On the border between El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico, five lives are about to collide - with fatal results. You'll meet:
Marty - the professional gambler who rolls the dice on a night with…
Meg - the bored divorcee who seeks excitement and finds…
Lily - the beautiful hitchhiker lured into a live sex show by…
Cassie - the redhead with her own private agenda…
and Weaver - the madman, the killer with a straight razor in his pocket, on the run from the police and determined to go down swinging!
This is MWA Grand Master Lawrence Block at his rawest and most visceral, a bloody, bawdy, brutal story of passion and punishment - and of lines that were never meant to be crossed - available for the first time in 50 years!
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Hugely Entertaining Hard Boiled Crime
Yes - Well read and really entertaining
Some of the other hard boiled fiction by the same author
Hit just the right tone for the stories - great performance
Rough and Raw Noir
Written over 50 years ago, this set comprises a short novel (the title piece), two short stories and a novella. The main story is a hard boiled noir yarn involving four key players: a professional gambler, a divorcee seeking thrills and excitement, a party girl come drifter and a nasty serial killer. The action takes place on the U.S./Mexico border, alternating between the cities of El Paso and Juarez. The dialogue is sparse and sharp and the action is uncompromising and raw as their lives intersect, ultimately culminating in a brutal conclusion. This isn’t a novel for the prudish or feint hearted, but I loved it!
The two short stories are entertaining enough, but I preferred the whodunit novella. Like the longer tale, the prose is excellently crafted and the plot intriguing enough to keep you locked in.
Anyone familiar with the author’s later work will know that LB can string a good sentence together and is expert at drawing his audience into an enthralling narrative. This compendium of early offerings shows that he had talent to spare from his 20’s. It’s amazing how much quality work he’s produced in his long and industrious writing career.
- Mr. A. J. Smith