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Scudder is Back!!
on 6 July 2011
This is the book fans of Lawrence Block have been waiting for since 2005: Scudder is back! It's not my favourite Scudder book (the previous book, All the Flowers are Dying, takes that prize) but this series is so superior to almost any other crime fiction out there that even an average Scudder tale is well worth browsing your favourite online bookstore for (i.e. it's not something you're likely to find in Waterstones, unless I'm very much mistaken).
For the record, Matt Scudder is a former NYPD detective and now unlicenced crime fighter. This is a flashback episode whereby Matt is talking to an old drinking buddy and relates a story to him. The plot follows Matt through the latter part of his first year as a former drinker now attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings around the city, in the course of which he meets an old acquaintance from his childhood. His former schoolmate is working through the twelve-step process and, having reached step eight, is engaged in `making amends' to people he perceived he has harmed along the way. I won't give any more of the plot away; suffice to say it is written with the author's normal wit and intelligence and bounces along at a good pace. It feels like quality time spent with an old friend - and you can't argue with that.