John Dortmunder strikes it unlucky again when he gets a visit from an old cellmate, Tom Jimson. During Jimson's long stretch in the pen, the State of New York decided to turn a certain valley near Albany into a reservoir and it just so happens that the loot from Tom's last bank job was buried in that valley. Now the cash is under fifty feet of wat...more
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Prison overcrowding means that an old cellmate of Dortmunder's, Tom Jimson, is back in the world, and while Tom might be ready for retirement, he's still a cold-eyed, cold-hearted son-of-a-bitch who doesn't see any reason for the deaths of hundreds of people to get in the way of him retrieving the seven hundred thousand dollars ...more
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The gang accidentally at the wedding-- and the wedding itself--is one of the funniest scenes Westlake ever penned. (Right up there along with Dortmunder at the soldiers of fortune meeting, the fishiest fish out of water moment EVER!) That the newlywed couple reappears later on is a delightful surprise.
They (excepting Tim/Tom) get downright suburban in this is part of the delight. Murch's Mom playing bridge, them bei ...more
The protagonist is the guy he goes to see about it. Our protagonist, of course, is not a big-time hoodlum with a heart of flint. Westlake doesn't write that way. No, our guy is callous, certainly; selfish, no doubt. But he does not have anywhere ...more
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A longer than usual and frustrating Dortmunder adventure, this time outside of NYC. The first 6 in the series were all 4+ star reads, but this didn't match the quality of the previous ones. All the familiar characters are there plus a few new bizarre new ones. There's humor, but no real LOL moments.
The usual suspects are back once again proving crime really doesn't pay. Dortmund comes up with the plans, Andy Kelp gets the transportation, Stan Murch drives it and Murch's mom and May provide support. But when the pay off is fifty feet under water and a ruthless killer is involved, the result is bound to be chaos and mayhem and rib splitting laughs.
(view spoiler)[ and we find out the first name of Murch's Mom! (hide spoiler)]. Don't miss this book, it's interesting, suspenseful and funny. ...more