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Hardscrabble Road

A Gregor Demarkian Novel

Gregor Demarkian Novels (Volume 21)

Jane Haddam

Minotaur Books

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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Chapter One There was no thermometer outside the door of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Monastery, but Sister Maria Beata of the Incarnation didn’t need one to tell her that the temperature was well below zero and getting worse. She reached through the heavy wool folds of her habit for the leather sack purse she had pinned to the pocket of her skirt. The pocket was pinned, too, rather than sewn on, and for a moment she found herself thinking the kind of thought—Why in the name of God can’t we at least force ourselves into the eighteenth century?—that had kept her doing penance
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Praise for Hardscrabble Road

“Haddam plays the mystery game like a master.”
Chicago Tribune
 
“A captivating literate mystery.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
“This latest Demarkian tale is spot-on… there’s no slowing this sleuth down.”—Rocky Mountain News
 
“Outstanding.”—Library Journal (starred review)
 
“Gregor Demarkian is as compelling and intriguing as ever.”—Booklist
 

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  • Jane Haddam

  • Jane Haddam is the author of numerous novels, many featuring Gregor Demarkian. A finalist for both the Anthony and Edgar Awards, she lives in Litchfield County, Connecticut.
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