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Summary

In his popular Matt Scudder mystery series, Edgar and Shamus Award-winner Lawrence Block creates riveting stories set on the hardened streets of New York City. His suspenseful tale Even the Wicked portrays recovering alcoholic P.I. Matt Scudder, who is hot on the trail of a theatrical and twisted criminal.

A demented serial killer, who calls himself "The Will of the People", has gained a wide audience by sending warning letters to the Daily News. When "Will" names a prominent criminal defense attorney as his next victim, Matt suddenly finds himself protecting an old associate.

Matching his wits against the wily murderer, Matt must race to uncover "Will's" identity before he loses his lawyer friend.

Proclaimed a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, Lawrence Block skillfully captures the street-smart language and lifestyles of his home city. Narrator Mark Hammer provides the perfect voices for eccentric characters and evil-minded lawbreakers.

More mayhem? Listen to another Matt Scudder mystery.
©2007 Lawrence Block; (P)2007 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic reviews

"An ingenious whodunit that's also, in Block's recent manner, a provoking meditation on mortality - with a particularly strong supporting role for the City of New York, which turns in its finest performance since Ellery Queen's Cat of Many Tails." (Kirkus Reviews)

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Grating narrator

Love the Scudder books but couldn't handle this reader. I see they were going for a slurred, grizzled voice, but took it too far. The reader slurs every word so much he actually sounds drunk.

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  • antonio
  • 01-05-11

Excellent

Another excellent book by L Block..The plot is intriguing and the characters captivating . With Matt Scudder's stories, Lawrence Block follows the tradition of the best , hard-boiled detective books : a pleasure not to miss !

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  • JRK
  • 16-11-07

Can you say boring....

I was catapulted into boredom with this book. The narrative was too detailed and the reader was monotone. I went to other books twice before I could finish this one. Sorry!

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  • Ben B.
  • 26-12-17

Long and entertaining, even if fkawed

This wasn't my favorite Scudder; A Long Line of Dead Men was a hard act to follow. But that didn't warrant a full star off. 4.5 would have been about right. There were lot of storylines to keep the reader occupied, and hence value for the buck, even if it didn't always cohere perfectly.

The primary story line was too easy to guess, but the book was only 1/3 over when it was resolved. Block still had other fish to fry. Some of what followed felt like different stories altogether, but that's OK.

Mark Hammer did his usual, droll good job of narration.

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  • John
  • 03-08-17

Great Storytelling

Big Matthew Scudder fan and this one did not disappoint. Riveting and could not stop listening.

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  • Dangereuse
  • 13-05-17

Engrossing,original and touching

Very good mixture of characters and plot plus subplots woven together in surprising ways. Mark Hammer was super as narrator. A very engrossing performance of this crime novel

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  • Nortj
  • 30-05-15

Not the best of Matthew Skudder

But a wonderful storyteller. I like slow stories as well as fast ones. The reader fits very well to Block's style.

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  • MSEreads
  • 20-03-08

Too Long; Good Wit

I had not read anything by this author before and bought this during a sale as I do enjoy mysteries. The story was interesting although at times crude - but that isn't surprising for a crime story set in New York. I liked the dry wit and rhyming jive. I also liked the narrator. My problem was that at about 7-8 hours I was ready for the end. I can't imagine I would have made it through reading a book that dragged on and on like this. Perhaps it could have made up two separate stories as it did cover more than one crime investigation. Even though there was some intertwining in the tales, it just got too long. Maybe a skillful abridgment would have helped.

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  • Nina
  • 20-12-07

S......N......O..........R.......E

Don't get me wrong, I'm a big fan of Lawrence Block and the Matt Scudder series in particular. But as seems to happen too often these days, WHERE WAS THE EDITOR? This book is 4x as long as it should be and the lousy narrator makes is even harder to slog thru. I'm very disappointed, and hope the editors settle their strike :-) and get back to work.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful