A Walk Among the Tombstones – is a slow walk to hell

Posted: December 7, 2014 in 3 Star Reviews, Fiction
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3 of 5 Miserable-Dick-Wad Stars – A Walk Among the Tombstones by Lawrence Block.

I read that this book was being made into a movie, with Liam Kick-Ass Neeson starring. Oh goodie! This book has got to kick some ass. Plus, wait, oh my god, there’s a whole series of these novels with this guy. This is going to be so awesome!

Then, I read the book. I wouldn’t call it awesome. I’d call it typical. All these type of novels are the same. Private-eye does some shady dealings with drug dealers, and everything goes wrong. Its the same shit as Jack Reacher and a million other novels. Nothing new. Move along.

That being said, it’s still a good book. Plenty of action. People get killed and chopped into little bits. But, even that’s not original. Okay, packaging each little bit, like they’re chunks of salami was a bit unusual. It’s just not impressive, after you’ve read several of these types of books.

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  1. bmackela says:

    If you had read Tombstones back in 1992 when it first came out, you would have been much more impressed. All of the other books that you compare it too were published more recently. The Matt Scudder series set up the sub-genre. But I have to admit that I’m a fan of Scudder, and did read it back then and haven’t re-read it recently. It might not hold up.

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    • gegrizzle says:

      It’s still a decent story. It’s just a fairly standard plot structure. Nothing new. Then again, maybe it was more new back then, who knows. It still holds up as a compelling story though.

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