My mailbox has been pretty quiet in recent weeks, so I was quite pleased to come home to an unexpected package on my doorstep this weekend. What did I find?
Grandmaster Lawrence Block brings his greatest character, Matthew Scudder, back into action in his most personal case to date.
Matthew Scudder is finally on the straight and narrow when he runs into “High-Low” Jack Ellery, a childhood friend from the Bronx. In Scudder, Jack sees the moral man he might have become. In Jack, Scudder sees the hard-won sobriety he hopes to achieve. Then Ellery, following to the letter the dictates of Alcoholics Anonymous’ infamous twelve steps, is shot down while attempting to atone for past sins, and Scudder is drawn into a murder investigation that threatens to upset his path toward recovery—and get him killed in the process.
Exploring themes of loss, nostalgia, and redemption, for Lawrence Block A DROP OF THE HARD STUFF circles back to how it all began, reestablishing why the Matthew Scudder series is widely regarded as one of the pinnacles of American detective fiction.
Lawrence Block is a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America, has won multiple Edgar and Shamus awards and countless international prizes. The author of more than 50 books, he lives in New York City. Learn more at www.lawrenceblock.com
May 2011 Hardcover * 9780316127332 * $25.99/ $28.99
Also available from Hachette Audio, as an eBook and in a Large Print edition.
A Drop of the Hard Stuff is one of the first books being released by Little, Brown’s newest imprint, Mulholland Books, and it was sent to me by the ever lovely Miriam Parker. Thanks Miriam!
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