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  • Posted March 7, 2009

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    Reviewing: "Somebody Owes Me Money" by Donald E. Westlake

    "By The Light Of The Moon"
    All Chet Conway wanted was his money. Money he won through his local NYC bookie after he placed a bet on a horse. Conway drives a cab and is always getting advice from passengers. Most times he ignores what he is told and moves on to the next fare. This time his fare figured out he played the horses and gave a tip on a horse. The 20 to 1 horse ran down in Florida shortly after he placed the bet and wins. Once he collects from his bookie, Tommy McKay, he can pay off his gambling debts.

    One little problem with the plan though.

    Just a couple of hours after confirming that Conway won, Tommy McKay is very dead on his living room floor. Dropping by on his way home after work, Conway finds the body and is drawn into the investigation by the local police who don't buy his story. Especially Detective Goldman who is sure Conway knows more than he is telling. He certainly does but that wouldn't help the case any. But, Goldman isn't the only one who knows Chet Conway knows more then he is telling. Two separate gangs also believe Conway knows more as does his sister, in from Vegas, who plans on dealing justice to those responsible.

    Originally published in 1969, this June 2008 release from author Donald E. Westlake features a cynical every man just trying to make a buck and survive. He knows he is never going to be filthy rich but he also knows that, even if his bookie is dead, the bookie had to have a boss to pay the claims. With occasional flashes of bitter humor and plenty of cynicism he deals with thugs all around, a beautiful woman who is a shark in many ways, and a cop whose motives aren't obvious. Packed in 253 pages the read is full of character development, lots of action, and a strange mystery case involving Tommy McKay. The same Tommy McKay who "looked like he'd been shot in the chest with antiaircraft guns." (P.16)

    Try getting that image out of your head.

    Kevin R. Tipple © 2009

    The Carpathian Shadows Volume 2
    Print or E-book

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 1, 2012

    Chet ¿Don¿t Call Me Chester¿ Conway has a bit of a gambling prob

    Chet “Don’t Call Me Chester” Conway has a bit of a gambling problem, and he’ll be the first one to admit his shortcomings. His gambling problem manages to get him framed for murder, wanted by rival gangs, shot at, and held at gunpoint on more than one occasion. And yet he still sticks by his chosen vice to the bitter end. Some might see this as the sign of a true addiction; some might call it crazy; but I’d call it entertaining reading.

    His relationship with Abbie gives SOMEBODY OWES ME MONEY heart and adds a slightly lighter flavor to the appetizing entrée. It’s not what I’d necessarily think of for hard-boiled, but it has enough old school characters, dialogue, twists and turns, and action scenes to crack a few eggs. This was a quick read for a man who wouldn’t necessarily say he’s a quick reader, and it proved a rather enjoyable read as well.

    If you’re a Donald Westlake fan, then you’ll probably enjoy this one. Even if you’re not, but you like blasts from the past, you might just enjoy this one, too.

    Robert Downs
    Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted September 24, 2013

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    Name: dylan sharpclaws but call him dylan. Age: 19 height: 6 feet 6 inches. Spieces: tigranotheer. Appearence: imagine a werecat that has golden colored fur and green colored eyes. Gender: male crush: none status: single.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2013

    Zero(number 2)

    Freinds: raven. Personality: get to know him.

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  • Posted December 28, 2011

    Great, as always!

    Like all Donald Westlake's I've read, this is an excellent book. It's not as funny as the Dortmunder series, but still well worth reading.

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

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    Another Westlake nugget.

    A master at work, Westlake once again draws you into the underworld with well-defined characters and a healthy dose of mystery. From a prolific time for Westlake, SOMM is fast paced yet a little dated. The surprises aren't much, but as an example of setting down a steady beat and compelling character nobody does it better. Check out the Dortmunder series, Tucker Coe novels and the great Kalawa for better examples.

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