- Mass Market Paperback: 309 pages
- Publisher: Avon Books (21 Mar. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0380713748
- ISBN-13: 978-0380713745
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,826,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Dance at the Slaughterhouse (Matthew Scudder Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – 21 Mar 2002
|New from||Used from|
|Mass Market Paperback, 21 Mar 2002||
Customers who bought this item also bought
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
"A grim, skillful urban mystery...Matthew Scudder has evolved into the perfect noir hero...It should only add to the reputation of Block's series and its smart, sorrowful protagonist". -- Entertainment Weekly
"Block and Scudder never set a foot wrong on New York's cracked, grimy sidewalks."--"Detroit News"Shocking ... darkly entertaining ... This one has more voltage than most."--"The New York Times Book Review"Outstanding ... a smoothly paced, deftly plotted, brightly phrased study of perversity and coincidence with many twists and no straight arrows."--"Chicago Tribune --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The 9th breakneck thriler in the Matt Scudder series, from a master of the genre. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
I have never been to New York so cannot judge, but i believe Blocks portrayal of the city may be very accurate. I am also not an alcoholic but i used to be a fairly regular drinker and have associated, from both sides of the bar, with people who were well on the way to alcoholism, so I believe very strongly that the portrayal of the transition from drunk to sober with the lapses in between is probably spot on. The Scudder stories are not comfortable, gentle country house murders with little old ladies or improbable belgian detectives with unlikely moustaches solving crimes committed by, on the whole, a rather refined class of villain, they are hard, gritty, sometimes vicious stories from a world that most of us can be thankful that we're no closer to that its periphery. The stories are all good, mostly very good, but it's really more the character study of the man that is so fascinating.
Block has created a very convincing modern "Noir", with his chief protagonist, Scudder, living from day to day, painfully aware of his own personal demons, aided and abetted by a regular cast of intriguing and occasionally grotesque characters. I'm surprised it took so long for one of the stories "A Walk Amongst The Tombstones" to be turned into a film, I would think these books would make a superb TV series.
Although there is a definite chronology to the books, it's very easy to dip into the series at any point without becoming confused by previous events which are frequently alluded to.
If you enjoy crime fiction that is well paced and hard boiled, without loosing a sense of reality and humanity, these books are highly recommended.
There are some confronting verbal images in this book and they are not gratuitous or sensationalist-they are there to bring the reader some idea of the depths of horror and depravity that exists in the world, and the forces that drive some predators to ccarry out the awful things they do.
It is not all darkness and distress though; some of Scudder's associates bring colour and camaraderie, and the unusual relationship he is in is described in tender tones that provide a platform of almost normalcy for this character.
I found it a page turner, with me silently cheering him on in his delivery of justice
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is my 2nd reading. Shudder is superb. I love the dialogue, the reality of NYC, the reality of Scudder.Published on 20 July 2014 by tony parry