By Lawrence Block
There's no accolade or significant secret award that has now not already been bestowed upon Lawrence Block. His acclaimed crime novels are asintelligent, provocative, and emotionally complicated as they're nerve-tighteningly excessive. and maybe the main revered of his myriad works are the Matthew Scudder books -- masterworks of suspenseful invention that includes a amazing protagonist wealthy in moral sense and personality, with the entire flaws that his humanity involves. this can be the detective novel as excessive art.
A Dance on the SlaughterhouseIn Matt Scudder's brain, funds, strength, and place bring up no one above morality and the legislations. Now the ex-cop and unlicensed p.i. has been employed to end up that socialite Richard Thurman orchestrated the brutal homicide of his attractive, pregnant spouse. in the course of Scudder's challenging ingesting years, he left a section of his soul on each seedy nook of big apple. yet this situation is extra wicked and extra most likely devastating than something he skilled whereas floundering within the city depths. simply because this research is best Scudder on a daunting grand travel of recent York's sex-for-sale underworld -- the place an blameless younger existence is just a commodity to be acquired and perverted ... after which destroyed.
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