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In the Country of the Blind

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  23 reviews

“A dead body is a lousy way to end a first date.”

So begins In the Country of the Blind, a modern noir tale that takes readers into the world of former attorney-turned building superintendent Zach Brandis. When Zach abandoned his promising legal career, it confused everyone, including himself. Now, with no apparent purpose in life, he has time e
Paperback, 1st, 306 pages
Published March 15th 2014 by Hawkshaw Books (first published March 7th 2014)
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Pamela Hutchins
Jan 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
A powerful start for debut author Matthew Arkin, In the Country of the Blind is part legal thriller/part murder mystery, but at its best it's the journey of a religious outcast to find redemption in avenging the deaths of two people he never knew, yet knew like himself. I was charmed by protagonist Zach Brandis' lack of guile, his quirky "building super" lifestyle, his naivete paired with his intelligence, and his do-gooder nature, which he masks with an awkward put-on of shallowness and metrose ...more
May 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Wow! Won this book on the "first reads" giveaway. I was unfamiliar with Matthew Arkin but now I am a loyal follower. It is a page turner that I found hard to put down. Kept me wondering "who did it?". Wanting to know that kept me reading late in the night til I was finished. Never knew till the end and wow! Exceptional author and now one of my favorites. Thank you!!
Tanna Shelley
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book from the first reads giveaway. This was a really well written book. The characters were so interesting and powerful. The way he described the places in his book, such as New York, made you feel like you were right there in the book. I will definately be looking forward to more books from this author.
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book by Matthew Arkin! Great descriptions of the characters, their feelings, the scenes and New York! His writing is the best!
Megan McCauley
Dec 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from goodreads first reads.

At the end of their first date ex lawyer zach and actress Cynthia find that her roommate has been killed. The cops say it's a suicide but Cynthia tells zach that he would never kill himself. So zach starts to look into who murdered her roommate alex. What he finds is not only going to help the police solve the murder case, but another they can't seem to solve. I really enjoyed this book! I fell in love with zach and his quest to find the
Bob Ondrovic
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Having grown up in NYC and having experienced many of the same locations, sights, sounds, and, yes, smells of NYC, I immediately was drawn into the world of Zach Brandis. Turning each page (with all due respect to Kindle, I still like the feel of a book - especially a great one like this) I felt as if I was walking the streets with Zach while "keeping one eye open" to read Arkin's colorful and crisp portrayals with anticipation of the next plot development. "A dead body [may be] a lousy way to e ...more
Scott Miller
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Noir has a new face...

In the form of Matthew Arkin. Most novels don't start with a highly effective hook that Arkin's first offering does. A dead body is a bad way to end a first date draws the reader in and maintains interest in what follows. The title is intriguing (there are multiple books with the same title) but is never mentioned in the body of the work, setting the reader up to infer that what is to follow is likely to be as murky as the vision of the one-eyed king. Not being familiar wit
Jun 16, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
I was hoping to enjoy this book, but I just didn't. I didn't care for the hippie storyline or drug part of it.
Carol Piner
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I knew by the time I had read 5% of this book that I had been introduced to a fine new writer. Matthew Arkin's "In the Country of the Blind" is an excellent example of why this genre has such a staggering popularity. I do many reviews of legal thrillers. It's my favorite off all genres and Mr. Arkin brought me to my feet with a rousing "Alright!" I love it when the very beginning of a book gets my nose only an inch away.

Arkin's main character, Zach Brandis, is a well rounded ex-lawyer superinte
'In the Country of the Blind' is a brilliant read. It feels like catching up with a really good friend whose witty company is enlivening as he engagingly chats about his whirlwind couple of weeks in which he's been on a first date, come across a murder and used his skills and connections to piece together the back story about the mysterious death of a friend of a friend.

