Killing Castro (Hard Case Crime, #51)
There were five of them, each prepared to kill, each with his own reasons for accepting what might well be a suicide mission. The pay? $20,000 apiece. The mission? Find a way into Cuba and kill Castro. This breathtaking thriller, originally published the year before the Cuban Missile Crisis under a pen name Lawrence Block never used before or since, is the rarest of Block'...more
While Killing Castro isn't my favorite of Lawrence Block's Hard Case books, it's also not the worst. Some of the characters are a little thin but each one is fairly reallistic. There's also a little smu ...more
Twenty each for killed the Beard.
Sigh. No matter how much I try I can't make this book into a lost chapter of American Tabloid, but there was always that bit of Ellroy dancing in the back of my mind while reading this to keep me more entertained than I probably should have been by this curio of a book.
(separate paragraph James Ellroy parenthetical as ...more
Block wrote KILLING CASTRO on ...more
The story was more cynical than I was expecting. The anti-communism vibe that America had then definately comes through, but I like that all the characters are in in it for personal reasons and have no patience for the political aspe ...more
The logical assumption is that they proably suck. Which is fine. There isn't a writer worth reading doesn't regret at least some of the dumb prose they put to paper in their 20s. At the rate Block reportedly wrote, there is probably a veritable dung heap of paperbacks best left in the past. S ...more
This is an ensemble piece so the POV keeps shifting. Unlike Michener’s The Drifters where the opening chapters detail individual charac ...more
What is there not to like about this book? Block delivers a very readable, exciting book from early in his career, and you can see it's a little rough, but he improved.
The plot is a little hard to believe. 5 Americans are hir ...more
The five would-be assassins and the Cuban counter-revolutionaries they encounter are interesting. I ...more
Thriller - In the time after the Bay of Pigs but before the Cuban Missile crisis, five Americans are recruited and sent to Cuba in three teams to assassinate Castro for a $100,000 jackpot. A hitman, an idealist, a murderer seeking getaway money, a young man revenging his brother, a ...more
As each of the characters’ motives are revealed, an ...more
Block wrote this in 1961 and it feels remarkably alive to read it today. It's particularly interesting viewed alo ...more
Lawrence Block is a great crime writer. He creates well crafted characters, has a fabulous sense of humor (at least ...more
Here we have a group of characters moving from various motivations and directions towards an assassination of Fidel Castro. The main interest of this book, to me, is that, originally published pre-Cuban missile crisis, it is sort of a historica ...more
Five men undertake the mission to kill Fidel Castro.Each man will get $20,000 upon completion of their mission.Each man has undertaken this task for their own reasons.The man on the run from a double murder who needs the money to start over in South America.The man who carries his own de ...more
Published just the year before the 1960 Cuban Missile Crisis, Killing Castro reads today like an alternative history novel. The suspense is tight, action aplenty, and the surprisingly abrupt ending will leave you hanging. A good, quick read. So light up that Cubano and pour ...more
From his web site:
I'm told every good author website needs a bio, so here's mine:
"Lawrence Block's novels range from the urban noir of Matthew Scudder (A Drop of the Hard Stuff) to the urbane effervescence of Bernie Rhodenbarr (The Burglar on the Prowl), while other characters include the globe-trotting insomniac Evan Tanne ...more