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The Hot Rock by Donald E. Westlake
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Jun 26, 2009

really liked it
Read in May, 2009

Donald Westlake, under the name Richard Stark, has written some of my absolute favorite crime novels I've ever read. The kind of crime novels where the main character is a criminal and you want them to get away with it. The characters are serious, competent professionals and the main character, Parker, has a steely look in his eye and brass in his boxers. Under his own name he writes other crime novels except in this case the main character, Dortmunder, possesses none of those qualities. His band of criminal misfits also do not possess the same competency and professionalism that the Parker teams do. The Dortmunder novels are a crime caper. More comedy, less crime and lots of fun. These are all relatively short diversions and I love using them as a palette cleanser between larger, more serious books. I've been going through the series that starts with this book and haven't found a stinker yet.

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