Meanwhile, you sit transfixed marvelling at the unexpected twists and turns of the unravelling story, mixed conversationally w
Bob Boze
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This review is written by Bob Boze on behalf of Truth About Books

In the Country of the Blind is a very well written murder mystery about an ex-attorney, Zach Brandis, turned landlord and apartment super. Zach lives in Manhattan, New York City and is happy with his relatively new, uncomplicated life running an apartment building.

While with a friend, he meets Cynthia Hull, an aspiring actress who he asks out on a date. Upon returning to her apartment, they find the place full of cops who are inves
May 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: e-book
I am doing an honest review after receiving a free book copy from the author. Zach is an ex-lawyer who finds himself in the middle of a mess after a first date with an actress who upon returning from dinner finds her roommate dead from an apparent suicide. I felt this book starts out with pulling the reader in but then quickly fell off. It then picked up about two thirds through. I feel that it was a bit jumpy and at times the author went off on tangents that I felt really had no meaning or conn ...more
Pamela L.
Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the characters development very much. It was exciting to see thought process a man goes through in hopes of catching the pretty girl and surprisingly not cliche at all. Not being from NY, it was fascinating to imagine in detail the places described, the hidden finds, the ways of travel to and from. I would love to visit NY and follow in the characters footsteps just for the experience. Perhaps I'm getting ahead of the authors intent, but I would love more books and eventually see these ...more
Ken Oder
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It’s hard to believe this is a debut novel. The author writes this fast-paced, noir tale with such ease and authenticity. The story captures your interest from the first page and guides you through the streets of New York in search of a murderer. Zach Brandis is an interesting, unique character, a recovering lawyer, apartment owner, and connoisseur of food and drink. A dead body is not the way he wanted to end a first date with an interesting woman, but that’s where a fascinating adventure with ...more
May 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I received an electronic copy of this book by the author for an honest review. This is a noir novel, well paced with all of the elements you would expect to find: intrigue, mystery, women, and unsavory characters. I thought it was well written and flowed well. The author unraveled the story a bit at a time, keeping it interesting from beginning to end. I would recommend this to those who like noir novels as well as those who like mysteries and detective novels.
Paul Marshall
May 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I started reading this book and find myself stealing moments here and there to finish it but I really don't want it to end. It is a mystery but also a study in human interactions well as male/female dynamics.. The humor is sophisticated yet real enough to let you know that these characters are human, not super heroes. The twists are compelling and new characters are introduced that make you keep guessing. Chapters are not long but flow easily from one to the next.
Jan 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaway
I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway. It did not influence my review.

This was a really good book. It was well written and I loved the wit of the main character. You followed him along as he tried to do his best in a situation that he had gotten himself mixed up in due to male pride. Pretty girls, dirty brothers, a cult, and a murder all boil down to one heck of a good read.
William A
Feb 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Matthew Arkin is right up there with the best selling mystery writers. The story is wonderfully told by Mr. Arkin. When reading you feel like you are right beside Zach and trying to figure what the heck happened and why. Mr. Arkin is a very talented writer and knows his characters well. I recommend this book for all who love murder mysteries and reading well written work.
Tracey Lampley
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
From the start, the author gets up front and personal by thrusting the reader into the action. His characterization was superb, and the plot was masterful. If you enjoy noir and mysteries, you’d enjoy this book. I’d definitely read more books by this author because it is a five-star read!
May 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Not usually a fan of this genre, but I couldn't put it down. Characters are well-drawn, and the use of details and humor makes it a must read; can't wait for the next book from Mr. Arkin!
Karen Campo
Jan 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
won this book on goodreads. good story, quick read, witty dialog.
Larry Cripe
Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great start to, hopeful, a long running series with Zach Brandis. Suggest not to start reading this one late in the day because you will not put it down!
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Matthew Arkin is a critically acclaimed actor, an acting teacher, and a recovering attorney. He attributes his skill for crafting dialogue and creating characters to his more than forty-five years of experience on stage, television, and film, and to reading approximately one suspense thriller per week since he was a young child.

Following the advice of one of his moms, author Barbara Dana, to "writ

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