Killing Castro (Hard Case Crime #51)

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  • Title: Killing Castro (Hard Case Crime #51)
  • Author: Lee Duncan Lawrence Block
  • ISBN: 9780843961133
  • Page: 170
  • Format: Paperback

Killing Castro (Hard Case Crime #51)

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  1. Five Americans are hired to go to Cuba and assassinate Fidel Castro, the survivors splitting 100,000 Two of the five join revolutionaries in the hills, two hole up and build a bomb, and the last rents a hotel room overlooking the site of one of Fidel s speeches Can any of them get the job done 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 smut, no [...]


  2. gasp Lawrence Block called it in 1961 I m assuming that this was thrown together as a dime store novel in 61 to capitalize on Castro and Cuba paranoia, but Block s talent gave it some real depth It s like a snapshot of the country s mood of that time between the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban missile crisis.The story was cynical than I was expecting The anti communism vibe that America had then definitely comes through, but I like that all the characters are in in it for personal reasons and have no [...]


  3. In early 1961 Lawrence Block was approached by a paperback house to write a book about a group of American s who set out to assassinate Castro The rationale was a simple one the editor behind the request believed that an assassination attempt could just succeed in the near future and he wanted a book ready to put on the shelves immediately should this fortuitous for him event occur At this stage in his career LB used to bash out novels under various pseudonyms, so it was some years before this b [...]


  4. Dig Some geeks are offered a twenty thousand to kill the Beard No Tiger Kab No Hair No Hoover No Company or the Mob No Vampire Five geeks 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 entertained than I probably should have been by this curio of a book separate paragraph James Ellroy parenthetical aside I m sure eve [...]


  5. Despite only clocking in at around 200 pages in length, this tight thriller, about a group of five would be assassins sent to kill Fidel Castro in the early 1960s, gives each assassin s point of view as they prepare for the task at hand each with their own individual motivations and using different methods as well as interspersing that with true biographical information about Castro and his rise to power Not the pinnacle of Block s much lauded work, but an impressive accomplishment considering h [...]


  6. After recently watching A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES my favorite movie so far this year , I ve been itching to read a Lawrence Block novel I chose KILLING CASTRO because I ve also been on a Hard Case Crime kick lately, and it s the kind of book you have to either get your hands on quickly or risk going out of print Plus, it looks good on my shelf next to my Bill O Reilly books, and it ll tide me over until KILLING PATTON finally makes its way into the bargain bin.Block wrote KILLING CASTRO on a c [...]


  7. Presented with the opportunity to make 20,000 each, 5 Americans barter bribe sneak their way into Cuba with the intention of assassinating Fidel Castro Fleeing a murder rap in the US, Turner, the first of the ragtag group of assassins introduced showed the most promise with an intriguing back story and harden facade had Block focused on Turner as the primary character Killing Castro wouldn t have felt as light as it did while distributing page time amongst the 4 other characters all with similar [...]


  8. Early in his career, Lawrence Block wrote tons of books under various house and pen names He can be very pissy about them, refusing to acknowledge or sign them, even claiming he can t remember writing them.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 So be [...]


  9. With Killing Castro, originally published in 1961 under a pseudonym, Block opts for a style thoroughly unlike his own but has trouble sustaining the false authorship First off, the book is two thirds story and one third college term paper on Castro s rise to power, which may have been interesting at the time but reads as unnecessary historical malingering today.This is an ensemble piece so the POV keeps shifting Unlike Michener s The Drifters where the opening chapters detail individual characte [...]


  10. This book is a strange hybrid In the main, it is the story of five men hired to assassinate Fidel Castro for a pot of 100,000 It does not matter who kills Castro or how if Castro is killed, whichever of the assassins make it back to Miami will split the money Their story is intercut with a narrative of Fidel Castro s rise to power, though this primer of Cuban history is or less irrelevant to the main plot of the book Castro s story contributes to the word count than anything else The book s bi [...]


  11. Actually 2.5 stars Published the year before the Cuban Missile crisis, the then current political events playing out in this story were very interesting and that part read like a historical mystery I ll also admit that noir is not my favorite genre so while I cannot say Killing Castro was a terrific mystery it was an intriguing look at an era fast fading from memory.


  12. A load of early Sixties hokum about a ragtag group of mercenaries uglier than The A Team paid to go to Cuba to kill Castro I don t believe for a second Mr Block was serious when he wrote this Argosy Magazine trash but it s amazing how many wack jobs take this crap seriously.


  13. BOOK FIVE Mid 20th Century Crime ReadathonI move from 1968 s Book 4 john D Macdonald s Pale Gray for Guilt to this 1961 publication written by Lawrence Block Hook 3 Stars Here, one might think the title is the hook But it isn t see plot discussion below Still, the title is enough to grab one s attention.Pace 2 Oddly, at only 56,260 words, this book feels a bit slow The plot isn t linear, and some authors can pull off non linear plots beautifully, but Block doesn t make a good effort, as he doesn [...]


  14. I enjoyed this book much than I though I would Basically, the title says it all they are out to kill Castro, in two teams of two, and one solo The chapters switch off the story about the attempt, and the history behind Castro s rise to power The story was much better than the history, but the history gives it all context The crazy thing to me is that this book was written not long after Castro took power, and before the Cuban missile crisis What did Lawrence Block know Weird


  15. RPLFor its time, not a bad book Given Block s other works, this is clearly an early one Was surprised by how the story ends.


