The hooker was young, pretty...and dead, butchered in a Greenwich Village apartment. The prime suspect, a minister's son, was also dead, the victim of a jailhouse suicide. The case is closed, as far as the NYPD is concerned. Now the murdered prostitute's father wants it opened again--that's where Matthew Scudder comes in. But this assignment carries the unmistakable stench of sleaze and perversion, luring Scudder into a sordid world of phony religion and murderous lust where children must die for their parents' most unspeakable sins.
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"Good introduction to a popular series"
I would recommend this book to my friends who enjoy mystery series. And, after reading it, I'll seek out more volumes in this series for myself.
Good differentiation among voices without over-acting; a good portrayal of the meaning of words, phrases, and entire conversations.
Perhaps a TV movie -- action could fit into a 90 minute window (plus commercials = 2 hours). The plot is straightforward enough to survive its necessary shortening to make the screen play. Good actors would convey the personalities and relationships among main characters effectively and efficiently, without relying on words alone.
"A listen you won't want to stop until the climax,"
Certainly in the top 15.
Matt, because he somehow manages to stick with the initial goal and stay in character.
Very good but not at the top, but I would listen to something else by him.
I would not hesitate to recommend this audible to others.
"Good Pulpish reading"
About halfway through I know "who did it" but it was enjoyable anyway. Pulp to its utmost (I love pulp) a great hard-boiled detective story. But Matthew Scudder isn't all loveable, just fun to read about.
"Very good Detective Book"
I would recommend this to those enjoy the Detective type of books.
I was engaged but miss the "Blood Lust" for the good Thrillers and Covert Spec Ops.
"block, one of the best, does ot disappoint"
so good I could not stop listening. this is my first Scudder boo. will be looking for mote.
A better story-line, or having any idea where Matt Scudder came up with his theories. Believable and consistent characters would have also been a plus.
A Man Called Ove by Frederk Backman
Overdramatic bordering on ridiculous.
I listened to it because other reviewers said that while it wasn't a great start to the Matt Scudder series, it was worth it if you want to know the back story to Scudder. I would disagree -- listening to this made me uninterested in reading further books. Maybe start later in the series and if you enjoy it you can come back to this one.
"The start of a well respected detective series."
Maybe. While the book shows growing pains for the still developing Scudder character, it's the performance that really stood out. As far as the story goes, it's...fine.
I've listened to the first three in the Scudder series and the narrator is fantastic. In the fourth book they switched to another narrator who isn't nearly as good. It's a shame. Sklar really nails Scudder's inner voice.
There is a conversation Scudder has towards the end of the book that is incredible. It would make for a great film scene. Shame none of the movies are very good.
This book is for completionists like myself. I've heard it's actually better to skip the first two books in the series, but I couldn't do that. Personally I found it to be a good listen. Just don't expect the fireworks the later books in the series apparently have.
Of Mathew Scudder. This is my favorite - but they are all very good. Generally prefer the drinking Scudder. Mr Sklar has the "voice" just right and does a great job conveying both the text and the tone of the story as it evolves
Great story. Great pacing by the narrator. Good book for commuting or just general listening. Downloading next in series immediately.
"Oldie but Goodie!"
Flashback to the early seventies and a time long gone, to get a case that could just as easily have been torn from today's headlines.
Former cop, Matt Scudder, presents the righteous and wrong in the same conflicted person. Pursued by demons, driven to drink and buffering himself from connections, he methodically exacts his own brand of justice as a favor to those who can afford it.
This time involves a murder suicide. As he investigates, he begins to build a picture that doesn't match the file notes. He's left to sort out who the victims are and how they came to harm, while finding the truth for a guilt ridden father.
Salacious and sensational, at the same time it's sad and sordid, Sins of the Fathers hints at the outcome on the title page.
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