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Everybody Dies by Lawrence Block
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Jan 29, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction, mystery
Read 3 times. Last read July 1, 2003.

Scudder’s Irish gangster friend Mick Ballou hires Scudder to investigate who may be out to move in on his territory, or perhaps kill him. Matt starts asking questions, and... everybody dies. Well, not quite everybody, but there’s a considerable death count. This book follows the pattern set by the previous three --- disappointing, thrilling, disappointing and now thrilling again.

Yes, this time around I again guessed at the villain’s identity (though to be fair this wasn’t as obvious and labored as in Even the Wicked). But the danger imbued on each page, the sense that the axe could fall anywhere this time except perhaps on Scudder himself, mitigates the transparency of the “mystery.” Besides, this situation isn’t presented as a whodunit --- it’s simply too chaotic and rapid --- so even if the identity of the man they’re looking for is apparent, that doesn’t redound with bad credit on Scudder. I was a bit disappointed with the book’s final coda, but other than that, it’s a solid thriller, an enthralling look at a world of pure violence.
[Read three times: 7/1/03, 12/16/05, 1/2/08]
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