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Author:
Lawrence Block
ISBN13:
978-0316127318
ISBN:
0316127310
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Publisher:
Mulholland Books; Reprint edition (February 1, 2012)
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Thrillers & Suspense
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Rating:
4.8
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620

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New york boston london. The meatpacking district is trendy now, a yuppie bastion, and most of the firms that gave the area its name have gone out of business, their premises converted to restaurants and apartments. St. Bernard’s, long an Irish parish, is the new home of Our Lady of Guadalupe. I can’t remember the last time I saw Mick wearing that apron. This was one of our rare late nights, and I suppose we both felt the need for it, or we’d have gone home by now.

Lawrence Block is a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America, has won multiple Edgar .

Lawrence Block is a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America, has won multiple Edgar and Shamus awards and countless international prizes. The author of more than 50 books, he lives in New York City. When my wife and I saw the motion picture adaptation of A Walk Among the Tombstones starring Liam Neeson we enjoyed it and decided to read the novels to get more into the character. Block started writing these tales set in New York City back in the early 70’s, a place and era which I am familiar with.

A Great American Crime Novel. good to the last drop. If the series ends here, it has ended on a high note. In fact, I would put A Drop of the Hard Stuff in the top 5 or 6 best of the series. The perfect introduction to Scudder's shadow-strewn world and the pleasures of Block's crisp yet brooding prose, a bracing distillation of Block's powers. right up there with Mr. Block's best. ―Wall Street Journal. One of the finest in the entire Scudder series. ―Entertainment Weekly. Sometimes you open a novel and you just know you're in the hands of a master.

Hard Stuff, the 17th and final full length novel in the Matthew Scudder detective series by Lawrence Block, is a frame story, or a.

Yeah, old Lawrence got me again. A Drop of the Hard Stuff is a flashback tale akin to When the Sacred Gin Mill Closes. Matt and Mick Ballou are talking late into the night and Matt brings up a case from the early days. Hard Stuff, the 17th and final full length novel in the Matthew Scudder detective series by Lawrence Block, is a frame story, or a. Or many stories within a story within a story, technically.

Category : Mystery, Thriller, Series : Matthew Scudder. In a novel widely celebrated by critics and readers, Lawrence Block circle back to how it all began, reestablishing the Matthew Scudder series as one of the pinnacles of American detective fiction. Published : 12/06/2018. Read Now. List Chapter or Page (48)

1 Matthew Scudder novels. Bernie Rhodenbarr novels. A Drop of the Hard Stuff (2011).

1 Matthew Scudder novels. Block describes the early sex novels as a valuable experience, noting that despite the titillating content of the books (rather mild by later standards of adult fiction) he was expected to write fully developed novels with plausible plots, characters and conflicts. The Night and the Music (2013) (A collection of Matthew Scudder short stories and novelettes, 11 in total). A Time to Scatter Stones (2019) (Novella).

Edgar Award-winning author Lawrence Block has been named a Mystery Writers of America Grand Master. I so enjoy the Matthew Scudder character and this book helps fill in some of the gaps in previous novels

Edgar Award-winning author Lawrence Block has been named a Mystery Writers of America Grand Master. A Drop of the Hard Stuff continues Block’s popular series starring New York private detective and recovering alcoholic Matthew Scudder. Scudder is already struggling with his sobriety when his friend and fellow AA member Jack Ellery is found murdered. I so enjoy the Matthew Scudder character and this book helps fill in some of the gaps in previous novels. Shows how he got help for his drinking, joining AA, no longer a cop and meeting up with someone he had known from his old neighborhood.

"Right up there with Mr. Block's best....A DROP OF THE HARD STUFF keeps us guessing."--Tom Nolan, Wall Street JournalFacing his demons in his first year of sobriety, Matthew Scudder finds himself on the trail of a killer. When Scudder's childhood friend Jack Ellery is murdered, presumably while attempting to atone for past sins, Scudder reluctantly begins his own investigation, with just one lead: Ellery's Alcoholics Anonymous list of people he wronged. One of them may be a killer, but that's not necessarily Scudder's greatest danger. Immersing himself in Ellery's world may lead him right back to the bar stool.In a novel widely celebrated by critics and readers, Lawrence Block circle back to how it all began, reestablishing the Matthew Scudder series as one of the pinnacles of American detective fiction.
  • This review is for “A Drop of the Hard Stuff” and all of the preceding books in the Matt Scudder series by author Lawrence Block. When my wife and I saw the motion picture adaptation of “A Walk Among the Tombstones” starring Liam Neeson we enjoyed it and decided to read the novels to get more into the character. Block started writing these tales set in New York City back in the early 70’s, a place and era which I am familiar with. Scudder’s a former NYPD detective who resigns from the force when he accidentally kills a young girl from a ricochet while taking down a bad guy. His drinking becomes a problem and he leaves his wife and two sons and takes up residence in a seedy hotel. He earns a living by doing detective work off the books, he eschews getting a P.I. license and looks at it as “doing favors” for people who then compensate him based on their perceived value of his work and the results he achieves.

