Such Men Are Dangerous

Such Men Are Dangerous

by Lawrence Block


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“This goes through you like a dose of salts and stings like iodine.”

So said Virginia Kirkus Reviews of Such Men Are Dangerous when it first appeared almost fifty years ago, and since then this edge-of-the-chair novel hasn’t lost a step. It’s the story of Paul Kavanagh, a burnt-out ex-Green Beret who copes with what we’ve since learned to call PTSD by retiring to a dime-sized islet in the Florida Keys. There he lives a determinedly simple life, his human contact limited to a weekly visit to a storekeeper on a nearby island.

Then George Dattner turns up with a plan. A CIA op, he has inside knowledge of a scheduled shipment of military goods from an army base in South Dakota. It’s really nasty stuff—atomic grenades, lethal gas, tactical weaponry that could be a game-changer for a border war or insurgency. And he’s got a buyer lined up. All he needs is a partner, because the way he’s got it figured, hijacking the shipment is a job that the right two men can pull off.

Kavanagh signs on.

The operation is brilliantly planned and executed, but not without a few surprises along the way. But the greatest surprise of all is a shocking denouement that will hit you as hard as it hit readers half a century ago.

This Classic Crime Library ebook edition of Such Men Are Dangerous contains as a bonus the opening chapter of the next book in the series, Not Comin’ Home to You.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781951939090
Publisher: Lawrence Block, an Imprint of Telemachus Press, LL
Publication date: 12/09/2019
Series: Classic Crime Library , #7
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.47(d)

About the Author

Lawrence Block has been writing award-winning mystery and suspense fiction for half a century. His newest book, pitched by his Hollywood agent as "James M. Cain on Viagra," is The Girl with the Deep Blue Eyes. His other recent novels include The Burglar Who Counted The Spoons, featuring Bernie Rhodenbarr; Hit Me, featuring philatelist and assassin Keller; and A Drop Of The Hard Stuff, featuring Matthew Scudder, brilliantly embodied by Liam Neeson in the new film, A Walk Among The Tombstones. Several of his other books have also been filmed, although not terribly well. He's well known for his books for writers, including the classic Telling Lies For Fun & Profit and Write For Your Life, and has recently published a collection of his writings about the mystery genre and its practitioners, The Crime Of Our Lives. In addition to prose works, he has written episodic television (Tilt!) and the Wong Kar-wai film, My Blueberry Nights. He is a modest and humble fellow, although you would never guess as much from this biographical note.

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