In his sixteenth Matthew Scudder novel, All the Flowers Are Dying, New York
Times bestselling author Lawrence Block takes the award-winning series to a
new level of suspense and a new depth of characterization. Building on the
critical and commercial success of Hope to Die, Block puts Scudder -- and the
reader -- at the very edge of the abyss.
Scudder, a complex character who has grown and aged in real time, confronts
the implacable challenge of mortality. But he must also tackle a determined,
relentless, and icily inhuman adversary, perhaps the most unforgettable
villain Block has ever created.
A man in a Virginia prison awaits execution for three hideous murders he
swears, in the face of irrefutable evidence, he did not commit. A psychologist
who claims to believe the convict spends hours with the man in his death row
cell, and ultimately watches in the gallery as the lethal injection is
administered. His work completed, the psychologist heads back to New York City
to attend to unfinished business.
Meanwhile, Scudder has just agreed to investigate the ostensibly suspicious
online lover of an acquaintance. It seems simple enough. At first. But when
people start dying and the victims are increasingly closer to home, it becomes
clear that a vicious killer is at work. And the final targets may be Matt and
The suspense is breathtaking, the outcome never certain. A series that has
garnered no end of awards -- the Edgar, the Shamus, the Philip Marlowe, the
MalteseFalcon -- has ascended to a dizzying new height. With this novel,
Lawrence Block, who recently received the Diamond Dagger for lifetime
achievement from the Crime Writers Association of the United Kingdom, is at
the very top of his form.
New York Times Book Review
Scudder is back after a four-year absence in All the Flowers Are Dying, more melancholy and more endearing than ever.
Block, as always, takes his readers on a wildly entertaining ride.
The New York Times - Marilyn Stasio
Although Scudder's hunt for the killer turns into a companionable tour of colorful neighborhoods, his thoughts on the city run deep and reflect real feelings about its humanity.
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
In his stellar 16th outing the 60-something Scudder proves to be as tough and resilient as ever when faced with the slickest, sickest killer to ever test his mettle.
Another powerful meditation on mortality in thriller's clothing. As Scudder puts it, "There's always another funeral to go to. They're like buses."
Two people are found hanging from a tree. A black man and a white woman, and they're naked. 'Lynching' is the word that everybody's trying not to say, but the murders are not what they appear to be, and they are not the end of the story. There is much worse to come.
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