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by Lawrence Block

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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



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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
First published in 1962, this erotic crime novel from MWA Grand Master Block (A Walk Among the Tombstones) packs plenty of vicarious thrills, sexual titillation, and taboo breaking. Meg, a recent divorcee who’s landed in El Paso, Tex., ready for some uninhibited fun, takes up with Marty, a professional gambler living south of the border. Then there’s Lily, the 19-year-old vixen who falls in with a group of young American hipsters living in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and ends up working as a prostitute. Lily is pursued by Cassie, a fellow call girl who gets her kicks with both men and women. In the midst of all this good clean action is Weaver, a psychopath who has fled Chicago after raping and murdering a 13-year-old girl. This first kill has awakened a hunger in Weaver that must be fed. Three pulp short stories from the same era round out the volume. (May)
From the Publisher
"A perfect example of hard-boiled, sexy pulp fiction. In other words, it is fun and keeps you turning pages." - Book Reporter

"This is Lawrence Block at his most unforgiving." - San Francisco Book Review

"A brutal story of sexual passion and bloody punishment." - Retrenders

"This collection is a must-read for both established fans and those who haven’t yet had the pleasure of being introduced to Block’s work." - Crime Fiction Lover

"Entertaining and twisted." - PopCults 

"If you like your pulp fiction a bit on the raw side, you may want to make a trip to the Borderline. I’m glad I did." - Professor Mondo

"it’s as raw and visceral as anything you’ll find in bookstores today." - October Country

"Borderline is a visceral punch in the gut. It’s characters play their parts perfectly, rounding out the plot in a crime style that makes for a perfect, quick read. Block once again proves himself to be a Grand Master of mystery." - As The Plot Thins

"An important addition to Block’s library and a must read for his fans." - Book Reporter

“An edgy story pulsing with sex and violence; his wry sense of humor; a sobering sense of devastation; and all-around expertly crafted prose. what else can I say except it's an excellent story, up to Block's high standard.” – Pulp Serenade

“Talk about your page turner. I read this, something I rarely do, in a single sitting just because of its bitter and brutal force. ...you see a great writer busy creating a realm exclusively his own.” – Ed Gorman’s Blog

“Block’s inimitable craftsmanship shines through, along with flashes of his signature wit.” – Booklist

"Packs plenty of vicarious thrills, sexual titillation, and taboo breaking." - Publisher's Weekly

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Hard Case Crime
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5.06(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.67(d)

Meet the Author

LAWRENCE BLOCK is one of the most acclaimed and highly decorated living mystery writers, having received multiple Edgar, Shamus Awards and Maltese Falcon Awards, as well as lifetime achievement awards in the U.S., UK, and France (including being named a "Grand Master" by the Mystery Writers of America, the organization's highest honor).

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Borderline 2.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Talekyn More than 1 year ago
Lawrence Block is now so well-known as the creator of series characters Matthew Scudder, Bernie Rhodenbarr and Evan Tanner that people forget his early years as an author were spent writing material that sat firmly in the soft-core porn realm. Unlike a lot of authors who would prefer those early, pseudonymous, works remain lost, Block has been gleefully bringing everything he’s ever written back in print, from stamp-collecting columns to sex advice manuals to pulp/porn like this book. Some of it Block has self-pubbed in ebook format, and some he’s allowed Charles Ardai and the other good folks at Hard Case Crime to bring back in print. This edition includes the short novel described above (originally published in paperback as Border Lust 50 years ago) and three other short stories from the same period. Borderline itself is exactly what it purports to be: an ensemble piece that hinges on the sexual appetites of the characters. As such, it moves fast and doesn’t delve too deep. The five main characters are well-drawn and distinct enough that they feel like real people instead of just porn archetypes. I might not particularly have liked Marty, Lily, or Meg (I don’t think Block intends you to like them, honestly), but at least I wasn’t bored by them; Block’s penchant for making even unlikeable characters interesting is what set his books in this realm apart from most of what was published (and subsequently lost) in the genre at the time. The newly-minted serial killer Weaver is the darkest aspect of the novel, and in Weaver’s scenes Block pulls no punches – the violence is raw and brutally described and little is left to the imagination; my stomach lurched in one particular scene. Only Cassie, the redhead, feels like a one-note character present mostly to move the plot along – and that could be because of the five main characters, Cassie is the only one not given her own POV scenes; all we know about her we learn through Lily’s eyes. The back half of the book contains three short stories of the period. One is about a pyromaniac, one is about a meet-cute in a roadside bar, and one is a straight-up private detective story. The first two have sexual components to them (one emotional, one overt) that link them at least thematically with the main novel. The third,”The Stag Girl,” does a nice job of teasing the reader with ‘will they or won’t they’ at least in terms of one particular couple, but otherwise the mystery is the main point of the story.
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gloriafeit More than 1 year ago
“Borderline” introduces its main characters in the first few dozen pages, none of them being very likeable, I hasten to add. There is Marty Granger, a professional gambler; Meg Rector, 26 and only hours past her divorce after four years of marriage and bored; Lily Daniels, 17, from Denver and, more recently, San Francisco; and Michael Weaver, who had left Tulsa after beating a 13-year-old girl to death. They each gravitate, for their own reasons, back and forth over the border between El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico, where, of course, their paths cross. These people just cannot seem to get enough [kinky] sex, drugs, booze, and violence. And for the most part they are of what used to be called “loose morals,” both the women and the men pretty horny, pretty much all the time, with a mantra that seems to be “you had to live for the thrills.” This is an era when parking meters cost a nickel; a good breakfast cost a dollar, to which a quarter was added for the tip; and one could get a hotel room for $2 a day and a bottle of beer for 12 cents. There is, of course, much of the author’s trademark humor, and his wonderful descriptions of his characters, e.g., a woman who “tossed her head so that her bleached blonde mane rippled like a wheat field in the wind,” very much of that era as well. Lovers of noir will be delighted by this book, which contains the title story, as well as three short novels, all originally published half a century ago. The raunchiness was more than I had remembered in noir novels, much of the main story falling more into the category of erotica. The last tale,“Stag Party Girl,” longer than either of the very brief short stories included, was more like my favorite Lawrence Block novels. In this one, a private detective is hired as a bodyguard to a man who was about to get married, and had been threatened with murder. The p.i;.’s job was to get him to the church on time, and alive. The author, perhaps best known for his wonderful Matt Scudder series, began his writing life as an author of pulp fiction. Candor above all, I must admit that on the whole I was actually disappointed this time around.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Series of subgenre mystery and enjoyed Keller which manages to avoid the too grafic in violence and sex despite the stamps which is perfect collection for a professional hit man this revised pulp does no credit to a prolific author nor does the collection of sex with a joint author if he has retired and these are meant to sell because of reputation for a clever story well plotted anti heros very sorry to what the author has been reduced
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is a joke an honest review plus a blurb is enough to keep this book where it belongs out of print. Nook nerve to include this in recommends for a day shame bust block block m.a.
Nascardinal More than 1 year ago
Forget accusing Republicans for the War on Women. Have a look at what's coming out of movies, music, and now books!! This garbage released in May is horrific in its portrayal of women. Disgusting!!!