Lawrence Block

Since seeing the movie A walk among the tombstones I took home Block’s A drop of the hard stuff for Dennis. But I ended up starting it. And liking it. The main character is Matthew Scudder, private investigator without a license. He had a gold shield in the NYPD and it hasn’t yet been revealed why he retired. Or why he isn’t licensed. He has met up with a boyhood friend, Harry,  from the old neighborhood while attending an AA meeting. Part of the step program is to make amends to all one has harmed while still drinking. Harry has been shot and Harry’s sponsor has the amendees names he was working on. Seems someone didn’t want him to talk.

The book reads much like a Lee Child but Scudder is a bit more refined that Reacher. Have not read Child’s newest — several people have been disappointed with Personal.

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