By Lawrence Block
Whilst Byrne and Susan Hollander are killed in a brutal domestic invasion, the total urban catches its collective breath. a couple of days later the killers happen useless in the back of a locked door in Brooklyn. One has killed his companion, then himself. the town sighs with reduction. The law enforcement officials shut the case.Matt and Elaine Scudder have been within the related room with the Hollanders hours sooner than their deaths. even with himself, Scudder is interested in the Hollander case. The nearer he seems, the extra he senses the presence of a 3rd guy, a puppet grasp who manipulated his accomplices, then minimize their strings while he was once performed with them.The villain who looms within the shadows is one in every of Block's such a lot encouraged creations, chilly and diabolical, murdering for excitement and revenue. no one yet Scudder even suspects he exists and he's now not performed killing.He's simply getting started....
This is the fifteenth Matthew Scudder novel in 25 years, and readers of Block's noir sequence be aware of what to anticipate. It's all the following: an ideal evocation of the points of interest, sounds, and scents of latest York urban; journeys to AA conferences in church basements; Mick Ballou's bar; and the habitual characters similar to Ballou, the streetwise TJ, and Elaine, the civilizing impact. during this most up-to-date trip, Matt and Elaine attend a "Mostly Mozart" profit live performance at Lincoln middle. on the similar live performance are a pair who're later murdered of their top West aspect condominium. Then, the "murderers" are themselves killed in Brooklyn. with no somebody relatively asking him to, and for wish of whatever larger to do, Scudder begins to select at this situation till the total tale unravels earlier than him to a startling end. occasionally, the genuine assassin narrates a bankruptcy, which provides a cat-and-mouse aspect. yet these searching for speedy motion won't locate it the following the velocity is leisurely, and characters and set items are nearly as very important as plot. (Library Journal)