By Lawrence Block
"Right up there with Mr. Block's best....A DROP OF THE tough STUFF retains us guessing."--Tom Nolan, Wall road Journal
Facing his demons in his first yr of sobriety, Matthew Scudder reveals himself at the path of a killer. whilst Scudder's youth good friend Jack Ellery is murdered, possibly whereas trying to compensate for previous sins, Scudder reluctantly starts his personal research, with only one lead: Ellery's Alcoholics nameless record of individuals he wronged. certainly one of them could be a killer, yet that's now not unavoidably Scudder's maximum possibility. Immersing himself in Ellery's global could lead on him correct again to the bar stool.
In a unique generally celebrated via 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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Go on,” Tragg said. “This woman,” Mason said, “was Adelle Sterling Hastings, the wife of Garvin S. Hastings. At present Mrs. ” “Yesterday noon while I was out at lunch, and while Della Street was also out at lunch, a woman came to my office—a woman wearing large dark glasses, who said her name was Mrs. Hastings and that she would wait until I returned from lunch. She waited in the outer office for a few minutes and then left rather hurriedly, saying she would return but she never returned. ” “And it was Mrs.
Mason said, “I’m putting two sets of two and two together and making two fours, Mrs. Hastings. ” There was a moment of silence. ’ Mason asked. “Yes. ” “Did you tell him—“ Mason broke off as the telephone rang. Della Street picked up the instrument, said, “Yes, Gertie. . ” Della Street turned to Mason and said, “A Mr. ” Mason indicated the telephone instrument to Adelle Hastings. ” “Why, I’ll take it here,” she said. She picked up the telephone, said, “Hello, Simley. This is Adelle. You . . What!
She looked at him wordlessly, panic in her eyes. ” Mason asked. ” Mason asked. “Huntley L. ” she asked, her voice dripping with distaste. “Yes. ” She made an inclusive, sweeping gesture with her hand, indicating the apartment. ” she said. ” “Of course. ” “I had a talk with Banner this afternoon,” Mason said. ” “I didn’t,” Mason said. “He got in touch with me. ” “Why in the world would he say a thing like that? I never called him and there was no need for me to get a lawyer. My husband and I reached an agreement without any difficulty.