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3.77 out of 53.77 out of 53.77 out of 53.77 out of 53.77 out of 5 3.77 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lawrence Block Narrator: Alan Sklar Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2009 ISBN:
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Con man Joe Berlin was used to scoring easy cash off of gullible women. But that was before he met Mona Brassard - and found himself holding a stolen stash of raw heroin. Now that Joe has fallen hard for Mona, he's got to pull off the most dangerous con of his career: one that will leave him either a killer - or a corpse.

Block's debut novel under his own name is a classic example of prime pulp fiction, with an ending that will astonish even the most jaded crime-fiction fan. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlie | 2/11/2014

    " I did not expect that ending, whoa. Disturbing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 2/10/2014

    " 1960's Lawrence Block. Very pulpy. Gritty read with lots of noir elements. Fun read, though very dark. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Manosthehandsoffate | 2/8/2014

    " Nice piece of hard boiled crime writing from the 60s. The ending was a bit grim and unexpected. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeffrey Cavanaugh | 1/24/2014

    " A brilliantly written example of hard-boiled crime fiction that is hard, gritty, cynical, and bitter - like a cold cup of coffee sitting next to a passed out drunk at an all-nite diner. If Hemingway wrote pulp, he would produce something like this book. Pure, uncut awesome - like the suitcase of smack the plot revolves around. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jared Mann | 1/22/2014

    " "The bird in your cage is not the same bird as the wild thing you caught in the forest. There is a difference." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Micah | 1/19/2014

    " In addition to it being an enjoyable pulp experience, it also served as a nice peek at 1961. And the book contained the funniest one sentence description of Vegas and its residents that I've ever read. Though I saw the twist coming, the ending is totally messed up and will stay with me for a while. I can't imagine readers' reaction in 1961. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheryl | 1/10/2014

    " I thought it would be fun to read this old mystery. I expected to just breeze along, knowing how it would all come out. Surprise! The ending is not what I expected at all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hnmestel | 11/14/2013

    " Really one of his best works, and I'm already a huge fan. He took a predicatable storyline and did an amazing job of bringing it to a new and understandable conclusion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Man Solo | 10/30/2013

    " One of my favorite books evar. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 10/19/2013

    " Dark, o very dark ending, unforgettable. The revenge here is not so much hard-boiled as flame-tempered cold steel. And it begins in such an innocuous fashion! Makes Eddie Bunker's novels cozy. Who knew Block had such a sadistic streak? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim N | 7/29/2013

    " This a solid-if-unspectacular noir/crime novel that nicely evokes the period in which it was written (the early '60s). If you're looking for a pulpy, dimestore paperback read, Grifter's Game scratches that itch. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Librarymary | 6/1/2013

    " Despicably fun "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cybele | 3/12/2013

    " A nice quick read. I liked the main character and the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary Thorn | 2/13/2013

    " Conventional noir plot takes a memorably bleak turn. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Morbus Iff | 12/26/2012

    " I had a lot of fun with this one - loved the pacing, phrasing, etc. Good old pulpy pulpy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 6/10/2012

    " Slightly above average pulp fiction. Easy to figure out the twist, and it drags a bit in the middle. But Block's writing is enjoyable, and the ending is a bit of a jolt. Originally published in 1961, so it's got an authentic retro style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg | 3/18/2012

    " This was the first volume of the Hard Case Crime series. It is a reprint of a story from 1961 called Mona. It is a rough book, but still a quality read. The ending I don't want to give away, but it is rough. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glen O'Brien | 3/10/2012

    " I read this little noir pot boiler on a return flight to Sydney. It goes along at a cracking pace but I've got to say the ending was just too dark for my taste. What had been a likeable central character became a monster whose revenge plumbed the depth of depravity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Larry Webber | 2/29/2012

    " early Lawrence Block.... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Adam | 10/19/2011

    " I like to read Lawrence Block's novels and stories. This was an entirely forgettable despite being a part of the great series from Hard Case Crime from Charles Ardai. Do not waste your time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlie | 10/3/2011

    " I did not expect that ending, whoa. Disturbing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 9/5/2011

    " Great fun, good twists, and an incredibly strong voice. It's the first Block I've read, and I'll definitely be checking out more.
    Only thing I disliked was the ending. I'll keep things spoiler free, but it was a bit... well, horrifying. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 8/28/2011

    " This a solid-if-unspectacular noir/crime novel that nicely evokes the period in which it was written (the early '60s). If you're looking for a pulpy, dimestore paperback read, Grifter's Game scratches that itch. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Manosthehandsoffate | 7/25/2011

    " Nice piece of hard boiled crime writing from the 60s. The ending was a bit grim and unexpected. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hnmestel | 7/16/2011

    " Really one of his best works, and I'm already a huge fan. He took a predicatable storyline and did an amazing job of bringing it to a new and understandable conclusion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 5/6/2011

    " 1960's Lawrence Block. Very pulpy. Gritty read with lots of noir elements. Fun read, though very dark. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 1/2/2011

    " Memorable pulp from the early 60s. So bleak and depraved you'll need a shower or three afterwards though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave M. | 11/27/2010

    " Great pulp read. Hard Case Crime books are hit or miss, but this one was a hit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthew | 10/27/2010

    " Great ending, rest of the book was uninspired and dull "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicholas | 7/22/2010

    " the first Hard Case Crime novel. Block is a great crime writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Man | 1/31/2010

    " One of my favorite books evar. "

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About the Author
Author Lawrence Block

Lawrence Block is the recipient of a Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America and a New York Times bestselling author. His prolific career spans over one hundred books, including four bestselling series and dozens of short stories and articles. He has won multiple Edgar and Shamus awards, two Falcon Awards from the Maltese Falcon Society of Japan, the Nero and Philip Marlowe Awards, the Cartier Diamond Dagger from the Crime Writers Association of America, and many others. Aside from being a mystery writer, he has also written a number of episodes for television, including two episodes of the ESPN series Tilt; he also cowrote the screenplay for the film My Blueberry Nights, starring Norah Jones. Block currently lives in New York City with his wife, Lynne.

About the Narrator

Alan Sklar, a graduate of Dartmouth, has excelled in his career as a freelance voice actor. He began narrating audiobooks in 1996, winning seven AudioFile Earphones Awards and earning several “Best Voice” awards. He has also worked as a stage actor and as a promo announcer at WPIX-TV in New York City. His dream is to be an opera singer, a role for which he hones his bass-baritone operatic skills in the upstairs shower of his home.