Funk Rating: 8.5 out of 10
This spring I did a little retro reading - found some highly acclaimed authors that I'd never heard of. Block was seriously loved and highly regarded. And he wrote this in 1965. It's a pretty awesome read - partly because of the fact it's almost 50 years old, so there are some quaint parts about pay phones, typewriters and US mail :).
But seriously, it's a great book in a noir style. If you like the long con (a la The Sting), you'll enjoy this a lot. I had it figured out pretty early, but I enjoyed almost every page of it anyway. If I hadn't figured it out, it would be a 10 :).
Next time you're looking for a change of pace, and want to slip back to a slower, easier time, where publishers weren't pushing for a certain length book, where the plotline wasn't about terrorism or other enemies of state, where iPhones and emails, and digital data didn't exist, this is a great one to pick up.