Matthew Scudder #17
Little, Brown and Company
On Sale: February 1, 2012
Hardcover / e-Book
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"The Matthew Scudder novels are among the finest detective
novels penned in this century."-Jonathan Kellerman
Scudder is facing his demons. Forced out of the NYPD, he's
given up the drink. He's thinking seriously about his
relationship with sometime girlfriend Jan. Then he runs into
"High-Low" Jack Ellery, a childhood friend from the Bronx.
They're two sides of the same coin: Scudder once solved
crimes as a detective. Ellery committed them. In Scudder,
Ellery sees the moral man he might have become. In Ellery,
Scudder sees the hard-won sobriety he hopes to achieve. Then
Ellery is killed, shot once in the mouth and once between
the eyes, presumably while attempting to atone for past
sins. Is it what he saw or what he said that got him killed?
Ellery had no family, no friends to press for justice.
Scudder reluctantly begins his own investigation, with just
one lead-Ellery's Alcoholics Annonymous list of people he
wronged. One of them may be a murderer, but that's not
necessarily Scudder's greatest danger. Immersing himself in
Ellery's world may lead him right back to the bar stool.
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
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