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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (468 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Donald E. Westlake Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Dortmunder Series Release Date: July 2008 ISBN: 9781482977844
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Hapless criminal John Dortmunder returns in another rollicking tale of disorganized crime from Grand Master of Mystery Donald E. Westlake. It’s the score of a lifetime: easy access to a lavish New York City apartment, hordes of valuables, and an absentee owner avoiding the lawyers of his unhappy ex-wives. But before they pull the job, Dortmunder’s crew is startled to find their beloved gin joint, the OJ, in the clutches of the Mafia—who consider it perfect for a little fraud, courtesy of a nice big fire. For tactical and highly superstitious reasons, the fate of the OJ is even more important to the crew than the enormous score. Now, Dortmunder and his gang are determined to split their time, fighting the mob and robbing the rich simultaneously. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A cast of marvelously twisted supporting characters…Events unfold in a delicious sequence, and every step is complemented by great writing.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Westlake is in fine form…[he] renders characters that are delightfully askew…The adventures are always rich in the company of Westlake’s men of steal.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “A boxcar load of quirky characters. William Dufris brings all his skills to this Westlake entertainment…while delivering a well-paced narration.”

    AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 2/10/2014

    " Westlake makes crime fun with great language, descriptions and characters "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenn | 2/7/2014

    " Any of the Dortmunder novels are fun to read. They are always about a heist - no violence, which is great and I thought they were very funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wesley Paine | 1/24/2014

    " Another great, fun Dortmunder book. They make me smile a lot and sometimes laugh out loud. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 1/19/2014

    " Twelfth title in the Dortmunder series. Dortmunder and his crew must rally to save the OJ. Every bit as funny as you would expect. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason Reeser | 12/6/2013

    " Good fun, as always. A nice mixture of two story-lines, with all the great flavor of NYC that Westlake uses so well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 10/31/2013

    " I'm pretty sure this was a re-read, but it was very funny anyway. Poor Dortmunder - things don't always pan out quite how he hopes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maura | 10/25/2013

    " a Dortmunder book. the usual -- high levels of wittiness in describing a burglary that goes all wrong (and yet pretty darn well). This series is one of my reliable fallbacks when I need something good to read, and this was up to par. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Calton Bolick | 9/8/2013

    " Disorganized crime as the not-quite-master criminal John Dortmunder tries to put together the perfect heist, distracted by the takeover of his favorite tavern by the New Jersey mafia. Comic complications, as always, ensue. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenny | 9/6/2013

    " Slow for the first half. Not that great. Maybe a good read for the beach but not a terribly wonderful or interesting story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Glenn | 9/5/2013

    " Would give this 3.5 stars. A clever caper. Good twist at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 7/16/2013

    " Quite amusing look at small-time crooks vs. "the mob." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Missclimpson | 6/21/2013

    " As usual, wonderful plotting, characters, and dialog. Westlake will be greatly missed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Missmath144 | 4/19/2013

    " I read it at least once before. This time I listened to it on CD. I just love Westlake's Dortmunder series. The characters are real "characters" -- quirky but still believable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gerry | 4/12/2013

    " I enjoyed this one. It's a very light read with goof-ball mafia guys and the "good guys" are not exactly "good guys" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meggityb | 2/24/2013

    " I discovered the Dortmunder books this year. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Derk | 5/20/2012

    " I'm a big Westlake fan, particularly the Dortmunder Series. I've read all of his books I could get my hands on. This one followed the familiar pattern of the Dortmunder series and was not perhaps up to the best of them, but was still quite enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Strohm3 | 4/26/2012

    " I don't think I learned anything from this book, I did enjoy it though. I love books that have a lot of characters and interesting twists. I enjoyed the authors humor and descriptive writing. It was an easy read that kept me wanting to know more. Overall, an enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 3/28/2012

    " Fun crook book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter Martin | 3/25/2012

    " Easy to take for granted, but Westlake's command of the characters and the New York criminal world in which they live always sound completely authentic and, yes, welcoming. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Billcorcoran | 2/24/2012

    " A fun caper book about a group of thieves. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Haeji | 12/21/2011

    " another humorous dortmunder book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Will | 12/12/2011

    " Dortmunder & gang attempt to rob semi-deserted NY penthouse of an obnoxious millionaire who's hiding from alimony payments. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MrsB | 9/5/2011

    " Anne's choice for May 2009. There were lots of characters to keep track of. The plot comes together nicely in the end. Not everything needs to be richly-developed, but the writing style in this was really shallow. An okay read, but not really my style of book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patty | 8/31/2011

    " Good stuff again! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 5/12/2011

    " I'm pretty sure this was a re-read, but it was very funny anyway. Poor Dortmunder - things don't always pan out quite how he hopes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 3/29/2011

    " Westlake makes crime fun with great language, descriptions and characters "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wesley | 11/8/2010

    " Another great, fun Dortmunder book. They make me smile a lot and sometimes laugh out loud. "

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

    " Twelfth title in the Dortmunder series. Dortmunder and his crew must rally to save the OJ. Every bit as funny as you would expect. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Haeji | 3/17/2010

    " another humorous dortmunder book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Missclimpson | 11/27/2009

    " As usual, wonderful plotting, characters, and dialog. Westlake will be greatly missed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Missmath144 | 7/15/2009

    " I read it at least once before. This time I listened to it on CD. I just love Westlake's Dortmunder series. The characters are real "characters" -- quirky but still believable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 6/19/2009

    " Good fun, as always. A nice mixture of two story-lines, with all the great flavor of NYC that Westlake uses so well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Strohm3 | 4/23/2009

    " I don't think I learned anything from this book, I did enjoy it though. I love books that have a lot of characters and interesting twists. I enjoyed the authors humor and descriptive writing. It was an easy read that kept me wanting to know more. Overall, an enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MrsB | 4/9/2009

    " Anne's choice for May 2009. There were lots of characters to keep track of. The plot comes together nicely in the end. Not everything needs to be richly-developed, but the writing style in this was really shallow. An okay read, but not really my style of book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Billcorcoran | 1/17/2009

    " A fun caper book about a group of thieves. "

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About the Author
Author Donald E. WestlakeDonald E. Westlake (1933 - 2008) was a three-time Edward Award winner and the author of over a hundred novels and non-fiction books. In 1993, the Mystery Writers of America named Westlake a Grand Master, the highest honor bestowed by the society.
About the Narrator

William Dufris attended the University of Southern Maine in Portland-Gorham before pursuing a career in voice work in London and then the United States. He has won more than twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, was voted one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century by AudioFile magazine, and won the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 for best nonfiction narration. He lives with his family in Maine.