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A Drop of the Hard Stuff by Lawrence Block
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Jul 23, 2011

it was amazing

This book is such a comfortable read, it may as well be wearing a cardigan sweater, sitting in a cushy chair, smoking a pipe, with a cup of tea on the side table. Lawrence Block is a superb writer, and his prose is as potent and jewel-like as the translucent whiskeys that pour on the pages. I never know who dunnit until Block reveals it, even studying the clues dropped like gems on the ground. With the turn of each page the tension builds in this latest - will Scudder take a drink? Will I mind if he does? I'm comforted by the fact that in Scudder's world, favorite bars are closed, just as in our world. The strawberry rhubarb pie is no longer available at Theresa's, old friends have left for the next adventure. But there is always a community of people who want you to succeed, at any time of day, and you can find them in the little book in your back pocket.
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