A Drop of the Hard Stuff by Lawrence Block
(Matthew Scudder)

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"Right up there with Mr. Block's best....A DROP OF THE HARD STUFF keeps us guessing."--Tom Nolan, Wall Street Journal

Facing his demons in his first year of sobriety, Matthew Scudder finds himself on the trail of a killer. When Scudder's childhood friend Jack Ellery is murdered, presumably while attempting to atone for past sins, Scudder reluctantly begins his own investigation, with just one lead: Ellery's Alcoholics Anonymous list of people he wronged. One of them may be a killer, but that's not necessarily Scudder's greatest danger. Immersing himself in Ellery's world may lead him right back to the bar stool.

In a novel widely celebrated by critics and readers, Lawrence Block circle back to how it all began, reestablishing the Matthew Scudder series as one of the pinnacles of American detective fiction.
 

About Lawrence Block

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Lawrence Block is one of the most widely recognized names in the mystery genre. He has been named a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America and is a four-time winner of the prestigious Edgar and Shamus Awards, as well as a recipient of prizes in France, Germany, and Japan. He received the Diamond Dagger from the British Crime Writers' Association—only the third American to be given this award. He is a prolific author, having written more than fifty books and numerous short stories, and is a devoted New Yorker and an enthusiastic global traveler.
 
Published May 12, 2011 by Little, Brown and Company. 340 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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The two men get to talking about this and that, and Jack indicates that his sponsor, gay jewelry designer Gregory Stillman, is something of a Step Nazi who’s making him go through each of the 12 steps in the AA program.

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Publishers Weekly

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MWA Grand Master Block's powerful 17th novel featuring PI Matthew Scudder (after 2005's All the Flowers Were Dying) explores the challenges of an alcoholic attempting to atone for his past misdeeds.

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The Wall Street Journal

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Spenser persists in trying to find out what happened despite the boorish star's intransigence, a threat from the star's agent and the arrival of a sadistic West Coast enforcer bent on writing Spenser's death scene.

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Examiner

In the opening pages, Scudder and onetime schoolmate “High-Low” Jack Ellery are reacquainted at an AA meeting, where Scudder is hoping to achieve the kind of long-term sobriety that Jack has maintained.

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Book Reporter

Matthew Scudder is back, which is fabulous news for fans of Lawrence Block.

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The Washington Times

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Made direct amends to such people whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.” Through Ellery’s tough-minded sponsor (he calls himself a “step Nazi”), Scudder learns Jack Ellery had compiled a list of eight people he’d wronged and was working on doing whatever he could to...

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Reviewing the Evidence

Author Lawrence Block has won every type of writer's award given in the field of mystery writing, and his lead character, Matthew Scudder, has been around since 1975.

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MostlyFiction Book Reviews

In fact, when asked if he ever considered doing a book that included both Scudder and Bernie Rhodenbarr, Block said that would be impossible as “they both occupy different universes.” The same could be said about Scudder and the other series characters as well.

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Bookmarks Magazine

When Scudder's childhood friend Jack Ellery is murdered, presumably while attempting to atone for past sins, Scudder reluctantly begins his own investigation, with just one lead: Ellery's Alcoholics Anonymous list of people he wronged.

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Shots

Sadly for Jack, who was at Step Nine, which includes making amends to people one has wronged, someone out there seems to have harboured the bite of remembered hurts – and Jack ends up with a bullet in his head and one in his mouth.

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Enjoy three fun-filled days of activities — and don't-miss concerts by The Temptations, The Four Tops and Shania Twain.

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