On the border between El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico, five lives are about to collide - with fatal results. You'll meet:
Marty - the professional gambler who rolls the dice on a night with…
Meg - the bored divorcee who seeks excitement and finds…
Lily - the beautiful hitchhiker lured into a live sex show by…
Cassie - the redhead with her own private agenda…
and Weaver - the madman, the killer with a straight razor in his pocket, on the run from the police and determined to go down swinging!
This is MWA Grand Master Lawrence Block at his rawest and most visceral, a bloody, bawdy, brutal story of passion and punishment - and of lines that were never meant to be crossed - available for the first time in 50 years!
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South of the border, down Mexico way.
If that friend is a fan of noir, absolutely. Particularly if said friend enjoys the hard-bitten, road-weary, booze-drenched noir provided by this novel.
The parallel storylines by the disparate characters all added their own tone to the story, but the entire time it was readily apparent they were all on a collision course. I had built up how that inevitable showdown might play out, but when it actually happens--and I hope that detail isn't too much of a spoiler--it defies expectations.
This was my first time listening to Mike Dennis' narration, and it worked out perfectly that my first encounter with his work should be a Lawrence Block novel. His deep, grizzled drawl was so pitch-perfect, I wonder if he might have done the performance while holding a copy of the novel in one hand and a glass of scotch in the other.
There was a moment late in the book involving a card game that, while I found to be a bit predictable in how it would play out, was pleasantly surprised by the motivation and reasoning behind it. Not so much moving storyline-wise, but in the sense that the author may lead you down a familiar path but still find those overlooked landmarks along the way.
Along with the novel, there were a couple bonus short stories thrown in, and those were equally enjoyable too.
- Wag The Fox "Genre mutt."
Sexual, Real,Horrifyingly Brutal Great Dime Novel
The dead pan but easy listening created a feel of a well done voice over Micky Splane story.
Never realized how impressive the writing was back in the day of the dime novel. Wickedly cool, tauntingly sexual and horrifyingly real thoughts from a moronic serial killer. Eros Pathos and Thanatos (Love, Pain and Death.) It you want it - it is in Borderline.
The Tag Line might be Late Night Drives to Juarez.
Next read "Galveston" Written by 2014 Emmy Award Winning writer Nic P. for True Detectives with Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey.