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One Of Us Is Wrong (Sam Holt #1)

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  38 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Actor Sam Holt has packed in Packard, the TV detective he played for several years to much acclaim and lots of money. But success has had its downside: Holt is so closely identified with Packard that he can't get hired to play anyone else. Suddenly, though, someone seems to have a new role for Holt: the role of Dead Body. Years of having watched stunt-drivers do their stuf...more
Paperback, 258 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by Felony & Mayhem (first published 1986)
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Spiros
May 08, 2014 Spiros rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: m.c. escher fans
It's pretty meta: Samuel Holt is really Donald E. Westlake. Samuel Holt's protagonist is Sam Holt, who was born Holton Hickey, who played a character on television named Jack Packard, in which identity Sam Holt/Holton Hickey has been inexorably entangled in the public's mind, so that Holt has become virtually unemployable except as Packard. This gave Westlake an entirely new narrative voice, which he ran with nicely.
Susan
Holt is a pseudonym for Donald Westlake who is so funny but can be so dark (writing as Richard Stark). This is medium dark with an inside glimpse of Hollywood. Good stuff.
M.L. Rudolph
1986. Donald Westlake writing as Sam Holt, a protected pen-name.

For five years, Holt, a former police detective, stars in a TV series about a criminology professor and sometime private eye. After the series is cancelled, new roles are hard to find. Holt's too identified with his successful TV character. We've all had that problem, right?

Holt is almost murdered one day while driving on the San Diego Freeway. One thing leads to another and the actor playing the private eye is soon using his polic...more
Randy
First book in the series. Sam Holt, reluctantly retired actor, is minding his own business on a California highway when two Impalas, two middle Eastern looking men in each, do their best to knock his Volvo into trucks, guard rails, off the road.
He then remembers a black mail tape a writer friend showed him several months that has to be the cause. he reluctantly gets pulled into an insane plot involving the idiot friend and terrorists.
Peter Martin
Wish that Donald Westlake's cover hadn't been blown, so he could have kept writing these. The first entry introduces actor turned amateur sleuth Samuel Holt, who narrates the tale with good humor and finesse. The plot is revealed through his POV, and takes some good turns. Westlake's voice here strikes a good balance, feeling more personal than Dortmunder while retaining Parker's pugnacity.
Denise M.
Sep 14, 2009 Denise M. marked it as to-read
AKA: Alan Marshall, Alan Marsh, James Blue, Ben Christopher, Edwin West, John B. Allan, Curt Clark, Tucker Coe, P.N. Castor, Timothy J. Culver, J. Morgan Cunningham, Samuel Holt, Judson Jack Carmichael, Richard Stark, Donald E. Westlake
Craig Rettig
Not quite as "hard boiled" as some of Westlake's other stuff, but still a fun, light read.
Steven
It's like reading a book where James Garner, not Rockford, is solving crimes. Brilliant!
Sandy
This was an older book I picked up somewhere, but it was really good! I enjoyed it.
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