Somebody Owes Me Money Author:Donald E. Westlake SOMETIMES WINNING FEELS AN AWFUL LOT LIKE LOSING. — 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... more » had nothing to do with it ? but just try explaining that to the cops, to the two rival criminal gangs who each think Chet?s working for the other, and to the dead man?s beautiful sister, who has flown in from Las Vegas to avenge her brother?s murder?« less
I really enjoyed this "Hard Case" crime story that was originally published back in 1969. Very reminiscent of Mickey Spillane and other hard-core detective novels of the 50s and 60s. Basically it was the story of a gambler - Chet Conway - who got caught in the middle of two opposing gangs when he tried to collect a payoff from his bookie who was shot and killed right before he arrived to get the money. Both gangs thought he had killed the bookie and eventually tried to kill him to keep him quiet. The story was very fast-paced and involved the usual thugs, thieves, and of course the beautiful blonde who tried to help Chet along the way. Very enjoyable!