on 27 December 2007
...Five Ok-ish novellas. A collection of short (most just over 100 pages) stories written in the early 1960's. More than a little dated and, for some, The Big Plot Twist is reasonably easy to guess. A reasonably undemanding read, but hardly "Great" as the title proclaims. Mr Block has written far better than this.
on 21 March 2009
I can only claim to have enjoyed two of the five novels (Coward's Kiss and You Could Call It Murder)though to describe those two as "great" would be stretching it a bit never mind it's application to the other three. Workman-like, substantial enough but not great.
Grifter's Game and The Girl With...etc both have a conman as the main protagonist and that was an immediate turn-off for me and Deadly Honeymoon was vaguely unpleasant.
I'd read three novels by Lawrence Block before and had thoroughly enjoyed them. Maybe they read better in small doses? A case of less is more?