Another witty book from this author.
Its not just any bone. It's a femur. An 800 year old
femur. An 800-year-old femur of a 16-year_old girl who lust happened to have been killed and eaten by her own family. Then the Church made her a Saint. Then John Dortmunder stole the bone. Twice. /
Don't ask why two European nations have been fighting
like dogs over this bone. Don't ask how Dortmunder's gang of honorable crooks, from master driver Stan Murch to man - mountain Tiny Bulcher, got caught red-handed with the bone and were plunged into the middle of an international incident. Don't ask, because you don't need to. John Dortmunder has all the answers, and this time he's about to parlay a very old femur into an act of beautiful, larcenous revenge - one that will cut right to the bone .. .
A truly manic burst of fun
a Mixmaster plot full of druggings and
muggings, imprisonments and torture, art
theft and blackmail, not to mention an
arsenal of puns. Chicago Tribune
Merely wonderful. .. no one's touch is as quixotically cockeyed as Westlake's, no one.
can keep you chuckling as continuously.
-Los Angeles Times Book Review
A New York Times Notable Book for 1993
When you hear the phrase 'fighting over a bone' an image of two dogs come to mind. Yet this time it's two nations fighting but why? And for a bone? Yet this isn't any ordinary bone but an 800-year - old femur. It's the bone from a saint and the beholder of this bone will gain recognition to become a member to the United Nations. When John Dortmunder is approached to 'help' in retrieving this sacred relic for one of these feuding nations he's not interested until this honorable crook and his gang see it could be worthwhile when the price for their services makes all the difference. What they hadn't expected though is what it would cost them; druggings, muggings, imprisonments and torture.A fun filled caper (for the reader) with plenty of Westlake puns and chuckles along the way in this comedic/crime story that has made Westlake the master of this genre and the Dortmunder series the best of the best. Gery