Out on the Cutting Edge
Lawrence Block
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Dec 06, 2019 - 08:18 AM By Lawrence Block

It isn t called Hell s Kitchen for nothing a gritty landscape of dark doorways and dirty alleys inhabited by crack addicts and the homeless For Matt Scudder, it s a city gone mad, but a city he can t leave as he s been hired to find missing would be actress Paula Hoeldtke.
  • Title: Out on the Cutting Edge
  • Author: Lawrence Block
  • ISBN: 9780752837499
  • Page: 288
  • Format: Paperback


BillKerwin Dec 06, 2019 - 08:18 AM
This is a typical Matt Scudder mystery: slow as molasses, slim on plot, very grim—and totally absorbing.Scudder—the unlicensed private detective who “does favors” for money—has two cases to solve: 1) the disappearance of young actress/waitress Paula Hoeldtke from Muncie Indiana, and 2) and the mystery of his new AA buddy Eddie Dunphy, who makes an appointment with Scudder to discuss something in his past that bothers him and is found dead in his apartment—apparently of auto-erotic as [...]
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James Thane Dec 06, 2019 - 08:18 AM
Matthew Scudder is now three years sober, but he's still living in his tiny Hell's Kitchen hotel room and prowling the increasingly mean streets of New York as an unlicensed P.I. Crime is rising; the city seems dirtier than ever, and the number of homeless and other street people seems to be rising dramatically.Into all of this steps Warren Hoeldtke, a Subaru dealer from Muncie, Indiana. His beautiful young daughter, Paula, graduated with a degree in Theater Arts from Ball State, and then set ou [...]
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Dan Schwent Dec 06, 2019 - 08:18 AM
A car dealer from Indiana hires Matthew Scudder to find his missing daughter, who went to New York to become an actress. Meanwhile, a fellow AA member of Scudder's dies in his apartment in what appears to be an accidental death. Can Scudder find the missing girl and figure out what really happened to his friend?Out on the Cutting Edge is yet another of Lawrence Block's great Matthew Scudder books. As usual, the ending was a big surprise. The character of Mickey Ballou was a nice contrast to Scud [...]
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Mara Dec 06, 2019 - 08:18 AM
Potentially Unnecessary PreambleI have this thing, a compulsion perhaps, wherein I cannot not finish a book (yes, that double negative needed to happen). I always worry that the ending will be so amazing as to have made any pain involved in the process worth it (that, and I've managed to convince myself that if I don't finish one book I'll just never finish another book again). Let me be clear, I love me my Matthew Scudder way too much to even consider not finishing one of his exploits, but the [...]
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Kemper Dec 06, 2019 - 08:18 AM
And so begins the second phase of Matt Scudder.Block had written about Matt trying to get sober in the mid-‘80s with 8 Million Ways to Die, and then he had done a flashback novel when Matt was still boozing during the ‘70s in When the Sacred Ginmill Closes so there’s been a pretty substantial gap in Matt’s timeline when this story starts up in 1989. (Thanks to winning an ARC of the upcoming A Drop of the Hard Stuff, I can report that Scudder fans will get some more info about what Matt w [...]
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Jason Koivu Dec 06, 2019 - 08:18 AM
Not topnotch in the Scudder series, Out on the Cutting Edge is still nonetheless a quality Block book.While the three star rating (it would be closer to 3.5 and I rue GR's lack of half stars!) might seem low for a "quality" book that I would still recommend, I have my reasons. The biggest problem with this one is that our aging, alcoholic, ex-cop turned unlicensed private detective hero Matthew Scudder doesn't really solve the crime. I mean he puts the pieces together, but the pieces fall into h [...]
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Trudi Dec 06, 2019 - 08:18 AM
Scudder is three years sober when we run into him again in Book 7, Out on the Cutting Edge. He's faithfully attending meetings, and even leading a few when the mood strikes him. He's also still living in his spare hotel room lodgings and with a lot more time on his hands now that he's quit the bar scene and sipping bourbon coffee by the quart. While the vapor fumes of booze no longer waft from his person, there is yet an elemental quality of loneliness that continues to seep from the pores of ou [...]
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Carol. Dec 06, 2019 - 08:18 AM
Another fine entry into the Scudder canon. Scudder is always saying he's had a flexible kind of morality, but the truth is, he's one of the most ethical people around, and this book shows the extent of his growth. He tries to do right and be fair, even if it's dealing with a small-time hood or a menacing Irishman with ties to organized crime. As always, characterization shines, and the plotting isn't anything to sneeze at either. The search for a missing woman gives Scudder focus, and now that h [...]
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Richard Dec 06, 2019 - 08:18 AM
It's been a little over three years since the events in the stellar Eight Million Ways To Die, and Matt has successfully been able to stay sober and regularly participate in AA meetings. A man hires him to track down his missing actress daughter and we're off to the races with my next Matthew Scudder read!The actual mystery storyline of the missing actress is one of the least interesting of all the Scudder books so far, but witnessing Matthew's struggle to maintain sobriety in Manhattan and his [...]
