An ancient brotherhood meets annually in the back room of a
swank Manhattan restaurant, a fraternity created in secret to celebrate life by
celebrating its dead. But the past three decades have not been kind to the Club
of 31. Matthew Scudder—ex-cop and ex-boozer—has known death in all its guises,
which is why he has been asked to investigate a baffling thirty-year run of
suicides and suspiciously random accidents that has thinned the ranks of this
very select group of gentlemen.
But Scudder has mortality problems of his own, for his is a
city that feeds mercilessly on the unsuspecting—even the powerful and those who
serve them are easy prey. There are too many secrets here, too many places for
a maddeningly patient serial killer to hide … and wait … and strike.
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