drop-of-the-hard-stuff-1-194x300Surprisingly, everyone really liked this book.  I say surprisingly because I thought it was a tad lackluster in the mystery department.  But it seems that our group didn’t care.  Lots of entertaining characters, a compelling story, and a logical mystery.  After the gap between reading the book and meeting, however, we could not, for the life of us, remember WHODUNIT.  So many books, so little memory…

It was an interesting look at the life of a recovering alcoholic, a man in his first year of sobriety and all the internal gyrations someone in that position goes through.  His knowledge of where and when AA meetings were to be fascinating.  The never-ending need to consciously not drink and the support in that community was interesting to see and it all felt very real.  The steps of the program was also interesting to learn about.  Those parts of the story stayed with me for many days after I finished it.  The ending?  Not so much.

The main character has bottomed out, but is slowly making his way back out of the hole and trying to solve a murder at the same time.  And it’s a murder that ties in with his ongoing sobriety journey, making that challenge even harder.

Most of the group thought the mystery was compelling, even though it really isn’t the main focus of the story.  This is the story of a man’s journey. 

This group does like interesting and entertaining characters.

Favorite characters:  Scudder, Jim Faber, his sponsor, Motorcycle Mark, the victim’s sponsor, Bobby, the albino black guy, the Dude, and the bartender

Least favorite characters: Jan, Steffens, High-Low Jack, the cause of all the problems.  But even so, I didn’t REALLY dislike these characters.  There wasn’t anything TOTALLY reprehensible about them.

3.5