By Lawrence Block
"Right up there with Mr. Block's best....A DROP OF THE not easy STUFF retains us guessing."--Tom Nolan, Wall highway Journal
Facing his demons in his first yr of sobriety, Matthew Scudder reveals himself at the path of a killer. while Scudder's formative years pal Jack Ellery is murdered, most likely whereas trying to catch up on prior sins, Scudder reluctantly starts his personal research, with only one lead: Ellery's Alcoholics nameless record of individuals he wronged. one in all them could be a killer, yet that's now not unavoidably Scudder's maximum possibility. Immersing himself in Ellery's international could lead on him correct again to the bar stool.
In a singular broadly celebrated by way of critics and readers, Lawrence Block circle again to the way it all begun, reestablishing the Matthew Scudder sequence as one of many pinnacles of yank detective fiction.
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Uncle Ralph doesn't want me with him. Oh, we get along okay"—she wanted to chase away Grandma's worried frown—"but he'll be glad when I'm gone. And so will I," she added. Grandma hugged her. "My Ralph is a loner, I'm afraid. He's lived by himself for a long time, and he's used to it. But I'm sure he's glad to have you with him, dear. I'm just sure of it! " Chris sighed. "He loves you, Grandma. " "Of course he loves me," Grandma said. "But he Grandma's Hint 47 loves you, too, dear. " Chris remembered Uncle Ralph crawling out on the branch to test her swing, even though he was afraid.
Find a project. Chris sat up straight. That was what her mother had told her on the telephone, and Chris had agreed, planning then to find out more about the little boy. Now she decided she wanted to forget him. She'd find another project. Don't sit around and mope, was what her mother always advised. Get going! Chris narrowed her eyes and looked out over the gray water. What could she do? What would keep her busy during the long hours while Uncle Ralph was working? What would keep her out of that house?
He might accuse her of moving it herself. He might get angry all over again. The gray head was already bent over the book beside his plate. He wouldn't want to know, she decided. He doesn't want to think about anything that isn't in a book. But something scary was happening in this house. Something bad! She almost forgot to eat, trying to figure out what it was. Uncle Ralph swallowed his last spoonful of cereal 43 44 CHRISTINA'S GHOST and closed his book. "We're going to see your grandmother today," he said.
A Drop of the Hard Stuff (Matthew Scudder, Book 17) by Lawrence Block