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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (525 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Donald E. Westlake Narrator: Arte Johnson Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN:
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Arriving home at dawn after another failed burglary, John Dortmunder - the anti-hero of Donald Westlake's popular comic crime series - is shocked to find his apartment occupied by a notorious cellmate everyone had supposed (and hoped) had been jailed for life. Tom Jimson needs Dortmunder's help.

Thirty years ago, before his last prison stretch, Tom had pulled a big job up near Albany - a very big job - that left a cool $700,000 in cash buried under a water reservoir in an upstate New York valley. Being the nasty sort of fellow he is, Tom's plan is to blow up the dam, flood the surrounding countryside, and grab the cash. With the fate of 900 small town nobodies hanging in the balance, Dortmunder races against Tom's itchy dynamite finger to formulate an alternative plan for retrieving the loot. Thus begins a convoluted caper, in the Westlake tradition, of misadventure and hilarity. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Warnie B. | 2/19/2014

    " Despite my very weird phobia of underwater cities, I think this is my absolute favorite of the Dortmunder books; it seems more complex than the others somehow, and also just...so cool! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Vickie | 2/12/2014

    " This was one of the few books I just gave up before finishing. None of the characters were particularly compelling to me and the story line plodded along verrrrrrrry slowly. I haven't really read Westlake/Dortmunder before so perhaps I haven't given it a fair chance. Perhaps if I started with the first Dortmunder I'd have been more attached to the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Herb Blank | 11/28/2013

    " Hysterical from start to finish. Imaginiative, entertaining and fast-moving caper with oddball characters and unexpected developments. This is a wonderful and light-hearted vacation read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tommy | 11/23/2013

    " OK but earlier Dortmunder book I rember as more fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 11/16/2013

    " Not the strongest of his Dortmumber comic crime capers, but still worth a read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheila Roberts | 11/10/2013

    " This is probably my all-time favorite Donald E. Westlake book. So cleverly done, such great humor. How sad that he's no longer with us! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Squeaky | 11/3/2013

    " 70-year-old Tom enlists his former cellmate Dortmunder, and the "gang", to help him retrieve a stash of loot that is now under a reservoir. I really like Westlake's book, but Pontiac Prix Fixe? Ha ha! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Atwood | 10/10/2013

    " This was the first Dortmunder book that I read, and it left me wanting more. Such a fun comic caper series. Well written, wonderful characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol Schweinberg | 9/28/2013

    " If you've read enough of the Dortmunder novels and have a feel for the characters, it makes this book extra funny. It is one of my most laughed out loud during reading books ever! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Aaron | 8/10/2013

    " ZzzzzzzzzzZzzzzzzzzzz.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brigid | 7/27/2013

    " Now this is good Dortmunder! It's been years since I read this one, but I remember it as delightfully funny. It has one of the best comic crime caper set-ups that I've read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phoebe Matthews | 7/8/2013

    " All the books in the Dortmunder series are wonderful, but this is probably the funniest. With his stuff, I read it, get to the last line and so know the story, and then I go right back to page l and read through again to enjoy all the subtle bits. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 2/18/2013

    " Seventh title in the Dortmunder series. What do you do when you find out your buried treasure is now deep underwater? Very funny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin Chou | 10/24/2012

    " This was an excellent, comedic read... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roy | 4/19/2012

    " Well worth reading but not my favorite Dortmunder. Too long and the underwater setting didn't work for me. If you've never tried this series I would recommend starting with The Hot Rock or Bank Shot (the first two in the series). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rog Harrison | 3/27/2012

    " This is only the second book I have read featuring Dortmunder and it certainly made me want to read more. At 550 pages it's a long story with more than a few twists and turns but with a satisfying ending. It's over the top but makes you smile even though there is some violence and people do die. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Virginia Walter | 1/14/2012

    " Things go wrong over and over and over again for Dortmunder and his crew when they try to retrieve $700,000 hidden in a casket under 50 feet of water in a reservoir. Another satisfying caper from a master of the genre. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Larry Webber | 8/6/2011

    " This is the first Dortmunder I ever read, and it has grown on me with a second reading. One of my favorite Westlake novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheila Storms | 4/20/2011

    " The plot and humor are more character-driven than in the previous books. The plot is over the top, but I had so much fun reading this. Westlake has a keen eye for people's motivations, and he sets them against each other to great comedic effect. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 1/2/2011

    " Not the strongest of his Dortmumber comic crime capers, but still worth a read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Unfinished | 7/9/2010

    " Perhaps the best Dortmunder I've read that is part of this series. More complex than some of his others, and well worth the read...not just for fans of Westlake, but for everyone. Longer review to come later on my blog. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheila | 6/28/2010

    " This is probably my all-time favorite Donald E. Westlake book. So cleverly done, such great humor. How sad that he's no longer with us! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 6/22/2010

    " Seventh title in the Dortmunder series. What do you do when you find out your buried treasure is now deep underwater? Very funny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 3/15/2010

    " Without question, the zaniest Dortmunder caper.

    Excellent, silly, endearing, funny ... in a word - great! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brigid | 4/23/2009

    " Now this is good Dortmunder! It's been years since I read this one, but I remember it as delightfully funny. It has one of the best comic crime caper set-ups that I've read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 3/8/2009

    " If you've read enough of the Dortmunder novels and have a feel for the characters, it makes this book extra funny. It is one of my most laughed out loud during reading books ever! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phoebe | 10/27/2008

    " All the books in the Dortmunder series are wonderful, but this is probably the funniest. With his stuff, I read it, get to the last line and so know the story, and then I go right back to page l and read through again to enjoy all the subtle bits. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Herb | 4/10/2008

    " Hysterical from start to finish. Imaginiative, entertaining and fast-moving caper with oddball characters and unexpected developments. This is a wonderful and light-hearted vacation read. "

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