A Dance At The Slaughterhouse

  • Title: A Dance At The Slaughterhouse
  • Author: Lawrence Block
  • ISBN: 9780380813735
  • Page: 350
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Dance At The Slaughterhouse In Matt Scudder s mind money power and position elevate nobody above morality and the law Now the ex cop and unlicensed p i has been hired to prove that socialite Richard Thurman orchestrated the b
    In Matt Scudder s mind, money, power, and position elevate nobody above morality and the law Now the ex cop and unlicensed p.i has been hired to prove that socialite Richard Thurman orchestrated the brutal murder of his beautiful, pregnant wife During Scudder s hard drinking years, he left a piece of his soul on every seedy corner of the Big Apple But this case is In Matt Scudder s mind, money, power, and position elevate nobody above morality and the law Now the ex cop and unlicensed p.i has been hired to prove that socialite Richard Thurman orchestrated the brutal murder of his beautiful, pregnant wife During Scudder s hard drinking years, he left a piece of his soul on every seedy corner of the Big Apple But this case is depraved and potentially devastating than anything he experienced while floundering in the urban depths Because this investigation is leading Scudder on a frightening grand tour of New York s sex for sale underworld where an innocent young life is simply a commodity to be bought and perverted and then destroyed.

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    About Lawrence Block


    1. Lawrence Block has been writing crime, mystery, and suspense fiction for than half a century He has published in excess oh, wretched excess of 100 books, and no end of short stories.Born in Buffalo, N.Y LB attended Antioch College, but left before completing his studies school authorities advised him that they felt he d be happier elsewhere, and he thought this was remarkably perceptive of them.His earliest work, published pseudonymously in the late 1950s, was mostly in the field of midcentury erotica, an apprenticeship he shared with Donald E Westlake and Robert Silverberg The first time Lawrence Block s name appeared in print was when his short story You Can t Lose was published in the February 1958 issue of Manhunt The first book published under his own name was Mona 1961 it was reissued several times over the years, once as Sweet Slow Death In 2005 it became the first offering from Hard Case Crime, and bore for the first time LB s original title, Grifter s Game is best known for his series characters, including cop turned private investigator Matthew Scudder, gentleman burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr, globe trotting insomniac Evan Tanner, and introspective assassin Keller.Because one name is never enough, LB has also published under pseudonyms including Jill Emerson, John Warren Wells, Lesley Evans, and Anne Campbell Clarke s magazine appearances include American Heritage, Redbook, Playboy, Linn s Stamp News, Cosmopolitan, GQ, and The New York Times His monthly instructional column ran in Writer s Digest for 14 years, and led to a string of books for writers, including the classics Telling Lies for Fun Profit and The Liar s Bible He has also written episodic television Tilt and the Wong Kar wai film, My Blueberry Nights.Several of LB s books have been filmed The latest, A Walk Among the Tombstones, stars Liam Neeson as Matthew Scudder and is scheduled for release in September, 2014 is a Grand Master of Mystery Writers of America, and a past president of MWA and the Private Eye Writers of America He has won the Edgar and Shamus awards four times each, and the Japanese Maltese Falcon award twice, as well as the Nero Wolfe and Philip Marlowe awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Private Eye Writers of America, and the Diamond Dagger for Life Achievement from the Crime Writers Association UK He s also been honored with the Gumshoe Lifetime Achievement Award from Mystery Ink magazine and the Edward D Hoch Memorial Golden Derringer for Lifetime Achievement in the short story In France, he has been proclaimed a Grand Maitre du Roman Noir and has twice been awarded the Societe 813 trophy He has been a guest of honor at Bouchercon and at book fairs and mystery festivals in France, Germany, Australia, Italy, New Zealand, Spain and Taiwan As if that were not enough, he was also presented with the key to the city of Muncie, Indiana But as soon as he left, they changed the locks LB and his wife Lynne are enthusiastic New Yorkers and relentless world travelers the two are members of the Travelers Century Club, and have visited around 160 countries.He is a modest and humble fellow, although you would never guess as much from this biographical note.


