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The Girl with the Deep Blue Eyes (Hardcover)
Like all great noir, Lawrence Block’s The Girl with the Deep Blue Eyes is a steamy story of lust, greed and murder. It is a wonderful read but be aware it is explicit, X-rated, adult-calibre steam. Just so no one is surprised.
Doak Miller is a retired NYPD detective now living in Florida and stretching his pension by doing low-key private eye work. Occasionally, he does undercover work for the county sheriff for some extra dough. He’s asked to act the part of a hitman to get the goods on a local woman who is interested in having her wealthy husband whacked.
As with all classic noir, the femme fatale and the dude fall for each other in the most horizontal of fashions and are soon planning to make it happen. The trick is Doak was a cop so he knows how tough it will be AND he’s a fan of film noir (during the story, he’s watching the great old ones on TCM) so he’s been doubly warped into thinking they’ll never gets away with it. But, lust being lust, they have to try.
A few years ago, Block announced he was retiring from writing. A collective shudder when through this place, I can tell you. (Thought Bill was going to cry.) We should have taken to heart the title of his book on writing, Telling Lies for Fun and Profit. I get the idea that this Master of Mystery is far from done spinning tales and we are all the richer for it.— JB
Cashed out from the NYPD after 24 years, Doak Miller operates as a private eye in steamy small-town Florida, doing jobs for the local police. Like posing as a hit man and wearing a wire to incriminate a local wife who's looking to get rid of her husband. But when he sees the wife, when he looks into her deep blue eyes
He falls and falls hard. Soon he's working with her, against his employer, plotting a devious plan that could get her free from her husband and put millions in her bank account. But can they do it without landing in jail? And once he's kindled his taste for killing...will he be able to stop at one?
About the Author
LAWRENCE BLOCKis one of the most acclaimed and highly decorated living mystery writers, having received multiple Edgar, Shamus Awards and Maltese Falcon Awards, as well as lifetime achievement awards in the U.S., UK, and France (including being named a "Grand Master" by the Mystery Writers of America, the organization's highest honor)."