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- Print Length: 306 pages
- Publisher: MysteriousPress.com/Open Road (October 25, 2011)
- Publication Date: October 25, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005UK7TVS
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,834 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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At times, the dialogue reads like the old "who's on first, what's on second" routine made famous by Abbott and Costello. At other times, the humor is much more subtle. Either way, you will find yourself chuckling or, if you are in the safety of your own home, laughing out loud.
Living in New York, I was amazed at how well Mr. Westlake knows the city and the outer boroughs. Having grown up in a rather obscure part of one of these boroughs, I think that unbeknownst to me, Mr. Westlake must have lived next door to me. He can describe stores and houses on the smallest side street with pinpoint accuracy.
This is not the type of book that I would normally seek out. However, I had recently read a short story by Mr. Westlake that caught my fancy. I liked the style of writing so much that I decided to try one of his books.
If you like a well written action caper that will have you laughing throughout, I suggest you pick up a copy of "The Hot Rock." As for me, I am going to order the next few books in the Dortmunder series as soon as I submit this review.
Our hero is Dortmunder, a very recent ex-con. His opponent is the Balabomo Emerald, a gem with a history, a price on its head, and, apparently, a nasty sense of humor. Hired by the representative of an African nation that wants the jewel for religious and political reasons, Dortmunder assembles a team of the finest, funniest men ever to make a dishonest dollar. They make attempt after attempt (as the blurb says, giving new meaning to the term repeat offender) at the job, striking by helicopter, train, and mesmerism, among others. Any one of the plans should succeed. But fate - or the emerald - has other ideas.
The plot is only part of the humor, though. In a way, the Dortmunder series is very like Terry Pratchett's Discworld series; they both rely on language and character as much as situations for laughs, and they both get incredible results from the strategy.
Seriously, this book (and the series it spawned) is a better antidepressant than any pharmaceutical I've ever encountered. If you're just now starting here, wow, do I envy you. (But how did you live this long without Dortmunder?)
Dortmunder is about to get out of prison on parole, and is looking forward to the $300 that another inmate will pay him for his old cell. That plan is scotched when the warden decides to personally escort Dortmunder out of the prison. So there he is with regret for his lost $300 and poor prospects. Then it gets worse! A Cadillac chases him onto the sidewalk against a wall. And that's just the first three and a half pages!
Dortmunder's old pal, Andy Kelp, has lined up a job that requires Dortmunder to do the planning for the caper. A former British colony in Africa has recently become two independent nations, Talabwo and Akinzi, each run by a different tribe. The Akinzi have possession of the Balabomo Emerald, worth $500,000, and the UN Ambassador from Talabwo, Major Patrick Ito, is offering $30,000 a man (for up to five men) to retrieve the emerald which is now residing in the New York Coliseum at a Pan-African display. Dortmunder needs money, so he decides to take the job . . . if the major will pay a little walking around money in the meantime.
Soon, Dortmunder has developed a brilliant plan that requires some special props, which the major provides. Into the Coliseum go four of the five, and three return . . . minus the emerald. After this setback, the plot starts to get really complicated.Read more ›
Unfortunately, whoever put this Kindle edition together should be ashamed. It's obviously scanned and OCR'ed from printed text and the process made a LOT of errors that a decent proofreader would have caught. This is highly typical of all Open Road Media titles I have tried so far. This great novel deserved better.
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The first books I read by Donald Westlake were the first two Parker novels that he wrote under the pen name Richard Stark. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Wesley Bob
I think I saw this movie about a million years ago. I liked it then. The book? Quite frankly, even better!! This was unexpected. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Kris Sanderson
Donald Westlake never disappoints. Two of his other books, Busy Body and Bank Shot stand out in my memory and favorite reads.Published 1 month ago by Coffee Lover
I have been reading and loving Donald Westlake books for many years. I remember recommending "God Save the Mark" to everyone. Read morePublished 1 month ago by roberta myers
This was my first Dortmunder novel. It was a lot of fun. I am a huge fan of Westlake's Parker novels and I wasn't sure what I would think about these. Read morePublished 2 months ago by David I. Williams
Great writing style. Combines appealing wit with a story of an attempt of five neer-do-wells to steal a "hot rock" which is, of course, a very valuable gem.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This was a good book. It didn't hold the suspense I was hoping for, or the ending. But it was good, easy read. I will most likely try the next book in the series.Published 2 months ago by Wendy Mark
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