By Lawrence Block

no one understands greater than Matthew Scudder how some distance down an individual can sink within the urban of latest York. other than a tender prostitute named Kim—and she sought after out. might be Kim didn't deserve the existence destiny had dealt her. She without doubt didn't deserve her demise.

The alcoholic ex-cop became P.I. was once imagined to guard her, yet a person slashed her to ribbons in a seedy lodge room. Now, discovering Kim's killer could be Scudder's penance. yet there are deadly secrets and techniques hiding within the slain hooker's earlier which are a ways dirtier than her alternate. And there are lots of methods of death during this merciless and unsafe town—some quickly and brutal . . . and a few agonizingly gradual.

With this ebook, which received the Shamus Award and used to be short-listed for the Edgar, Lawrence Block increased the Matthew Scudder sequence to the pinnacle tier of yank detective fiction. This precise hardcover variation beneficial properties an afterword via the writer. learn Eight Million how you can Die, the radical that proves Block to be the most effective secret writers operating this present day.

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Only Emmenberger understood and did not hesitate to act. He examined the Lucerner, disinfected his pocketknife in the boiling water on the stove, and then performed a cut we call a trache­ otomy, which in emergencies sometimes has to be per­ formed; it involves making a cut above the larynx in order to get an air passage. The operation wasn’t what was so terrifying, Hans—it had to be done with a pocketknife. No, the horror was in something different—some­ thing that took place between those two, in their faces.

The whole German population had turned into a criminal affair. But nobody remembered Nehle, for there was nobody that could remember. His crimes would have remained unknown if Life hadn’t carried the picture of a skillful and masterly operation, with the little flaw that it was executed without anesthe­ sia. Humanity felt properly enraged, and so they started to look. ” Barlach asked in­ nocently. ” Barlach shot up and stared, surprised, into the Jew ’s face. Gulliver does know more than the police, he thought, shaken.

The even­ ing sun, which sank before we reached the hut, made the scene all the more frightful, since a strange deep-red light settled for an almost unbearable length of time on this empty world of ice and stone. It was a deathly illumi­ nation, tinting our faces and hands, an illumination ap­ propriate for a planet that revolves around the sun at a far greater distance than ours. “ Like hunted animals we stormed into the hut. Its door was unlocked. The inside was poor and bare, fur­ nished with nothing more than a few bunks.

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