Good read! I find his books really funny!
An excellent Dortmunder Gang book!
Westlake's John Dortmunder is out on a late night heist, a credit Jewelry store in the Queens district. It's almost like it's owner invited him with the sign in the window that said,"Closed for Vacation To Serve You Better". Oh, yes. And Dortmunder did what he's best at, taking what he can and selling to a fence.It's his career and he's good at it.
Among his jewelry is the Byzantine Fire stone, a priceless ruby and for Dortmunder, it's the biggest heist of his career, and will make him the target of the FBI, the NYPD, the Turkish government, Greek guerrillas, religious zealots, and the entire New York underworld.
What can Dortmunder get for the ruby? Maybe twenty years in prison...or maybe dead. But Dortmunder hasn't survived this long by being a pushover...
There's never a dull moment in 'Why Me' and this novel illustrates why Westlake is the master of comedic/crime writing. It's a Gem of a read ! Gery