[At the Amazon Kindle Community forum there is a monthly thread where participants list and comment on which books they’re reading at the moment on their Kindles. These aren’t full reviews, just relatively brief impressions. I’m copying over some of my comments made there into Book Bits posts here.]
I just finished reading The Girl with the Long Green Heart by Lawrence Block. It’s the first time I’ve read anything by this Grand Master. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys crime and mystery novels, especially anything concerning grifters and running cons. It was originally published in 1965 and, while dated in terms of setting, the story itself doesn’t really feel dated.
The story is told in the first person from the POV of John, a grifter who recently finished doing seven years hard time and is working towards a dream that doesn’t include crime. Someone he’d worked with in his past life convinces him to run a long con to raise the money he needs.
The book dragged a little in a couple parts after the halfway point, but not enough to kill enjoyment. This is the kind of book that’s fun to read because you’re trying to figure all the angles to see where it’s going the entire time you’re reading it.
I just had to use one of the original covers. I’ve developed a thing for pulp fiction over the last year. The story isn’t at all salacious, which makes the cover even more amusing.