- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 5 hours and 8 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
- Audible.com Release Date: August 31, 2007
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000VOQV4Y
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Lucky at Cards: A Hard Case Crime Novel Audible – Unabridged
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I have not read too many novels that feature a card sharp as a protagonist. Bill Maynard, a former magician, is just that, but the story goes well beyond any card game. Murray Rogers seems an easy mark while his wife Joyce looks to Bill for more than card-playing lessons. I have to say that when she gives Bill a signal early in the book is one of my favorite moments. I won't give it away, but I thought it was very cool the way Lawrence Block revealed that little trick.
The prose here is straight forward and the story moves well but no so fast as to be just unbelievable. I could see most of this actually happening in real life. So good plausibility here. This book was gone for forty years until Hard Case Crime brought it back and I am one reader who is very happy they did. It was an excellent read that I know I will be reading again. A must have for any crime fiction fan!
Lucky at Cards is one of several of Block's early works that imitates the popular film noir movies of the 40's and 50's. None of his protagonists are very likable, like Maynard, for instance, who is nothing more than a card cheat, but we wind up rooting for them anyway. It would be nice if Block, who never has writer's block, stared writing again as if he were still stuck in the 1950's, or even 1960's. No one is doing this now, and no one else could do it better than Lawrence Block.