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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (15 Jan 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1482951177
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482951172
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 13.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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A powerful Matt Scudder novel. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Lawrence Block was awarded the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger in 2004. His novel A Walk Among the Tombstones has been adapted for Hollywood - starring Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens and Ruth Wilson. He is also a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America. He is the author of many novels and short stories and has won numerous awards for his mystery writing. He lives and works in New York City. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Jan 2001
Format: Paperback
Out On The Cutting Edge is another fantastic entry into the Matthew Scudder Novels and revolves around his search for a missing actress.
The plot is involving and interesting as it always is in a Lawrence Block novel and Scudder is on top form as usual. What is most impressive about this novel is the sheer quality of the writing.
Lawrence Block truely is the Master of Crime Writing.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lindymck on 26 April 2008
Format: Paperback
matt scudder has been hired to look into the disappearance of a young actress by her family and gets involved in the death of fellow aa member and strangely these two investigations become intertwined. found it fairly easy to read but just wasnt pacy enough, plodded along. didnt really hold my interest
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Another top-notch Scudder book. 5 May 2000
By Gary Jonas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Matt Scudder is dealing with the day-in, day-out struggle to stay sober in the Big Apple. He has a case he doesn't have much hope of solving and he's got an AA acquaintance who wants Matt to sponsor him. Eddie Dunphy is a small-time crook, sober for a little over half a year. He has something he really wants to tell Matt, but before he gets a chance, he's found dead in his apartment--an apparent suicide.
It's an open and shut case, but Matt is obsessed with finding out whether or not Eddie died sober. Dead is dead, but if he stayed sober he won the war. Of course, he finds out Eddie was murdered and he also gets a lead on his original case just when he was ready to give up on it.
This book introduces a recurring character in the series: Mickey Ballou, known as the Butcher Boy. Mickey has a reputation. Folks believe he killed a man and carried the guy's head around in a bowling bag for a week, showing it off so people would know not to cross him.
The characters all grow and change over the course of the book. This is a terrific novel and a nice addition to the Scudder series.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Scudder's first sober case 4 May 2001
By Brian D. Rubendall - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Out on the Cutting Edge" follows the two best novels in the Matthew Scudder series, "8 Million Ways to Die" and "When the Sacred Ginmill Closes." It is also the first novel in which Scudder conducts a case (in this instance two cases) while not in an alcoholic stupor. We catch up with Scudder a few years after he joined AA. He has a sponser and has managed to recover control of his life. His day to day existence, meanwhile, hasn't changed much. He still lives in a residential hotel and still conducts cases off the books as "favors" for friends.
The two cases are interesting. One is for pay; a family wants to know the whereabouts of their missing daughter. One is personal; an AA companion apparently commits suicide just before he is ready to confess his sins to Scudder. Both take Scuder in some unlikely directions and the payoff is typically messy. Meanwhile, author Lawrence Block introduces one his most interesting side characters to the series, the Irish gangster Mickey Ballou. Overall, this is a solid Scudder novel that is not quite on par with the best of the series. But any Scudder novel makes for excellent reading.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
a sober Scudder can still win his cases 26 Jun 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Interesting depiction of the alcoholic detective, Matt Scudder, trying to solve cases while keeping his sobriety intact through Alcoholics
Anonymous.
Scudder is on a case involving a girl. a would-be
actress, missing in Manhattan for several months. The police can't help but Scudder has a way of spending time and foot leather that can come up with answers.
An AA friend suddenly dies and again Scudder
looks to see what the real situation is. On this
one he gets involved with a woman who tests
his sobriety.
Both cases fortuitously intertwine and Scudder has answers that he doesn't know what to do with.
The book shows a side of Manhattan seldom
mentioned in the papers, except when crime is
involved. It is a truthful and realistic telling
how people act basely
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Number seven in the series just as exciting as the others. 22 Dec 1998
By Harold L. Laroff - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Matthew Scudder is Lawrence Block's remarkable private investigator. He's a former NYPD detective who left the force after an accident left a child dead in a crossfire. But that was years and probably took place sometime in the past before the first Matt Scudder novel. "The Devil Knows You're Dead," is Block's 11th in the series. (As of this writing there are 13.) This is a fast paced story in which Scudder finds he is asked to solve the death of a Yuppie lawyer living in an area of Hell's Kitchen. Matt and his girlfriend Elaine spent an evening and Glenn Holtzmann, the lawyer, and his wife Lisa. From the beginning Matt doesn't like Glenn. Glenn is killed and a homeless vet is arrested and accused of the murdering Glenn. Scudder is asked to prove that the vet didn't do the crime by his brother. Of course one thing leads to another as the truth unfolds. The relationship between Elaine, Matt's girlfriend becomes more serious as they plan on buying an apartment together. TJ, the streetwise African-American teen is back assisting Scudder. As I have said in other reviews of Matt Scudder novels. They are like potato chips. You can't quit after one.
Matthew Scudder is Lawrence Block's remarkable private investigator. He's a former NYPD detective who left the force after an accident left a child dead in a crossfire. Because he is unlicensed you can't "hire" him. Instead he does you a favor by taking your case and solving the crime. In exchange for the favor the client returns the favor by giving him some cash. Scudder is recovering alcoholic. Scudder is hired to find a missing girl, a would be actress, who came to the Big Apple from the mid-west. When her parents fail at contacting her they find that Scudder may be the one to help. He comes highly recommended by a NYPD police officer that has known Scudder for years. This Block/Scudder adventure takes us to the dark side of Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen. All this makes for excellent reading. I thoroughly enjoyed "On the Cutting Edge," and I am anxious to read the next Matt Scudder novel sitting by my easy chair.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Once Again................BLOWN AWAY 22 April 2002
By Alex - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Once again Lawrence Block has managed to blow me away with another fantastic Matt Scudder book. This one is about a guy who is looking for his daughter, who went off to New York to try and find fame. He hires Scudder to find his missing daughter, but the only problem is, there arent many leads. He searches and goes through all the motions and has stumbling blocks in his way, but manages to get around them. I wont tell you the rest, because I dont want to ruin the book for you, but I will just say this. THE ENDING WILL SHOCK YOU!!!!!
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