When the Sacred Ginmill Closes (2020)

When the Sacred Ginmill Closes Lawrence Block When the Sacred Ginmill Closes In the dark days in a sad and lonely place ex cop Matt Scudder is drinking his life away and doing favors for pay for his ginmill cronies But when three such assignments flow together in dangerous a
  • Title: When the Sacred Ginmill Closes
  • Author: Lawrence Block
  • ISBN: 9780877957744
  • Page: 398
  • Format: Hardcover
When the Sacred Ginmill Closes Lawrence Block In the dark days, in a sad and lonely place, ex cop Matt 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.
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  1. BillKerwin

    This is a fine entry in the Matt Scudder series, but fans of conventional mystery novels may be somewhat disappointed, for it involves not one particular case, but three the armed robbery of an after hours joint, the extortion of a tavern for the return of its cooked books, and the murder of the wife of a patron of one of Matt s usual haunts Scudder does eventually connect two cases and solve them, and he sort of solves the other case too, but there is a lot of conversation not germane to the de [...]

  2. Jason Koivu

    I absolutely LOVED this I thought the last book I read in the series was excellent and yet some how this one feels like it surpassed it When the Sacred Ginmill Closes is a line from a song by Dave Van Ronk, an old folkie from the 60s Village era It s a slice of desperation and so is this awesome book Our sort of hero ex cop turned kinda detective Matt Scudder has his plate full in this one, running around New York City for his friends and acquaintances trying to solve robberies and murders for t [...]

  3. Greg

    A few years ago it became somewhat fashionable for like a month or two to talk about how Stephen King deserved to win literary awards Because I m lazy I m not going to look it up, but I think he was even given some kind of lifetime achievement award from the folks who provide us with the National Book Award It was around the same time that McSweeney s and Michael Chabon were flaunting their genre fiction cred and releasing the pretty much unreadble anthology of adventure stories It s been longer [...]

  4. Kemper

    I wish you could add sound effects to books because it would have been cool if the flashback noise from Lost would have played when I started reading this.According to Lawrence Block lore, he originally planned to end the Scudder series with the last book, Eight Million Ways to Die, and it certainly would have made a good stopping point But Block owed a Scudder story so he wrote a short version of this that he liked it so much he expanded it to a book Then he liked the book so much he decided to [...]

  5. Carol.

    Oh Scudder novels, how do I love thee Let me count the ways 1 Period New York This time it s a walk down memory lane to 1975 While Scudder remembers about the sports scene than national politics, he also recalls that it was a big year for Black Russians and tequila sunrises It s also a time of Irish dominance in Hell s Kitchen anecdotal origin quote Hell s a mild climate This is Hell s Kitchen , a small rough, industrial down and out section of New York Irish toughs with connections to the IRA [...]

  6. Dan Schwent

    An after hours bar is robbed by two masked men A bar buddy s wife is murdered and he s the prime suspect The clean set of books from another friend s bar is stolen What, if anything, do Matthew Scudder s three cases have to do with one another After Eight Million Ways to Die, I wasn t that impressed with this one in the first few chapters but it really picked up It takes place while Scudder is still drinking, back in 1975 Once again, Block had me guessing right up until the end It never ceases t [...]

  7. Trudi

    First of all, Carol knows what she s talking about This is another great installment in the Scudder series and I really wavered over whether to give it five stars or not It s a flashback novel, back to Scudder s hard drinking, bar crawling days of wee morning hours and head splitting hangovers This is Scudder in all his glorious dysfunction, surrounded by the other barflies that make up his small cadre of friends It s 1970 s New York, where Irish bars have Republican Army connections Because thi [...]

  8. James Thane

    This is among the best of Lawrence Block s Matthew Scudder series, which is saying quite a lot Set in the mid 1970s, it finds Scudder divorced, working as an unlicensed P.I in New York City and essentially living in the bars that dot the neighborhood around his small hotel room.The book opens with the brazen robbery of an after hours saloon that happens to be owned by some scary Irish brothers that no smart person would ever think to screw around with Matt is present at the time of the robbery a [...]