    The cases he takes are mostly realistic and his methods are probably more authentic than a lot of fictional gumshoes. There is some action here and there and our hero is occasionally in peril but mostly each story is more about the investigative process behind solving the mystery. A lot of each book is devoted to drinking, and ultimately drinking too much and the consequences which lead to an epiphany for Matt and he joins AA about halfway through the series. From that point forward the books shift focus from drinking to not drinking and the many, many AA meetings that he attends. For some readers the monotony of so much focus on alcoholism may be a turn off and there were plenty of times I skimmed some of those parts I’ll admit. But all in all there is enough intrigue going on to hold your attention.

    The stories evolve over time and in the last few books Matt reunites with an old girlfriend, Elaine, from his cop days and they eventually get married. He also befriends an Irish gangster who runs a bar (of course) and provides him with some assistance from time to time. Scudder also takes an African American street hustler from 42d Street (“The Deuce”) named T.J. under his wing and provides him an apprenticeship of sorts.

    In “A Drop of the Hard Stuff” which is the last full length novel (there is also a collection of short stories which I haven’t read yet) Block turns back the clock and we go back to an earlier point where Matt has stopped drinking but prior to Elaine and T.J. It seems odd that this would be the final book in the series and makes me wonder if this was an old manuscript he gave up on then later finished and decided to publish out of sequence. Anyway, it’s a standard ‘who done it’ mystery about a fellow AA member who used to be a childhood pal that turned into a small-time criminal. The guy is murdered in a fashion that implies a professional hit and punishment for something personal. Then two other people connected to the deceased also meet untimely and suspicious ends and Matt soon finds he’s next on the killer’s list. The ending is a bit anticlimactic but overall it’s a decent read. If you like noir-ish, old school type detective yarns then you might find the Matt Scudder series worth a look.

  • Another smash hit for Lawrence Block, and hearkens back to the early just-off-the-sauce days for Matt Scudder. Block really has the gift for dialog here, and there are a couple of twists and turns that I really didn't see coming. Just when you think you have it figured out, he surprises you and the story builds to a different conclusion than you thought (or maybe hoped) it would. A Drop of the Hard Stuff is about crime and punishment, old scores and justice denied, all wrapped up with Scudder's trip through his first year of sobriety and Alcoholics Anonymous. Altogether, this is a terrific read, second only to his best "Everyone Dies", but with a very different, almost surreal background, less tension, and more cerebral. I almost wish I had read this book before "Everyone Dies", but because I read them reversed "A Drop of the Hard Stuff" worked in a different way mentally for me than it would have otherwise. Mick Balleau works his way into the story just as a cameo, and you are left with a sensation of New York City that reminds you how glad you are to visit by means of Block's stories. Five stars plus, and one that I won't forget for more reasons than one.

  • Years ago, if my house were on fire, I would scramble to save my Lawrence Block books. Now, of course, I can just grab my kindle! The point is, they are that important to me as pieces of writing. The Scudder series especially connects with my sense of humanity. His first person narratives are meaningful. Then add to that, a forgiving author who understands that humans are flawed and vulnerable throughout their lives, no matter your status or your past successes.

    I truly enjoy Scudder, trust the reality of Scudder, and take Scudder's hand during each episode of his challenging life. This character is loved by me because his stories are the quintessential examples of Man Against Himself, to me, never a waste of the reader's time. Block is such a master at communicating the wholeness of the human soul through this Everyman character, one feels an understanding of oneself after every episode Block describes.

    I savor each piece of writing Block has published, even some with characters and stories I dislike. His writing is honest and always insightful. Drop of the Hard Stuff may be his best episode of Scudder's troubled life. As always I feel Scudder becomes a stronger, more passionate human with each of his life adventures, like all of us could be. One who faces such a devastating disease as alcoholism, and who is determined to fight every day for the goodness they have learned to believe they have, never can let his guard down. A constant reminder of how one's family and friends have been affected by alcoholism surrounds the recovering alcoholic daily as he tries to rebuild what might be all that's left, his dignity and self-motivation.

    I strongly suggest to readers who want to walk in the shoes of an alcoholic for understanding that they read the entire Scudder series in order. Not only will the reader be enlightened about alcoholic behavior, but each episode has a realistic, exciting detective-type investigation to enjoy. Block is a superb story teller through the Scudder character. Not only is this protagonist flawed by alcoholism, but he happens to be a keen, resourceful, and persistent retired detective, who doesn't always work "by the book", and how he untangles each situation is always interesting.