I came across the phrase luck of late in the short story The Thief by Ruskin Bond(Para 2 Line 2):
I approached him. He was about twenty, a tall, lean fellow, and he looked kind and simple enough for my purpose. I hadn’t had much luck of late and thought I might be able to get into this young person’s confidence.
I'm unable to comprehend its meaning nor can I look it up.
I wonder if it simply means the narrator approached him without any delay or something else.