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A Diet of Treacle

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Publisher Comments:

Sex, drugs, and murder in the land of the lotus eaters.

Anita Carbone was a good girl — and it bored her.

That's why she took the long subway ride down to Greenwich Village, home of the Beats and the stoners, home to every kind of misfit and dropout and free spirit you could imagine. It was where she met Joe Milani, the troubled young war veteran with the gentle touch. But it was also where she met his drug-dealing roommate — a man whose unnatural appetites led to murder...

Review:

"Reprinted for the first time since its pseudonymous publication nearly 50 years ago, this tour of the 1950s Manhattan underworld begins with Anita, a good college girl with a bright but predictable future, who comes to Greenwich Village to find what else is out there. Block's New York is a noir wonderland, populated with junkies and beatsters (the dark predecessor to the modern hipster) spouting angular tough-guy dialogue, in which Anita plays curious, confused Alice. Down the rabbit hole, she meets Joe, an aimless loser, and his roommate, Shank, a violent drug dealer whose earnings provide them with a life of leisure. When psychopathic Shank murders a cop, however, they all go on the run toward an uncertain fate. Block effortlessly immerses himself in the mind space of Joe and Shank, reporting their world of drugs, sex and disaffection with a matter-of-factness that hits hard, all the more convincing because Block never makes an overt effort to convince. A potboiler morality play at its finest, the novel doesn't deliver much action until its last third, but the slow build of the first two will give readers the delicious (and all-too-rare) feeling that anything could happen." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Exceptional....A whale of a knockout punch to the solar plexus." The New York Daily News

Review:

"Block is awfully good, with an ear for dialogue, an eye for lowlife types and a gift [for] storytelling." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"Lawrence Block is finally getting the attention he deserved." Chicago Tribune

Product Details

ISBN:
9780843959574
Author:
Block, Lawrence
Publisher:
Leisure Books
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Man-woman relationships
Subject:
Murder
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
New york (n.y.)
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Hard Case Crime
Series Volume:
39
Publication Date:
January 2008
Binding:
Mass Market Paperbound
Language:
English
Pages:
205
Dimensions:
6.80x4.26x.57 in. .23 lbs.

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Product details 205 pages Hard Crime Case - English 9780843959574 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Reprinted for the first time since its pseudonymous publication nearly 50 years ago, this tour of the 1950s Manhattan underworld begins with Anita, a good college girl with a bright but predictable future, who comes to Greenwich Village to find what else is out there. Block's New York is a noir wonderland, populated with junkies and beatsters (the dark predecessor to the modern hipster) spouting angular tough-guy dialogue, in which Anita plays curious, confused Alice. Down the rabbit hole, she meets Joe, an aimless loser, and his roommate, Shank, a violent drug dealer whose earnings provide them with a life of leisure. When psychopathic Shank murders a cop, however, they all go on the run toward an uncertain fate. Block effortlessly immerses himself in the mind space of Joe and Shank, reporting their world of drugs, sex and disaffection with a matter-of-factness that hits hard, all the more convincing because Block never makes an overt effort to convince. A potboiler morality play at its finest, the novel doesn't deliver much action until its last third, but the slow build of the first two will give readers the delicious (and all-too-rare) feeling that anything could happen." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Exceptional....A whale of a knockout punch to the solar plexus."
"Review" by , "Block is awfully good, with an ear for dialogue, an eye for lowlife types and a gift [for] storytelling."
"Review" by , "Lawrence Block is finally getting the attention he deserved."
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