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Brandon Dec 06, 2019 - 08:18 AM
Man, am I going to be sad when I officially get caught up and I have no more Scudder books to read. Good thing I have about 11 more to go!When you pick this book up, you're going to notice some major changes to the Scudder universe. At the end of Eight Million Ways to Die, Matt comes to terms with his alcoholism and attends - and participates - in an AA Meeting. At the beginning of this novel, Matt is 3 years sober and is heavily involved in the program. Also, we meet a new character (Mick Ballo [...]
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Mohammed Dec 06, 2019 - 08:18 AM
This series has become the benchmark for me of what a great PI book series is. I compare it to every detective book stories i have read before and everything i will read from now on. It is the best PI book series i have read of any era. I hold Hammett the best writer of this kind but his series was short stories with The Continental Op. Block series has surpassed the others with similar books. The only real flaw in the novel was that Scudder was more lucky than he did good work in the case he wo [...]
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William Dec 06, 2019 - 08:18 AM
Slow, easy start, great dialogue and a Terrific second half, 4.5-stars!Two small mysteries that grow and grow, great pacing, rhythm and dialogue, good complexity, some terrific characters, especially Mickey Ballou. This book is almost up to the extraordinary quality of "8 Million Ways to Die". Wonderful stuff! As usual with my reviews, please first read the publisher’s blurb/summary of the book. Thank you. I'm reminded of the UK tv show, Inspector Morse, one of my all-time favourites. Each sto [...]
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Benoit Lelièvre Dec 06, 2019 - 08:18 AM
So, SO GOOD.Perhaps my favorite Scudder since A STAB IN THE DARK and maybe even my favorite. What differentiates this one from the other books in the series is that Scudder doesn't really have a case here. He's investigating the cold trail of a disappearing girl, but mostly OUT ON THE CUTTING EDGE is the story of him struggling with his newfound sobriety and seeking solace in all the wrong place and, most important, all the wrong people. Read it, it's heartbreaking, fantastic and extremely rewar [...]
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Cathy DuPont Dec 06, 2019 - 08:18 AM
AA is no longer such a secretive organization thanks to Matt Scudder and his life now as a member of the somewhat secretive group. Secretive only because of the nature of why they meet, they're all alcoholics. This amounts to nothing for me except furthering my knowledge of the world around me.Interesting storyline and Matt is at his best but the primary reason I gave it four stars is the ending. It is as surprising as an out of the blue firm slap on the face. OMG, really, Matt? You figured it o [...]
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Tfitoby Dec 06, 2019 - 08:18 AM
We're all whirling merrily through the void on a dying planet, and gay people are just doing their usual number, being shamelessly trendy as always. Right out in front on the cutting edge of death.After a flashback to the 70s in the previous Matt Scudder book we're back to his present with the seventh instalment; Matt's in AA now, been clean for over three years, and he's passing out wallet sized photos of a missing girl, an actress from Muncie, Indiana who fled small town life to make it as an [...]
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Mizuki Dec 06, 2019 - 08:18 AM
This is a decent detective novel, the story about the reach for a missing young woman isn't very dramatic but I enjoy going along with the main character on his quest to solve the disappearance of the missing woman, then a man he knows was also killed what is going on? Is the local gang involved? In the end, the above questions are answered and we got to the end of the quest knowing a little more about our main character, etc.
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Kathy Dec 06, 2019 - 08:18 AM
This is one heck of a book. Scudder is now sober for more than three years and active in AA. A fellow member, feeling anxious about something he had done. discusses the possibility of using Scudder as his sponsor to verbally acknowledge these acts confidentially. He is soon found dead, discovered by Scudder who was concerned when he was missing from meetings. This develops into a very tricky situation I won't spoil. The main assignment for our man Scudder is to discover how a young woman from In [...]
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Eric_W Dec 06, 2019 - 08:18 AM
Two for the price of one, although the investigation into Eddie’s death has more coincidence and serendipity than one would like. Then again, serendipity had much to do with the rationale for Paula’s death.Matt’s looking for Paula. Referred to by a local cop, Matt is “hired” by her father to find her. She has disappeared with no trace. She’s 24 and Matt put her picture on the back of his business card. That often leads to wiseacres calling and asking for money in return for informati [...]
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Moira Russell Dec 06, 2019 - 08:18 AM
I bought this book because I couldn't find Eight Million Ways to Die at the local half price chain, and I wanted that book because this is one of the few series I've heard of in which the cop/detective is a recovering alcoholic. (I loved Lennie Briscoe on Law & Order for many, many years because of the background they gave him.) I started idly flipping through it, got hooked pretty quickly and finished it in a couple of hours -- it went down neat (heh) and Block is a good Plain Stylist with [...]
