RARA-AVIS: All the Flowers

From: Steve Miller ( swmiller@wideopenwest.com)
Date: 25 Mar 2005

I was among the Block fans who hailed EVERYBODY DIES as a vastly underrated triumph and HOPE TO DIE as a disappointment bordering on tragic (and said so in a review I wrote for Mystery News). So, I picked up FLOWERS with a fair amount of nervousness, particularly when I flipped through the pages and saw all that italicized printing. I knew Block had gone back to the alternating voices.

As Kevin indicated, it ain't as bad as HOPE TO DIE and isn't nearly as good as its predecessor. I admit that I've spent more time thinking about this book than I anticipated. What I've come to believe, though, is that while it falls pretty squarely in the middle of the pack of Scudder novels, it could be a great way to end the series, if that is Block's intent. I feel much the same way about The Godfather, Part III. Not a great film on its own, but a wonderful coda to the entire saga.

Steve Miller

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