All The Flowers Are Dying Paperback – 1 Jun 2006
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"The wit and thoughtfulness of which makes one feel better about how much one enjoyed the (very) grisly bits."--Daily Telegraph (London) ** selected ALL THE FLOWER ARE DYING as one of the best American thrillers of the year
The latest - brilliant - Matt Scudder novel from award-winning Lawrence BlockSee all Product Description
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Either Lawrence Block is a sober alcoholic himself or is a superb researcher for this very complex moral yet amoral character rings true as a bell. It's not just a character study though, the stories are great too. Deserves far more recognition than he gets.
In the second half of the book, Matt Scudder comes across the murderer's trail and the two find themselves on a path of irresistible confrontation. It's in this section of the book that some disappointments exist for the reader.
Matt proves to be too good at what he does. The unstoppable murderer is foiled at each turn much too easily for the suspense to build properly. Also, Matt continues to draw further and further away from his early roots in alcohol, slatternly living and tough moral choices. As a result, the grit continues to escape from the series to be replaced with talcum powder. Eventually, the talcum powder seems destined to become baby oil.
But I strongly recommend that you read the book for its remarkable first half. It's better to read a brilliant half of a book with a less strong ending . . . than to never read any brilliant writing at all.
At book’s commencement, Scudder is asked by one of Elaine’s friends to investigate a character she has hooked up with, someone of which she met blindly via an internet dating service. Along with the supremely confident assistance of up and coming PI-apprentice TJ, the matter seems to be a relatively sane walk in the park for our obliging heroes. But can we successfully join the dots and assume that the man in question is in fact the dastardly mass murderer from HOPE TO DIE? Of course, the book is way more complicated than such a simple deduction and it would be offensive to Mr Block to suggest such a simple plot. One needs to read this excellent book to find out who does what to whom but you can rest assured that there will be plenty of action, suspense, subtle violence and classic New York atmosphere all packed in between the front and back covers.Read more ›
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New to this author. Certainly a page turner. I was breathless at the end. However, it is fairly gruesome - depends what you like! I may try the one prior to this now.Published 8 months ago by Mrs C
This book – the sixteenth in the extraordinary saga of New York Private Eye Matthew Scudder – is the excellent follow up to HOPE TO DIE. Read morePublished on 14 July 2014 by Greggorio!
Have now read all the Scudder books and this was as good as ever. Just need him to hurry up and write another one now.Published on 22 Sept. 2013 by A. Derrington