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by | Read by William Roberts

Mystery & Suspense • 5.2 hrs. • Unabridged • © 1981

Though Roberts is an expressive, earnest narrator, fans of Block's endlessly satisfying Matthew Scudder mysteries will find the tone of this reading somehow off. Block's writing is understated and restrained, reflecting his hero's resigned acceptance of humankind's darker nature. Scudder is not surprised by the failings of people, including himself. Roberts's reading is showy, infused with an incredulity that is simply not in keeping with Scudder's informed fatalism. Still, this is a Scudder mystery, and listeners will enjoy his relentless investigation into the brutal nine-year-old murder of a pregnant woman. The novel is early in the Scudder series, by the way, and an important stepping-stone on his way to sobriety. M.O. ©AudioFile, Portland, Maine [Published: APR/MAY 99]



Library Ed. • BBC Audiobooks America/ Chivers • 1998

CS ISBN $54.95 • Six cassettes

CD ISBN 978-0-7927-9974-0 $32.95 • Six CDs

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