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    1. In this ninth volume of the series, detective Matt Scudder not only confronts an evil as absolute as any he has yet encountered, but is also forced to accept he is powerless to bring this evil to justice by any means he has yet permitted himself to use. Scudder faces a moral dilemma, and the way he resolves it is both cathartic and unsettling.A brother, convinced his wealthy sister has been murdered by her husband, hires Scudder to collect the evidence to prove it. When Scudder follows the husba [...]

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    2. It goes against my OCD tendencies to read a book series out of order, but the Matt Scudder books aren’t easy to come by for me – so it was Eight Million Ways to Die (read about a million years ago), then The Sins of the Fathers and now this one – I read them as I get them. At least, I haven’t been reading the Dark Tower series out of order or the Game of Throne books. I realize these are PI books and it isn’t that important to keep the order straight, jump in anywhere the water’s fin [...]

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    3. A few years ago I was talking to somebody in my cube at work, and the name of the small town I grew up in came up. A woman who worked in the cube across the aisle from mine looked up and said that since I was from that town, that I must know of this other smaller town that was nearby. I laughed and replied that my relatives made up 80% of the population of that town. She asked if I was related to X. He was my second cousin. She was his ex-wife. We had worked across from each other for a year wit [...]

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    4. Picking this one up I was not prepared for such a trip into dark and depraved waters. This is more than Scudder has ever gone up against previously and definitely the strongest in the series since Eight Million Ways To Die. While we've moved along in years out of the 80's into the early 90's, New York City continues to be a seething trap of anger and violence and desperation with all those ways to die and Scudder has stumbled upon yet another one. This time, he didn't even go looking for it, not [...]

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    5. Matthew Scudder is hired to figure out if a TV anchor man killed his wife. But what does that have to do with a snuff film a friend of Matt's found disguised as the Dirty Dozen at a video store? Scudder really stepped in it this time. The Stettners, and to a lesser extent Richard Thurman, the accused anchor, are perverts and psychopaths of the worst kind, the kind that prey on children. I thought James Leo Motely in the previous Scudder book was the worst villain Block could come up with but I w [...]

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    6. A wealthy New York couple, Richard and Amanda Thurman, arrives home at their upscale apartment after a night on the town. Several hours later, Richard punches out 9-1-1 with a pipe tool between his teeth, and the police arrive to find him beaten and tied up in the neighbors' apartment immediately below his own. Amanda Thurman, who was pregnant with the couple's first child, has been raped, beaten and strangled to death. Thurman tells detectives that two men who had burgled the neighbors' apartme [...]

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    7. *3.5 Stars*“Sometimes it's a dog-eat-dog world and the rest of the time it's the other way around.” This year I've realized that I'm not that big of a fan of standard detective series. They get too repetitive and frankly boring after a while. It nearly broke my heart when I realized that I was starting to feel the same way about this book in Lawrence Block's Scudder series, arguably the top of the detective pack. As I read, I started to notice the formula and the trends. Once again, Scudder [...]

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    8. A Dance at the Slaughterhouse may not have the most inspired name, but this 9th entry in Lawrence Block’s inimitable series of novels starring Matthew Scudder—a reformed alcoholic and an ex-dirty-cop who now makes a living as an unlicensed PI—stands as yet another beacon of excellence in a line-up of absurdly high quality mysteries that prove, again and again, the unique literary traits and themes that a well-written genre novel can reckon with unlike any other game in town, and does so in [...]

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    9. Matt Scudder is hired by the brother of a recently murdered woman. He's given the unfortunate task of investigating the husband who is believed by most to have had a hand in her demise. Shortly after taking the job, Matt finds himself drawn back into something that had impacted his life just a few months earlier.Coming off the heels of the 8th Scudder novel in which Matt encounters his most dangerous adversary, Block created an impressive follow up. Block gives Scudder plenty to do here, hitting [...]

