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In For a Penny (A Story From the Dark Side) [Kindle Edition]

Lawrence Block
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Book Description

“In For a Penny” was written in response to a late-1990s invitation from the BBC. Could I provide a noirish story to be read over the radio? I could and did, and EQMM published it after it had gone out over the airwaves, and I subsequently collected it in Enough Rope.

I don’t know that it was written any differently because it was intended for performance. Much more recently, I wrote “Dolly’s Trash & Treasures” for an audiobook anthology, and deliberately limited the text to dialogue and internal monologue. With “In For a Penny,” I was less concerned with style than substance, and my attention was centered on the embattled protagonist, just trying to get through the days. And nights.

Product Details

  • File Size: 187 KB
  • Print Length: 16 pages
  • Publisher: Lawrence Block (July 9, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005C1K0L6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #887,778 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars ...and a bad penny at that July 28, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I was sure I knew where this story was going. It all lead up to the big climax at the end and I thought for sure when I was finished that I'd say something like, "I figured that's where he was going." But then with only two sentences to go Block throws in his famous twist and I'm left sitting there with a big stupid grin on my face. He got me again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book December 30, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It's Lawrence Block, what more is there to say, Great author, great story. Great character development and interactions that are so realistic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THERE REALLY IS NO CHOICE... June 16, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
OK ... Some stories are so gosh-darn brilliant that you simply MUST give them full marks. IN FOR A PENNY is like this.

An ex-con is released and gets a second chance at a life of freedom. Initially, he revels in it, but before too long the cracks in his new life start to appear. Naturally, you think the issue is alcoholism, or depression but by book's end you realise once again that trying to out guess Lawrence Block is like playing chess against the world champion and expecting to win. Truly great stuff.
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