Great Fun; Some Small Flaws But A Grand Read.,
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Everybody Dies (Matthew Scudder Mysteries) (Taschenbuch)
Scudder is the most fresh and original detective in ongoing fiction. He out-grits Spenser; he has a place in New York that provides an endlessly interesting landscape. In this episode, Spenser is facing the violence associated with his good friend Mick Ballou, which has bled into his life. A friend is killed; a gang war breaks out, he is dragged into the mess, and to save himself is forced to move one step closer to the blurry line between criminal and detective. This is a grand story.
There are a few problems -- Scudder acts a bit un-Scudderian. For example, he suddenly wears a bulletproof vest. Some convenient little plot devices move him around into one too many coincidences (wearing the same clothes as his friend!) But these small rough spots do not marr the final product.
This episode is a bit more of a shoot-out and a rollicking adventure than it is a mystery or a whodunit. That is OK, it is good to alternate within a series.
Scudder is growing closer to the edge, becoming more criminal and less clearly on the side of the law. The dynamic tension this creates should yield several more good books. Will Scudder's view of justice lead him over the line into law breaking? Will he be seduced into thinking that convenience for himself is a form of justice? What does a tired ex-alcoholic criminally inclined detective do next?
Buy the book, read it, enjoy the story.