So I’m working through the Matthew Scudder series by Lawrence Block. With some authors I read everything they publish in published order, other times I follow a single chracter and don’t care much if the author has other characters in his playbook. That’s the approach here. The Matthew Scudder novels so far are ok, I’m not enjoying the character as much as Harry Bosch or say Jack Reacher because there isn’t as much unraveling of the investigation. But so far they are interesting enough to keep me working through the series.
In this book the father of a murder victim Barbara Ettinger comes to Matt Scudder for help. His daughter was the victim of ice-pick wielding serial killer who murdered 8 women nine years ago and was never caught. Until now when recently released from a mental institution he is randomly picked up for carrying an ice pick and freely admits to the murders carried out nine years previously. However, he only claims 7 murders and was locked up at the time of Barbara Ettinger‘s murder. So the father who has come to terms with his daughter having been murdered by a serial killer has now to face the fact that someone she knew may have killed her and used the ice-pick murders at the time to make it look like another serial killer victim.
Scudders, often drunken, investigation is facinating turning up new leads on a long cold case. This was a positive page turner and showed a lot more facets to Scudder’s character than the previous novels.