The Night and The Music: The Matthew Scudder Stories - Lawrence Block Really excellent collection of Matt Scudder stories. My favorite, I think, was the one in which Scudder is approached by a lawyer who gives him a check for twelve-hundred dollars, the bequest of a bag lady Scudder didn't know, who had been murdered several weeks before. In his inimitable way, Matt seeks out why he and others might have been given the money and while he has really little to do actively with discovering who committed the murder, he is the instrument of its solution. Very bleak.

The stories portray different periods of Scudder's career and evolution as a human being. Some have suggested that the last story may be the last in the Scudder series. I would hope not, for Block's genius is quite apparent in this collection