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The Hook by Donald E. Westlake
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Feb 22, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: crime-and-mystery

THE HOOK is a delightfully nasty little piece of candy: a satire on the publishing industry wrapped around a Hitchcockian infernal bargain between a famous author who's "blocked" and a prolific author who can't get published. The story moves quickly, with wonderful details to sketch out the NYC and CT locales as well as the behind-the-scenes views of the writer's workday and the publisher's offices. More to the point, THE HOOK also has one of the most brutal murder scenes I have ever read, as well as a clever and twisted ending that is perfectly timed to punch you in the gut just as you are halfway through the last sentence of the book. I really liked this one, and Westlake makes it all look so effortless.

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