A Stab in the Dark : Matt Scudder

  • by Lawrence Block
  • Narrated by William Roberts
  • Series: Matt Scudder
  • 5 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Nine long years have passed since the killer last struck - nine years since eight helpless young women were brutally slaughtered by an icepick-wielding maniac. The trail grew cold and the book was unofficially closed on a serial killer who stopped killing. But now "The Icepick Prowler" has confessed - but only to seven of the killings. Not only does he deny the eighth, he has an airtight alibi. Barbara Ettinger's family had almost come to accept that the young woman was the victim of a random killing. Now they must grapple with the shocking revelation that not only was her death disguised to look like the serial killer's work, but her murderer may have been someone she knew and trusted. Matthew Scudder has been hired to finally bring her slayer to justice, setting the relentless detective on the trail of a death almost a decade old, searching for a vicious murderer who's either long gone, long dead... or patiently waiting to kill again.


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Customer Reviews

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A good reading !

This is one of the early Matt Scudder's stories. You can tell that Lawrence Block is still working on Matt's character , but the story runs smooth with a terrific description of the New York "ambiance" . Definitively a good reading !
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- antonio "A man's got to do what a man's got to do.."

Scudder's alcoholism is becoming an issue

If you could sum up A Stab in the Dark in three words, what would they be?

Scudder is unraveling.

Would you listen to another book narrated by William Roberts?

While not an awful narrator, I actually preferred the previous narrator in the series. This one had a taste for the cliche when picking his voices. Even Scudder's inner voice had a little New York cab driver in it.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This one made me feel the depressive pull of falling in the bottle. It did a very good job of capturing the state of denial alcoholics find themselves in. Scudder keeps finding new ways to explain his drunken actions.

Any additional comments?

If you want to know when the writing takes a notch up, this would be it. Scudder has become a fully complex character. You may even grow to dislike him at points during this one. That is not a bad thing. A truly heroic character needs flaws front, center, and hidden.

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- Bora Horza "My friends! We are about to embark on the most odious, the most evil, the most diabolical scheme of my illustrious career!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-27-2011
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.