A Ticket to the Boneyard, Paperback
4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


A pulse-pounding Matt Scudder story. The streets of New York are never safe, but the release of James Leo Motley, a psychopath who went down swearing revenge on PI Matt Scudder, means death is out there.

No one is safe: friends, lovers, or just those unfortunate enough to share the Scudder name.

Soon the streets are littered with the dying and Matt begins to question his new found sobriety.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780752837475



Free Home Delivery

on all orders

Pick up orders

from local bookshops


Showing 1 - 2 of 2 reviews.

Review by

Took along on an airplane flight and finished the whole thing. There is nothing more eerie to me - it gives me nightmares - than the idea of the randomly obsessive killer; a killer who decides to pick on you, your friends, and your whole family for no reason at all that you can discern, and that's more or less what Matthew Scudder runs into in this book. There's quite a bit of both sex and violence; the action is bloody but the sex is subdued. Scudder seems to be a complexly drawn character; an alcoholic who left the police force for reasons of his own, but not having read the other books in the series I can't say for sure. The blood isn't really my cup of tea, if you'll excuse the inappropriate metaphor, but Block is a worthy successor to Dashiell Hammett, IMO.

Review by

Wow!<br/><br/>This was less of a Matt Scudder mystery and more of a Matt Scudder thriller! James Leo Motley plays the first truly aggressive adversary he's ever faced, almost like an insane arch-nemeses in a way. This guy really hates Scudder, to the point where he wants to kill him and everyone he cares about. Talk about a grudge!<br/><br/>The whole thing dates back to a situation where Motley had been harassing Scudder's on again-off again call-girl/girlfriend, Elaine, a few years back. The only way that Scudder could stop the endless torture was to frame him, putting him in jail for the foreseeable future. When Motley finally found his way out of the big house, he decided to exact this revenge against the one who took him off the street.<br/><br/>Within these pages, Block stretches Scudder to the limit. Nearly pushing him back into the world of alcohol, Scudder instead turns to the newest recurring character, Mick Ballou. While Block begins to build what is due to become a satisfying relationship, Ballou gives Scudder the guidance he needs. I'm growing very fond of ol' Mick and I can't wait to read more about him.<br/><br/>A Ticket to the Boneyard is the best book since 8 Million Ways to Die and shows that this series is in no way showing signs of fatigue.

Also by Lawrence Block   |  View all