When you’ve already got blood on your hands, what’s a little more? Turner needs to start a new life and that means he needs cash . . . fast. So the twenty thousand he’s offered for a job sounds pretty good, even if it means killing Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. And he’s not alone. There are four other men—killers, idealists, mercenaries—all with the same target. Can they band together to overthrow Castro and get Turner his chance at a new life? This ebook features an illustrated biography of Lawrence Block, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from his personal collection, and a new afterword written by the author.
Published: Open Road Media an imprint of Open Road Integrated Media on Dec 28, 2010
This is not a bad book but I would not recommend it: it's not among the strongest offerings I've read from Hardcase Crime. The first half of the books moves quite slow and the only real action that occurs takes place in the last 20-30 pages. The 5 protagonists end up being pretty well fleshed out as characters and you do get inside their heads to see what brought each of them to the place where they'd be up for taking on such a dangerous mission. Unless you are a hardcore Lawrence Block fan, I would put this book on the backburner.read more
Long out of print, Killing Castro is a must for Lawrence Block completists. Published between the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile crisis, the book serves as a fascinating look into the American view of Cuba during the early sixties. The book never seems to ask itself whether Castro will manage to stay in power--treating his death as an inevitability. Of the five protagonists, Fenton stands out as the most sympathetic and the only one who got what he came to Cuba for. Certain plot elements are telecast and inevitable, especially Matt Garth's predicament. Still, several plot arcs and characters are interesting so it's a fast read worth checking out.read more
This is good 1960s pulp made even better by the incredible, (then) fresh overlay of Fidel Castro's rise to power. Block weaves in a version of Fidel's story with the story of the planned assassination, and that's what makes the book, at least from an historical perspective. It also follows solid pulp writing guidelines in avoiding too much of a happy ending.read more
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