By Lawrence Block
There is not any accolade or significant secret award that has now not already been bestowed upon Lawrence Block. His acclaimed crime novels are asintelligent, provocative, and emotionally advanced as they're nerve-tighteningly severe. and maybe the main revered of his myriad works are the Matthew Scudder books -- masterworks of suspenseful invention that includes a impressive protagonist wealthy in sense of right and wrong and personality, with all of the flaws that his humanity involves. this is often the detective novel as excessive art.
A Dance on the SlaughterhouseIn Matt Scudder's brain, cash, strength, and place increase no one above morality and the legislations. Now the ex-cop and unlicensed p.i. has been employed to end up that socialite Richard Thurman orchestrated the brutal homicide of his appealing, pregnant spouse. in the course of Scudder's demanding ingesting years, he left a bit of his soul on each seedy nook of new york. yet this situation is extra wicked and extra very likely devastating than whatever he skilled whereas floundering within the city depths. simply because this research is major Scudder on a daunting grand journey of latest York's sex-for-sale underworld -- the place an blameless younger lifestyles is just a commodity to be got and perverted ... after which destroyed.
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