Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Scudder in Order

Date: 16 Dec 2001


Re your question below:

> Thanks for the recommendations everyone. Although I
> hadn't intended to, it
> seems the overwhelming consensus is to read the
> Scudder series in order. But
> it now occurs to me I'm not sure what the order is.
> Can anyone elaborate?

Our own Kevin Smith has a great Scudder article on his Thrilling Detectives website. It can be found at:

It lists the novels and short stories in publication order, so you can read them chronologically.

One exception to the "Read in Order" consensus. Although WHEN THE SACRED GINMILL CLOSES, and its short story version, "By the Dawn's Early Light," were both published after EIGHT MILLION WAYS TO DIE, they are set prior to the events in EIGHT MILLION. It's not clear exactly where they fit in the saga, but you might want to read them before you read EIGHT MILLION
(which, BTW, I consider one of the best PI novels ever written).

On the other hand, they are also written by a Matt who's already undergone the events in EIGHT MILLION, and is looking back on an earlier chapter in his life, so you can go either way.

For the record, I preferred "Dawn's Early Light" to the expanded version, GINMILL. In fact, I regard it as one of the best PI short stories ever published.


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