There is nothing that Crimezine enjoys more than a spot of the hard stuff. So it is with great pleasure that Noir Legend Lawrence Block has invited us around to partake. In line with current health department guidelines, we will however, be sure to partake responsibly .
Drop of the Hard Stuff is the latest novel by Lawrence Block, it features his hard bitten detective Matthew Scudder and the novel is a deep-brooding noir classic
Forced out of the NYPD, Scudder has given up the drink. reevaluating his relationship with sometime girlfriend Jan. Then he runs into “High-Low” Jack Ellery, a childhood friend from the Bronx. They’re two sides of the same coin: Scudder once solved crimes as a detective. Ellery committed them. In Scudder, Ellery sees the moral man he might have become. In Ellery, Scudder sees the hard-won sobriety he hopes to achieve.
Then Ellery is killed, shot once in the mouth and once between the eyes, presumably while attempting to atone for past sins. Is it what he saw, or what he said, that got him killed? Ellery had no family, no friends to press for justice. Scudder reluctantly begins his investigation, with just one lead—Ellery’s Alcoholics Annonymous list of people he wronged. One of them may be a murderer, but that’s not necessarily Scudder’s greatest danger. Immersing himself in Ellery’s world may lead him right back to the bar stool.
Dark stuff, but we at Crimezine like dark stuff! Block incidently has written fifty novels or there abouts. He has been hard at work since the 1970’s and has been described by Stephen King as the main man when it comes to mystery & detective fiction. Jonathan Kellerman has described Blocks Scudder novels as the finest detective fiction penned this century. Buy this book today
A Drop of the Hard Stuff Lawrence Block ISBN 9780316127332