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Eight Million Ways to Die By Lawrence Block Eight Million Ways to Die Nobody knows better than Matthew Scudder how far down a person can sink in this city A young prostitute named Kim knew it also and she wanted out Maybe Kim didn t deserve the life fate had dealt her S

  • Title: Eight Million Ways to Die
  • Author: Lawrence Block
  • ISBN: 9780380715732
  • Page: 342
  • Format: Paperback
  • Eight Million Ways to Die By Lawrence Block Nobody knows better than Matthew Scudder how far down a person can sink in this city A young prostitute named Kim knew it also and she wanted out Maybe Kim didn t deserve the life fate had dealt her She surely didn t deserve her death The alcoholic ex cop turned p.i was supposed to protect her, but someone slashed her to ribbons on a crumbling New York City waterfrontNobody knows better than Matthew Scudder how far down a person can sink in this city A young prostitute named Kim knew it also and she wanted out Maybe Kim didn t deserve the life fate had dealt her She surely didn t deserve her death The alcoholic ex cop turned p.i was supposed to protect her, but someone slashed her to ribbons on a crumbling New York City waterfront pier Now finding Kim s killer will be Scudder s penance But there are lethal secrets hiding in the slain hooker s past that are far dirtier than her trade And there are many ways of dying in this cruel and dangerous town some quick and brutal and some agonizingly slow.
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    1. BillKerwin on said:

      In this fifth entry in the Scudder series, Matt is hired by high class hooker Kim Danniken She is determined to leave the life, and, fearing her pimp Chance may try to stop her, she figures she may need Scudder s help Things seem to be going well at first, but then somebody ends up dead, and Scudder realizes he has a much complicated job on his hands.The plot is interesting, with a few twists and turns, some memorable characters Danny Boy Bell, the black albino dwarf tipster Chance the elegantl [...]

    2. Kemper on said:

      Someday I m going to get around to putting together my list of the greatest mystery crime novels I ve read When I do, this one is going to be very near the top.Matt Scudder is still working as an unlicensed private detective, and he is approached by an upscale prostitute named Kim She wants to quit the business but is nervous about telling her pimp, Chance Kim hires Matt to break the news to Chance and gauge his reaction to see if he ll try to keep her working After Matt tracks Chance down, he s [...]

    3. William on said:

      Fabulous A masterpiece of crime noir.5 StarsBlock s dialogue in previous books has been good, but here he s gone nova Wow There are many characters with extended dialogue sequences in this book, and all of them are terrific.The plotting is deliciously complex, and the pacing is fantastic Wonderful prose with great rhythm Everything about this Scudder story is superb As usual with my reviews, please first read the publisher s blurb summary of the book Thank you Matt s giant leap to the solution t [...]

    4. James Thane on said:

      Every time I post a review of one of Lawrence Block s Matthew Scudder novels, my strong temptation is always to begin by saying that this is one of my favorite books in the series The problem is that I love every last one of them and so they re all my favorites, which I guess makes Eight Million Ways to Die one of my Most Favorites.The story at the heart of the novel is fairly simple and straightforward A beautiful young call girl named Kim Dakkinen wants to leave the business, but she s worried [...]

    5. Carol. on said:

      A book about the mystery of a dead hooker becomes a book about Matt Scudder taking one day at a time, trying to save himself from alcohol The prose was dry and matter of fact the words of a police report detailing his movements and contacts And yet the way they were arranged, their anti drama sensibility, packed an emotional punch Definitely my favorite Scudder so far.The synopsis Scudder gets a visit from a beautiful dairy maid hooker who wants his help leaving her john A little unusual to mode [...]

    6. Dan Schwent on said:

      A hooker hires Matthew Scudder to tell her pimp she s leaving Scudder delivers the message and everything is cool Only the hooker ends up dead and the pimp hires Scudder to find out who killed her Can Scudder find the killer before he ends up dead himself Sometimes, I really struggle with rating a book This was not one of those times Eight Million Ways To Die is easily the best Lawrence Block book I ve read yet, head and shoulders about the others The characters are alive than in the other Scud [...]

    7. Jason Koivu on said:

      Matt Scudder, the ex cop turned PI with a drinking problem, puts himself through the wringer in this one Eight Million Ways to Die pairs Scudder up with an unlikely client The very person who he suspects murdered someone hires him to find the murderer Go figure Scudder gets too attached to a young woman Then he falls back on his crutch In and out of bars In and out of AA meetings One life threatening bender later and we re left wondering if and or when the next dive down the devil s gullet Scudd [...]

