Matt Scudder is an alcoholic, a private detective without a licence and a good guy. In Block's earlier novels featuring Scudder he drank a lot, now he doesn't drink at all. He spends a lot of time at AA meetings. In this book he is hired to find out if Richard Thurman killed his wife. The police think he did but cannot prove it. Matt has his work cut out and before he finds a solution he is enveloped in a case of more violent death. A friend gives him a videotape he hired which has had a snuff film recorded over the top of it. There are quite a few coincidences like Matt thinking he recognised the man in the movie at a boxing match and a connection between the two crimes that Matt is working on.
This report prepared by Penny