Hardscrabble Road

Hardscrabble Road 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

  • Title: Hardscrabble Road
  • Author: Jane Haddam
  • ISBN: 9780312989125
  • Page: 312
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 advoWhen 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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    1. A murder mystery with political intrigue and lots of characters--almost too many to keep track of, at least at first (although the one constant is Gregor Demarkian, the "Argentinian-American Hercule Poirot" who apparently carries over in other of Haddam's books as well) The plot--a Rush Limbaugh type radio show host in Philadelphia is arrested because of a pill addiction and blames a homeless man for supplying the pills. When people start to get murdered, there's obviously more to the story than [...]

    2. This book consists almost completely of conversations and interior monologues. There is very little action, although the plot is convoluted and simple at the same time. The best part of the book for me was the things people had to say about the state of the modern world, and I think the author was balanced in her depiction of liberals and conservatives, or as she had one character say, "The older I get, the more I think the distinctions are wrong. Left and right. Conservative and liberal. It's n [...]

    3. This wasn't a bad mystery. But I got so sick of Haddam's ranting and raving. It wore on me. It wasn't subtle. She took a brick and brained the reader with it repeatedly. There was no respite, nowhere to run. And reading this in 2016 in the current political climate made it 100 times worse because she sounds like 100 angry voices you hear all day every day. Go back to writing mysteries and leave the libertarian politics for the political books section please.Also, the Bennis / Gregor relationship [...]

    4. I read for enjoymentis book in the Gregor Demarkian series had just a tad too much politics in it for mebut still some interesting perspectives.

    5. I too got a bit tired of the soul searching and political breast beating in this book. I loved her earlier Gregor Demarkian books, but the later ones are beginning to wear thin.

    6. I registered a book at BookCrossing!BookCrossing/journal/13410059I read another in this series a while back and I remembered liking it. I liked this one too but I had some reservations. Gregor Demarkian is the "Armenian-American Hercule Poirot", according to the Philadelphia newspapers. As often happens with fictional detectives, he appears in the papers from time to time. I can't remember seeing any detective featured in any newspaper article in real life, but I suppose it happens.The case is c [...]

    7. No. 21 in the Gregor Demarkian series.[return][return]One of the very good aspects of this series one that allows Haddam to keep it interesting despite very formulaic plots is that she uses the genre to explore different social themes with each book. She does have recurring ones: religion, which she treats with great sympathy; the very rich, which she does not; and community. While her writing is not brilliant thematically, it is usually very good, adding interest and complexity to her stories.[ [...]

    8. I am continuing my project of reading books on my shelf so I can donate them. I am very glad to have learned Alex's method--take notes so I can get over my frustration. Jane Haddam is a talented writer and I am glad I wrote the book. She is much gentler in this book; I remember some of the others are mean-spirited. In this book, she manages to find the humanity is some unpleasant characters. I found myself liking a racist, xenophobic, antisemitic Wasp. The book was generally a good ride, except [...]

    9. It's intensely refreshing to return to Jane Haddam's intelligent Gregor Demarkian mysteries. Here a ranting right-wing radio personality is arrested for driving dangerously, and found with a bowl full of various illegal pills beside him on the seat. His reaction is to throw the blame on a defenseless homeless man, except that the homeless man finds defenders and the battle is on. So are the deaths.Gregor Demarkian's community is Armenian-American and they always have their noses in everyone else [...]

    10. This murder mystery was very hard to get into - politics, religion, and a huge cast of characters The prologue was divided into 8 chapters/sections, which took you through almost 1/4 of the book. It was so confusing because each one was about a different character, and by the fifth one I knew they must be connected somehow, but since I couldn't remember them well, I had to flip back to the beginning and take notes on who was who. Once the book got going, and Gregor (the main detective) was the c [...]

    11. I find these stories interesting, and the Old Neighborhood aspect is appealing. But I find that I like Demarkian himself less all the time. I guess he is well written as a character from his age group and background. But I get tired of him complaining that he doesn't understand women. Just like Henry Higgins - why can't a woman be more like a man. It does interfere with the story. This one is a good background about homeless people and society, which plays into the main plot nicely. The ending w [...]

    12. Jane Haddam's Gregor Demarkian series never fails to please and Hardscrabble Road is no exception. This could almost be read as a stand alone because it primarily features Demarkian with a cameo appearance by my other personal favorite, Father Tibor Kasparian. I read this at the perfect time of year as Gregor Demarkian and the Philadelphia police (and homeless) battled below zero temperatures and I looked outside from my comfortable reading place onto a similar wintery scene. It gave the message [...]

    13. This is the second book I have read in this series. It was disappointing. Someone else mentioned too many characters (agree). The plot was very slow moving and the characters had little development I felt the epilogue was so long, wrapping up a poorly told story. And why be so whiney about the cold!?!

    14. Her mysteries are full of detail with lots of characters, and the reader gets to read every thought of each character. The plots are confusing at first until you get everybody figured out. It took me forever to read this one. It was an interesting mystery with no hope of figuring it out. Don't read her books unless you have plenty of time to spend with them.

    15. I didn't ever feel like I had an idea what was going on or why. I still don't know what's up with Bennis and Gregor, but I'd like to shake both of them until they'd rather talk with each other than not.I know who dunnit, but doggoned if I know why, and there were a lot of little side mysteries I never figured out. Obviously, not my favorite Demarkian story.

    16. Gregor Demarkian pulls together disparate pieces--the death of a drug addicted radio blowhard, random accusations made on said blowhard's programs, the appearance of lists and odd events at the monastery's barn to figure out the important parts of this mystery. The Philadelphia police are left to sort out the rest. This is a great mystery!

    17. The description of the book sounded interesting and I was sadly disappointed in the writing of this book. So many characters it's difficult to keep them all straight. Even in the end when the murderer was revealed I couldn't remember the segments written about that character. It may have been better to have two or three main characters and the rest secondary characters.

    18. i honestly did not expect to like this book and--well. i not only liked it but intend to read more of haddam's novels. i didn't figure it all out until literally the last chapter. i hope that that doesn't mean i'm slow but instead means that she has a very deft way of putting together a mystery like it would actually be in real life.

    19. In the twenty-first entry of this series, Haddam shows no sign of disappointing this reader. Her trademark character development and suspense kept me turning pages. Great for readers who enjoy suspense that doesn't take them too far down the TMI road.

    20. This was a good book - quite political without being overly political or taking sides. I did, however, feel that there were too many characters to keep track of, which cut down on the enjoyment factor.

    21. Haddam has got to be my favorite philosophical mystery writer - every book is filled with some Big Questions about modern life, as well as a pretty good mystery. Gregor Demarkian has sure changed a lot since his debut in those holiday-themed mysteries of the 90s.

    22. Very, very detailed descriptions, with not much break for dialogue. This isn't the first in a series, so I may need to go back and find the beginning, although this does stand alone pretty well. It involves a retired FBI agent, hence my initial interest.

    23. It's called sophisticated writing, but it just about bashes everyone, not much good to say about anyone. The conservatives are stupid louts, and the liberals are crazed and corrupt, and everyone else has the brains of a toad.

    24. Jane Haddam's Gregor Demarkian mysteries rather plod along until you are about 3/4 through. Then, you can hardly put it down to finish it.

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