A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Friday, November 13, 2015
11/13/198? Matt Scudder's last drink
November 13, 198?. Lawrence Block's Matt Scudder is one of the great characters in private eye fiction. In the first few books he was an ex-cop with an increasing drinking problem. Eight Million Ways To Die, in which he joined AA, was supposed to be the end of the series, but Block found brilliant ways to keep it going. In the most recent novel, A Drop Of The Hard Stuff, Scudder looks back on the events around his first anniversary of sobriety, always a dangerous time for a recovering alcoholic. And for Matt, there are people making it more dangerous yet.