    8. Trudi on said:

      You know what you got in this city, this fucked up toilet of a naked fucking city You know what you got You got eight million ways to die Eight Million Ways to Die Matt Scudder, how much do I love thee Let me count the eight million ways This is definitely my favorite of the Scudder books so far, for all the reasons captured in this review here Eight Million Ways to Die is New York in all of its grimy splendor murderous, amoral, seething and unsympathetic Block creates an authentic portrait usin [...]

    9. Tfitoby on said:

      There are eight million stories in the Naked City This has been one of the best of them.The fifth Matt Scudder takes a further dark turn in to a city plagued by demons and lawlessness, taking a pessimistic cue from the classic movie TV show The Naked City this is the story of a dead call girl, of 2000 murders per year, of a private investigator, of an alcoholic on a path of self destruction During his investigation Scudder comes in to contact with all kinds of filth and degenerates, he makes acq [...]

    10. Richard on said:

      That s it If I never read another Lawrence Block novel I shudder at the thought , this book on it s own solidifies in my mind that Block is one of the best crime novelists out there But this is so much than just a detective novel It s a vividly written character study of the struggle to overcome alcoholism In this, the fifth book in the famed Matthew Scudder series, Matt gets hired by a beautiful hooker to convince her pimp to let her get out of the life It eventually turns into a murder invest [...]

    11. Mara on said:

      What starts out as Matthew Scudder, fresh off of a drinking bender that landed him in a hospital, helping a hooker get out of the game turns into layer upon layer of murder and mystery in a city where people keep killing each other and there are eight million ways to die.This installment of Lawrence Block s Matthew Scudder series takes things to the next level Things are richer, deeper the grime is grimier it s just in all the right ways Since some cleverer people have come before me and said m [...]

    12. Brandon on said:

      Wow Just wow I can easily say this is the first great Scudder book I knew I made a mistake rating the first 4 novels at 5 stars each It s not that they re bad books, they re just not in the same league as Eight Million Ways to Die.In the 5th installment of the series, Block takes Scudder and the City of New York all the way down to rock bottom Whether he s exposing the reader to gang violence and random murders or he s having Scudder drink himself half to death not a lot of hope escapes these pa [...]

    13. Richard on said:

      8.5 10This book oozes style Ooze rhymes with booze, one thing that heavily influences this story and is a driving force behind Scudder Forget the main plot thread in here, its standard fare without much of a mystery or intrigue The main thread is the constant struggle battle Scudder has with his drinking which has been touched upon before in this series but is really at the forefront here There are some intriguing characters along the journey too, people from Scudder s past who we know from prev [...]

    14. Maureen DeLuca on said:

      Number 5 and going strong an oldie but a goodie nuf said

    15. Cathy DuPont on said:

      Lawrence Block has quickly become one of my top favorite hard boiled noir writers To date I ve read 11 of his books including a couple as short stories.As you may have noticed, I ve already claimed to love the pimp, Chance, in this story Can t help myself the guy is a real cool dude, not your stereotypical pimp He doesn t drive flashy cars, wear flashy clothes, hang out at pubs, taverns and the such And, he s good to his girls He is none of those things we generally think of when we think of pim [...]

    16. Mohammed on said:

      Another amazing novel by Block,i kept thinking wow this is something.It was very much about Scudder himself,his struggles with alcohol that made it so strong this time too The case was even less important than the novel before It was complex story emotionally,i could have read 340 pages of Matt Scudder and his problems without the crime plot,the violence The personal struggles made it much darker than any violence could have been I didnt care about the fact the case,the crime plot wasnt the mos [...]

    17. Meg on said:

      These books just keep getting better Unlicensed PI Matt Scudder returns, fresh out of hospital after a bout of alcohol poisoning and on the case of a dead hooker This book represents a change of heart for Matt he finally acknowledges that his drinking is out of control and embarks on the 12 step program I really like the character development as the series progresses Scudder seemed a caricature of a hard boiled gumshoe in the first book but he becomes human with each book So happy that I ve sti [...]

    18. Bill on said:

      Back in the early 90s I read four of the Matthew Scudder novels They were quite good, and just the type of dark noir I was into at the time.Eventually I had enough and moved on to many other authors and Lawrence Block fell off my radar Until I saw a great review by Stephen for Block s Grifter s Game from the Hard Case Crime collection.I read that short story, was thoroughly impressed, and set my mind tovisiting Matt Scudder again after a 20 year break.Eight Million Ways to Die was published befo [...]

    19. Lynn on said:

      This book is why I read detective fiction It s not the mystery, crimes and action, but I do enjoy reading about that stuff I love the description of the mind of detectives and their efforts, frustrations, success and failure Matthew Scudder is especially wonderful to read about, maybe because he has so many problems and hides his sadness In this book, a lot of people are sad I am so glad I eavesdropped on their lives rather than live them Why read about a life like your own The weather was beaut [...]

