Hummm. Matthew Scudder is a fellow who does 'favors' for friends for 'gifts' such as money. Not really a P. I. although all indications lead the reader to believe that's what he is, a P.I. That an ex-cop who resigned after 15 years on the force due to an accidential shooting by him of an innocent little girl. That would make anyone re-examine thier lot in life.
Scudder knows he drinks far to much. He can be forgiven though since he donates regularly to the money box in churchs. One religion, no, the closest church will do and usually it's a Catholic church since they've got an open door most hours than most. The regular tidy amount of 10%, thank you very much. Ok, Scudder, all's forgiven now, your sins.
But all in all, a great read but Lawrence Block is such a top-notch writer with the creation of a number of characters who are flawed; seriously flawed, some of them.
Block was nominated or won the Shamus, Edgar and Anthony awards and was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America in 1994. Also, in 2005 he received the Gumshoe Lifetime Achievement Award.
Reading the Scudder series in order; just one on my list of 10 series. Oh, such a hardship. NOT!