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A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES

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Set in the year 1999, A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES (2014) starring Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, and David Harbour rings true with payphones on every corner, and video stores at the end of each block. Although Lawrence Block originally published A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES in 1992 as part of his bestselling mystery series, it took over twenty years before the story of the ex-NYPD police officer—turned private investigator, was brought to the silver screen. As relevant today as nearly two decades prior, fans of Block’s crime-dramas will not be disappointed.

After unlicensed private investigator Mathew Scudder reluctantly takes on a heroine trafficker as a client, he’s forced to apply skills he’d gleaned as a police officer in an attempt to find out exactly who kidnapped and murdered the drug kingpin’s wife. Simultaneously struggling to make a connection between the latest abduction and a collection of violent cold cases, Scudder finds himself even utilizing the skills of a streetwise teenager.

Having openly shared his personal struggles with alcoholism, writer Lawrence Block is quick to attribute character Mathew Scudder’s eight year sobriety to his repeated attendance of Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. A common thread that obviously mirrors two decades of Block’s personal addiction with his bestselling character’s own flaws.

If you enjoyed Liam Neeson’s unique ability to solve crimes in TAKEN (2009), or TAKEN 2 (2012), then A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES will also satisfy your need for a mystery-thriller. However, I must warn that there are some scenes of torture and graphic mutilation of women splashed through the movie. Although intermittent, the images can be disturbing for some viewers unfamiliar with the genre.

Directed by Scott Frank, Rated-R, 113 Minutes, Crime, Drama, and Mystery. *** 3 stars out of 5. Liam Neeson, one of the hardest working men in Hollywood with already 73 movies to his credit, will be starring in TAKEN 3 with a 2015 release date.

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Reviewed by Lynne Martin September 24, 2014
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