Lucky at Cards (The Classic Crime Library, #9) by Lawrence Block | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Lucky at Cards

Lucky at Cards

by Lawrence Block
     
 

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AT CARDS AND WITH WOMEN, BILL MAYNARD KNEW HOW TO CHEAT

On the mend after getting run out of Chicago, professional cardsharp Bill Maynard is hungry for some action – but not nearly as hungry as Joyce Rogers, the tantalizing wife of Bill’s latest mark.  Together they hatch an ingenious scheme to get rid of her husband.  But in life as in poker,

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AT CARDS AND WITH WOMEN, BILL MAYNARD KNEW HOW TO CHEAT

On the mend after getting run out of Chicago, professional cardsharp Bill Maynard is hungry for some action – but not nearly as hungry as Joyce Rogers, the tantalizing wife of Bill’s latest mark.  Together they hatch an ingenious scheme to get rid of her husband.  But in life as in poker, the other player sometimes has an ace up his sleeve…

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Originally published in 1964 as The Sex Shuffle under the pseudonym Sheldon Lord, this steamy pulp classic from Lawrence Block is being reissued by Hard Case Crime for the first time in almost 40 years! The story of a down-and-out grifter who meets his match in the form of the drop-dead-gorgeous wife of a poker buddy, this gritty Block novel has it all: sleazy swindlers, seductive femme fatales, cunning setups, and an ending that is as unlikely as it is ironic.

Card shark Bill Maynard barely got out of Chicago with his life. On the mend after getting caught cheating during a high-stakes poker game and being summarily beaten, Maynard has stopped in a small town somewhere between Chicago and New York City to nurse his wounds and find a new scam. But when Maynard is invited to a "friendly" poker game with a few local high rollers, he meets Joyce Rogers, the green-eyed, chestnut-haired wife of a tax lawyer who manipulates men like Maynard maneuvers cards. Obsessively attracted to the seductress, Maynard soon becomes a willing pawn in her scheme to frame her husband for murder; once he's imprisoned, all of his riches will belong to her. But professional con man Maynard soon realizes his troubles in Chicago were nothing compared to what could happen if he continues on with Rogers's murderous plan…

Block's hard-edged and unapologetic writing style is as wildly entertaining today as it was in 1964; the sex sequences in particular are vintage pulp fiction. In one scene, Block describes the action: "No kisses, no sweet caresses, no little bits and pieces. I fell on her like a tree." Pulp aficionados will absolutely cherish this unearthed chunk of noir gold. Paul Goat Allen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780857683410
Publisher:
Titan
Publication date:
03/29/2011
Series:
Hard Case Crime
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,237,168
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.70(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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