The Sins of the Fathers, Paperback
4 out of 5 (5 ratings)


The first novel in the explosive Matthew Scudder Series.

The tenth novel in the series - A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES - is set to be a major Hollywood film, starring Liam Neeson. A pretty young girl is butchered in her Greenwich Village apartment.

The prime suspect, a minister's son, is found dead in his jail cell. As far as the NYPD is concerned, the case is closed.

But ex-cop Matt Scudder, is persuaded to look into the case by the dead girl's father. And suddenly he's up to his neck in sleaze and corruption, phoney religious cults and murderous lust. In New York's underbelly, the children have no choice but to pay the price for their parent's most unspeakable sins...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780752834528



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Interesting read, Matt Scudder is an ex-cop who isn't a private detective but still does odd jobs for people for pay. Like the saint he gives 10% to charity but a lot of his stuff is a lot less nice.The twists are good too.

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have read many books by Lawrence Block, and I keep coming back to the Matt Scudder series. This is book one of the series that consists of 16 books total by now.I had read this book a long time ago, but wanted to reacquaint myself with this series again. I certainly was not disappointed. Matt Scudder is not a private detective; rather he does favors for people. He is a former NYPD detective who had to leave the job for personal reasons.The favor he does this time is for the stepfather of a young woman who has been brutally murdered. The case has been solved already, but the stepfather wants more answers than have been provided.Although it isn't hard to figure out what has happened to this young woman, Matt does find more answers. It's the journey of enjoying Matt discover these answers that's so interesting.I'll definitely be reading the next book in this series soon. If you haven't read any Matt Scudder before, I would certainly recommend it.

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Excellent book. I love this series.

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read a couple of years ago.

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Fast moving and lean, this reads quickly -- I finished it in a day. I know Matthew Scudder has a series of novels, and I'm interested to continue with him. Scudder is dark, that much I had known previous to reading the book, but the bringing out of his darkness within the novel is done wonderfully, had me reading passages aloud to my wife, a grin on my face.<br/><br/>I was expecting something more formulaic, and it could be that I don't know the genre well enough, but this seemed fresh to me. I loved the religious aspect to the character and felt that Block treated it respectively and not as a shill for any pet theories of theism or atheism.

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