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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (354 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lawrence Block Narrator: Alan Sklar Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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At cards and with women, Bill Maynard knew how to cheat …

On the mend after getting run out of Chicago, professional cardsharp Bill Maynard is hungry for some action … but not nearly as hungry as Joyce Rogers, the tantalizing wife of Bill’s latest mark. Together they hatch an ingenious scheme to get rid of her husband. But in life as in poker, the other player sometimes has an ace up his sleeve.

This classic pulp novel was originally released in 1964 as The Sex Shuffle under the pen name Sheldon Lord.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Block unwinds his plot superbly, pointing toward a classic noir finale but then seeming to pull away—or maybe not. And, along the way, there is all the teasing sexuality and tongue-in-cheek noir style that a pulp devotee craves.”


  • “The plot twists here, then there, then back again, rooted in Block’s strong characters and no-nonsense prose style.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Narrator Alan Sklar’s gritty baritone is perfect for this tawdry tale…Fans of nonviolent crime fare will enjoy. Block is always worth the time.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Denise | 2/20/2014

    " Bill Maynard was a cheat at cards and good at it. The descriptions of how a cardshark works were interesting, but overall the book was plodding. The characters were flat and the pace dragged. The ending seemed unlikely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kari | 1/21/2014

    " Cards, scotch, cigarettes, lust, betrayal, what's not to love? Block's writing is akin to Bukowski, in that he gets to the point, weaves an interesting tale and pulls on your emotions only when it matters most. No extra fluff or literary gymnastics. Despite being written in the mid sixties, the language is timeless and not dated, yet still makes you feel that you are fully there in that era observing and relating to the characters. Suspenseful, intriguing, gritty, yet sweet. It would make a fantastic movie! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Remy | 1/21/2014

    " I'm just taken with the idea that in the early 60s a writer like Lawrence Block (a good writer based on these Hard Case Crime books I've read, though I haven't read his current work) would write these drugstore pulps, but so much better than they had to be. And it's so cool that Hard Case Crime reprints them. I'm happy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Andrew Smith | 1/15/2014

    " More classics stuff from my favourite crime writer. These old titles can be picked up cheaply (and sometimes even free) from Amazon and are well worth the effort of searching out. This one's a cracker! "

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