Friday, May 12, 2017
5/12/2011 A Drop of the Hard Stuff is poured
Block thought that was the end of Scudder, but then he found a way to write about the newly-sober private eye and kept doing so for another two decades. But with his seventeenth Scudder book he goes back to the era of those two great books. To be precise, A Drop of the Hard Stuff takes place around the first anniversary of Scudder's sobriety, a dangerous time for a recovering alcoholic.
And guess what? It's just as good as Eight Million and Ginmill, which is very good indeed. Block says he is too old to write novels anymore (although wonderful stories and novellas keep appearing), so this may be Scudder's last appearance. Great way to go.