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A Walk Among the Tombstones, by Lawrence Block

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I signed up for a project that involves reading a book made into a film.  I chose A Walk Among the Tombstones,  an oldie, but as it turned out a goodie.  I am new to reading the long time author, Lawrence Block but am familiar with his reputation as a popular mystery writer.  This book didn’t disappoint!  Matthew Scudder, detective, ex-cop and recovering alcoholic, was called in to solve the mystery of who kidnapped, killed and tortured a drug wholesaler’s wife.  The investigation involved following the trail of several other gruesome crimes that had similarities to the current crime, making this look like serial abductions and killings.  The plot was well developed, through the twists and turns of this dark mystery.  The writing was easy to follow and quickly paced.  I enjoyed following the character development that the author introduces with Matthew, his girlfriend and some of the side characters.  It was also funny to read about the technology that was current at the time that the book was written.  The book has been around since 1992, so it surely has been read by quite a few, but will be enjoyable for those who haven’t read it yet!

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