By Lawrence Block
In his 16th Matthew Scudder novel, All the vegetation Are Dying, New York Times bestselling writer Lawrence Block takes the award-winning sequence to a brand new point of suspense and a brand new intensity of characterization. development at the serious and advertisement luck of Hope to Die, Block places Scudder -- and the reader -- on the very fringe of the abyss.
Scudder, a fancy personality who has grown and elderly in actual time, confronts the implacable problem of mortality. yet he should also take on a decided, relentless, and icily inhuman adversary, might be the main unforgettable villain Block has ever created.
A guy in a Virginia felony awaits execution for 3 hideous murders he swears, within the face of irrefutable proof, he didn't dedicate. A psychologist who claims to think the convict spends hours with the guy in his dying row cellphone, and finally watches within the gallery because the deadly injection is run. His paintings accomplished, the psychologist heads again to manhattan urban to take care of unfinished company.
Meanwhile, Scudder has simply agreed to enquire the ostensibly suspicious on-line lover of an acquaintance. it kind of feels uncomplicated adequate. before everything. but if humans commence loss of life and the sufferers are more and more toward domestic, it turns into transparent vicious killer is at paintings. And the ultimate objectives should be Matt and Elaine Scudder.
The suspense is breathtaking, the result by no means definite. a chain that has garnered no finish of awards -- the Edgar, the Shamus, the Philip Marlowe, the MalteseFalcon -- has ascended to a dizzying new top. With this novel, Lawrence Block, who lately acquired the Diamond Dagger for lifetime fulfillment from the Crime Writers organization of the uk, is on the very best of his shape.
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It also fits, with discrepancies to be noted, the testimony of the other man, the man who professed to have been with the Master and the King in the turret. The evidence of that other man was also subject, for reasons which will appear presently, to the gravest suspicion. James, if himself guilty of the plot, had to invent a story to excuse himself; the other man had to adopt the version of the King, to save his own life from the gibbet. On the other hand, James, if innocent, could not easily have a credible story to tell.
James objected that he had no right to the gold, which was not treasure trove. Ruthven replied that, if the King would not take it, others would. James now began to suspect, very naturally, that the gold was foreign coin. Indeed, what else could it well be? Coin from France, Italy, or Spain, brought in often by political intriguers, was the least improbable sort of minted gold to be found in poor old Scotland. In the troubles of 1592–1596 the supplies of the Catholic rebels were in Spanish money, whereof some was likely enough to be buried by the owners.
The Mystery and the Evidence 1 II. The Slaughter of the Ruthvens 11 III. The King’s Own Narrative 35 IV. The King’s Narrative. II 55 V. Henderson’s Narrative 60 VI. The Strange Case of Mr. Robert Oliphant 71 VII. The Contemporary Ruthven Vindication 80 VIII. The Theory of an Accidental Brawl 94 IX. Contemporary Clerical Criticism 99 X. Popular Criticism of the Day 111 XI. The King and the Ruthvens 118 XII. Logan of Restalrig 148 XIII. The Secrets of Sprot 168 XIV. The Laird and the Notary 182 XV.
All the Flowers Are Dying (Matthew Scudder, Book 16) by Lawrence Block