I was positively thrilled to work with Lawrence Block in narrating and producing this audiobook. Originally released in 1962 under a pen name, Borderline (Hard Case Crime / Titan Books—2014) is a steamy tale of sex, violence, and deception as its four central characters move individually, for their own troubling reasons, back and forth across the Rio Grande separating El Paso from Ciudad Juárez.
Marty Granger is a professional poker player who lives on the Texas side and plays in the lucrative games in Juárez. One day, while walking in a park on the Mexican side, he meets Meg Rector, newly-minted divorcée from Chicago, who’s looking for kicks. And so it begins.
Throw in a teenage runaway and one of the most frightening and despicable serial killers ever to walk onto a printed page, and you have the makings of a dangerous noir brew. Noir characters traditionally allow themselves to be consumed by extraordinary emotions, and when faced with their subsequent choices, they always choose wrong. Block has seen to it that his characters do not disappoint.
Hard Case Crime has toiled in these vineyards for years, re-releasing pulp and noir classics from days gone by. Several of Block’s novels are in their catalog, as are many from lesser-known writers. All of these books, however, have spent decades mired in the forgotten swamps beyond literature’s fringe, awaiting reclamation. HCC has succeeded in bringing them back into the sunshine by introducing them to new generations of readers, and I’m hoping this audiobook will reach just a few more.