Killing Castro (Hard Case Crime (Mass Market Paperback))

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Five killers, each with their own reasons for accepting what might as well be a suicide mission for $20,000 apiece, must find a way into Cuba and kill Castro. Reprint.

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Lawrence Block, a Mystery Writers of America Grand Master, is a four–time winner of the Edgar and Shamus Awards. He is the author of more than fifty books, among them the Matthew Scudder mysteries Eight Million Ways to Die, The Sins of the Fathers, and A Stab in the Dark.

Henry Leyva is a classically trained actor with extensive work in theatre, television, film and radio. He has also narrated numerous bestselling audiobooks and performed in audio dramas for the USA/Sci–Fi Channel and National Public Radio. He received an MFA degree in drama from the University of California, Irvine.

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Hard Case Crime continues to resurrect early work by genre salwart Lawrence Block that was orginally published in mass-market paperback under various pseudonyms. This one may be the most interesting find of all: published in 1961, before the Cuban Missile Crisis and only a few years after Castro assumed control of the government, the novel anticipates the various off-the-wall attempts by the U.S. to assassinate the Cuban leader. Five Americans, some hardened criminals, others idealists with various anti-Castro axes to grind, are offered $20,000 each if any of them succeed in killing the dictator. Three separate plots unwind simultaneously, as Block tracks the reactions of his five principals as they, variously, realize the improbability of their task, stick to their idealistic guns, or come under the sway of the Cuban nationals they encounter. The ending may seem far-fetched in light of later history, but as a kind of alternate pulp history, the novel works just fine, with plenty of blood and bullets and, as always with Block, a fine feel for character. A curiosity, yes, but also an entertaining thriller. --Bill Ott

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