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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (484 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Donald E. Westlake Narrator: Michael Kramer Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Dortmunder Series Release Date:
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John Dortmunder doesn’t like manual labor. So when he gets the offer of money to dig up a grave, he balks…then he wonders why Fitzroy Guilderpost, criminal mastermind, wants to pull a switcheroo of two 70-years-dead Indians.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Westlake is a card with characters, and he flashes that talent to terrific effect here.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Very funny. Admirably plotted.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “Intricately plotted…Its crisp writing keeps you moving…A delightful addiction to the long-running Dortmunder saga.”

    USA Today

  • “Hilarious…When’s the last time you read a book that made you laugh on every page? If there’s a more wryly convoluted mind out there than Westlake’s, it has yet to show itself, and it does make the five-year wait between Dortmunder’s lunatic capers seem excruciatingly long…The best workout your sense of humor will get this millennium.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Is any mystery writer more adept at turning murder into mirth or conjuring more hilarious hokum than Westlake in his Dortmunder series? I doubt it…[The narrative is] jumping and joyous.”

    Chicago Sunday Sun-Times

  • “For the whole package—laughs, imagination, weirdoes in comic action—Bad News is the unqualified champ!”

    Toronto Sunday Star

  • “Superior!…Dortmunder and friends are back in an exciting caper…The funniest mystery series on the market today. The story line is amusing and entertaining as John and his team engage in a battle of wits.”

    Midwest Book Review

  • Bad News is good news for Westlake’s devoted fans…Vintage Westlake and vintage Dortmunder—clever, whimsical, charming, and, above all, funny.”


  • “Very good…Westlake provides us with some hysterical justice system characters. Escapade follows escapade in rapid succession…This is just the sort of delightful book to take on a cross-country plane ride, as long as you don’t mind the occasional odd stare from fellow passengers who are wondering what could possibly be so funny.”

    Winston-Salem Journal

  • “Perhaps the best Dortmunder novel so far…This latest carries on the Dortmunder tradition and raises it to new standards.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Petty criminals have never been so engaging…The central caper is downright ingenious and the various subplots swirling around the scam showcase Westlake’s wonderful characters and outrageous sense of humor…Highly recommended.”

    Mystery News

  • “A timeless plot that combines the best elements of the Three Stooges and a Damon Runyon story. That should be good enough for anybody looking for a finely oiled…romp through the graveyards of upper New York State.”

    Library Journal

  • “I’m always glad to see John Dortmunder and his crew again…It’s a kinder, gentler underworld we visit when we ride with Donald Westlake.”

    Charlotte Observer

  • “Another welcome addition to Westlake’s collection of must-read and must-reread books.”

    Harrisburg Patriot-News

  • “[Dortmunder is] crime’s funniest reoffender…and this is his best adventure yet.”

    Globe and Mail (Toronto)

  • “A classic Dortmunder!…The latest and perhaps funniest comic novel featuring criminal John Dortmunder.”

    New York Post

  • “Plenty of hilarity…Donald Westlake digs up another comic caper.”


  • Finalist for the 2002 Barry Award for Best Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Chris | 1/16/2014

    " I just love the characters in the Dortmunder books. This was a really fun read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kester | 1/2/2014

    " another fun dortmunder. good audiobook reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bill Gordon | 12/15/2013

    " This was my first Westlake and I rather enjoyed it. Never read anything quite like this before, a darkly comic crime novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by M Scott | 12/11/2013

    " Classic Dortmunder, funny and clever. I enjoyed this book all the way through and found it a page turner. If you like capers, this is for you. "

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