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Hardscrabble Road: Gregor Demarkian Series, Book 21
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When a local Philadelphia radio host known for his incendiary right-wing tirades is arrested for possession of illegal prescription drugs, the incident sets into motion a series of events that leads ultimately to the death of a homeless man. In the complicated mix is the local Benedictine monastery, a Nobel-prize-winning leftist academic, and a homeless advocacy group, among others. Now Gregor Demarkian, a retired F.B.I. agent, is hired by a local legal project to look into the circumstances surrounding the death of their former client—a task that leads Demarkian through a mirror-maze of motives and actors as he struggles to unravel a most complex puzzle before the killer strikes again.

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        "Haddam plays the mystery game like a master."

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      • content: "A captivating literate mystery."
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      • content: "This latest Demarkian tale is spot-on... there's no slowing this sleuth down."
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      • content: "Gregor Demarkian is as compelling and intriguing as ever."
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        Starred review from February 27, 2006
        Credible characters and an intriguing plot laced with both humor and political commentary lift Haddam's outstanding 21st Gregor Demarkian novel to feature the retired FBI agent known as the Armenian-American Hercule Poirot (after 2005's The Headmaster's Wife
        ). Like Agatha Christie or P.D. James, Haddam uses multiple perspectives to portray her central character—Drew Harrigan, a rabid right-wing Philadelphia radio host who will remind many of Rush Limbaugh. Harrigan has been arrested on drug charges, and his conviction would complicate many lives. His alleged supplier, an alcoholic homeless man named Sherman, is also in big trouble. After Sherman turns up apparently poisoned, Demarkian joins the police and DA in investigating an eclectic group of suspects including a lefty academic, Harrigan's producer and Harrigan's sister, who's a member of a religious order. Those new to Haddam will snap up her earlier work based on this captivating literate mystery, which shows how well a classic fair play whodunit can work in a contemporary setting.

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        Starred review from May 1, 2006
        Arrested for driving under the influence and possession of drugs, ultraconservative radio -talk show commentator Drew Harrigan goes to rehab for 60 days. Then the homeless man accused of illegally procuring Harrigan's prescription drugs disappears. In this 20th novel featuring retired FBI agent Gregor Demarkian, it is bitter cold in Philadelphia, and Demarkian's longtime girlfriend is away on a book signing tour. Having nothing better to do, Demarkian reluctantly agrees to help find the missing man. His investigation leads him to a cloistered monastery of nuns who shelter the homeless and into the rarified atmosphere of the University of Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia radio business, and high-powered legal firms that deal with people of money and influence. Edgar Award and Anthony Award finalist Haddam ("The Headmaster's Wife") wields her usual complex plotting and astute analysis of social ills to add another great entry to her outstanding series. Haddam lives Connecticut.

        Copyright 2006 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        By now, readers of this long-running series (this is the twentieth installment) must be wondering when it will peak and, as most series eventually do, start to slide down the other side of the hill. But this might be one of those series that can keep on going forever. Certainly its lead, retired FBI agent Gregor Demarkian, is as compelling and intriguing as ever. And Haddam's affinity for edgy material--this time, the story involves a right-wing radio shock jock, a Benedictine monastery, and murder--keeps the stories timely and fresh.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2006, American Library Association.)

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