Killing Castro

January 19, 2009

Lawrence Block’s Killing Castro is one of the more ridiculous books I can remember ever reading. I’m okay with that, though. I enjoyed the shit out of it and it was a good break after reading Unless, a very emotional and mournful book, a couple of weeks ago.

American dudes with guns and bombs go to Cuba and try to kill off Castro. There’s the mercenary type who doesn’t care about anything but money, the guy who is dying of cancer and wants to do this one good thing before he’s dead, the dude who wants revenge, the guy who just wants out of the country because he’s wanted for a double murder, and the savage stupid one who spends the entire book trying to rape the girl on the cover. Killing Castro seems to be like a somewhat more stupid version of that movie Valkyrie that’s out in theatres now. History tells us the end of the novel and it really just is a matter of watching these guys get there. Silly action with dumb characters spliced in with a lot of really interesting historical bits, detailing Castro’s rise to power.

There are loads of Lawrence Block fans out there that were dying for this reprint to come out, and I can only imagine they’re happy with it. This was my first Block experience. And I’ll keep reading his work as long as Hard Case Crime keeps sending it to me.

P.S.- Killing Castro takes the award for most embarrassing book cover, I think.

Also- Wow. Block originally wrote this in 1961. People have wanted Castro dead for a very, very long time.


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