  9. Mara

    Skip Devoe and Tommy Tillary Theirs are the faces I see when I think of the summer of 75 Between them, they were the season Were they friends of mine They were, but with a qualification They were saloon friends I rarely saw them or anyone else, in those days other than in a room where strangers gathered to drink liquor.I don t know why I underestimate Lawrence Block After the joyride that was reading Eight Million Ways to Die, I thought that surely Matthew Scudder s next adventure would fall int [...]

  10. Richard

    This is the latest installment in my journey into Lawrence Block s stunning Matthew Scudder crime series This one comes on the heels of the showstopping Eight Million Ways to Die, and I was wondering if it was possible for this book to be as good I was pleased to see that it comes pretty damn close Block keeps it fresh by showing us a different side of Scudder, flashing back to events from Matt s past that occurred even before the first novel Here, Matt tells the story of when he and his hard dr [...]

  11. Lynn

    Matthew Scudder is working to help friends with problems involving blackmail, robbery and murder The events in this story took place back when Scudder was a heavy drinker It seems pretty grim to spend all day maintaining an alcohol numb, but he and his friends do just that Scudder gave up being a policeman, but figuring out whodunnit was the only bright spot for him in this whole book Block writes these books from Scudder s point of view He is a very sad guy with no self pity I cried for him.

  12. Tfitoby

    Whilst reading about Jack Taylor fighting the good fight to stay on the wagon in Ken Bruen s Priest recently I figured it was probably inspired by Lawrence Block and Matt Scudder the last time we met Matt was ready to turn his life around one meeting at a time, so in I jumped to this sixth in the series of books about alcoholic former cop turned professional favours for friends provider Matt Scudder.Turns out this wasn t the moment I was looking for, When The Sacred Ginmill throws everything you [...]

  13. Brandon

    I m very happy for this novel s existence Apparently, Block had originally planned on ending Scudder s adventures after finishing up Eight Million Ways to Die However, after writing what was originally intended to be a short story, Block expanded it to what we now know as When the Sacred Ginmill Closes.Taking place sometime between novels 1 and 5 Scudder is still heavily boozing it up If I didn t know that this was a flashback novel, I would have been completely shocked that Scudder fell off the [...]

  14. Richard

    8 10Scudder oozes class Yeah he might like to overindulge in a drink or ten and some of his actions may be morally corrupt to the untrained eye but he s one smooth customer This tale is a flashback of sorts looking back at a time before Scudder tried to give up the booze and was hanging around in many a watering hole Scudder gets caught up in a robbery and is asked to investigate so off he goes He detects and even with the hindrance of booze he detects with class Nothing fancy other than working [...]

  15. Cathy DuPont

    WOW, WOW, and WOWLawrence Block circa 1986WOW, WOW, and WOW AGAIN Scudder is not a social drinker but a confirmed alcoholic In Eight Million Ways to Die, the novel published previous to When the Sacred Ginmill Closes he s attending AA after being told numerous times in the hospital that if he doesn t quit he will die So what does a normal person do, he she quits Which is what Scudder did although he did have a few relapses along the way In this book, published in 1986, Scudder is drinking but Wh [...]

  16. Benoit Lelièvre

    This is such an odd volume in the Matthew Scudder series, yet it is why it s so great WHEN THE SACRED GINMILL CLOSES happens before the events of the first Scudder book at least to my understanding , so Matt is not only giving in to his alcoholism, but he hadn t started living in monastic retreat on the world, yet Scudder is hanging with the wrong crowd and has no innocent soul to save this time.Not only this novel is so different, it s also pretty amibtious as it s not featuring one investigati [...]

  17. Mohammed

    In the end i liked how different this book was from the 5th book that is so highly rated,award winning I liked the flasback story mostly because of the gang of friends that hanged around with Matt in 1975 I liked Skip and co, the first Scudder book that hade lines that made me laugh They tend to be bleak,complex character study.I liked how beliavable Block ended the different cases, how Matt worked without being some super detective I liked the different things that the title was a symbol for i [...]

  18. Ed

    Sweet Matt Scudder read Hang with his drift through the gin joints, empty churches, and old hotels Just listen to his steady, sometimes unclear voice as he goes through his two cases Then wait for the big payoff at the end, where he wraps it all up It s worth the wait, too.

  19. Nate

    More solid gold from Block here Dude really seems to just get noticeably better and better with every book, which is saying something because even the first Scudder novel was remarkable stuff It s really something when you get ahold of a work like Eight Million Ways to Die which seems to be as good as things get and powerfully weighted with its own sense of accomplishment and finality, then a followup comes along and is just as good or even arguably better The Godfather Part II is a good example [...]

