Drowned Hopes (John Dortmunder Series #7)

Drowned Hopes (John Dortmunder Series #7)

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by Donald E. Westlake
     
 

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(7th in Dormunder Series )

John Dortmunder strikes it unlucky again when he gets a visit from an old cellmate, Tom Jimson. During Jimson's long stretch in the pen, the State of New York decided to turn a certain valley near Albany into a reservoir and it just so happens that the loot from Tom's last bank job was buried in that valley. Now the cash is under fifty

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(7th in Dormunder Series )

John Dortmunder strikes it unlucky again when he gets a visit from an old cellmate, