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Jimmy The Kid (Dortmunder #3)

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  909 Ratings  ·  73 Reviews
Here's the five-member Dortmunder Gang trying to achieve the perfect crime by following a paperback novel. They intend to follow the book's blueprint for a child heist in order to succeed at last at something crooked. But, they never counted on this 12-year-old kid!
Mass Market Paperback, 174 pages
Published October 1st 1994 by Mysterious Press (first published 1974)
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Dan Schwent
Andy Kelp gets the bright idea of using a plan from a Richard Stark novel to pull off the kidnapping of a rich kid and hold him for ransom. Dortmunder eventually caves and decides to go along with the plan, only to quickly realize he shouldn't have. The kid they choose ends up being a precocious little bastard and things start going wrong. Not everything works like it does in the books...

The best way I can summarize this one is to say Hilarious. Dortmunder is still the loveable loser introduced
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F.R.
Feb 23, 2013 F.R. rated it really liked it
I guess when Donald Westlake wrote ‘Jimmy The Kid’ it was as a final goodbye to Parker. He’d already given us the great, epic Parker novel ‘Butcher’s Moon’ and this was the final kiss-off. The Parker character was wrapped in with Westlake’s more comic perennial, Dortmunder, and I suspect – in 1974 – that Westlake thought he would ride his comic creation to fame and glory. That he would become the crime P.G. Wodehouse known to millions. It didn’t quite work out that way. Much like Lee Marvin in ‘ ...more
Jonathan Dunsky
May 20, 2017 Jonathan Dunsky rated it it was amazing
Jimmy The Kid is the third installment in mystery Grandmaster Donald Westlake's Dortmunder series of comedy crime novels. This one is hilarious and its premise is superb.

Kelp, the guy who always comes to Dortmunder with the "next big idea" finds and reads a book called Child Heist by a Richard Stark that tells the story of a criminal called Parker and his gang who kidnap and ransom off a kid. Richard Stark is a penname Westlake used to write his masterful Parker series, one of the best crime ser
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Glen
Feb 18, 2015 Glen rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, humor
Jimmy The Kid is a strange book, where Westlake parodies the books he wrote under the name of Richard Stark.

Dortmunder's friend, Andy Kelp, read a book about a fictional thief, named Parker, and wants to use the book as a blueprint for his own crime.

They kidnap a kid genius, and right when you think something like The Ransom of Red Chief will happen, it doesn't, but much other hilarity happens.

It's hilarious on so many levels.
David
May 17, 2013 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: noirboiled
As brilliant as it is self-indulgent, the third Dortmunder novel will delight Westlake fans in general and Parker fans in particular. If you already know anything about Jimmy the Kid, then you already know too much. Read it before you learn more.
Mohammed
Best book in the series so far of the 3 books i have read.

Very funny, quality dialogues.
Donald
Jun 07, 2017 Donald rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun, and funny! It's a book within a book, and a movie of it all too!


Basically, Westlake gives us a Dortmunder and gang book called "Jimmy the Kid" that follows along another "book" by Richard Stark (wink,wink!) titled, "Child Heist" which features Parker! Kelp wants to use "Child Heist" as a blueprint for their next "job", but of course, the Dortmunder gang has an entirely different experience than the Parker gang! Loved the double layer of this story, great humor, and fun ending too! Definitel
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Noah Goats
Mar 13, 2017 Noah Goats rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A funny little crime caper. Nicely plotted and consistently amusing.
Mike
Apr 16, 2013 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone

With the third installment the author decided it wasn’t sufficient to cause the gang to fail based on their own. No, this time, he makes them fail while following a caper that appears in a crime novel. Andy Kelp has been in a local pokey for a few days and while he was eventually let go, he had the time and opportunity to read the novel Child Heist by Richard Stark. He was so impressed with the contents of this book that he buys several copies and hands them out to his friends.

The trick is tha
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Spiros
Mar 17, 2011 Spiros rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those with an appreciation for postmodern crime farces
Andy Kelp once again comes up with the fool-proof caper: plan a kidnapping using Richard Stark's (mythical) novel CHILD HEIST as a blueprint. What could go wrong? They get away with it in the novel!
Needless to say, as in any Dortmunder story, things tend to go hilariously wrong.
Book Concierge
3.5***

John Dortmunder is at it again. Talked into a “perfect” kidnapping plot by his “friend” and previous cohort, Andy Kelp, he tries everything to pull of the big caper that is certain to make the gang a fortune. Recently, while a guest of the county for possessing burglar tools, Kelp came across an interesting mystery story in the prison library. Child Heist by Richard Stark outlines a perfect crime – the kid is unharmed, and the kidnappers get away scot free. All the details are there, they
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Josh
Nov 26, 2012 Josh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, kindle, read_2013
A group of kidnappers use a fictitious Richard Stark novel as a blueprint to abduct a wealthy kid for ransom. Leader of the group Dortmunder has reservations but is coaxed into following the script after the other members of the group determine the novel idea is a full proof way to make some serious cash.

