The city caught its collective breath when upscale couple Byrne and Susan Hollander were slaughtered in a brutal home invasion. Now, a few days later, the killers themselves have turned up dead behind the locked door of a Brooklyn hellhole-one apparently slain by his partner in crime who then took his own life. There's something drawing Matthew Scudder to this case that the cops have quickly and eagerly closed: a nagging suspicion that a third man is involved, a cold, diabolical puppet master who manipulates his two accomplices, then cuts their strings when he's done with them. No one but Scudder even suspects he exists. And his worst fear is that the guy is just getting started...
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by Lawrence Block
"Matthew Scudder, a former cop and unlicensed private detective in New York, is asked to investigate the murder of a prominent and wealthy couple by their daughter. Although the police believe they have it solved, the daughter is sure there's more to the story, and Scudder will find more challenges in this case than he can imagine. Gifted narrator George Guidall's elegant style is like nectar flowing through the story. All characters are captured perfectly, even those with rough edges. The ego of the killer and the weariness Scudder sometimes feels are both fully, yet subtly, expressed. Fans of the series, or those new to it, will be captivated by the pairing of Block and Guidall. M.A.M. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine"
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