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Eight Million Ways to Die by Lawrence Block
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it was amazing
bookshelves: crime-and-mystery, hardcase-writers, 2010, block

A hooker hires Matthew Scudder to tell her pimp she's leaving. Scudder delivers the message and everything is cool. Only the hooker ends up dead and the pimp hires Scudder to find out who killed her. Can Scudder find the killer before he ends up dead himself?

Sometimes, I really struggle with rating a book. This was not one of those times. Eight Million Ways To Die is easily the best Lawrence Block book I've read yet, head and shoulders about the others. The characters are more alive than in the other Scudder books and Matt's struggle with his alcoholism gives this book something extra, making it more than just another detective story.

The story is great, although I had a good idea who was involved with the murders about halfway though, although it wasn't as simple as I'd thought. As I said earlier, the characters grabbed me in this one. I kept thinking things like "I hope Chance didn't do it. He's a nice guy for a pimp." Even minor characters like Danny Boy and Durkin were well drawn. Matt dealing with his alcohol problem was center stage and it made me feel like I was dealing with it right alongside him.

To sum it up, Eight Million Ways to Die = Fantastic.
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Kemper This is one of the best Scudder books.


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Dan Schwent I'm only 73 pages in but I think Matt going to AA and struggling to stay sober gives this one a lot more substance than the previous four.


Kemper Dan wrote: "I'm only 73 pages in but I think Matt going to AA and struggling to stay sober gives this one a lot more substance than the previous four."

Yeah, the early ones are good, but this is the point where I really got invested in the series.


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Dan Schwent I just found out they made a movie out of this. Jeff Bridges as Scudder? I don't think so!


Kemper I'd heard that it existed but that it was pretty bad. I don't think anyone's done a good movie version of a Block novel. I still gag when I think about Burglar.


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Dan Schwent Imagine the thought process behind that casting. "I don't know about you but every time I hear the name Bernie Rhodenbarr, I think Whoopie Goldberg..."


Kemper Dan wrote: "Imagine the thought process behind that casting. "I don't know about you but every time I hear the name Bernie Rhodenbarr, I think Whoopie Goldberg...""

The story I heard about that was that originally Bruce Willis was going to play Bernie and that Whoopi was going to play his friend Carol. Then Willis dropped out and some genuis decided to have her switch to the lead. Ugh...


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Dan Schwent Willis should have played Bernie and then skipped making Hudson Hawk a few years later.


Kemper Dan wrote: "Willis should have played Bernie and then skipped making Hudson Hawk a few years later."

Oh, dear-sweet-zombie-jebus. I forgot about Hudson Hawk. There's 100 minutes I'll be begging to get back on my death bed.


Kemper Dan wrote: "I just found out they made a movie out of this. Jeff Bridges as Scudder? I don't think so!"

Flipping channels tonight and this was on IFC. Five minutes in and it's sucking already. For one thing, it's set in LA instead of New York. WTF? Doubt I can take much more.


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Dan Schwent From what I read on the IMDB synopsis, it doesn't sound much like the book at all. Chance is barely in it and there's something about an Italian mobster in his place.


Kemper Dan wrote: "From what I read on the IMDB synopsis, it doesn't sound much like the book at all. Chance is barely in it and there's something about an Italian mobster in his place."

I only made it about twenty minutes. It was bad in that way that only the mid-80s can suck. I like Jeff Bridges but the character wasn't anything like Scudder. He was rocking a Tom Selleck porn-stache for one thing. It looked like they were just taking the basic plot and changing all the details.


James Thane I agree that this is one of the best in the series, but I'm totally addicted to the entire series and can hardly wait to read the new one in May.


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Kurt Reichenbaugh I went through a Matthew Scudder kick a while back. I can't think of a single one that wasn't a first rate book. I've got a bunch to catch up on since.


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Dan Schwent Kurt wrote: "I went through a Matthew Scudder kick a while back. I can't think of a single one that wasn't a first rate book. I've got a bunch to catch up on since."

There were a couple close to the end that I thought were only average although the last three were excellent.


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