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  • ASIN: B00373PE1C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 May 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am a devoted fan of the Matt Scudder series, and found myself riveted to this book. Cruel fate intervenes in many ways in this story to push the characters to the edge. How they deal with those challenges is intensely personal, and makes you think about what you, the reader, would have done. As a result, you learn a lot about yourself and the characters. This book is not for the squeemish, for it contains some of the most graphic violence imaginable. Yet the violence is essential to the story, as a civilized man (Scudder) is drawn into a law of the jungle type situation. When civilization offers no direct solution to your problems, what should you do? That's the moral dilemma that is repeated throughout the book. Like the best of the Ross MacDonald novels, this mystery clearly transcends the genre into being primarily a novel about good and evil. Heart of Darkness is evoked in several ways. The plot also shakes up many of the base line themes in the Scudder series so that subsequent books will undoubtedly take Scudder into new directions -- something all Scudder fans should welcome. In many ways, this book is as pivotal to the series as the first book, When the Sacred Ginmill Closes. This book is a must read for all Scudder fans. I felt drawn in not only by the moral dilemmas, but by the detail of the writing. How would I carry a concealed gun? Would I keep a bulletproof vest on during hot weather? If you like Lawrence Block and have not read Scudder, you should start now. I do suggest that you read the books in chronological order of their publication. The characters build nicely from one book to the next, and you will find this book much more satisfying if you know what preceded it. Otherwise, this will simply seem somewhat like a book filled with gratuitous violence. If you do not know Block, I think this is his finest series. You should start now with When the Sacred Ginmill Closes. You have a major treat ahead of you as you read the 14 books in this series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 26 Sept. 2000
Format: Paperback
They don't come much better than Lawrence Block's Matt Scudder series. From the moment I read the first one -"Sins of the Fathers", I was hooked and went on to read the other thirteen! If you've never read any of the series, I'd recommend starting at the beginning (Mr Block has his own website at lawrenceblock.com for you to check out the chronology) because with each book, Block reveals more of Scudder's character and we "get to know" him as we read on. If you start with "Everybody Dies", you'll be starting too far down the line. Buy every single one of the series - they're fantastic! Scudder is a hero for the 21st Century - complete with his own demons and dry wit!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Nov. 1999
Format: Paperback
English readers, take note: Block delivers another authorship master-class with "Everybody Dies." No-one since Chandler has managed to enhance the mystery genre to this level of character-depth, irony and moral consciousness, (and, for me, Block does it better, with more humour, pace and literacy). Block's mind in Scudder's voice and Scudder's thoughts in Block's language, make for a glorious sensibility. I mean, you just know, for example, that the praise for that great actor, Michael Moriarty, is Block's - but it still sounds like Matt talking and constitutes another brush-stroke in the fantastically sympathetic portrait of a modern renaissance hero who combines exquisite taste, (food, locations, music, films, people), with good martial skills; strict self-discipline, (the AA meetings, the tithing), with occasional rage and lust; and moral faculties such as loyalty, self-examination and the rest with expediency and rationalisation whenever it solves a problem. I really hope Jeff Bridges - have you seen his incredible work in "Arlington Road?" - gets to play Scudder in a better film than "Eight Million Ways to Die," maybe in the rumoured "Walk Among the Tombstones," (which is certainly one of the top three Scudder novels and my own favourite of the decade). Or perhaps Bridges is ear-marked for another wonderful Block hero, "Hit Man" Keller: either way, it would be fabulous to see Block's works properly realised for the screen. I was pretty chuffed to see my own ideal, (but anachronistic), actor for Mick Ballou - Victor McLaglen - get a mention in "Everybody Dies;" maybe we'll have to wait for Chris Penn to mature into the role?Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Dec. 1999
Format: Paperback
There is some very good dry wit in this book, together with some insightful writing.
However, the plot is totally uncomplicated, or even simple, and fails to deliver any challenges to the reader.
Block didn't do enough wrong to earn an entry in my "Don't touch again" list, but I'm not sure that I'd race out and buy his latest straight away either.
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