By Lawrence Block
Whilst Byrne and Susan Hollander are killed in a brutal domestic invasion, the complete urban catches its collective breath. a couple of days later the killers occur 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 ahead of their deaths. despite himself, Scudder is interested in the Hollander case. The nearer he appears to be like, the extra he senses the presence of a 3rd guy, a puppet grasp who manipulated his accomplices, then lower their strings while he was once performed with them.The villain who looms within the shadows is one in all 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 no longer performed killing.He's simply getting started....
This is the fifteenth Matthew Scudder novel in 25 years, and readers of Block's noir sequence recognize what to anticipate. It's all right here: an ideal evocation of the attractions, sounds, and scents of latest York urban; journeys to AA conferences in church basements; Mick Ballou's bar; and the ordinary characters reminiscent of Ballou, the streetwise TJ, and Elaine, the civilizing effect. during this most modern day out, Matt and Elaine attend a "Mostly Mozart" profit live performance at Lincoln heart. on the similar live performance are a pair who're later murdered of their higher West facet condominium. Then, the "murderers" are themselves killed in Brooklyn. with out someone quite asking him to, and for wish of anything larger to do, Scudder begins to select at this situation until eventually the full tale unravels prior to him to a startling end. sometimes, the true assassin narrates a bankruptcy, which provides a cat-and-mouse point. yet these searching for quick motion won't locate it right here the speed is leisurely, and characters and set items are nearly as vital as plot. (Library Journal)