Four tales from Lawrence Block’s early days, living on the border between sleaze and crime: south-o-the-border short novel Border Lust, two short stories, and the detective novella “Stag Party Girl.”
“He got on the Trailways bus in Galbraith, North Dakota, booked all the way through to Spokane. But the Help Wanted sign at the diner in Cross Creek was calling his name.”
“There were five of them, each prepared to kill, each with his own reasons for accepting what might well be a suicide mission. The pay? $20,000 apiece. The mission? Find a way into Cuba and kill Castro.”
“AT CARDS AND WITH WOMEN, BILL MAYNARD KNEW HOW TO CHEAT.” A fast and enjoyable Lawrence Block tale, with fast gamblin’ action, hot and steamy sex, smooth mystery, and an enjoyable climax.
Young virgin and distraught Korean War vet enter the world of Beatsploitation in Greenwich Village; it comes crashing down when their crazed “friend” commits murder.