Somebody Owes Me Money
Cab driver Chet Conway was hoping for a good tip from his latest fare, the sort he could spend. But what he got was a tip on a horse race. Which might have turned out okay, except that when he went to collect his winnings, Chet found his bookie lying dead on the living room floor. Chet knows he had nothing to do with it-but just try explaining that to the cops, to the two...more
This was a light-hearted tale with a lot of twists and t...more
Chet Conway, an ordinary New York City cab driver who likes to gamble including putting his money into poker and horse races. He's not a big time gambler though, but just enough to get a little ahead one week and a little bit into debt the next. One of Conway's customers sort of stiff's Che...more
Donald E. Westlake is one such writer. His pulp mystery, Somebody Owes Me Money, is one of the many classics of the genre seeing re-release through Hard Case Crime, the people who brought you top-shelf reve...more
One of the things that I always admired about Westlake was that he could write great serious crime novels like his Parker series, but he could also write these really funny lighter crime novels like Dortmunder.
Somebody Owes Me Money is more in the Dortmunder style, and it's really interes...more
Donald Westlake is a true master of the mystery and crime fiction genres with a flair for humor in many of his works and Somebody Owes Me Money definitely falls into this category. It is a tightly paced story of a very regular guy who makes a bet, wins, and then winds up in the wrong place at the wrong time when trying to collect. Needless to say he runs afoul o...more
I get pretty tired of super-protagonists (like Jack Reacher) who seem to be everyone's intellectual, moral and physical superior and can not be challenged by anyone. However, the opposite can be similarly disengaging. Ch...more
Not many authors attempt to mix humor with crime-caper, and probably most would not not be successful. Westlake easily balances the 2... providing a well-balanced blend, never...more
One opens the book and begins with a situation a lot of us can relate to, and then, rather quickly, and yet inexorably, we find ourselves, along with the protagonist, being drawn into a larger, darker, criminal world. Good thing the murdered man's sister is an appealing blonde!
Despite the alarming number of details that "date" this book, the verve and...more
His relationship with Abbie gives SOMEBODY OWES ME MONEY hea...more
Then suddenly, the angels sing: Hallelujah! Your horse just won on some VERY long odds! You trot joyfully up the stairs to your bookie's flat...and he's there. Dead. On the floor. It looks like a professional hit.
So...what would you do?
If it was me,...more
Westlake wrote this in 1969, so naturally 'Somebody Owes Me Money' conforms to the genre stereo...more
A fun Donald E. Westlake book that may not be amongst his all-time best--but even run of the mill Westlake is pretty good. Somebody Owes Me Money benefits from being genuinely funny throughout (with one chase scene near the end, in particular, being pretty hilarious). The main character is a man named Chet Conway (no, really) who gets stuck...more
It was remarkable to me how much Westlake was able to completely change his storytelling voice for Somebody Owes Me Money. The character Chester is your Average Joe -- the opposite of Parker. And his narration o...more