"The only reason for a detective to go to an AA meeting is to find a
killer or find a witness to the killing. If the detective need to go to
the meeting for his own purposes, the reader doesn't need to know about
Couldn't disagree more. I depends upon how it's handled. For instance,
in Block's Scudder books where the detective first grapples with his
alcoholism, the AA meetings have little to do with the mystery, but
everything to do with Scudder's character. That is when the series
really elevated itself.
This also reminded me that Scudder had a kid (kids?), but they were no
long a part of his life.
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