Thursday, December 8, 2016
recent read; Borderline
Borderline by Lawrence Block
Well, I've wanted to read Block and I wanted to read a title from the Hard Case Crime line.
Here's a lesson for you - you might want to research these titles before you dive in.
Why? Because this isn't a Lawrence Block novel. Oh, he wrote it. But he wrote it under a pen name, "Don Holliday" when it was published originally...as Border Lust.
"Lust" as in sex and old "nightstand" pulp novels for men.
Borderline? Yes, borderline porn.
The novel features four main characters washed up in El Paso; a gambling man, a wanton divorcee, a drifting prostitute and a serial killer. The serial killer is really the only crime thread happening. The rest of the stories are sex tales in various forms. The divorcee and the gambler hookup up, spend a wild night on the town in Juarez, Mexico, which just makes the divorcee hot for wilder stuff. Meanwhile the creepy guy with the razor is attacking women on both sides of the border.
Now, I'm not a prude. I wouldn't say this stuff was triple-X but it probably would be considered X-rated.
If anything, it felt like I was reading a Russ Meyer movie.
Anyway, I was looking for more crime and less sex (as fun as the sexy covers might be.) I am still going to delve into the Hard Case Crime line, but I'll be a little more careful about double-checking the origins of any given title before I start.