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    10. Matt Scudder's finest outing to date. Potentially also the darkest and most brutal too. As Matt investigates the possibility that a husband murdered his wife he stumbles across a snuff film and all the hell that that entails. Block's descriptive passages are shocking and disturbing and the impact on his protagonist is equally as impressively written. The constant evolution of Scudder as a person is at the heart of all that is good about this series, the further away he gets from the booze the mo [...]

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    11. Matthew Scudder is hired to investigate the death of Richard Thurmans wife which was considered suspicious by one of the investigating police officers and the brother of the deceased wife.The story starts with a boxing match before we find out that is actually the way for Scudder to eyeball his "target". The Scudders stories so far all have in common the pedestrian pace in which you slowly find out what did happen.As it happens Scudder also gets involved in another situation which involves a snu [...]

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    12. This harrowing and chilling book, A Dance at the Slaughterhouse, detailing private detective Matt Scudder’s search for the origins of a snuff film, was made even more harrowing and chilling by the variety of stains, spatters, and smears adorning the library book I was reading. The cover illustration portrayed a murder victim’s blood circling down a floor drain, and while I rationally understood that the markings in my book were the typical library leavings of previous borrowers (chocolate fi [...]

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    13. Writing about child sex abuse and torture, gratuitously FOR PROFIT is sick. Perhaps Block does it to make the reader angry enough to forgive Matt's testosterone-fuelled vengance at the end ?Early on, this book displays the worst kind of graphic sickness: snuff films and child torture. Block did not have to show it so graphically, unless he thought there was a market or profit in it. I fail to see how the graphic presentation of using hedge-clippers to cut off the nipple of a young boy is not men [...]

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    14. The world is an unforgiving place and for Matt Scudder, it's the very bottom of humanities pecking order that helps him ply his trade. Wallowing in the pits of despair, reformed alcoholic and ex-cop Scudder gets knee deep in the criminal underworld of exploration, false promises, and broken dreams as he tries to solve a rape and murder of which the key suspect is the victim's husband. The case leads him down a dark rabbit hole that shines a light on the snuff film trade. Lawrence Block doesn't d [...]

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    15. This is my second P.I. Matt Scudder book. First class hardboiled fare. Snuff films, Matt's meetings, boxing matches -- it's all in here. Mr. Block has to write some of the smoothest prose in fiction today. Great stuff.

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    16. Unlicensed private investigator Matthew Scudder is approached by a fellow attendee at an AA meeting asking him to look at a videocassette he recently acquired. It turns out to have a brutal sado-masochistic snuff film. Scudder is shocked and appalled, but doesn't know what he can do, the killers were masked and their victim another disappeared child of the street. At the same time, he takes a case of a murdered woman in Manhattan. She was brutally raped and murdered while the husband was barely [...]

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    17. Matt Scudder is hired by the brother of a TV Anchor to see if the woman's husband either killed or had her killed.The author certainly knows the New York territory and enlightens the reader of what is going on in the fight ring and in many of the gay bars in the New York Chelsea areas.Matt uncovers a connection to "The Dirty Dozen" and spends time searching for an old time TV buff. He's an unlicensed PI and former cop. He's also a member of AA and asked by another member to find the killer of th [...]

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    18. "Stay tuned," I said. "Don't change the channel."Why would anyone get to the 9th book in the Matthew Scudder series and not be eager and ready to read the 10th??This one is all about nasty sex crimes against children, murderd of course Matt as he ties it all together and then decides what he’s going to do about it. Love the returning appearance of many characters ElaineJoe Durkineven Andy the dart player. And my personal favouriteMick Ballou. Block is genius at reminding his readers of what pa [...]

