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- Print Length: 340 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0316127337
- Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (May 12, 2011)
- Publication Date: May 12, 2011
- Sold by: Hachette Book Group
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0047Y178O
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,187 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I love this series. I've been a fan ever since I read Eight Million Ways to Die (Matthew Scudder Mysteries), the book in which Matt first decided to turn his life around. This guy is an inspiration, and A DROP OF THE HARD STUFF is a powerful, beautifully written detective story. Highly recommended.
Mr. Block takes us back to the early days in the Scudder series with this book. We have Matt off the force, a month short of his one-year anniversary with sobriety and doing enough favors for friends to pay the rent and send a little home to his ex-wife. During this time Matt reconnects with a childhood acquaintance that is also walking through each of the steps to alcoholic free life. Matthew is not one to follow each step in order but his friend is on a mission to follow them one after another. To that end it seems one of the steps he took did not please someone from his checkered past and he winds up murdered. Matt is asked to look into this and do the best job he can to find out what was so awful that someone left a message in the way he was killed.
The more Matt delves into his friend's prior life the more doors are slammed in his face than opened. Every person that should have held a grudge has long since gotten over it and the others are still in prison. Yet more people end of dead and possibly murdered and while they appear random Matt is not buying the police line of wrong place, wrong time. Matt keeps looking and getting too close to the right person at the right time that they target him in the one way they can get to him - through the bottle sitting on his table.Read more ›
Final 3 stars and that is pushing it. And, for all of you newbies to Lawrence Block PLEASE read everything he has done, he is a master, just fell down with this one.
Ps I am in the minority on this review, as it seems everyone in the world, including the book reviewers loved it. If you have a Kindle
download the sample it gives you a good idea how the book will flow.
Scudder tells Mick a lengthy tale about a boyhood acquaintance from the Bronx, Jack Ellery. While Matt grew up to be a police officer, Jack turned to crime, mostly under the influence of alcohol. One day, the two bump into one another at an AA meeting and chat about the old days. (If we didn't know by now how hard it is for an alcoholic to stay dry, Block sets us straight.) Jack, who has been in prison for armed robbery, is working his way through AA's twelve step program. He is determined to find the people he has wronged and make amends. Not a great idea, as it turns out.
"A Drop of the Hard Stuff" is suspenseful, darkly humorous, philosophical, a tad cynical, and psychologically astute. The author's writing style is relaxed and unpretentious, and the plot is skillfully constructed and absorbing. Since there was no Internet at that time, Scudder gets his information by pounding pavements, consulting snitches, and picking the brains of his contacts at the NYPD. Among the well-drawn characters are: Jan Keane, Matt's steady girlfriend, who is growing dissatisfied with their informal arrangement; Jim Faber, Scudder's wise and supportive AA sponsor; and a list of suspects whom Matt doggedly tracks down. As the weeks pass and dead bodies steadily pile up, the case becomes personal. Scudder has his hands full trying to outsmart a clever and elusive killer. To his credit, Block avoids a tidy resolution. Instead, he embraces life as it is: messy, unpredictable, challenging, and often infuriatingly unfair.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love Laurence Block, have read more of his books than any other author. His character construction is second to none. Read morePublished 1 month ago by William Wisnewski
I have been reading through the series of 17 Matthew Scudder novels for several years now. I have forced myself to take the project slowly and space each book 2-3 months apart. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Craig
Overall, still great writing, but the whole story left me a little disappointed.
A story this important to the character's development, shouldn't of been a flashback. Read more
This week’s MBR is A Drop of the Hard Stuff, by Lawrence Block, a distinguished author of more than fifty novels. Read morePublished 6 months ago by John McKenna
it's a Scudder novel....if you like the novels and the character...read it....if not, Amazon will sell you another book, simple.Published 6 months ago by Taz
I really like Block's books - especially Matt Scudder.
However, I was disappointed with this one. The plot was weak and seemed to wander.
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