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The Devil Knows You're Dead [Hardcover]

Lawrence Block
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Nov 1993
When Yuppie lawyer Glenn Holtzmann sits in his penthouse gazing at the setting sun, he little imagines that within half an hour he will be dead. Everyone believes it to be a clear-cut case, but Scudder isn't convinced that the evidence or the victim are what they seem.
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Co; First Edition, First Printing edition (Nov 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688121926
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688121921
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.2 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 582,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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If you're familiar with Matt Scudder then the only review this book needs is: buy now. Scudder doesn't atract fans so much as devotees, and I can't imagine any of them not wanting to know how he met Lisa Holtzman.
This is mid-period Scudder: not the early books, where the focus is on his drinking and recent exit from the force, nor the recent books where he is settled in sobriety and marriage (although "Everyone Dies" shook up a lot of that security)...Scudder's refusal to accept that the pat answer is always the right answer is the core of this book, and his stubborness elevates it from any feeling of formula. If you're looking for flashy writing which detracts from the story, look elsewhere. This is a professional, working at the top of his game. It don't get any better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable Matt Scudder scores again! 2 Dec 1998
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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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Probably the best novel in the series by Lawrence Block starring the ex-alcoholic, free- lance detective, Matt Scudder. Scudder is asked to help solve the mystery of the death of a prosperous lawyer on on of Manhattan's toughest streets. The real killer is caught, or is he? The lawyer is an outstanding citizen, or is he? There is a sub-plot involving Jan, Scudder ex-girl friend and her death from cancer. As usual the author shows how AA helps Scudder face his problems without drinking. There is more plotting than usual in the series, with the story unfolding in strange ways. Scudder's stick-to-the-pavements brand of detecting turns up some answers. But as in real life, not everything is solved.
It is hard to believe that Block after ten previous novels with the same detective and other characters can come up with such a great novel, but he has.
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2.0 out of 5 stars slow and slower 14 Nov 2009
This is the 3rd Matt scudder book I have read and I still can't work out whether they are good or not.The writing is of a very high standard and the dialogue is also very well written.But and it is a big but...nothing much seems to happen.I was awaiting some revelation about the murder victim but it just sort of petered out,with Scudder solving the case by pure chance!It just seemed somewhat contrived,as though the writer didn't know how to finish it.I have also failed to connect with Scudder as a person,he seems more than capable of handling himself and has a strong sense of justice but I just didn't feel anything and just wanted the book to end.As I said earlier this is the 3rd book in this series I have read so I have given him a chance but don't think I shall be returning again.
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