Drowned Hopes - Dortmunder, Bk 7 Author:Donald E. Westlake Tom Jimson is one nasty old man. He doesn't move his lips, enjoys armed robbery, and calls John Dortmunder "Al." All that would be okay, if only Jimson wasn't about to do something else: blow apart a dam and drown hundreds and hundreds of poor schlubs who just happen to be living on the other side of it. Why? Because thirty yea... more »rs ago Jimson buried a casket on a spot that got turned into a reservoir. And that casket holds $750,000.
Now Dortmunder, that defender of humanity, is all that stands between the poor schlubs and Tom Jimson's itchy dynamite finger. What Dortmunder needs now is a plan. And to unearth a treasure from beneath fifty feet of water, he might need more than one...« less
Westlake brings back decent, smart and unlikely John Dortmunder for a seventh adventure. After a typically unrewarding night of attempted burglary, Dortmunder comes home to find ex-cellmate Tom Jimson in the living room. Jimson, given a 70th birthday release from an overcrowded state prison, is calmly venal and vicious as ever as he asks Dortmunder's help in reclaiming a $700,000 stash from an old robbery. The loot was buried in an upstate New York town that subsequently flooded to become part of the cities reservoir system. Jimson's plan to blow up the reservoir dam will doom nearby towns, so Dortmunder must concoct a more humane solution. A motley cast turning thru a dizzying variety of plot twists will keep readers laughing.