Search Results: "Donald E. Westlake"


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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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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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THE GETAWAY CAR by Donald E. Westlake
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 24, 2014

"Westlake kept a list of possible book titles, the last of which was Read Me. It would have been just the right one for this bright, witty book."
Assorted selections from a beloved crime writer. 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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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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SACRED MONSTER by Donald E. Westlake
Released: May 15, 1989

A straight, short comic novel by Westlake, being neither mystery nor adventure but ending in doppelganger melodrama. 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 >

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SMOKE by Donald E. Westlake
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 5, 1995

"Only the anti-tobacco satire hits square on the mark."
Don't confuse this with the recent Paul Auster/Wayne Wang movie; think instead of Ellison's The Invisible Man. Read full book review >

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DON'T ASK by Donald E. Westlake
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1993

"Westlake's compilation of very funny slapstick vignettes—Ö la a series of Saturday Night Live sketches—can wear a bit thin as a novel, but they're a most effective antidepressant."
The hapless Dortmunder and his gang (Drowned Hopes, 1990, etc.) are hired to burgle the emerging nation of Votskojek's US embassy, ensconced in a boat on the East River, to redeem a sacred relic—the thighbone of the cannibalized 13th-century saint Ferghana—and bring it to the emerging nation of Tsergovia's embassy, a lower Second Avenue storefront, thus insuring the latter's induction into the UN. Read full book review >

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THIEVES’ DOZEN by Donald E. Westlake
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2004

"Irresistible. After reading about a certain card game herein, there's probably not a mystery reader alive who wouldn't beg to sit at Dortmunder's poker table."
John Dortmunder, who's been stealing anything that isn't nailed down since 1970 (see above), is probably the reason this thieves' dozen includes only 11 short stories. And if we ever catch up with him and that other perp, Westlake, we're going to make them fork over the rest. 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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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 >