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Dancing Aztecs Hardcover – October 1, 1976


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 374 pages
  • Publisher: M Evans & Co (October 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871312212
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871312211
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #908,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Westlake knows precisely how to grab a reader, draw him or her into the story, and then slowly tighten his grip until escape is impossible." --The Washington Post Book World

"Westlake has no peer in the realm of comic mystery novelists." --San Francisco Chronicle
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About the Author

Donald E. Westlake (1933-2008) wrote over a hundred novels under his own name and pseudonyms, including Richard Stark. Many of his books have been made into movies, including The Hunter, which became the brilliant film noir Point Blank, and the 1999 smash hit Payback. The winner of the three Edgar Awards, he was named a Mystery Writers of America Grand Master, the highest honor bestowed by the society, in 1993.
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May be Westlakes best comic novel.
J. C. Cabanillas III
Note - Originally this book was published by a different publishing company under the title A New York Dance so if you've read that one then you've already read this!
James N Simpson
This is probably the funniest book I have ever read.
Karen Kirsch

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie F. Rutledge on December 13, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Not only is this the book by which I judge every other comic crime novel I read, it is my favorite book, period. Westlake's writing is timeless in its humor, yet simultaneously, he manages to capture a snapshot of the culture about which he writes. A running theme of this novel is 'The Hustle,' the dance craze from the period in the 1970s in which it was written, as well as the more perfidious sort of hustle - a scam to smuggle one valuable artifact out of its native country in the midst of a box of fakes, and what happens when that scam goes wrong. Thick with a riot of vivid characters, I laugh and shake my head in disbelief every time I turn the page in this story. It is an amazing piece of work, and a brilliant testament to Donald E. Westlake's wit and craftiness.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Karen Kirsch on April 26, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
OK, we have 16 Dancing Aztec Statues that are given out as awards. Then we have to recover them because one of them is the "REAL THING." Worth over 1 million dollars. Oh, the hilarity abounds. All the searchers have made me pause to collect my breath...I can't laugh that hard for so long. It hurts! This is probably the funniest book I have ever read. Yes, a plot; yes, mystery; yes, hysteria...I honestly had to stop for a while to regain my breath. Donald Westlake, you are my new hero. Please read it and weep from tears of laughter.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Samantha on January 10, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I first read this book when I was thirteen years old - the UK version called "A New York Dance" - and I loved it so much that, in the following 15 years, I have re-read it more times than I care to mention. At some point I did lend my copy (Ok, my dad's copy) of the book to a friend and never saw it again, but luckily, I found a copy of "Dancing Aztecs" in a New York bookshop in 1997. Phew, I couldn't live without a copy of this book - an all-time favourite. It is has a pretty '70s feel to it, and no real meaningful message, but it certainly fuelled my love of kitsch Americana. Westlake never really bettered this book for me, but I do also love "Good Behavior" and "Help, I Am Being Held Prisoner".
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael Trombetta on February 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
One of Westlake's very best. A priceless pre-Columbian dancing Aztec is stolen and shipped to New York with a dozen copies. Naturally it gets mixed up with the copies and several groups try to recover it. A scene on a boat, when Mel puts his foot in the sand-washing bucket is priceless. The scenes with Pedro puking his gulpe all over the pilot, and many others are wonderful. And only a master would think of describing the mad scramble on I 80 from the vantage of a high-flying hawk.. A very rich cast and plenty of funny situations. The ending is a surprise. I am currently on my fourth reading and enjoying is a much as ever.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. C. Cabanillas III on July 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is one of those books that, if you're in the groove for the story, can be read again and again. May be Westlakes best comic novel.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By James on April 17, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was deployed in Iraq and this book arrived in a shipment of books. Having nothing to read I picked up this book and could never put it down. Donald Westlake is an outstanding author and I will get another Westlake novel to read in the near future. This story is a "must read". I would really love to see this in movie form.
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