Search Results: "Donald E. Westlake"


BOOK REVIEW

MONEY FOR NOTHING by Donald E. Westlake
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 26, 2003

"Who can resist an assassination plot that hinges on costumes straight out of a Rudolf Friml operetta, a spy who loves Saks, an actor who delivers the best lines, and a cagey author twisting logic until it cries uncle?"
One of Westlake's many skills is to render the preposterous not only engaging but downright plausible. Read full book review >

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THE HOOK by Donald E. Westlake
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 2, 2000

"The set-up borrows a bit from Strangers on a Train, but the insider's view of the writer's life and the publishing industry are Westlake at his most trenchant—and several of those failed Bryce plots sound suspiciously like the work of Robert Ludlum."
Since blockbuster novelist Bryce Proctorr is blocked and can't write a word, while midlist author Wayne Prentice can't find a publisher for his new book, since each of his titles has sold even less well than the one before, Bryce offers Wayne half of his million-plus advance if he can palm Wayne's finished manuscript off as his own—with a few changes, of course—and one small hook. Read full book review >

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THE AX by Donald E. Westlake
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 20, 1997

"90s update of The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit."
A downsized line manager plots a murderous way to winnow the competition for his next job, in this unusually somber tale from the reigning king of crime comedy. Read full book review >

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THE ROAD TO RUIN by Donald E. Westlake
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 21, 2004

"Not quite the funniest of Dortmunder's capers, but worthwhile if only to eavesdrop on the drinkers at the O.J. Bar & Grill as they resolve the issue of global warming."
Can you believe John Dortmunder (see below) and his wayward cronies (Bad News, 2001, etc.) actually doing an honest day's work and getting paid for it? Read full book review >

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BAD NEWS by Donald E. Westlake
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 11, 2001

"The best workout your sense of humor will get this millennium."
When's the last time you read a book that made you laugh on every page? Read full book review >

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WHAT'S THE WORST THAT COULD HAPPEN? by Donald E. Westlake
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 11, 1996

"This lovely new Mission: Improbable from the galaxy's king of the comic crime caper will have you shouting a resounding Amen."
Acting on a tip that a billionaire's house on Long Island is empty, John Dortmunder and a professional colleague pay it a nocturnal call. Read full book review >

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FOREVER AND A DEATH by Donald E. Westlake
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"Not as tough as Westlake's Richard Stark stories about Parker, not as humorous as his tales of the hapless thief Dortmunder, but a posthumous bonus fans will cherish anyway."
Fans of the beloved Westlake (1933-2008) will rejoice in this unexpected treat: a novel based on a treatment for a 1997 James Bond movie that the Chinese government's displeasure prevented from going into production. Read full book review >

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GET REAL by Donald E. Westlake
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 17, 2009

"Westlake, who died this past New Year's Eve, left 14 Dortmunder capers. This one is as beguiling as the rest (What's So Funny, 2007, etc.), with the bonus of exquisitely placed jibes at reality TV."
Dortmunder's last caper. Read full book review >

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WATCH YOUR BACK! by Donald E. Westlake
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 18, 2005

"A top-flight caper from Westlake, who can outconnive anyone in the writing business."
Begin laughing right now. Read full book review >

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PUT A LID ON IT by Donald E. Westlake
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 24, 2002

"Westlake will have to rev up his sense of foul play, and of humor, to deliver the political version of Elmore Leonard's Get Shorty he's assuredly capable of."
Westlake, who usually tosses off punchlines with the zeal of a suicide bomber, misfires here. Read full book review >

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BABY, WOULD I LIE? by Donald E. Westlake
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A rollicking soft-news junket that ranks about average for Westlake's lighthearted mysteries, which is still better than anybody else currently working the field."
Sara Joslyn, the self-described girl reporter of Trust Me On This (1988), has left her job at landfill tabloid Weekly Galaxy for Trend, the Manhattan weekly ``For the Way We Live This Instant.'' Now she's in country-music capital Branston, Mo.—where hair is ``concrete-permed'' and if it ain't fried, it ain't food—to cover the trial of country veteran Ray Jones for the kidnapping, rape, and murder of Belle Hardwick. Read full book review >

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WHAT’S SO FUNNY? by Donald E. Westlake
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 26, 2007

"More characters than at Agincourt, each with a wicked way with a punch line, and a plot twist that lands this firmly in Westlake's own screwball territory (Watch Your Back, 2005, etc.)."
The 13th workout for the funny bone featuring John Dortmunder, his inept crew and a massively over-attended burglary. Read full book review >