The Night and The Music [NOOK Book]

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Lawrence Block’s 17 Matthew Scudder novels have won the hearts of readers throughout the world—along with a bevy of awards including the Edgar, the Shamus, the Philip Marlowe (Germany), and the Maltese Falcon (Japan). And it’s MattScudder who’s been largely reponsible for Block’s lifetime achievement awards: Grand Master (Mystery Writers of America), The Eye (Private Eye Writers of America), and the Cartier Diamond Dagger (UK Crime Writers ...
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Overview

Lawrence Block’s 17 Matthew Scudder novels have won the hearts of readers throughout the world—along with a bevy of awards including the Edgar, the Shamus, the Philip Marlowe (Germany), and the Maltese Falcon (Japan). And it’s MattScudder who’s been largely reponsible for Block’s lifetime achievement awards: Grand Master (Mystery Writers of America), The Eye (Private Eye Writers of America), and the Cartier Diamond Dagger (UK Crime Writers Association).

But Scudder has starred in short fiction as well, and it’s all here, from a pair of late-70s novelettes (Out the Window and A Candle for the Bag Lady) through By the Dawn’s Early Light (Edgar) and The Merciful Angel of Death (Shamus), all the way to One Last Night at Grogan’s, a moving and elegiac story never before published. It was short fiction that kept the series alive on the several occasions when the flow of novels wass ingterrupted, and short stories that took Scudder down different paths and showed us unmapped portions of his world.

Some of these stories appeared in such magazines as Alfred Hitchcock, Ellery Queen, and Playboy. The title vignette, The Night and the Music, was written for a NYC jazz festival program; another, Mick Ballou Looks at the Blank Screen, has appeared only as the text of a limited-edition broadside. And the final story, putting Matt and Elaine at a table with Mick and Kristin Ballou in a shuttered Hell’s Kitchen saloon, has its first appearance in this volume.

Several stories look back from the time of their writing, with Scudder recounting events from his former life as a cop, first as a patrolman partnered with the legendary Vince Mahaffey, then as an NYPD detective leading a double life. In Looking for David, Matt and Elaine are on vacation in Florence, where they encounter a man Matt arrested decades earlier; now Matt finally learns the motive behind a brutal homicide.

Along with the eleven stories and novelettes, The Night and The Music includes a list of the seventeen novels in chronological order, and an author’s note detailing the origin and bibliographical details of each of the stories.

Brian Koppelman, the prominent screenwriter and director (Solitary Man, Ocean’s Thirteen, Rounders) and a major Matt Scudder fan, has sweetened the pot with an introduction.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013322929
  • Publisher: Telemachus Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 9/27/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 106,722
  • File size: 542 KB

Meet the Author

Lawrence Block is a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America, has won multiple Edgar and Shamus awards and countless international prizes. The author of more than 50 books, he lives in New York City.
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  • Posted October 6, 2011

    Lawrence Block at the top of his form

    I thought I had read all Lawrence Block's Matthew Scudder short stories, but I had missed one or two, and of course One Last Night At Grogan's was brand new. It was a joy to be drawn into Scudder's world again. It's one of those things you know is going to happen but is impossible to pinpoint the exact moment it occurs. One moment I was reading words and thinking about writing style and point of view and the next I was in the story, sharing Matthew Scudder's thoughts, alive in his world. It was a thrill to read this collection of Scudder stories; this is Lawrence Block at his best. Here's hoping he never stops writing. One more thing, at the end of THE NIGHT AND THE MUSIC, is a section titled, 'About These Stories,' in which Lawrence Block writes a bit about each of the stories in the volume. For me, this was one of the best parts of the book since I love reading writers discuss their writing, what they were thinking, what influenced their craft, and so on. All in all, THE NIGHT AND THE MUSIC was a treat to read.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2011

    Very Highly Recommended

    What a wonderful collection of stories. Each is captivating from the very first paragraph and stays that way until the end. Lawrence Block - Matthew Scudder - need I say more? Get THE NIGHT AND THE MUSIC and go home happy!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2012

    I have not read this particular book yet, but I have read ALL 17

    I have not read this particular book yet, but I have read ALL 17 Matthew Scudder books and they are amazing to me. I love how he tells his story and he seems like a person in real life telling their story. They were mysterious, romantic, blunt and funny. I really enjoyed all the books. Huge fan.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2012

    A great introduction to Lawrence Block and Matt Scudder

    Matt Scudder is an ex-cop,alcoholic,who works as a unofficial PI for
    clients who are unable to get justice through normal channels.These
    stories could have been ripped from the headlines they are so well
    told.New York serves as the back drop for these stories and do not follow conventional plots as you are always amazed at how Scudder
    solves the mysteries.This book is highly recommended and I'm sure you
    will investigate his other books once you are hooked.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2013

    Good Read

    It was a nice read with some interesting insight into Scudder from his drinking days up to his second marriage and soberity.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2012

    Love his work!

    Compelling-as all were that I have read, plan to get around to all of them!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    Short

    Good short's but not if u want a real read.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2011

    Highly Recommend,the person I gave it to loved it

    This book was given as a gift and the person who recieved it thought it was great. Lawrence Blook is one of the best mystery people areond. The writing is crips,and takes you in immediately for a great ride.

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