I feel some chagrin that I only discovered Donald Westlake very recently, and then only through Parker, an adaptation of a Westlake story for Jason Statham to portray on screen. This Dortmunder novel has a distinct lack of angry bald Englishmen beating people up in stylish locations, but that is not a bad thing per se.
I found this reminded me of Cogan's Trade (also adapted into a film recently), insofar as a lot of the story is driven by dialogue rather than men walking through doors with guns. Unlike Higgins' output, this is fairly cheerful to read. You don't get to the end of it despising all human life and feeling that existence is nasty, brutish and short, you end up laughing at the absurdity of things and the constant frustration of plans that has become Dortmunder's life. The plot is fairly simple and I wouldn't want to spoil things by rehashing it here: the enjoyment is partly from how Westlake fits everything together into a beautiful little puzzle, but I think more from the snappy dialogue between the increasingly exasperated Dortmunder and his accomplices.
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'Everyone who's read Donald Westlake knows he's the funniest man in the world.' -- The Washington Post. '[Westlake's] most durable character. Whatever can go wrong in the man's elaborate attempts at larceny invariably does, and in the most amusing and unexpected ways possible.' -- Los Angeles Times. 'Westlake's triumph - hilarious!' -- The New York Times. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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Donald E. Westlake (1933-2008) was one of the most prolific and talented authors of American crime fiction. He began his career in the late 1950s, churning out novels for pulp houses -- often writing as many as four novels a year under various pseudonyms -- but soon began publishing under his own name. His most well-known characters were John Dortmunder, an unlucky thief, and a ruthless criminal named Parker. His writing earned him three Edgars and a Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. Westlake's cinematic prose and brisk dialogue made his novels attractive to Hollywood, and several motion pictures were made from his books, with stars such as Lee Marvin and Mel Gibson. Westlake wrote several screenplays himself, receiving an Academy Award nomination for his adaptation of The Grifters, Jim Thompson's noir classic. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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- Publisher : mysteriouspress.com (1 June 2014)
- Print length : 192 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00KFE6S1Q
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Great slice of crimeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 5 April 2013
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Remember reading some of the Dortmuder novels years ago. Nice to return and not be disappointed
A book worth reading in the Dortmunder seriesReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 May 2013
While not as deliciously plotted and worded as the other books in the series (I think) it's still another solid addition - funny, inventive and (mostly) unpredictable. I wouldn't start the series with this book but if you're into it already then of course you should read it.
Bank ShotReviewed in the United Kingdom on 2 March 2014
He is always entertaining and this time I found the book to be much more humorous as well. A good plot and a good eye for character and weaknesses.