A list of the top 15 mystery hardcover bestsellers for the week ending June 3rd, 2011 has been posted by the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books.
No change in the top five this week, just a bit of shuffling in order, with Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris, still atop the list this week. There are no new titles entering the list ... which may just be the calm before the summer storm!
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Lurking just off the list for several weeks, but moving up this week to 15th position is A Drop of the Hard Stuff the 17th Matthew Scudder mystery by Lawrence Block.
Scudder is finally on the straight and narrow when he runs into "High-Low" Jack Ellery, a childhood friend from the Bronx. In Scudder, Jack sees the moral man he might have become. In Jack, Scudder sees the hard-won sobriety he hopes to achieve.
Then Ellery, following to the letter the dictates of Alcoholics Anonymous' infamous twelve steps, is shot down while attempting to atone for past sins, and Scudder is drawn into a murder investigation that threatens to upset his path toward recovery — and get him killed in the process.
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