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Small-time stoolie Jake "The Spinner" Jablon made a lot of new enemies when he switched careers from informer to blackmailer. And the more "clients," he figured, the more money - and the more people eager to see him dead. So he's greedy but scared, and he turns to his old acquaintance Matthew Scudder, who used to pay him for information back in Scudder's days as a cop. Scudder's his insurance policy - if anything happens to "The Spinner," Scudder can check up on the people who wanted him dead. No one is too surprised when the pigeon is found floating in the East River with his skull bashed in. Blackmail's a dangerous business. What's worse, no one cares - except Matthew Scudder. The unofficial private eye is no conscientious avenging angel. But he's willing to risk his own life and limb to confront Spinner's most murderously aggressive marks. A job's a job, after all, and Scudder's been paid to find a killer - by the victim…in advance.
©1976 Lawrence Block. All rights reserved. (P)2011 AudioGo
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By antonio on 10-26-12

Another good Matt Scudder novel....

Where does Time to Murder and Create rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the golden circle of the thrillers ... Matt Scudder's novels are the type of books where the journey is more important than the destination. Is more about characters, atmosphere , good dialogue than plots. All in all very enjoyable

Who was your favorite character and why?

Matt Scudder

What does Alan Sklar bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Good reading , that suits well the main character

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Murder in New York...

Any additional comments?

I'd like to see more more Matt Scudder's audiobooks offered by Audible...

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By Teacher/Reader on 10-13-17

Solid but dark story

Lawrence Block always delivers a great story and this Matthew Scudder novel is no exception. I am going back to the beginning of the series because I love the later stories so much.

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