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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0316127310
ISBN-13: 9780316127318
Sku: 220509172
Publish Date: 2/1/2012
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.5H x 5.5L x 1T
Pages:  352
 
Block brings his greatest character, Matthew Scudder, back into action in his most personal case. After a childhood friend is shot down while attempting to atone for past sins, Scudder is drawn into a murder investigation that threatens to upset his path toward recovery--and get him killed in the process.
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Matthew Scudder is finally on the straight and narrow when he runs into "High-Low" Jack Ellery, a childhood friend from the Bronx. In Scudder, Jack sees the moral man he might have become. In Jack, Scudder sees the hard-won sobriety he hopes to achieve.

Then Ellery, following to the letter the dictates of Alcoholics Anonymous' infamous twelve steps, is shot down while attempting to atone for past sins, and Scudder is drawn into a murder investigation that threatens to upset his path toward recovery--and get him killed in the process.

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 detective fiction.
Author Bio
Lawrence Block
Lawrence Block began writing at an early age, and published his first book--a softcore sex novel--at the age of 19 while still a student at Antioch College. Block moved on to much greater achievements with mysteries featuring such sleuths as the spy, Evan Tanner, who can't sleep after an accident destroyed part of his brain, detective Bernie Rhodenbarr, and ex-cop Matt Scudder. He showed his darker side in a series of novels published under the pseudonym Paul Kavanaugh, and
demonstrated his versatility with noir thrillers like "Such Men Are Dangerous" (1969). He has won two Shamus Awards, two Edgar Awards, and a Nero Wolfe Award.

Lawrence Block is a highly respected mystery novel author. In addition, he has served as a fiction-writing instructor, leading a seminar and writing several books of advice and a steady column in Writer's Digest on the subject. He himself began writing at an early age, and, using a pseudonym, published his first book--a soft porn novel--while he was still a college student. In 1961, Block used his own name to write his first mystery novel, DEATH PULLS A DOUBLE CROSS. He is probably best known for three characters, each with his own series: the spy Evan Tanner, who can't sleep after an accident destroyed part of his brain, gentleman burglar/amateur sleuth Bernie Rhodenbarr, and troubled ex-cop Matt Scudder. He showed his darker side in a series of novels published under the name Paul Kavanaugh, and demonstrated his versatility with noir thrillers like SUCH MEN ARE DANGEROUS (1969). Block was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, and is only the third American to have received a Cartier Diamond Dagger Award from the British Crime Writers' Association. In addition, he has won two Shamus Awards, two Edgar Awards, and a Nero Wolfe Award.

Praise

"The premise is typical of Block's genius. It's so perfect that you can't believe you haven't seen it before....And the prose, as always, is like the club soda Scudder sips in the opening pages: cool, fizzy, and completely refreshing." (starred review) - Keir Graff 03/01/2011

"Block's pitch-perfect prose bolsters the elegiac plot." (starred review) 03/07/2011

"The pleasure of this elegiac novel (a book right up there with Mr. Block's best) comes not in its adherence to a formula but in the way it keeps us guessing. Its ending is both unresolved and satisfying--which seems appropriate to its human-size hero, a vulnerable but capable man whose professional and ethical credo is 'one day at a time.'" - Tom Nolan 05/07/2011

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0352
Product attributePublisher:   Mulholland Books
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