"The Sins of the Father" is the first book in Lawrence Block's Matthew Scudder series and the first book that I have read by this author.
Scudder is the definition of the cliched hardboiled detective. The mystery to which he has attached himself is not overly complex and it is not difficult to guess where Block is leading the reader. But, when taken as a whole, the setting, the characters, the crime all weave a bit of mental comfort food.
"The Sins of the Father" was a fun read and will be the first of many more of Block's works that I will read.