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Out on the Cutting Edge Hardcover – Oct 1989

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Co (Oct. 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688090699
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688090692
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 15.5 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,731,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A powerful Matt Scudder novel about love and loss. --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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Although Lawrence Block may be a very prolific crime writer, when reading the books themselves they actually have a pretty slow pace. The Matt Scudder mysteries are particularly languid as Scudder is not a man who likes to be rushed. His crime solving techniques require as much shoe leather as they do little grey cells. ‘Out on the Cutting Edge’ is a case in point; the story surrounds a missing girl who came to New York looking for fame, but finding someone in a place as large as The Big Apple is never going to be easy.

As with all Scudder mysteries, ‘Cutting’ is as much about the nature of humans and New York as it is a crime thriller. Scudder uses dogged hard work to try and uncover clues and when he is not doing this he is partaking in AA meetings in an attempt to remain off the booze. To add a little more flavour to proceedings there is an additional side plot about an AA friend who needs help. As the book develops this smaller story grows and becomes a more interesting focus for the reader.

I am au fait with how the Scudder method of working, but even so, ‘Cutting’ is a slow burn. The fact that there was a twist as well did not improve matters as I felt I was wasting my time earlier. Block is as always a beautiful writer and just following Scudder around can be fun, but the coincidences and lack of movement in ‘Cutting’ made this a slightly weaker entry in the series. Still a decent enough read and fans of Block will like it; just don’t start off reading this as your first.
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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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I read all the Mat Scudder books and enjoy them a lot so I am biased and will always give the 5 stars. Classic American crime writing at its best, no frills, car chases or shootouts.
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Mr Scudder entertaining us at his best
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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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