the fact that I may never have a new Scudder novel to read again, so I want to make this last."

Don't say things like that, Jim!


James Thane Sorry...


message 6: by Kurt (new)

Kurt Reichenbaugh Another collection I have to get.


James Thane Yeah, definitely, Kurt. You don't want to miss these stories.


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