Hope to Die (Matthew Scudder Mysteries) by Lawrence Block

By Lawrence Block

Whilst Byrne and Susan Hollander are killed in a brutal domestic invasion, the total urban catches its collective breath. a number of days later the killers take place useless in the back of a locked door in Brooklyn. One has killed his accomplice, then himself. the town sighs with reduction. The law enforcement officials shut the case.Matt and Elaine Scudder have been within the comparable room with the Hollanders hours sooner than their deaths. even with himself, Scudder is attracted to the Hollander case. The nearer he appears to be like, the extra he senses the presence of a 3rd guy, a puppet grasp who manipulated his accomplices, then reduce their strings whilst he used to be performed with them.The villain who looms within the shadows is certainly one of Block's so much encouraged creations, chilly and diabolical, murdering for excitement and revenue. no one yet Scudder even suspects he exists -- and he is not performed killing.He's simply getting started....

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I went into the kitchen and made a pot of coffee, and I was drinking a cup when Elaine came home with Monica in tow. I poured a cup for Monica and put the teakettle on for Elaine, who only drinks coffee in the morning. I fixed her a cup of chamomile tea and the three of us sat around and talked about the concert, and about the Hollanders. I would have mentioned the phone message, such as it was, but it could wait until Monica went home. When the phone rang Elaine was closer to it, so she picked it up.

O n the way to the subway, I said, “Ivanko or Ivanov, it’s really the same name. ” “Uh-huh. ” “That she figures set the whole thing up. The daughter, her cousin. Kristin. ” SIX Y ears ago, in the late Fifties and early Sixties, there were two artists, husband and wife, whose popular success was exceptional, if brief. Their name, if I remember correctly, was Kean. He painted waiflike children with enormous eyes, and she painted waiflike pubescent girls, similarly big-eyed. It seemed to me that her paintings had an erotic element lacking in his, but my judgment may be subjective, and a pedophile might have seen it the other way around.

And I would guess it ought to work as well the other way around. There are people who quit going to meetings and stay sober. All you have to do, when all is said and done, is not drink. I sometimes wonder what would happen if I stopped going, but I haven’t let myself entertain the thought. My time’s not that valuable. I figure I can afford a couple of hours a week. We had concert tickets that night, but there was a soprano on the bill, and I’m generally happier when they stick to instrumental music.

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