By Lawrence Block
"Right up there with Mr. Block's best....A DROP OF THE difficult STUFF retains us guessing."--Tom Nolan, Wall highway Journal
Facing his demons in his first yr of sobriety, Matthew Scudder unearths himself at the path of a killer. whilst Scudder's formative years pal Jack Ellery is murdered, most likely whereas trying to compensate for earlier sins, Scudder reluctantly starts his personal research, with only one lead: Ellery's Alcoholics nameless record of individuals he wronged. certainly one of them could be a killer, yet that's now not unavoidably Scudder's maximum possibility. Immersing himself in Ellery's international could lead on him correct again to the bar stool.
In a singular broadly celebrated through critics and readers, Lawrence Block circle again to the way it all all started, reestablishing the Matthew Scudder sequence as one of many pinnacles of yankee detective fiction.
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I didn’t imagine it,” said Tess. “Something with fingers caught hold of my ankle. ” Tess’s tense expression relaxed and lightened into a smile. She was fighting this. “I’m sorry, Mr. Clarke. I won’t be a spoilsport. And, after all, what did anybody expect? That’s what we’re here for, isn’t it? ” “But—” “There was something there, Mr. Clarke. ” Two doors opened into the hall, one at the left and one at the right. We looked toward the door at the left, because a light had been switched on there.
This is Mrs. ” smiled Gwyneth. “I’ve been so wanting to meet you, Miss Fraser. I’m your chaperon, you know. You must be tired after that drive. ” “Thanks,” said Tess. ” The room at the left of the hall, it appeared, was the drawing-room. It was very long and spacious, with two of the big windows opening on the front driveway. Evidently as a concession to modernity, it had been furnished with rich but subdued heaviness: fitted carpet, deep chairs upholstered in wine-colored velvet, fat-bowled Chinese lamps on the side tables.
Clarke. But I could be much more keen about a week end in the country if it weren’t such foul weather. Just look at those windows! ” 45 Clarke stared at her. ” “Certainly not. That house has been vacant for upwards of seventeen years. It will take more than a month to put it in anything like a decent state of repair. No, no, no. I was merely, like a crafty host, planning ahead. ” He drew out a pocket diary and leafed through the pages. “What would you say to a Whitsuntide party? Whitsunday, this year, falls on May 17th.
A Drop of the Hard Stuff (Matthew Scudder, Book 17) by Lawrence Block