Books A Drop of the Hard Stuff by Lawrence Block Paperback, 319 pages, Little Brown & Co, List Price: $15 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleA Drop of the Hard StuffAuthorLawrence Block Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon Independent Booksellers Other editions available for purchase: Hardcover, 319 pages, Little Brown & Co, $25.99, published May 12 2011 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleA Drop of the Hard StuffAuthorLawrence Block Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon iBooks Independent Booksellers Book Summary 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. Genres: Mysteries, Thrillers & Crime Fiction Also by Lawrence Block Eight Million Ways to Die The Sins of the Fathers A Walk Among the Tombstones Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about A Drop of the Hard Stuff The Empire State Building shines while Greenwich Village remains dark during the 1977 New York City blackout. Carlos Rene Perez/AP hide caption toggle caption Carlos Rene Perez/AP The Week's Best Stories From NPR Books Mystery Writer Evokes The Sights, Sound And Grime Of 1970s New York August 7, 2014 Lawrence Block published the first book of his Matthew Scudder mystery series in 1976. He says when it came to crime fiction inspiration, "the city never failed me. It always provided something." Mystery Writer Evokes The Sights, Sound And Grime Of 1970s New York Listen · 7:47 7:47 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/338014371/338498190" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Best Books Of 2011 Sherlockian Mysteries That Will Keep You Tied Up November 28, 2011 Critic Maureen Corrigan selects two of the best new works of fiction and criticism about The Great Detective, and offers recommendations for terrific novels featuring contemporary investigators who carry forward Holmes' trademark method of detection: "an observance of trifles." Chris Silas Neal/ Critics' Lists: Summer 2011 Crime Fiction Picks Serve Up Summertime Suspense June 1, 2011 Craving some cold-blooded thrills this summer? These detective novels offer twists and turns to help you beat the heat.