DEATH WILL GET YOU SOBER
Author: Elizabeth Zelvin
Published: April 15, 2008 by Thomas Dunne/ St. Martin's Minotaur
Category: traditional mystery
Main Character: Bruce Kohler, Barbara Rose, Jimmy Cullen
Don't drink, go to meetings...and investigate a murder. When Bruce wakes up in detox on the Bowery on Christmas Day, his worst fear is dying of boredom if he stays sober. Instead, he's catapulted into a murder investigation along with the hidden world of 12-step recovery. When a detox buddy dies, Bruce cares more than he expected to. It's only a few stops on the subway to Park Avenue, where the victim's family has been trying to ignore their alcoholic black sheep with his trust fund, his unfortunate nasty streak, and his handle on the family secrets. Helping Bruce juggle sobriety and finding a killer are two friends he thought he'd lost: Jimmy, the computer wiz and history buff who loves AA and New York City; and his girlfriend Barbara, the codependent addictions counselor who loves to help and mind everybody's business. Somewhere in the corporate towers or church basements of Manhattan, they're bound to find a murderer.