Lawrence Block has to be one of the most prolific and savvy writers. Having written under numerous pen names during his early career, he has begin reissuing many of them as e-books or under the Hard Case label. Grifter’s Game is one of the latter, having gone through two previous iterations first as “Mona”, then “Sweet Slow Death”. It was originally released in 1961.
The plot is hardly original: con man meets beautiful girl; they fall in love; she is married to gangster; they conspire to kill said gangster, etc. But the treatment is original Block and always enjoyable. The end is surprising. I listened to this as an audiobook masterfully read by Alan Sklar, one of my favorites.