The Sins of the Fathers

The Sins of the Fathers - Lawrence Block 3.5. Solid start to what I've heard is a good series! Been planning on reading the Matthew Scudder books for years and now I've started. Matthew seems like a great character and I'm anxious to learn more about him. In detective and crime novels, I'm less interested in the actual mystery and more interested in how the mystery affects the character and the world and the world around him/her, and vice versa. The strongest aspects of this book are the richness of the characters and the ease of the dialogue. There's not a lot of delving deep into the character of Scudder but it's definitely a good tease. Can't wait to learn more in subsequent books.

This book reminds me a lot of [a:George Pelecanos|47387|George Pelecanos|]'s work! I wouldn't be surprised if Pelecanos was highly influenced by Block. There's a poetic simplicity and a love of the people that I found in this book that I saw many times in Pelecanos's work.