It takes a writer of wonderful skill and abilities to thoroughly entrap the reader of one of his books by the end of the first chapter. It takes a man of even greater talent to not only ensure the said reader gets their money's worth with the purchase of the book in question but to virtually guarantee life long support and loyalty of said reader by book's end. TIME TO MURDER AND CREATE is like this. It commences with an introduction to a character going by the name of 'Spinner', a down and out who occasioned throughout his adult life to have regular run ins with the law. By consistent quirks of fate, and an uncanny ability to take advantage of absolute and non absolute truths, this gentleman has always managed to stay out of gaol. By chapter's end, however, Mr Block has managed to lodge this man squarely and securely into our hearts. And with one quick, violent use of his pen, Spinner dies, and our hearts shatter into a thousand pieces quicker than our eyes skim across the kindle screen in utter and shocked, disbelief.
Spinner was not exactly a saint. He was blackmailing three figures for various crimes against their own souls and it is up to our man Scudder to determine which of these blaggards did our man in. Each had their own motives, of course, but each hae their own set of idiosyncrasies which made the concept of murder, implausible and even impossible for two of them.
This really is a clever book. Only a master of the craft could write it. Mr Block is indeed, a Grandmaster of the genre and so it comes as no surprise that he wrote this.
The story and plot itself is brilliant. The solution is brilliant. Full marks for this extraordinary effort.