    20. Nathan on said:

      Woah, I thought after reading all the greats like Hammett and Chandler there were just re hashes of their work in varying degrees of quality left I was wrong I am a huge fan of the P.I genre and this might be the best work I ve read What gets me thimking is what else is out there that I havn t discovered yet and where has Matt Scudder been all my P.I living life I wont go into a long description of the plot but let me just say that if you re the least bit interested in P.I stories, this is one o [...]

    21. Benoit Lelièvre on said:

      Well, that was dark EIGHT MILLION WAYS TO DIE is one of these novels that expose the limitations of a 5 stars rating system, since it really should be rated 4.5 5 I liked it a lot, but I liked A STAB IN THE DARK a tiny bit better Without spoiling anything, I can tell you that I thought the plot was utterly brilliant a common trait of the Scudder novels , but it was so far removed from the actual story that it felt like cheating a little bit Usually, a mystery works as some kind of dare to the re [...]

    22. Nate on said:

      I honestly am SO close to giving this the fifth start entirely sure that I don t want to at this point, but I still have a long way to go with the Scudder books so I don t have a big enough sample group at this point That said, this was a very powerful entry in this series, which has already been remarkably well written with its own unique voice As most readers of these books will agree, this is a mystery series where the actual mystery can often take a back seat to Block s ever developing three [...]

    23. Truman32 on said:

      Eight Million Ways To Die, Lawrence Block s seminal crime novel has been called the best entry in his Matthew Scudder series And it lives up to the accolades.Scudder is a train wreck once a cop, he is now a drunk, living in a hotel and taking unlicensed private detective cases to get by He only marginally supports his divorced wife and children, and after a two day bender has been told in no uncertain terms that any further drinking will kill him Into Matt s life walks the prostitute, Kim She wa [...]

    24. Laura Leaney on said:

      Now this is great genre fiction Gritty, realistic, and interesting Eight Million Ways to Die is a police procedural without all the artsy furbelows of some of the recent crime writing I m thinking of Gillian Flynn and Benjamin Black and I like their work, believe me The crime is a fairly straightforward affair, yet still it must be solved, and the former NYPD detective Matthew Scudder is hired to do what the police have little time or interest for Who cares about a dead prostitute in New York Ci [...]

    25. Paul on said:

      Of the Matthew Scudder novels I have read, this one is definitely the strongest.In Eight Million Ways to Die, Block really delves into Scudder s alcoholism It was an interesting sub plot and I found myself awash in Scudder s character, so than any of the previous books Block doesn t stretch himself thin with the mystery, instead, focusing on character a little deeper.Not that the plot isn t great, but this change in style makes the book seem a little fuller.Block dials it back a bit in this one [...]

    26. Kathy on said:

      The reader can walk alongside Scudder, a former cop, now detective, through the mean streets of New York on a soul bearing tour of his struggles with alcohol as he stubbornly follows every possible lead to solve a murder This one feels like a primer on how to solve crime, and he is fortunate enough to have cooperation from the police uncommon in this scenario.We meet some very interesting whores, a unique pimp and the anonymous cloud of folk who need meetings The murderer wields a machete and hi [...]

    27. GeSayi on said:

      This is the first book of Lawrence Block that I read It was the name that rose my interest at first Reading it makes me want to drink, although I was a student in high school at that time.

    28. Col on said:

      Synopsis blurbNobody knows better than Matthew Scudder how far down a person can sink in this city A young prostitute named Kim knew it also and she wanted out Maybe Kim didn t deserve the life fate had dealt her She surely didn t deserve her death The alcoholic ex cop turned PI was supposed to protect her, but someone slashed her to ribbons on a crumbling New York City waterfront pier Now finding Kim s killer will be Scudder s penance But there are lethal secrets hiding in the slain hooker s pa [...]

    29. David on said:

      This novel won the Edgar Award for best mystery novel, and I can hardly think of a worthy winner Correction It was only nominated, but it definitely SHOULD have won The Matthew Scudder series is a good one, but this book is a special entry Every now and then, a series author tries something bolder like Robert B Parker with his excellent Spenser book, A Catskill Eagle or increases the word count and substance Robert Crais with L.A Requiem as is the case with this book here, and a series that is [...]

    30. Roo I MacLeod on said:

      A prostitute employs Scudder to negotiate her release from her pimp Nothing out of the ordinary, happens all the time eh But when the prostitute wakes up dead with multiple slashes to her naked body, Scudder, and the police, are thinking revenge So why does the pimp hire Scudder to find out what happened to his girl This is a good who dunnit, but the depth Block burrows into the alcoholic disease devouring Scudder is intense Liking a drink a wee bit too much myself, I find these books a revelati [...]

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