Re: RARA-AVIS: Grifter's Game

From: Gratefulbear (
Date: 06 Mar 2005

I found the ending incredibly cold also. I think it's possible to write dark and gritty noir without crossing over to such sadistic cruelty.

pax/shalom/salaam, Darrell

  ----- Original Message -----
  From: William Denton
  Sent: Sunday, March 06, 2005 12:37 PM
  Subject: RARA-AVIS: Grifter's Game

  I read Lawrence Block's GRIFTER'S GAME (1961, as MONA), in the recent Hard
  Case reprint. I was going along thinking it was fairly minor Block, but
  decent stuff given he did it when he was 23 (he turns 67 this year). It
  was cruising along smoothly if rather averagely, the story of a con man
  who falls for the beautiful wife of a rich man and then decides to kill
  the husband. An expected twist happened with 50 pages left to go, and it
  picked up a bit.

  The climax of the novel really surprised me, though. It's one of the most
  sadistic things I've read in a long time. I won't give away the details,
  but man, that is cold.

  William Denton : Toronto, Canada : : Caveat lector.

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