RARA-AVIS: The Gutter and the Grave by Ed McBain

From: Ed Lynskey ( e_lynskey@yahoo.com)
Date: 28 May 2007

I haven't read too much by Ed McBain. This title, reprinted by HHC, was an enjoyable read. It uses a twist on the P.I. tale, where Matt Cordell , an ex-P.I. until he caught his wife cheating, is a self-admitted bum from the Bowery. An old pal from the old neighborhood calls on Matt to solve a petty theft which quickly turns to murder. The mystery of the killer isn't the strong point here. The jazz scenes are first-rate. The story and protagonist remind me of Lawrence Block's Matt Scudder.


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