This is a great read. Mat Scudder is a New York ex-cop and detective who goes to AA meetings and knows some bad people. He manages to stay on the good side of things for the most part. If you like detective novels, try this guy on. There are many in the series and you need not read them in order.
This book is about an ancient brotherhood of prosperous men created in secret to celebrate life by celebrating its dead. Scudder is called in to investigate a baffling 30-year run of suicides, random accidents that has plagued this elite group. Suddenly his life is threatened and he has hit pay dirt!