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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2001

    Makes you think

    This is my first book by Westlake and I was pleasantly surprised. This is both a deep psychological novel that reads with the ease of a book you would bring to the beach. I learned a lot about authors and their methods. While this is not a modern Crime and Punishment, it does intrigue me enough to check out Westlake again...

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Exciting paychological suspense

    It must be over twenty years since authors Bryce Proctorr and Wayne Prentice first met. When they were both aspiring and promising they hit the same haunts, but that was years. Their careers took off in different directions with Proctorr being one of the giants and receiving millions per book while Prentice has faded into the inkwell of nothingness using pen names to hide his dismal selling record. Sales are everything and the computer maintains the history whether it is dismal or not. Now coincidentally, they run into each other doing library research. <P>Suffering from writer¿s block, which he blames on his ugly divorce, Bryce offers a lucrative deal to Wayne. Wayne writes the book using Bryce¿s name instead of Tim Fleet or some other alias and they split the multi-million dollar pot. However, Bryce adds one condition, namely that his ex-wife Lucie must die. <P>Like his previous novel THE AX, Donald Westlake HOOKS his audience from the start and never lets go until the novel is finished. The psychological suspense story line leaves Wayne stunned and questioning the Faustian deal he accepted. The two writers turn the tale into an exciting novel that will leave readers wanting Mr. Westlake to publish his next book much faster than the three-year gap between this story and his preceding work. <P>Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2000

    How cleaver!

    This was my first introduction to Mr. Westlake. Meeting him and listening to him read the first chapter - well I was Hooked. Once you read the first chapter for yourself you will be 'HOOKed' and not able to rest till you finish the book. A story that had me guessing 'how will this end'. A great masterpiece!!

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