Lemons Never Lie by Richard Stark aka Donald E. Westlake is the fourth of four mystery novel featuring Allen Grofield. It is a solid addition to the Hard Case Crime imprimatur. It is a complex but not convoluted thriller featuring a story like you have never read before. This is a very original mystery novel.

Allen Grofield owns a summer theatre in the middle of nowhere. To make ends meet he is a getaway driver for gangs that commit robberies. He is very good at what he does. When he goes to Las Vegas for a job he plays the airport slot machine. He gets three lemons and sees this as an ominous sign.

Three lemons never lie. Grofield backs out of the project but is held up by two criminals who think he has money. He is again robbed after a job in St. Louis and finds out one of his cronies has been killed.

Grofield decides to avenge the friend and get the money taken from him. He will need all his cunning to discover who is behind the murder and the attacks on his person. He will need a great deal of determination and skill to overcome a person who turns out to be merciless and sadistic.

The ending to Lemons Never Lie by Richard Stark and Donald E. Westlake is open ended. You do not quite know what the next step will be after the climax.

Lemons Never Lie is one of the many great paperbacks available from Hard Case Crime. It is Richard Stark and Donald E. Westlake in top form.

Lemons Never Lie
Richard Stark
Donald E. Westlake
Hard Case Crime 2011

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