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Thursday, February 3, 2011 11:03 am
“And they ruled out suicide?”
Posted by: Keir Graff

A Drop of the Hard Stuff, by Lawrence BlockI just finished writing my review of Lawrence Block’s latest Matt Scudder novel–yes, there is another one! It’s called A Drop of the Hard Stuff and my review will run in the March 1 issue of Booklist. Just for fun, here’s a snippet of dialogue that made me smile.

“If that crazy bastard doesn’t wind up giving me a stroke,” he said, “it’s not for lack of trying. He’s surprised the shit out of me twice in the past month. First by turning up alive, and then by turning up dead. How’d he die?”

“He was shot to death.”

“And they ruled out suicide?”

“Two bullets,” I said. “One in the forehead, the other in the mouth.”

“If that’s suicide,” he said, “it shows remarkably strong will.”

Top shelf.

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