Monday, May 19, 2014

29. The Sins of the Fathers - Lawrence Block

#1 Matthew Scudder
Audio read by Alan Sklar (I didn't like the way he read this - he did okay with the protagonist, but none of the other voices.)
4 unabridged discs: 5:03)
1976 Text, Audio 2000
186 pgs.
Adult Murder Mystery
Finished 5/19/2014
Goodreads Rating: 3.91
My Rating:
2.5/It was okay - I think I might have enjoyed it more if I'd read it myself or if there was a different audio reader
1970's New York City

My comments:   This was #1 in the series, written almost 40 years ago. Other than paying 10-cents to use the pay phone, the attitude toward gays, and unmarried men and women living together, I didn't feel that there was much going on that seemed particularly dated. It was interesting, but somewhat slow. I'll try another, but I think I'll get closer to the most recent in the series (#17 I believe)to see if they liven up a bit.  And.....I'm not sure that I like the protagonist very much.  But it truly could have been the way that Sklar "read" I'll have to try READING the next one, I guess.....

Goodreads Summary:  (Note:  the last sentence in this summary from Goodreads is incredibly misleading and...not what I'd consider true.....)  The pretty young prostitute is dead. Her alleged murderer—a minister's son—hanged himself in his jail cell. The case is closed. But the dead girl's father has come to Matthew Scudder for answers, sending the unlicensed private investigator in search of terrible truths about a life that was lived and lost in a sordid world of perversion and pleasures.

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