Both the author and the protagonist are masterminds in this caper-gone-wrong.
The writing is top notch. The characters are credible and lovable. The plot outlandish. The outcome is inevitable.
When I am between books, I need a book to get me to my next book. There are several authors I turn to in such times of need. Westlake and his improbable hero John Archibald Dortmunder is one of my favorites. Sure I know what's going to happen, but I know the end of Romeo and Juliet and Oklahoma too. I still go see a production when I can to immerse myself in the music and dance.
Westlake plays the music. Dortmunder, Kelp and Tiny sing the songs and dance the dances. I relax and enjoy until I can find another book to read.
Donald Westlake does it again. He is witty, funny, brings in his "anti-hero" characters that seem to never quite get it together. Dortmunder is at his best, always comes up with brilliant ideas that seem to never turn out the way they should. A fun, entertaining read, not too long, that makes you a little nervous hoping it all works out in the end.
"Westlake is a card with characters, and he flashes that talent to tenific effect here."
-Marilyn Stasio, New York Tunes Book Review
"Intricately plotted. . . . Its crisp writing keeps you moving. . . . A delightful addition to the long-running Dortmunder saga."
"A classic Dortmunder! . . . The latest and perhaps funniest comic novel featuring criminal John Dortmunder."
-New York Post
"Hilarious; . . .When's the last time you read a book that made you laugh on every page? H there's a more wryly convoluted mind out there than Westlake's, it has yet to show itseJf, and it does make the five-year wait between Dortmunder's lunatic capers seem excruciatingly long. . . . The best workout your sense of humor will get this millennium."
-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Another caper for John Dormunder and Dortmunder 'digs' this one,'literally'. Dortmunder is a robber, skilled in his craft at finding things and re-selling to a fence. But robbing a grave and switching bodies? Not his idea for making a heist,but there's money in it for just a night out even though he hates manual labor. However, this caper goes beyond the grave in a hilarious misstep after another. And as it gets worse you will laugh from page after page. A true master of comedic/crime, Donald E. Westlake is superb
as a master in making crime funny - at least for John Dortmunder and Westlake fans..