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.
Read or Download A Drop of the Hard Stuff (Matthew Scudder, Book 17) PDF
Best mystery books
Indridason returns triumphantly to his around the world bestselling Reykjavik homicide secret series.
"An overseas literary phenomenon--and it's effortless to determine why. His novels are gripping, genuine, haunting and lyrical. "
-- Harlan Coben
In a flat close to Reykjavik urban centre, a tender guy lies useless in a pool of blood even though there are not any symptoms of a break-in or any fight. A woman's pink scarf, came across below the mattress, supplies off a powerful and strange aroma. A vial of narcotics present in the victim's pocket between different clues quickly lead Erlendur's colleagues down a path of hidden violence and mental brutality, and of wrongs that might by no means be totally righted.
Perennial long island instances and nationally bestselling writer and acclaimed multiple--prize winner Laura Lippman grants an excellent novel a couple of lady with a mystery existence who's compelled to make determined offerings to avoid wasting her son and herself.
When Hector Lewis informed his daughter that she had a not anything face, it used to be simply one other little bit of tossed-off cruelty from a guy who really expert in harsh phrases and harsher deeds. yet two decades later, Heloise considers it a blessing to be somebody who understands how you can keep away from realization. within the cozy suburb the place she lives, she's only a mother, the youngish widow with a forgettable task who one way or the other by no means misses a football video game or a faculty play. within the country capitol, she's the redheaded lobbyist with a superb reason and a mediocre song record.
But in discreet inn rooms in the course of the sector, she's the girl of your dreams--if you could have enough money her hourly fee.
For greater than a decade, Heloise has believed she is secure. She has created a rigidly compartmentalized lifestyles, retaining no genuine friendships, trusting few confidantes. basically now her mystery lifestyles, a existence she used to be compelled to construct after the valid international grew to become its again on her, is lower than siege. Her as soon as oblivious accountant is calling loaded questions. Her longtime protector is hinting at new, mysterious risks. Her staff can't be relied on. One county over, one other so-called suburban madam has been discovered useless in her vehicle, a suicide. Or is it?
Nothing is because it turns out as Heloise faces a midlife situation with a lot greater stakes than so much will ever know.
And then she learns that her son's father will be published from legal, that's not easy simply because he doesn't understand he has a son. The killer and previous pimp additionally doesn't notice that he's serving a existence sentence simply because Heloise betrayed him. yet he's sincerely commencing to suspect that Heloise has been preserving whatever again these kind of years.
With no formal schooling, no genuine kin, and no buddies, Heloise has to remake her life--again. Disappearing may be the effortless half. She's performed it ahead of and he or she can do it back. a brand new identify and a brand new position aren't challenging to come back through for those who comprehend the perfect humans. The trick may be dwelling lengthy sufficient to begin a brand new lifestyles.
On a scorching summer season Texas afternoon, Cindy Nance introduces younger Doug Hoover to the 2 nice secrets and techniques of lifestyles. Doug likes the 1st mystery much. the second one, that men develop up and visit paintings, doesn't entice him in any respect. a sequence of meaningless marriages and do-nothing jobs turn out Cindy used to be correct. grew to become off via the current, Doug attempts to recapture the fun of his previous Captain surprise and cinnamon squares, Dr.
Mary Bellamy is the lover of the London level, fluffy as basically an aged woman of 50(! ) might be. Her enthusiasts and pals – and who didn't adore, certainly adore darling Mary? – are heartbroken while by some means Mary manages to spritz herself now not together with her favourite fragrance yet with the lethal insecticide intended to be sprayed at the azaleas.
- The Blind Barber (Dr. Gideon Fell, Book 4)
- The Man in Lower Ten (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)
- Grapes of Death (Tangled Vines Mystery, Book 1)
- Fistful of Death (Peter Chambers)
- Going It Alone
- Don't Lie to Me
Additional info for A Drop of the Hard Stuff (Matthew Scudder, Book 17)
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.