Jimmy, the kidnapped boy is more than Dortmunder and crew bargain for. A child genius who out smarts his kidnappers time and time again throughout what is a rollercoaster ride of laughs and lig
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Martin
An excellent crime comedy, with some really funny situations, especially the times when we are given a chapter of Child Heist (the book-within-the-book, a fake Parker novel by author Westlake's Richard Stark pseudonym) in which we see 'the plan' according to Parker, followed by a chapter in which Dortmunder and his accomplices try to replicate said 'plan' and see it get screwed up somehow and fall apart; or the times when they get frazzled or confused because the people in real life don't react ...more
Serena.. Sery-ously?
Nov 24, 2012 Serena.. Sery-ously? rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Dortmunder, Kelp, May, Murch e mamma Murch organizzano un piano geniale, che gli porterà soldi su soldi e soprattutto sarà un gioco da ragazzi.
Sì, perché decidono di seguire fedelmente il piano di rapire un bambino descritto in un libro.
Peccato che nulla andrà come deve e che soprattutto non rapiranno un ragazzo qualsiasi.. Ma un genio con un QI altissimo!
Divertentissimo, mi ha fatto letteralmente morire!!
Quando Herbert chiede se il prezzo della valigetta (42 dollari!) debba essere scalato dal p
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Jacob Atkinson
Feb 09, 2013 Jacob Atkinson rated it it was amazing
How do you follow up a book about stealing a whole bank? A child heist where you follow the heist as written in a BOOK!!!! Not just any book but a Parker novel, written by Richard Stark. The idea came about because the publisher of Stark was getting outside pressure that continuing to publish the Stark works was bad because the heists were believable and possibly giving crooks ideas.

The result?!? Westlake writes a Dortmunder novel doing just that. What neither publisher was aware of was that Wes
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LauraT
Aug 28, 2015 LauraT rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For my father's sake!
It was one of his books that got lost on one of our movings - maybe it's in my brother's house, pity I can't call him! But I was forbidden to read it 40 years ago when my father and ome aunts and uncles of mine were saying it was hilarious. I foud it again on line - and I have to admit that, even if a little dated, it is funny indeed!
Links with people of the past that keep turning up ... I like it!!!
Steve
If you've been a mystery and crime fiction
reader for some time, you probably know that Westlake was a master storyteller who wrote under several names. In this novel about Dortmunder the grouchy thief, he creates a sendup of his alternative self. Funny, sad, and entertaining, as usual. Somehow, I'd missed this installment. Don't make the same mistake.
Eduard Spacil
Oct 09, 2016 Eduard Spacil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dortmunder goes meta. Westlake měl geniální nápad propojit svoje dvě (dnes už) legendární série, a tak Dortmunder a jeho parta unáší dítě podle návodu v podobě románu Richarda Starka s Parkerem v hlavní roli! Všechno, co se může podělat, se samozřejmě podělá. Bavilo mě to o dost víc než dvojka. Jdu dál!
Gavin Simms
Jul 30, 2016 Gavin Simms rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious. Westlake hitting his stride here with Dortmunder. And a "new" Parker book as well. A treat.
John
Dec 05, 2012 John rated it really liked it
A wickedly funny little crime novel, and a clever bit of metafiction to boot.
Eggp
Dec 11, 2013 Eggp rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do it by the book
just stick to the script, Jimmy
no need to show off.
Romeo Vernazza
Se legge e si ride. Quasi sempre a noi umani non basta altro.
Randy
Feb 04, 2009 Randy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dortmunder and gang stage a kidnapping following the plan in a book by some guy named Stark. As usual, things don't go as planned.
Jenny
Mar 09, 2017 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The premise of this Dortmunder caper is that Kelp (of course) reads a book while in jail called Child Heist and thinks it's a good blueprint for a caper that he, Dortmunder, Murch and the rest can do. May convinces Dortmunder, who is still sore about the failed jewel and bank capers from Books 1 & 2, because what else are they doing? Besides, he's just sore because he's the plan guy, and he feels like the plan is already made.

Naturally, things go wrong, the least of which is that Kelp doesn'
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Paul
Jul 10, 2017 Paul rated it really liked it
Another amusing story featuring the bungling Dortmunder & if possible his even more inept crew.
In a bizarre twist, one of Dortmunder's most inept sidekicks, Kelp, comes to Dortmunder with a plan to kidnap a young lad after reading a (fictitious) 'Parker' novel written by Westlake's alter-ego, Richard Stark. What could possibly go wrong? Well, just about everything. Jimmy runs rings around Dortmunder and his crew, making for some hilarious dialogue.

Some years ago, i read a number of the 'Do
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Josef Horký
Nakonec nejvtipnější je vlastně to spojení s další Westlakeovou/Starkovou knihou o Parkerovi.
Rdb
Dec 15, 2016 Rdb added it
Apparently I read this twice, second time in 1996, and forgot.
Albert Belcher
Oct 20, 2016 Albert Belcher rated it it was amazing
Hilarious
Christopher (Donut
I had wanted to read this book ever since I heard the premise: the Dortmunder gang plans a child heist around the Richard Stark book "Child Heist" (which doesn't exist outside this book).

I was a big Parker fan, with enough respect for Westlake in any guise to imagine this would be a treat.

Along the way, however, I read The Hot Rock and Bank Shot (though this set the original goal back a few years), and to tell the truth, I preferred them, because they got funnier and funnier, whereas in Jimmy th
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David
Apr 08, 2008 David rated it it was ok
Shelves: completed
This is another one of those "Dortmunder" books in which the bad guys plan a job and things sort of fall apart and then they try to fix it. This one has a special twist to it, but is far from one of Westlake's best in this series.

Dortmunder considers Andy Kelp to be the gang's jinx. Andy brings a paperback novel about a kidnapping and suggests that the group utilize the plan in the book. In a comical method of inserting himself into the novel, the paperback is one of the "Parker" novels Westlak
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Donald E. Westlake (1933-2008) was one of the most prolific and talented authors of American crime fiction. He began his career in the late 1950's, churning out novels for pulp houses—often writing as many as four novels a year under various pseudonyms such as Richard Stark—but soon began publishing under his own name. His most well-known characters were John Dortmunder, an unlucky thief, and a ru ...more
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