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This classic "pulp" novel was originally released in 1964 as The Sex Shuffle under the pen name Sheldon Lord.
"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)
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By Michael Gates on 11-27-08
This is a hoot. They don't write 'em like this anymore. Lucky at Cards is hard-boiled, suspenseful, and charmingly sleazy in a way that would be hard to duplicate today without descending into camp. The narrator evokes the mid-20th-century pulp ambiance quite well.
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By Jim N on 02-03-18
Lucky at Cards is good, seedy, drugstore paperback pulp. This was my first exposure to Block's work and I really enjoyed it. The women fall too easily for the street smart grifter and the drama is straight from an old B-movie but the writing is sharp, the characters memorable and well-defined and the entire mix works like a charm, right through each well-plotted twist and turn. It's great stuff and Alan Sklar's narration is perfect.
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