A Drop of the Hard Stuff

by Lawrence Block

A Drop of the Hard Stuff

Hardcover, 319 pages, Little Brown & Co, List Price: $25.99 | purchase


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When a childhood friend is shot down while attempting to atone for past sins as per the dictates of Alcoholics Anonymous, Matthew Scudder is drawn into a murder investigation that threatens to derail his own sobriety.

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What would Holmes make of Matt Scudder, star of what I consider to be this year's best mystery, A Drop of the Hard Stuff? Well, maybe The Great Detective would recognize a kindred tortured soul beneath Scudder's hard-boiled veneer. In Lawrence Block's superb novel — the 17th in his Scudder series and a "prequel" to those other tales — Matt investigates the murder of a fellow AA member, a guy who was working his way through the 12 Steps and trying to make amends to all the people

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