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When the Sacred Ginmill Closes (Matthew Scudder Series #6)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2015

    Methodically paced, but that ending packs a punch.

    Ever since I saw A Walk Among the Tombstones in theaters, I had decided to start reading Lawrence Block's Matt Scudder series. The first was good, but predictable, the second was lackluster, the third and fourth were good as well and you could tell he was improving and opening the world and character up a bit more. Then after the near brilliant 8 Million Ways to Die, he tops it with this.

    When the Sacred Ginmill Closes isn't a sequel, but more of a prequel. Set a couple of years after Scudder leaves the force, it centers around a couple of cases - one involving robbery and blackmail; the other robbery and murder. It's a slow burn as Scudder goes around town and pieces together the mysteries, but what you get to see is the world that Scudder inhabits, the people in that world, and the darkness that these men are capable of. Yes, even the good guys. Even Matt Scudder.

    It's a great story, with a bit of a brutal pay off that puts the cherry on top of what I consider to be the best Matt Scudder novel I've read so far. (I'm going in order, so I may get to a better one, and I hope I do!)

    Lawrence Block is one of the greats - not just in his genre, but in any genre. He's got a simple, straghtforward style that is a joy to read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 7, 2014

    Loved it!

    Matthew Scudder fights his alcohol addiction, and finally wins. Good story with lots of bad guys. As usual Block holds your attention to the very end.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 22, 2011

    Great Book, if your thinking about stoping, read it.

    This is the third time reading this book, once before I stop drinking, again a couple of months after I stoped, and now on my two year anniversary, I know that neighborhood well from the time he's writing about, he has it down to a T.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2000

    An Array of Runyonesque Characters

    Matt Scudder is living in a residential hotel in New York City after leaving his marriage of twelve years. A former police officer, Matt now works as a private investigator. In spite of Matt's depressing lifestyle, the book does have its lighter side and the reader is entertained throughout by an array of Runyonesque characters who hang around the bars near Columbus Circle.

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  • Posted January 14, 2015

    Having read most of the Matthew Scudder mysteries, I believe I w

    Having read most of the Matthew Scudder mysteries, I believe I would rate this one at the top.  Two robberies and a murder/robbery all come to Matt's attention, but he's far in the bottle and not willing to sober up long enough to see them through. He has his moments of clarity when he is able to figure out the crucial pieces of the puzzle. There is a sadness that pervades Scudder's life and the lives of those around as they move from one gin joint to another.  But that life fades as redemption is found.    

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2014

    Finally

    Finally a good ending

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2014

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    Good read easy reading iintresting story line keeps moving along

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