Matthew Scudder

"I started writing about Matthew Scudder in the mid-1970s, and it's been a great pleasure watching him grow and evolve over the years. An aspect of the realism of the series is that Scudder has aged in real time; he's forty years older than he was when I started chronicling his fictive existence. If I have one piece of advice for y'all, it's this: Don't age in real time. I'm talking about you, not your characters. Slow down. What's the damn hurry?"

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Series: Matthew Scudder Novels
The Sins of the Fathers

The Sins of the Fathers

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Series: Matthew Scudder Novels, Book 1
The young prostitute is dead. Her alleged murderer hanged himself in his jail cell. The case is closed. But the dead girl's father has come to Matthew Scudder for answers. More info →
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Time to Murder and Create

Time to Murder and Create

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Series: Matthew Scudder Novels, Book 2
Matthew Scudder is no conscientious avenging angel. A job's a job after all -- and Scudder's been paid to find a killer -- by the victim...in advance. More info →
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In the Midst of Death

In the Midst of Death

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Series: Matthew Scudder Novels, Book 3
Matthew Scudder doesn't think a bad cop's a killer, but the cops aren't about to help the unlicensed p.i. prove it -- and they may do a lot worse than just get in his way. More info →
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A Stab in the Dark

A Stab in the Dark

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Series: Matthew Scudder Novels, Book 4
Louis Pinell freely admits to having slain seven women nine years ago -- but be swears it was a copycat who killed Barbara Ettinger Matthew Scudder believes him. More info →
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Eight Million Ways to Die

Eight Million Ways to Die

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Series: Matthew Scudder Novels, Book 5
Nobody knows better than Matthew Scudder how far down a person can sink in this city. A young prostitute named Kim knew it also—and she wanted out. More info →
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When the Sacred Ginmill Closes

When the Sacred Ginmill Closes

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Series: Matthew Scudder Novels, Book 6
Matthew Scudder is drinking his life away -- and doing "favors" for pay for his ginmill cronies. But when three such assignments flow together in dangerous and disturbing ways, he'll need to change his priorities from boozing to surviving. More info →
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Out on the Cutting Edge

Out on the Cutting Edge

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Series: Matthew Scudder Novels, Book 7
Matthew Scudder understands the futility of his search for a longtime missing Midwestern innocent who wanted to be an actress in the vast meat-grinder called New York City. More info →
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A Ticket to the Boneyard

A Ticket to the Boneyard

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Series: Matthew Scudder Novels, Book 8
Twelve years ago, Matthew Scudder lied to a jury to put James Leo Motley behind bars. Now the ingenious psychopath is free. More info →
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A Dance at the Slaughterhouse

A Dance at the Slaughterhouse

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Series: Matthew Scudder Novels, Book 9
In Matt Scudder's mind, money, power, and position elevate nobody above morality and the law. Now the ex-cop and unlicensed p.i. has been hired to prove that socialite Richard Thurman orchestrated the brutal murder of his beautiful, pregnant wife. More info →
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A Walk Among the Tombstones

A Walk Among the Tombstones

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Series: Matthew Scudder Novels, Book 10
Kenan Khoury’s wife went out grocery shopping and never came home. Alive, anyway. But Khoury can’t go to the police for help. He goes to Matthew Scudder instead More info →
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The Devil Knows You’re Dead

The Devil Knows You’re Dead

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Series: Matthew Scudder Novels, Book 11
A deranged derelict, a crazed Vietnam vet, has been arrested for gunning down successful young lawyer Glenn Holtzmann at a corner phone booth on Eleventh Avenue -- and the suspect's brother wants p.i. Matthew Scudder to prove the madman innocent. More info →
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A Long Line of Dead Men

A Long Line of Dead Men

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Series: Matthew Scudder Novels, Book 12
Matthew Scudder investigates a secret, private club in Manhattan whose members suddenly start dying, when it becomes obvious that someone is trying to kill them all. More info →
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Even the Wicked

Even the Wicked

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Series: Matthew Scudder Novels, Book 13
Matthew Scudder knows that justice is an elusive commodity in the big city, where a harmless man can be shot dead in a public place criminals fly free through holes in a tattered legal system. More info →
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Everybody Dies

Everybody Dies

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Series: Matthew Scudder Novels, Book 14
Matt Scudder is finally leading a comfortable life. The crime rate's down and the stock market's up. Gentrification's prettying-up the old neighborhood. The New York streets don't look so mean anymore. Then all hell breaks loose. More info →
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Hope to Die

Hope to Die

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Series: Matthew Scudder Novels, Book 15
There's something drawing Matthew Scudder to a case that the cops have quickly and eagerly closed: a nagging suspicion that a third man is involved, a cold, diabolical puppet master who manipulates his two accomplices, then cuts their strings when he's done with them. More info →
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All the Flowers Are Dying

All the Flowers Are Dying

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Series: Matthew Scudder Novels, Book 16
A brilliant, savage, patient monster has unfinished business in the big city...and a hunger that can be satisfied only by fear and the slow, agonizing death of Matthew Scudder and the woman he loves. More info →
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A Drop of the Hard Stuff

A Drop of the Hard Stuff

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Series: Matthew Scudder Novels, Book 17
Facing his demons in his first year of sobriety, Matthew Scudder finds himself on the trail of a killer. More info →
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The Night and the Music

The Night and the Music

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Series: Anthologies, Book 18
Matthew Scudder has appeared in shorter fiction, and all 11 novelettes, short stories, and vignettes are here in a single rich volume. More info →
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Series: Matthew Scudder Short Stories
The Night and the Music

The Night and the Music

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Series: Anthologies, Book 18
Matthew Scudder has appeared in shorter fiction, and all 11 novelettes, short stories, and vignettes are here in a single rich volume. More info →
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