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Publisher's Summary

Private detective Matt Scudder investigates a series of kidnappings that always end in brutal murder. Best-selling author Lawrence Block takes us into the seedier back alleys and side-streets of New York City, rendering his subject with a gritty realism.
More mayhem? Listen to another Matt Scudder mystery.
©1992 Lawrence Block (P)1992 Recorded Books
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4 out of 5 stars
By PerryMartinBookReviews on 06-24-14

Movie to be out Sept 19, 2014

What made the experience of listening to A Walk Among the Tombstones the most enjoyable?

Hearing the character voices, seeing the story in my mind. Doing two things at once. All reason why listening is enjoyable.

Any additional comments?

Lawrence Block's 10th Matt Scudder novel is being released as a movie staring Liem Neeson on September 19th. I wanted to review the book prior to the movie being released. I have not read any of Block's books and was interested to find out he started this series in 1976. 

This is a story about an ex-New York City Detective who happens to be an alcoholic. Although this story has nothing to do with alcoholism many scenes take place at Alcoholic's Anonymous  meetings. This story is truly told through the eyes of as alcoholic who takes his sobriety one day at a time. 

The book begins with the kidnapping and murder of a drug traffickers wife even after the ransom is paid. Matt Scudder is hired to find out who committed the murder without involving the police. When Matt finds a series of murders the seem connected he works with police, without reveling his clients situation, to find the serial killers.

The story weaves Scudder's personsonal life with his professional one and had many rememorable characters. 

Mark Hammer does an excellent job as a narrator and having been released on audiobook in 1992 the story takes place at the beginning of the computer age when people were just starting to use pagers and still used pay phones. I am sure the story will be updated for the upcoming movie.

This story grabbed my attention right away. It is written without the vulgarity in many of the modern crime novels and the characters are well developed and well thought out.

I recommend this book and look forward to going back into the Audible Archieves and listening to the complete series of Matt Scudder novels.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By willdan on 08-01-14

Excellent find

I had never heard of this book or author or narrator, but I'm glad I found it. The story I felt was very well done and the narration was excellent. I really felt like the main character, Matt, was sitting next to me telling me this wild story, not like I had someone reading a book to me. I may go back and re-listen to it in the future, something I very rarely do, I enjoyed it that much.

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