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The dead girl's father wants to know the whole story. So Matthew Scudder starts looking at a very cold trail. Slowly he digs out things, until he is pulled off the case. In the great tradition of private eyes to which Scudder would belong - except for his lack of a license , Scudder goes it alone.
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He has to know the truth. The materials are conventional enough. Less conventional is Mr. Block's style, for ''A Stab in the Dark'' is unusually well written. Scudder is no ninny, but he has become an aimless drifter.
At the end, when he attempts a relationship, it does not work, and he ends up in his favorite bar. The author is a deft surgeon, spare and economical, with no wasted motion, sure and precise in his technique. Like Matt Scudder, he has psychological problems. Again like Scudder, he has a psycho on his hands. In ''Malloy's Subway'' a young man starts aimlessly killing people on the New York subway system. What I really enjoy about short stories is there is no wasted verbiage.
The author gets to the point and stays on point throughout the whole story. This Scudder short story is no different. Scudder is asked to look into the apparent suicide of a waitress by her sister. Scudder goes about this task in his usual methodical manner, sometimes using slightly questionable methods. That's what makes Scudder who and what he is.
All is all a very enjoyable short story. Story was fine but I finished it in about a hour and was left with nothing to read.
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Stab Dark by Lawrence Block
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