Drowned Hopes (John Dortmunder Series #7)

Drowned Hopes (John Dortmunder Series #7)

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by Donald E. Westlake
     
 

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Dortmunder returns--and is at his best. "The stylish dialogue plays with Harold Pinter meets Abbott and Costello fireworks" said the New York Times.See more details below

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Dortmunder returns--and is at his best. "The stylish dialogue plays with Harold Pinter meets Abbott and Costello fireworks" said the New York Times.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Westlake here brings back decent, smart and unlucky John Dortmunder for a seventh adventure. After a typically unrewarding night of attempted burglary, Dortmunder comes home to find ex-cellmate Tom Jimson ensconced in the living room. Jimson, given a 70th-birthday release from an overcrowded state prison, is as calmly venal and vicious as ever as he asks Dortmunder's help in reclaiming a $700,000 stash from an old robbery. The loot was buried in an upstate New York town that was subsequently flooded to become part of New York City's reservoir system. Jimson's plan to blow up the reservoir dam will doom nearby towns, so Dortmunder must concoct a more humane solution. A motley cast turning through a dizzying variety of plot twists will keep readers laughing. Most risible is the perfectly sensible bewilderment of Westlake's Runyonesque New Yorkers at life upstate: ``If we stay here much longer, we'll start buying one another birthday cards.'' Vintage Westlake. (Apr.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780892964215
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
04/28/1990
Series:
John Dortmunder Series, #7

Meet the Author

DONALD E. WESTLAKE has written numerous novels over the past thirty-five years under his own name and pseudonyms, including Richard Stark. Many of his books have been made into movies, including , which became the brilliant film noir Point Blank, and the 1999 smash hit Payback. He penned the Hollywood scripts for The Stepfather and The Grifters, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Screenplay. The winner of three Edgar awards and a Mystery Writers of America Grand Master, Donald E. Westlake was presented with The Eye, the Private Eye Writers of America's Lifetime Achievement Award, at the Shamus Awards.

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