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Hardscrabble Road

A Gregor Demarkian Novel

Gregor Demarkian Novels (Volume 21)

Jane Haddam

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When Philadelphia's right-wing-ranting radio host Drew Harrigan is arrested for possession of illegal pain killers, he implicates a homeless man, Sherman Markey, in the drug buys, and is soon checked into a locked rehabilitation facility.  
 
While Harrigan is away, beyond the reach of the media and the court, Markey sues him for libel and slander. With the help of a legal advocacy group, Markey is due to have his day in court…until he disappears into the city streets. 

The nuns at the shelter haven't seen him. The civil lawyers can't find him. Now it's time for retired FBI agent Gregor Demarkian to step into the case--one that will lead Demarkian down a slippery slope of dark deeds and chilling revelation…with a killer lying in wait for anyone who dares to cross his path.

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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 in Chapter for most
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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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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Jane Haddam

  • JANE HADDAM is the author of many previous novels, most featuring Gregor Demarkian, as well as numerous articles and stories published widely. Her novels have been finalists for both the Edgar and Anthony Awards. She lives with her family in Litchfield Country, Connecticut.
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