This book is a delight. If you haven't read the Dortmunder series, now is the time to start.
The rest of the series is all novels. This is a book of short stories. While the stories are wonderful, Donald Westlake's comments in the introduction to the book and the introduction to the final story are priceless. Westlake is a comic genius, but he is also a perfect example of a true author. In the final story, he had to write his story about Dortmunder but use a different name for the main character and his cronies. (It was written during a time when Hollywood was trying to steal the rights to his character name.)
He says that once he decided on the name, John Rumsey, he realized that Rumsey wasn't as tall as Dortmunder. Really? Yes, really. He says there was nothing he could do about it; Rumsey was just a different guy.
But all that is a wonderful side issue. The stories here are as clever, funny, and interesting as any of the novels.
The final story, the Rumsey story entitled "Fugue for Felons," is a masterpiece of irony. Once you've read the story, read the definition of "fugue" in a dictionary. The story fits it so beautifully....
Read this book!
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