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5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Page Turner, 18 April 2001
I'm in the process of discovering Scudder - After Bernie Rhodenbarr I was sure I would be disappointed but on this my third Scudder book I feel the character is starting to capture my imagination. Block is in my mind one of the best crime writers in the history of the genre. His characterisation, plot development and twisted resolutions added to his amazing ability to create dialog betwen his characters really make this a great read. Set in gritty New York its obvious Block knows the town well. The continuity in the characters means that even bit players in the stories have history and character of their own and each new book adds to the one before. If you enjoy Crime Fiction and great writing I can't reccomend this book strongly enough. One maxim of detective work to keep in mind when reading this is: eliminate all other options and whatever is left, however improbable is the answer (or something along those lines).