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The real joy lies in Block's labyrinthine plotting and connecting the dots between the characters. As always though, the Big Apple is the real star of the show and Block's immense emotional connection with the city shines through his prose. His vivid descriptions of streets and locations at times read like travel guides but they help conjure an engaging and unique atmosphere as oppressive and confining as the city itself often appears. Small Town is not one of Block's best books--try one of the Matthew Scudder novels such as The Devil Knows You're Dead--but as a stand-alone introduction to one of the best spinners of New-York-based crime fiction, it's an excellent starting point and one that all fans of solid American crime-writing should seek out. --Jon Snow --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This book is significant for several reasons, not the least of which is its association to the horrific events which transpired across America on September 11, 2001. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Greggorio!
OK, it's not Matt Scudder but it is compulsive stuff. Once you are into ityou will find any distraction unbearable. Read morePublished on 23 April 2004 by C. F. Nolan