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Nate Dec 06, 2019 - 08:18 AM
At this point it seems like Block will never, ever let me down when I want a solid Scudder story. Dude spins plot and dialogue like it’s his birthright. The emotional power of this one wasn’t on the level of the previous two but there’s just something so pleasurable about watching Scudder go about his daily life. Many others have pointed out these books aren’t so much about plot (although I haven’t read one of these that didn’t have at least one super-satisfying mystery) as they are [...]
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Maggie K Dec 06, 2019 - 08:18 AM
So, this is so far my favorite of the Scudder books. It has some great, realistic characters, a good mystery that seems unsolvable, and indeed, does only solve by odd coincidence. The only annoyance I had was that we werent shown the clue that helped Matt know who killed Eddie, but then it would have all been so obvious if he had, so I guess I cant complain.I am wondering about why Scudder is considered morally upright and Travis McGee is not. They are actually a lot alike!
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Ewan Dec 06, 2019 - 08:18 AM
Great Scudder. With added Ballou!
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Mike Dec 06, 2019 - 08:18 AM
Alcoholic ex-cop turned unlicensed private detective Matthew Scudder returns. Scudder, a little over three years sober, is hired to investigate the disappearance of a young ingénue from the Midwest. He doesn’t want the job, the trail is too cold and the clues are nonexistent, he tries to convince the young woman’s father that it would be money wasted, but when the father insists Scudder reluctantly accepts the job. With little hope that the girl will ever be found the detective goes through [...]
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David Dec 06, 2019 - 08:18 AM
I enjoy Block's stuff, and only discovered the Scudder character after the movie "A Walk Among the Tombstones" which after reading several of them don't think it exactly captured the Spirit of the novels. Scudder isn't a private investigator. He's never followed through the process of getting sa license. He's an ex-cop battling alcholism (in this case he is sober, but in the earlier books, he is still drinking) He takes an occasional "job" and begins to go about asking questions, etc. This time [...]
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Michel Dec 06, 2019 - 08:18 AM
The very first 'sober Scudder' novel, and the one where we first meet Mickey Butcher Boy Ballou.Not a very good mystery (my definition is: all the clues were there, you just missed some, or you failed to connect the dots; here the clues are only revealed at the end, when Mickey solves one case and Matt confronts the murderer in another.)A very, very good novel none the less, where you really get to know — and love — Matthew Scudder and his "not today" struggle for sobriety; it is also a movi [...]
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Ensiform Dec 06, 2019 - 08:18 AM
Matt Scudder, now fully sober, sets out to find a missing girl and instead finds a dead friend, and begins spending a lot of time with a woman who drinks and a mobster who runs a ginmill. Another great entry in the series. There aren’t as many real clues for the reader to guess the finale as in the previous book; Block is back to having Scudder “make a few calls” without giving us the info Scudder has. And the motive given for the killer isn’t quite plausible; there must be some missing [...]
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Steve Dec 06, 2019 - 08:18 AM
Another wonderful installment in the story of Matt Scudder, in which he meets the butcher Mick Ballou, falls for a pretty woman, and traces the mystery of a vanished girl. The tragedy and salvation of falsehood play big roles in this hardboiled novel.
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Jim Thomas Dec 06, 2019 - 08:18 AM
4 1/2 stars for this excellent Matt Scudder mystery. AA meetings, talk of Matt listening to a newly sober friend's 5th step, a wandering daughter, a fascinating villian/friend(?) called The Butcher. How are all these characters tied together? I didn't even mention Scudder's new love interest who loves Scotch and her drinking which should not bother him may be bugging him or it may be something else. Does she remind him of his ex? Author Lawrence Block puts a bunch of interesting characters toget [...]
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Truman32 Dec 06, 2019 - 08:18 AM
Matthew Scudder, at the beginning of Out on the Cutting Edge has managed to finally pull his life together. He has been off the booze for three years now. He is attending Alcoholic Anonymous meetings, sometimes even leading them. He has achieved tranquility. He’s embracing new relationships and friendships. It all seems as easy as ripping aside the heavy drapery and letting in healing beams of sunlight. Too easy. And it makes me wonder where we go from here in a mystery series whose foundation [...]
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Dave Sause Dec 06, 2019 - 08:18 AM
Lawrence Block's character, Matt Scudder, is fascinating. He left the police force after 15 years out of disillusionment with the system, but he took his detective talent with him; the biggest one is latching onto a 'needle in haystack' case and pursuing it with dogged determination until he finds out the truth. Block lays out dozens of jigsaw puzzle clues and takes you along as Scudder's brain rearranges them into a complete and coherent picture. He points out that 99% of detective work is look [...]
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Out on the Cutting Edge By Lawrence Block It isn t called Hell s Kitchen for nothing a gritty landscape of dark doorways and dirty alleys inhabited by crack addicts and the homeless For Matt Scudder, it s a city gone mad, but a city he can t leave as he s been hired to find missing would be actress Paula Hoeldtke.

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