The Night and The Music

The Night and The Music

by Lawrence Block

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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 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.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013322929
Publisher: Telemachus Press, LLC
Publication date: 09/27/2011
Series: Matthew Scudder Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 267,110
File size: 554 KB

About 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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The Night and The Music 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Karen_Woodward More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
luvreadn More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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It was a nice read with some interesting insight into Scudder from his drinking days up to his second marriage and soberity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Compelling-as all were that I have read, plan to get around to all of them!!
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Good short's but not if u want a real read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.