From the Publisher:
In the dark days, in a sad and lonely place, ex-cop Matt Scudder is drinking his life away -- and doing "favors" for pay for his ginmill cronies. But when three such assignments flow together in dangerous and disturbing ways, he'll need to change his priorities from boozing to surviving.
Lawrence Block: When the Sacred Ginmill Closes. Avon Books, ISBN: 0380728257 (July, 1997), 384 p., $7.50.