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Who Stole Sassi Manoon?

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  107 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Paperback, Reprint, 174 pages
Published by Charter (first published 1968)
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Oct 23, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did a book report on this book in the seventh grade. Nobody was surprised when I was forcibly ejected from the school newspaper staff several years later.

As a second act, the next six weeks I did a book report on Bank Shot. The teacher was appalled at my selections, and was apparently under the impression my parents had no idea what I was reading. She was even more shocked to find out that my mother was supplying me with books.

Que sera sera.

Glenn Garvie
Jan 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Ultra-lighthearted caper from Westlake (oddly credited on the cover without his middle initial) that is short on depth but long on comical planning and silly situations. It’s cozy and convoluted finale takes away from the fun first half but this one isn’t high art, it’s just there for fun. It almost feels as if Westlake might have cranked this one out during an inspired week’s vacation somewhere in the Caribbean. If that was actually these case, it’s just more proof of what an inventive and prol ...more
Jun 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction, humour
This one's basically Westlake on cruise control; this is the sort of thing he could almost write in his sleep, I would imagine. Quirky characters, elaborate plot, multiple twists and double-crosses, many humorous set-pieces, all in the service of a kidnapping caper with two sets of kidnappers and one interloper. Amusing, an easy read, but not memorable. I think if it had been done as a Parker novel, with the humour cut way back and the edginess of the Parker books added, it would have a better c ...more
May 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sassi Manoon has it all and she's bored with it. With the classic rags-to-riches story, she's become an international celebrity, garnering nearly a million dollars for each of her widely popular films. She is highly in demand and finds herself flitting from one exotic location to another. She's had several marriages and plenty of lovers, with prospects for many more to come. Anything material she could desire, she can get. But Sassi is sick of it all. It's no wonder, then, that she is almost hap ...more
Denise M.
Sep 14, 2009 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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
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Fun kidnapping caper from the master of this genre. Bumbling "criminals," a victim who isn't, and double crosses galore. His books are just a joy to read.
Zach Bumgardner
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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