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A Drop of the Hard Stuff by Lawrence Block
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I was so happy to see this new Matthew Scudder book, A Drop of the Hard Stuff. I do believe I've read the whole series, and Lawrence Block is one of my favorite writers in the mystery genre. In this one, Matthew is getting older (as am I!)and the novel opens with him sitting in a bar having a long late-night talk with his old friend, Mick Ballou (Matt, still sober after all these years, is drinking a club soda). They are discussing the path not taken in life, and Matt launches into a story about an old childhood friend from the Bronx, Jack Ellery. Ellery chose a criminal path, Scudder a life of policework. Jack and Matt meet up again years later in AA, and Matt spends most of the rest of this novel attending AA meetings, trying to stay sober (the story takes place when he approaching his 1st year of sobriety) and trying to solve Jack Ellery's murder. Since the story he is telling takes place about 30-40 years ago, Scudder solves crimes the old-fashioned way, with legwork and phone calls. It's vintage Scudder, and quite enjoyable. This novel is less action and much more philosophizing, with a lot of AA meetings and sobriety stories thrown in.
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message 1: by George (new)

George I'll have to give this one a look.


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