Well past retirement age and feeling his years — but still staying sober one day at a time — Matthew Scudder learns that alcoholics aren't the only ones who count the days since their last slip. Matt's longtime partner Elaine tells him of a group of former sex workers who do something similar helping each other stay out of the life. But when one young woman describes an abusive client who's refusing to let her quit Elaine encourages her to get help of a different sort. The sort only Scudder can deliver. A Time to Scatter Stones offers not just a gripping crime story but also a richly drawn portrait of Block's most famous character as he grapples with his own mortality while proving to the younger generation that he's still got what it takes. For Scudder's millions of fans around the world (including the many who met the character through Liam Neeson's portrayal in the film version of A Walk Among the Tombstones) A Time to Scatter Stones is an unexpected gift — a valedictory appearance that will remind readers why Scudder is simply the best there is.--inside cover.