A Diet of Treacle

A Diet of Treacle

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by Lawrence Block
     
 

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SEX, DRUGS, AND MURDER IN THE LAND OF THE LOTUS EATERS

Anita Carbone was a good girl – and it bored her. 

That’s why she took the long subway ride down to Greenwich Village, home of the Beats and the stoners, home to every kind of misfit and dropout and free spirit you could imagine. It was where she met Joe Milani, the troubled young war veteran

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SEX, DRUGS, AND MURDER IN THE LAND OF THE LOTUS EATERS

Anita Carbone was a good girl – and it bored her. 

That’s why she took the long subway ride down to Greenwich Village, home of the Beats and the stoners, home to every kind of misfit and dropout and free spirit you could imagine. It was where she met Joe Milani, the troubled young war veteran with the gentle touch. But it was also where she met his drug-dealing roommate – a man whose unnatural appetites led to murder…

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Publishers Weekly

Reprinted for the first time since its pseudonymous publication nearly 50 years ago, this tour of the 1950s Manhattan underworld begins with Anita, a good college girl with a bright but predictable future, who comes to Greenwich Village to find what else is out there. Block's New York is a noir wonderland, populated with junkies and beatsters (the dark predecessor to the modern hipster) spouting angular tough-guy dialogue, in which Anita plays curious, confused Alice. Down the rabbit hole, she meets Joe, an aimless loser, and his roommate, Shank, a violent drug dealer whose earnings provide them with a life of leisure. When psychopathic Shank murders a cop, however, they all go on the run toward an uncertain fate. Block effortlessly immerses himself in the mind space of Joe and Shank, reporting their world of drugs, sex and disaffection with a matter-of-factness that hits hard, all the more convincing because Block never makes an overt effort to convince. A potboiler morality play at its finest, the novel doesn't deliver much action until its last third, but the slow build of the first two will give readers the delicious (and all-too-rare) feeling that anything could happen. (Jan.)

Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
School Library Journal

A shock of Block. The hard-boiled Treaclereaches back to 1961, when it was published under another title, with Block using another name. It is the story of how Anita Carbone met Joe Milani in Greenwich Village. Joe's basically decent, but his drug-dealer roommate is far from it. The later volumes are the final episodes in the author's wonderful Evan Tanner series. No matter if he's being dead serious or playing it for laughs, Block is always a great read.


—Michael Rogers Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780857683045
Publisher:
Titan
Publication date:
03/29/2011
Series:
Hard Case Crime
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
1,276,320
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Lawrence Block has won more awards than almost any other living mystery writer. He was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America. 

His work ranges from the searing noir investigations of alcoholic detective Matt Scudder to the witty adventures of master burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr and includes many stunning stand-alone thrillers.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for an updated and slightly more realistic version of 'Reefer Madness' this is the book for you. If you want a noir detective novel, as I did, skip this title.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a big Lawrence Block fan so a taut, fast-paced, gritty, insightful mystery novel is not a surprise. But it is simply amazing that this book (first published in 1961) is so fresh and lively. Watch any of the motorcycle/gangster/hipster movies from the early sixties and the dialog is ridiculously contrived and stilted--and to our ears--stupid. This is a supposedly-pulp-publication that has withstood the test of time better than most 'literature' from the same era. Pick it up.