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Originally published in 1965 and long out of print, Lawrence Block's The Girl with the Long Green Heart is a down-and-dirty crime fiction masterwork about an elaborate real estate scam set up by two veteran con men. Now reissued, it dazzles as brilliantly as when it was first released.
Johnny Hayden is an ex-con trying to go straight. After seven long years in prison, his career goals are now strictly legit. He's worked hard as an assistant manager in a Colorado bowling alley to realize his dream of owning his own roadhouse; now all he needs is $30,000 to get started. When an old acquaintance and longtime grifter, Doug Rance, shows up at the bowling alley with a foolproof scam targeting a greedy businessman named Wallace Gunderman that could net the two a boatload of money, Hayden reluctantly gets onboard. Also in on the con is Gunderman's secretary and scorned lover, a dangerously beautiful woman named Evelyn Stone. But as the three masterfully bait Gunderman into a bogus real estate deal, Hayden finds himself falling for the ravishing secretary….
Before the prolific Block became a crime fiction icon with his award-winning Matthew Scudder saga (All the Flowers Are Dying, Hope to Die, et al.) and his Bernie Rhodenbarr Burglar novels, he was writing butt-kicking thrillers like The Girl with the Long Green Heart. Stylish, suspenseful, and smoldering with sensuality, this is an unqualified noir classic. Paul Goat Allen