  20. Dennis D.

    I had been on a self imposed exile from Lawrence Block s Matthew Scudder novels for some time, for reasons I can t recall After reading the first five books in the series, culminating with the excellent Eight Million Ways To Die, I decided to give both Block and Sue Grafton a break, turning to John D MacDonald and Jonathan Kellerman for my mystery thriller fix, while also checking out Block s Bernie Rhodenbarr mysteries.Boy, I had forgotten what I was missing The character s back story is that h [...]

  21. Stephen

    Wasn t sure that I was going to like this Scudder book as much as the others to start with as it started off a bit slowly However, it got better the further I read and had a really clever ending so was right up there with the best What a great series this is On to the next one

  22. William

    Wow, what a sad and confused little book Only 2.5 Stars.A trip 10 years into the past, a trip to the cemetery, a road trip to nowhere, a goodbye to who we were Living like they did, it s not surprising that their greed, arrogance and stupidity carried them all away.I enjoyed parts of this book, as if an overloaded plane were bouncing down the runway, struggling to get into the air, only to bounce back down again and crash into the barriers I suppose the then 48 year old Block wanted it this way, [...]

  23. Tom

    Mr Block hit this one out of the park An Irish bar is held up by two masked men An acquaintance s wife is murdered Scudder hitting the hard stuff really hard Great plot, but it s really the writing that s superb Block turns the city into a main character a la McBain in the 87th , and it lives and breathes The ending is superb without giving anything away , and the epilogue was a perfect touch.

  24. Maggie K

    I have always enjoyed the Matthew Scudder books, but this one is my new favorite Flashback style we go back to the story of some cases Scudder worked in the 70 s I am pretty impressed of how well a flashback fit into the rest of the series We see a little different, seedier New York, along with a little different, seedier Scudder This was shortly after the incident in where Scudder quit the force and went off the grid, and the wounds are striking.After witnessing a holdup at an after hours Iris [...]

  25. Darren

    This one gets all the credit, but having read it hard after Eight Million Ways to Die, I feel that one is just a much better book Formally, Ginmill has a lot going for it back and forth in time narration, one of the best parlour scenes in the genre, three mysteries on the go all at once Scudder has taken Detective Durkin s advice from Eight Million to heart It s a great book, and I liked it, but I loved Eight Million Ways to Die.Not really a fair review on my part Not even a review really I d re [...]

  26. Hobart

    I ll be honest, I m sticking with this series primarily because of the author s reputation, though Eight Million Ways to Die did impress me I was fairly dismayed when I started this book and it looked like all the progress that Scudder made during his outing was tossed out without explanation or comment A relapse, or backslide, etc would ve been acceptable if Block had done it right obviously , but to just start off the book without noting that he d fallen off the wagon was just horrible.Thankfu [...]

  27. Piker7977

    Superb When the Sacred Ginmill Closes is Lawrence Block firing on all cylinders The narrative is told in retrospect by Scudder and the events of the story take place during his drinking days And brother he drink This entry in the Scudder series has many strengths The story begins as three separate mysteries and culminates into one hell of an ending Characters such as a group of drinking buddies, bar owners, and neighborhood ladies add to the captivating qualities of the story and since the main [...]

  28. Perry Whitford

    A sober Scudder thinks back ten years to the drunken Scudder of 1975, who carelessly became entangled into the criminal affairs of his clients and drinking partners, with morally skewered consequences This is often cited as one of the best of the series I am yet to read them all, so I can t be certain of that, but it s certainly very good.The characters all have strong individual voices and motivations, the plot threads intertwine well but not to an overly neat and unrealistic degree, and the nu [...]

  29. Monica

    Yup yupother super Scudder book Once started, I CAN NOT PUT DOWN Lawrence Block has a good formula going, writing these books He s also a master at shocking me Even though Scudder is a wonderfully developed character in this 6th book in the series, he s also continuously doing things to keep me on my toes And so we ve had another nightOf poetry and posesAnd each man knows he ll be aloneWhen the sacred ginmill closes.And so we ll drink the final glassEach to his joy and sorrowAnd hope the numbing [...]

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