From: Dave Zeltserman ( dz@hardluckstories.com)
Date: 01 Jan 2008

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "Curt Purcell" <curtpurcell@...> wrote:
> --- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "jacquesdebierue"
> <jacquesdebierue@> wrote:
> >
> > Interesting you say this... I found Girl with the Long Green Heart
> > riveting and couldn't stop reading.
> Well, I can see how someone might be enthralled by the details of the
> buildup of a con that takes a lot of groundwork and patience; I'm just
> not one of those people. I enjoyed both GRIFTER'S GAME and LUCKY AT
> CARDS much more than HEART, mostly because I found the crimes which
> formed the cores of those stories more interesting.
My problem with Lucky at Cards (other than some stilted writing) was that Block built up what looked like was going to be a solid noir novel, and had to cop out to give it a happy ending. Disappointing.

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