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Small-time stoolie Jake "The Spinner" Jablon made a lot of new enemies when he switched careers from informer to blackmailer. And the more "clients," he figured, the more money - and the more people eager to see him dead. So he's greedy but scared, and he turns to his old acquaintance Matthew Scudder, who used to pay him for information back in Scudder's days as a cop.

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Scudder's his insurance policy - if anything happens to "The Spinner," Scudder can check up on the people who wanted him dead. No one is too surprised when the pigeon is found floating in the East River Battling the bottle one day at a time, ex-cop, sometime PI Matthew Scudder finds that next to staying sober, staying alive seems easy.

But in the mean streets of New York City it never is. Not for the prostitute who wanted out and got her beautiful self slashed to ribbons. Not for a pimp named Chance who is betting his life that the broken-down detective can find her murderer.


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And not for Matthew Scudder - just trying to stay alive in a city that knows nothing better than how to die. Matthew Scudder, his wife, Elaine, Mick Ballou, and Mick's new wife sit around a table in Mick's Hell's Kitchen saloon for one last night of stories before the building is transferred to its new owners. Jerry Broadfield thinks he's a good cop. But now he's been charged with extortion - and his former buddies in the NYPD would like to see him laid out on a morgue slab for squealing to a committee on police corruption. Suddenly, he's got a lot of enemies, and when a dead call girl turns up in his apartment, his troubles get even bigger.

Broadfield screams "setup," but nobody believes him - except ex-policeman, now unlicensed PI Matthew Scudder. Because Broadfield turned traitor no cop is going to give Scudder any help with this investigation, so Scudder's on his own. The hooker was young, pretty The prime suspect, a minister's son, was also dead, the victim of a jailhouse suicide.

The case is closed, as far as the NYPD is concerned.

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Now the murdered prostitute's father wants it opened again--that's where Matthew Scudder comes in. A year-old cold case of art theft and murder is re-examined when Matthew Scudder and his wife, Elaine, encounter the main suspect in Florence, Italy. Well past retirement age and feeling his years - but still staying sober one day at a time - Matthew Scudder learns that alcoholics aren't the only ones who count the days since their last slip. Matt's longtime partner, Elaine, tells him of a group of former sex workers who do something similar, helping each other stay out of the life.

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  • Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Nov 13, Mizuki rated it really liked it. It's a short story I remember I'd enjoyed it. May 16, Dave rated it really liked it Shelves: lawrence-block , have-but-not-read. This is a well-written story. It is short and easy to read. It is not however a violent crime novel or a classic detective whodoneit. The subject matter is AIDs, hospice, and dying and Scudder is asked to figure out if someone is hastening patient's deaths.

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