Somebody Owes Me Money (Hard Case Crime #44)
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
As a friend pointed out, Westlake writing under his own name has a completely different style than when writing as Richard Stark. I like the latter better, but this was a nice dessert.
This edition is incorrect. I read it as one of the original HCC books, back when they still did p ...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
Hijinks ensue. Bliss.
Not every book from Hard Case is a 'great find': this one is okay only because of a twist...
HOOK - 2 stars >>>I bet none of it would have happened if I wasn't so eloquent...Where I am is in a cab in NY City...driving a cab is a lot more pleasant than you might think...<<< opens the story.
Within a few pages we learn that the cab driver has won about a thousand bucks on horses.
PACE - 2: This one moves along a bi ...more
A cabbie -part-time leisure gambler- gets a tip on a horse race.
Follows through but fails to collect.
This is a fun page-turner with brilliant dialogue.
I'd guess you haven't read this one yet.
You probably haven't even read 361.
What's wrong with you?
Read more Westlake.
Stark is the greatest and Coe is sublime but Westlake is a genius.
Notes previously posted:
02/25 page 85
"How hard is it for an author to write such effortless narrative
dialogue as contained in this novel?
How ma ...more
The comic crime caper is hard to pull off. For one thing, murder is not usually considered a funny subject in and of itself. In trying to make it funny, i ...more
Well I guess every game can't be a no hitter...or maybe this is the no hitter but Westlake is the one at bat rather than pitching???
So our protagonist a ne'er do well cab driver who likes to gamble and has gotten himself in a situation where...well where things could get a little unpleasant if he goes any farther in the hole. The someone gives Conway (our "hero") a tip on a su ...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
I went ...more
Westlake wrote this in 1969, so naturally 'Somebody Owes Me Money' conforms to the genre stereo ...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
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
In addition, the level of self-awareness in the character of Chet is just fantastic - while he doesn't exactly break the fourth wall, he certainly turns and wi ...more
I've read all of Westlake's Richard Stark novels which are anything but funny, albeit fantastically hard boiled.
This one is entertaining from the word go and really often laugh-out funny as well as being a neat narrative
"Hablamos sobre la inminente nevada y lo que debía hacerse al respecto. Sazoné la charla con uno que otro chascarrillo y me dejé caer algunas sesudísimas reflexiones sobre los políticos en Washington, la industria automotriz y la contaminación."
Cuando Chet llegó a su destino el pasajero se le quedó mirando.
"Ahora se supone que ...more
In any case, in this book our protagonist, a cabbie named Chet, wins big on the horses because of a tip from a mysterious but knowledgeable stranger in his cab, and when he goes to collect, h ...more
I've been reading a lot of Westlake lately, mostly his work under the name Richard Stark, and I think i needed a break from that dark world. Well at least for one book anyway. I stuck with the same author though, because I'm still in that Westlake mood and I'm glad I chose Somebody Owes Me Money.
The books is part mystery and part comedy of errors. Westlake it seems is playing around with the conventio ...more
Chet Conway is a NY cabbie with very little dough, and a penchant for twice weekly poker games and playing the horses. After one ride, in lieu of a few dollars the passenger gives Chet a tip on a horse. He ends up winning nearly a gra ...more
Those things (for me anyway) being a last-minute twist in the ending that, if you're not quite as humored by the rest of the book, can feel a little cheap. Obviously, I was able to overlook it and take it as part of the theme of the story. Also, I would' ...more
Having just read-and hated-Westlake's Dortmunder, I was a little apprehensive about reading another Westlake crime/humor mash-up. Color me surprised, then, when I ended up really enjoying this one a lot! The mystery is pretty convoluted, but the book is hilarious and moves at a fa ...more