ELIZABETH ZELVIN

ISBN: 978-0-312-58266-1 DEATH WILL
HELP YOU LEAVE HIM

2009
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The sequel to Death Will Get You Sober. Recovering alcoholic Bruce Kohler and his friends, Jimmy the computer genius and Barbara the addictions counselor and world-class codependent, face murder and new challenges in recovery. Barbara's Al-Anon sponsee is the prime suspect when her abusive boyfriend, just out of rehab and maybe still dealing drugs, is found dead in her apartment in East Harlem. Bruce has to juggle sleuthing, sobriety, a crush on the bereaved girlfriend, and the lure of his compelling but self-destructive ex-wife, who's on her own collision course. The investigation takes Bruce and his friends to a funeral in Brooklyn, an Italian bakery, an upscale lingerie boutique, a SoHo art gallery, and the church basements of AA on the killer's trail.

Praise for Death Will Help You Leave Him:

"A wonderful book--authentic, compassionate, and tough."
- Barbara D'Amato, two-time Anthony & Agatha winner

"Zelvin's story is good and her dialogue sparkles, but what's best is how she's created characters who are both over the top, and completely believable. Just like real people!"
- SJ Rozan, Edgar award winner

"Zelvin [has the] ability to bring us both tragedy and humor, sometimes in the same sentence...I've become addicted to the series."
- Lourdes Fernandez, Lost in Books

"Readers will care deeply about Bruce and his feelings and relationships."
- Lesa Holstine, Lesa's Book Critiques

"A heartbreaker of a novel. Through seamless prose and her lead series protagonist Bruce Kohler, Elizabeth Zelvin exposes the internal and external demons of recovering addicts and recovering lovers. Much more than a mere whodunit, Death Will Help You Leave Him is a whydunit and the 'whys' will haunt you long after the book is read."
- Naomi Hirahara, Edgar Award-winning author of the Mas Arai mystery series

"With humor and heart, Zelvin writes about the challenges of sobriety and the beat of New York City with impressive accuracy. Death Will Help You Leave Him is a terrific read."
- Alafair Burke, author of Angel's Tip

"Zelvin proves with this second outing that she is not only here to stay but is indeed the sober version of the Thin Man series. No higher praise than that--ask Nora or Nick. A wondrous read."
- Ken Bruen, Shamus award winner and multiple Edgar nominee

"Even more addictive than Death Will Get You Sober. Death won't stop you from turning the pages.
- Reed Farrel Coleman, three-time Shamus award winner

"An intriguing urban mystery."
- Harriet Klausner

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