By Lawrence Block

"Right up there with Mr. Block's best....A DROP OF THE tough STUFF retains us guessing."--Tom Nolan, Wall highway Journal

Facing his demons in his first 12 months of sobriety, Matthew Scudder unearths himself at the path of a killer. while Scudder's youth buddy Jack Ellery is murdered, most likely whereas trying to make amends for previous sins, Scudder reluctantly starts his personal research, with only one lead: Ellery's Alcoholics nameless checklist of individuals he wronged. one in every of them could be a killer, yet that's now not inevitably Scudder's maximum chance. Immersing himself in Ellery's international could lead on him correct again to the bar stool.

In a singular largely celebrated by way of critics and readers, Lawrence Block circle again to the way it all started, reestablishing the Matthew Scudder sequence as one of many pinnacles of yank detective fiction.

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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. And 61 a woman, who could be nobody but Gwyneth Logan, came out and joined us. Now I am not going to pretend that I was deeply impressed by my first sight of Mrs. Logan. Whatever powers of fascination or beguilement she possessed, they were not immediately apparent.

She wore a dress of plain dark green, with tan stockings and shoes. Her manner was reserved and rather shy. “I thought I heard someone call out,” she said, as though to explain her presence. She had a soft, low voice, hardly seeming to open her lips when she spoke. ” Clarke’s cheerful heartiness blew away bogies. ” he said, bustling across to her and hauling her out of the doorway. “I want you to meet the rest of our party, and be friends at once. 62 Gwyneth, I want you to meet Miss Fraser. Mr.

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. And 61 a woman, who could be nobody but Gwyneth Logan, came out and joined us. Now I am not going to pretend that I was deeply impressed by my first sight of Mrs. Logan. Whatever powers of fascination or beguilement she possessed, they were not immediately apparent. Or perhaps the moment was too confused. I had a vague picture of a woman of medium height, twenty-eight or twenty-nine years old, with a good though not striking figure.

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