  16. I was going to make a joke about this book not being a representative chip off the old Lawrence Block, but I have changed my mind As I am in a mind for mangled platitudes, I will say instead that the book did not fall far from the tree, and then it slid down the hill, fell into the stream, got washed into the river which carried it out to sea and it finally ended up in Havana.Lawrence Block is a great crime writer He creates well crafted characters, has a fabulous sense of humor at least in his [...]


  17. Five men, each with their own motives and reasoning, are hired by Cuban expatriates and rebels to kill Fidel Castro If any one of them succeeds, all the survivors are paid 20,000 The whole plot resides on a shoe string budget some of the would be killers have to get into Cuba on their own power and dime as well as the assumption that any of the five will be able to do the dirty deed That thin premise builds up a tense two hundred page story.As each of the characters motives are revealed, and as [...]


  18. I picked this book up expecting it to detail the 638 ways that the CIA has attempted to assassinate Castro If avoiding assassination was an Olympic Sport, I d be a gold medalist , though it s actually a fiction story about a hypothetical what could have happened on one of those attempts Still, just based on the subject matter, I couldn t put it down and breezed through quickly somewhere between flying over Hawaii and Fiji A highly plausible story written 20years ago that really develops well the [...]


  19. Block, Lawrence KILLING CASTRO 1961 2009 This latest issue from Hard Case Crime is really a reprint of a book that Block released in 1961 Of course, back then he issued it under a pseudonym, Lee Duncan, a name he had never used before and has never used since The original title of this PBO was, Fidel Castro Assassinated Larry Block is a slippery character, and I have been reading and collecting his books for the last forty years He never reveals the titles or pen names of his pulp paperbacks th [...]


  20. Most Hard Case Crime titles are quick reads, and this one is no exception The most interesting aspect of the book is its history written by Block under a psuedonym he never used again the cover text doesn t tell us what that name was, and I m too lazy to go find out right now , and out of print for close to 50 years The book was written after Castro came to power but a year before the Cuban Missle Crisis Block alternates the fictional story of 5 average Americans hired to sneak into Cuba and kil [...]


  21. Damn good international political crime thriller by the damn good Lawrence Block Follows a number of important characters through a fairly short book, so it feels much like a series of intertwined novellas But whatever you call it, I loved it It s fantastically sleazy, violent as hell and lit up with a twelve pack of nasty This is utterly hard boiled stuff bitter and beautiful.Block wrote this in 1961 and it feels remarkably alive to read it today It s particularly interesting viewed alongside J [...]


  22. Fascinating and quite strong early block novel Five men with very different reasons for doing so are all recruited to try to assassinate Castro this in a book published in 1961, only two years after he took power in Cuba Killing Castro, though, is really only the hook on which to hang the character study Block engages in of the five men, all of whom or most of whom, anyway are transformed in unexpected ways by their involvement in the plot Block does not stint on the violence or salacious sexual [...]


  23. Picked this up on holidays and finished it within a couple of days which probably says as much about the book as it does about the idyllic setting in which I read it Either way, Lawrence Block never fails to impress and, while I ve read quite a few of his titles over the years, the Scudder series in particular proving to be a fav, Killing Castro moves straight to the top of the list when it comes to quality If ever there was a case of does what it says on the tin , this is it written in 1961, pr [...]


  24. A couple of the Hard Case Crime books have a tendency to not actually be crime books This is one of those Some of the characters in the novel may be criminals and some, also, awful people , but the novel is of an adventure story than anything else.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 historical quirk [...]


  25. This book is interesting as a glimpse into the world of the early 1960s than it is as a thriller It is like going back and reading Mickey Spillane or the Bond books from the 1950s, not so much for the story but for the time in which they are set There are many interesting points of reference and glimpses into the thinking during the time between Castro s takeover and the Cuban Missel Crisis.The five would be assassins and the Cuban counter revolutionaries they encounter are interesting I would [...]


  26. I started reading this one because I ve been a Lawrence Block fan for a lot of years, and this is one I hadn t read before And then I noticed it was first published in the early 60s, which made it timely, and made me remember that time, and the missle chrisis in Cuba.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 hired by a [...]


  27. Again, this is a republication of an early work by Block, and it shows Still, this is not a bad book it s a quick, engaging read The book shifts between points of view, primarily among five Americans who have been hired to, well, kill Fidel Castro You can see hints of what will become Block trademarks bitter, noir irony staccato phrasing double crosses aplenty At the time he wrote this, he still couldn t write about women who weren t essentially blow up dolls, but you can see hints that he WILL [...]


  28. Fidel Castro Assassinated 1961 aka Killing Castro 2009 was written by the prolific Lawrence Block under the pseudonym of Lee Duncan The novel was overtaken by reality in the subsequent history of Castro and Cuba.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, and a brute [...]


  29. Lawrence Block sure knows how to put together a functioning plot that s a skill I envy because I so lack it But as propulsive as this book is, it s also pretty damned unpleasant to read, especially for a woman or for anyone who regards women as actual human beings instead of just as walking orifices.


  30. This book was awful and took me less than 3 hours to read.Clumsy dialogue, no plot seriously none , a mediocre account of both Cuban Revolution s , and plain old shitty writing.I felt absolutely nothing for any of the characters.I want my 3 hours back.