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The Sins of the Fathers (Matthew Scudder) (urspr publ 1976; utgåvan 2002)

av Lawrence Block (Författare)

Serier: Matthew Scudder (1)

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The pretty young prostitute is dead. Her alleged murderer--a minister's son--hanged himself in his jail cell. The case is closed. But the dead girl's fatherhas come to Matthew Scudder for answers, sending the unlicensed private investigator in search of terrible truths about a life that was lived and lost in a sordid world of perversion and pleasures.… (mer)
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Titel:The Sins of the Fathers (Matthew Scudder)
Författare:Lawrence Block (Författare)
Info:Avon (2002), 304 pages
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Taggar:books read 2021, suspense, kindle

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The Sins of the Fathers av Lawrence Block (1976)

Senast inlagd avRennie90, sgtbigg, bookishbill, impatient, Milesc
Efterlämnade bibliotekNewton 'Bud' Flounders
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I started re-reading the Matthew Scudder books last year and haven't made a lot of progress, unfortunately. Like al of my favorite mystery novels, Block's books are less concerned with solving a murder than they are showing us the inner workings of the main character. And what a main character. Scudder's development mirrors that of his writer in a lot of ways. When the series begins, they were both alcoholics struggling to make it through the day. We get to watch them make the first tentative steps toward recovery and then (not without some backsliding, give up drink entirely. It all plays out in one of the meaner portrayals of New York I've read. I really think that the development of the Scudder character will be counted as a significant literary achievement. Block just needs some critics to "discover" him the way the New Wave "discovered" Hitchcock. ( )
  adamgallardo | Aug 11, 2021 |
murder of prostitute investigated on father's behalf
  ritaer | May 18, 2021 |
They’re all damaged goods—the Private Investigators, that is, aren’t they? Matthew Scudder’s cross to bear is as tragic as it was unavoidably accidental. So, now he’s a hard-drinking former NYC detective who makes ends meet by doing “favors” for folks who show their appreciation with “gifts,” so he can avoid the whole official P.I. stereotype. In this case, it’s a father trying to make sense of his daughter’s death and the suicide of the boy who lived with her and brutally murdered her. As Scudder methodically unravels the mysteries of the “why” for the father, he discovers the open-and-shut case holds other mysteries that he judicially deals with in the end. A good, gritty noir story that doesn’t follow the usual paths. ( )
  mtbass | Mar 26, 2021 |
Matt Scudder is a definite son-of-a-bitch, when he needs to be. He lives in a dark, twisted world where cops are dirty because... well... because that's the way it is. When he was a cop he believed that, if someone gave you money, you took it. Only a sap wouldn't. In this novel, when he was feeling sh*tty, he acted like a mark until someone tried to mug him, just so he could beat the guy down. And then he robbed the mugger, for good measure.

Not much actually happens in this one. It's a straight forward investigation. He's hired... well, no. He's not a private investigator, he doesn't have a license. What he does is, he does favours for people and they give him "thank you" gifts. Like a high-priced call girl. So in this story, he "does a favour" for a man, tracking down the information to be able to provide this man with an explanation, a description, of what his wayward daughter had been like, before she was murdered. A snapshot of her life and what led up to her death. In the process, he does that and more. In the process, he ends up finding out that some whores actually do have hearts of gold. And some other people are just plain sh*t.

Scudder lives in a dark, dirty, nasty world. And it's not that world that makes him interesting. In fact, I don't think that world is what makes any hard-boiled detective fiction worth reading. It's the lens we see it through. Our tour guide. Sam Spade, Phillip Marlowe, Nick Charles, Matt Scudder... it's these men who give us a unique perspective on those dark corners of big city life.

I enjoy Scudder's perspective. By logical extension, I enjoy Lawrence Block's perspective.

Good book. Well worth the read. ( )
  James_Patrick_Joyce | Oct 24, 2020 |
Another chip off the old Block. I love 'em. ( )
  jtck121166 | Jun 9, 2020 |
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The pretty young prostitute is dead. Her alleged murderer--a minister's son--hanged himself in his jail cell. The case is closed. But the dead girl's fatherhas come to Matthew Scudder for answers, sending the unlicensed private investigator in search of terrible truths about a life that was lived and lost in a sordid world of perversion and pleasures.

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