My continuing search for nice long series of books with an interesting main protagonist finds Lawrence Block’s Matthew Scudder character. This book, first published in 1976, introduces Scudder as an ex NYPD cop now taking on unlicensed investigations. The father of an estranged daughter who has been murdered comes to Scudder to find out more about her life. There appears to be no need to investigate her murder because her male faltmate was found at the scene ranting and covered in blood, he was arrested and a few days later killed himself – case closed. But the father wants to know what kind of person his daughter had become.
Lawrence Block lets us follow the investigation as Scudder follows up paper trails, conversations and instinct to paint a picture of the girls life, and discover who really murdered her and why. A very enjoyable read and I’ll certainly move straight onto the next Matthew Scudder novel.