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    19. For a long time my world of American crime literature consisted of Pelecanos, Lehane and Don Winslow and with UK bookshops not stocking a great deal of US stock apart from the most popular novelists it's taken me a long time to find other authors to join the aforementioned. There was also my aversion to long running detective series as I prejudicially and pretentiously thought they were all alike and of little consequence. How very wrong could I be!I initially came across Lawrence Block through [...]

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    20. The ninth Matt Scudder novel, in which he’s hired to determine whether a socialite raped and killed his own wife. Scudder’s shadowing of the perp leads, through a possibly unlikely set of circumstances, to his discovery of a snuff-film and thrill-murder ring. The unbelievable way in which the two plots intersect is a minor flaw, as is the introduction of TJ, the cartoonish street-talking, street-wise Stereotypical Black Kid, who will become even sillier later. A small step down from the prev [...]

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    21. It's funny, this book started out as a boxing book and I almost dropped it right there. Then chapter two came along and I was hooked.Prominent attorney Richard Thurman and his wife are brutally attacked following an evening out as they arrive home in their apartment. She is raped and beaten, he is robbed and knocked unconscious. Upon reviving, he discovers his hands are bound, mouth taped and his wife dead on the floor. He manages to knock over a lamp and his pipe-cleaning tool with which he pok [...]

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    22. ONE OF THE BEST MATTHEW SCUDDER BOOKSLawrence block is a good writer and a master storyteller. in this book he is involved in two cases one where a husband might have been responsible for killing his pregnant wife and the other about two low life's who made a snuff film. I am impressed how Block pulls these two cases together. he is truly an artist. it is a book you will carry with you until you finished it.

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    23. Block's Matt Scudder series is about a NY ex-cop private investigater recovering alcoholic whose girlfriend is a high-priced prostitute. And you think you got troubles?This novel I've singled out is probably smack-dab in the middle of the series, but it really doesn't matter. It's a gritty read about the snuff movie industry. Great writer here, folks.I've read four or five from the Scudder series and they're all great reads.

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    24. This was the first Scudder I read. I was skipping an exam (must have been about 1994/5), went to hide in the library for a bit, and picked this up. I'm not sure why, I wasn't a crime fiction reader at that point, mainly horror and fantasy. Something must have caught my eye though, and I'm very thankful years later that it did.

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    25. One star, not because the book's bad, but because I didn't have the nerve to continue. I hate stories with snuff film themes or even just scenes involving that extreme sexual perversion.

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    26. "Wait a minute. How will I recognize you?”“I’ll recognize you,” I said. “Just wear the mask. And leave your shirt off.”some if the dialogues just blow you away, this series is getting better and better, mind you it was extremely good to start with. this time the eccentric Matthew Scudder tries to find a recreational pair of killers that he saw on a snuff film when one of his AA mates gave him a rented movie. I can't figure why is Lawrence Block not rated as one of the greatest detect [...]

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    27. I changed my mind about this one. I am torn about it, but I won’t condemn it.

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    28. Gave it a 9 out of 10. A tough look at the seamy underworld in New York City, and people who kill for thrills and can’t be prosecuted. A high-level Matt Scudder mystery.

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    29. First Line: Midway into the fifth round the kid in the blue trunks rocked his opponent with a solid left to the jaw.A Dance At the Slaughterhouse is the ninth novel to feature Lawrence Block’s private detective, Matthew Scudder. Scudder, an unlicensed detective and currently sober alcoholic is hired to find out if (or how) a TV producer manged to stage the rape and murder of his own wife. Of course, as with most of the detective novels I’ve read so far, that really only describes the plot at [...]

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    30. I honestly don’t know what took me so long to get acquainted with Lawrence Block's books. Having read just two of his books 'Eight Millions Ways to Die' and 'The Sins of the Fathers'. Having liked both of them; I dived into A Dance at the Slaughter house. Well I was instant fan of Lawrence Block writing, and had no apprehension regarding that, but could he able to deliver the same thrilling plot and story? I had my doubt, but I should have trusted him more.Richard Thruman woke up from his unco [...]

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