Hope to Die by Lawrence Block
(Matthew Scudder Mysteries)

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The city caught its collective breath when upscale couple Byrne and Susan Hollander were slaughtered in a brutal home invasion. Now, a few days later, the killers themselves have turned up dead behind the locked door of a Brooklyn hellhole -- one apparently slain by his partner in crime who then took his own life.

There's something drawing Matthew Scudder to this case that the cops have quickly and eagerly closed: a nagging suspicion that a third man is involved, a cold, diabolical puppet master who manipulates his two accomplices, then cuts their strings when he's done with them. No one but Scudder even suspects he exists. And his worst fear is that the guy is just getting started ...


About Lawrence Block

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Lawrence Block is one of the most widely recognized names in the mystery genre. He has been named a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America and is a four-time winner of the prestigious Edgar and Shamus Awards, as well as a recipient of prizes in France, Germany, and Japan. He received the Diamond Dagger from the British Crime Writers' Association—only the third American to be given this award. He is a prolific author, having written more than fifty books and numerous short stories, and is a devoted New Yorker and an enthusiastic global traveler.
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 400 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Block sounds numerous obligatory notes from Scudder tales past—the AA meetings, the tithing of Matt's income, cameo appearances by Matt's love interest, Elaine, and his friend, Irish mobster Mick Ballou—and he adds texture with some familial drama involving Matt's sons and ex-wife.

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One of the most compelling features of Lawrence Block's long–running series of mysteries starring Matthew Scudder is the steady passage of time.

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Entertainment Weekly

(If only somebody had told coscreenwriter Oliver Stone that before he adapted Eight Million Ways to Die in 1986 and pointlessly transported Jeff Bridges' Scudder to L.A.) The author is a longtime Big Apple resident, and he knows every inch of it, from Alphabet City to Marble Hill, ''which is ...

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One of the accomplishments of this series is the many ways in which Matt Scudder continues to evolve as a person.

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