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Also by Donald E. Westlake:

Memory, April 2010
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Get Real, July 2009
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The Scared Stiff, December 2003
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Bad News, April 2001
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The Fugitive Pigeon, March 2001
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Corkscrew, November 2000
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The Hook, November 2000
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The Ax, June 1997
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Smoke, October 1995
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Trust Me On This, July 1995
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Don't Ask, April 1993
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Humans, February 1992
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Drowned Hopes, April 1990
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Jimmy The Kid, June 1989
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Sacred Monster, May 1989
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Tomorrow's Crimes, January 1989
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Good Behavior, January 1988
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The Sour Lemon Score And Deadly Edge, June 1985
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The Green Eagle Score, May 1985
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Why Me, March 1985
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The Seventh, February 1985
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Enough!, March 1977
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Bank Shot, April 1972
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Bad News
Donald E. Westlake

Dortmunder Novels
Mysterious Press
April 2001
On Sale: April 11, 2001
352 pages
ISBN: 089296717X
EAN: 9780892967179
Hardcover
$30.00
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Thriller Crime

When the smartest writer of lighthearted crime fiction brings JohnDortmunder back after a five-year hiatus, his fans are in for a double helpingof fun. Before the plot takes its first outlandish turn, Dortmunder's having a kind of midlife crisis: what's a career crook to do when his most recent attempt at restocking the family coffers ends in a botched burglary? Dortmunder makes his escape by pretending to be a customer caught napping in the optician's office of a New Jersey discount store after midnight, but he's unable to set up a new heist. Hoping to recoup his losses, he signs on with his old friend Andy Kelp, who's made an Internet connection with a bizarre scam artist named Fitzroy Guilderpost. Guilderpost's plan to take over an Indian gambling casino requires the replacement of one dead Indian buried in a Queens cemetery with another corpse, who's actually related to Guilderpost's partner, a Las Vegas chorine named Little Feather. Dortmunder and pals have to spirit JosephRedcorn out of the plot he's been occupying for nearly a century and replace himwith Little Feather's grandfather, who's been dead for quite a spell himself.Little Feather will inherit a third of the casino if she can prove she's relatedto the newly planted Indian, who belonged to a vanishing tribe, thePottaknobbees.Dortmunder can smell the wool being pulled over his eyes and has no intention of playing the fleeced sheep, not when he sees a way to cut himself and Andy in for a partner's share of the profits. But the casino's current owners are as crooked as FitzroyGuilderpost, so while switching one dead Indian with another isn't tough, evenfor a fellow who hates physical labor as much as Dortmunder does, keeping him planted long enough for the law to match his DNA with Little Feather's is a much more problematic enterprise.This is one of Dortmunder's most picaresque adventures (The Hot Rock, Don't Ask, etc.), and shows offauthor Donald E. Westlake's gifts: the pacing as swift as a dealer's shuffle, the secondary characters and the convoluted twists and turns of the plot worthy of the late Ross Thomas. And speaking of switched bodies and stolen identities… is it possible that Donald Westlake is Ross Thomas? (Don't panic; it's just wishful thinking from a big fan of the comic caper genre. But when you've worked your way through Westlake's oeuvre of over 50 novels, and reread every Elmore Leonard you can get your hands on, you might want to make your way to Ross Thomas'sback list, too). --Jane Adams

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