Death Will Get You Sober

Death Will Get You Sober

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Determined to finally get sober, alcoholic Bruce Kohler, disturbed that no one is making the effort to uncover the truth about the mysterious death of a fellow drunk, launches a personal investigation, with the help of two old friends and one-time drunks--a computer geek and his wife, an addiction counselor--into the dead man's wealthy New York relatives. A first novel. 15,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave

On Christmas Day, Bruce Kohler wakes up in detox on the Bowery in New York City. He knows it’s time to change his life, but how can he stay sober without dying of boredom? 

When homeless alcoholics start to die unexpectedly, Bruce is surprised to find he cares enough to want to find out why. Most of them had been down and out for many years, but Bruce’s friend Guff was different: a cynical aristocrat with a trust fund and some secrets.

Two old friends give Bruce a second chance and agree to help him with his investigation: his best friend, Jimmy, a computer genius and history buff who’s been in AA for years, and Jimmy’s girlfriend Barbara, a counselor who sometimes crosses the line between helping and codependency.

Barbara works a night shift at the detox and confronts a counselor who might still be dealing drugs. Bruce gets a job temping for Guff’s arrogant nephew. Between the three of them, suspects start piling up. The trail leads back to the detox. Or does it?

In Death Will Get You Sober, Bruce discovers that the church basements of AA are a small world in the big city of New York.  As he grapples with staying sober, he finds that not drinking is only the beginning of coming back to life---a life he finds he wants to keep when it’s threatened by a killer.

Debut author Elizabeth Zelvin has used her expertise as an addiction councilor to pen a riveting mystery filled with memorable, realistic characters who are as flawed as they are heroic.



Blackwell North Amer
On Christmas Day, Bruce Kohler wakes up in detox on the Bowery in New York City. He knows it's time to change his life, but how can he stay sober without dying of boredom?
When homeless alcoholics start to die unexpectedly, Bruce is surprised to find he cares enough to want to find out why. Most of them had been down and out for many years, but Bruce's friend Guff was different: a cynical aristocrat with a trust fund and some secrets.
Two old friends give Bruce a second chance and agree to help him with his investigation: his best friend Jimmy, a computer genius and history buff who's been in AA for years, and Jimmy's girlfriend Barbara, a counselor who sometimes crosses the line between helping and codependency.
Barbara works a night shift at the detox center and confronts a counselor who might still be stealing drugs. Bruce gets a job temporarily for Guff's arrogant nephew. Between them, suspects start piling up. The trail leads back to the detox center. Or does it?
In Death Will Get You Sober, Bruce discovers that the church basements of AA are a small world in the big city of New York. As he grapples with staying sober, he finds that not drinking is only the beginning of coming back to life - a life he finds he wants to keep when it's threatened by a killer.

Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Minotaur, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312375898
0312375891
Branch Call Number: M ZELVIN
Characteristics: 259 p.

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