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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: August 2007 ISBN: 9781482977189
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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.”

    Booklist

  • “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 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 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 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 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! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron | 1/12/2014

    " Nancy 4 stars; Ron 4 stars "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Caldwell | 1/11/2014

    " It is a bit dated but otherwise a decent read. "

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

    " Block writes in a down to earth way that makes his characters and their situations real and his language is always apt and descriptive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas | 1/4/2014

    " A meat and potatoes card sharp story with a simple structure, cleanly drawn characters and a taut plot line. The twist at the end is a nice touch. Maybe not Block's most exciting work, but well crafted nevertheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Isidore | 12/10/2013

    " A good noir. The atmosphere of misery and loneliness and doom is nicely handled, if one disregards the ridiculously improbable ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynette Barfield | 7/2/2013

    " I really liked the characters and the complicated plot. I am sure that I will read more Block. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roland Martinez | 5/24/2013

    " Great plot! I can't believe this isn't a movie! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan | 12/18/2012

    " You can't go wrong with Lawrence Block! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 12/17/2012

    " This was one book I just couldn't put down. But that's how I've been feeling since I checked out a stack of Hard Case Crime books from the Library. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doctorwu51 | 9/20/2012

    " Classic pulp fiction noir written in the '60s. I love the seedy grifter con-man stuff, pure entertainment. Thanks to the publisher Hard Case Crime for bringing these books out for Kindle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Man Solo | 7/15/2012

    " An ill short crime noir thriller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawn | 3/8/2012

    " A very fun, very great read. This had some great twists-- the most important one being that if the protagonist does actually does kill the man he gets nothing. This was great a slight break in formula that made this book a real gem of a story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicholas Kobach | 11/22/2011

    " another solid Block HCC novel. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brian | 11/10/2011

    " Maybe I have read too many Hard Case Crime books at this point. This book was so formulaic that nothing was new or a suprise. This reminds me of Double Indemity without compelling characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Myles | 7/21/2011

    " Really liked this one - it's fast-paced, the author seems to know the subject and it had enough of a plot twist for me to not be able to see the ending a mile off. A decent story with some interesting characters and some good plot-lines. Worth a go.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven | 7/20/2011

    " I love Block's Hard Case Novels. They are so devilishly noirish. "

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

    " one of the "hard case crime" paperbacks. PULP stuff.
    I liked it.... a card sharp (i thought it was card shark) with a pleasing ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 3/29/2011

    " Block writes in a down to earth way that makes his characters and their situations real and his language is always apt and descriptive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 1/8/2011

    " Great read. Huge LB fan and this didn't disappoint. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Denise | 10/11/2010

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack | 9/28/2010

    "
    Another dose of some retro-cool Lawrence Block. This time, it's a cardshark story with a twist. Not quite up there with Block's *The Girl With The Long Green Heart*, in my opinion, but a very solid four stars nonetheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicholas | 7/22/2010

    " another solid Block HCC novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Micah | 5/6/2010

    " Another nice peek at the past from Hard Case Crime and, of the imprint's books I've read, one of the few with a somewhat happy ending. Not being interested in cards, my eyes kind of glazed over during those parts. But it was still a fun read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andy | 3/31/2010

    " If a tax accountant wrote a romance novel it would read a lot like "Lucky At Cards". Wow, I should take this one to the dentist. It almost put me under. "

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

    " An ill short crime noir thriller. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brian | 12/7/2008

    " Maybe I have read too many Hard Case Crime books at this point. This book was so formulaic that nothing was new or a suprise. This reminds me of Double Indemity without compelling characters. "

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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.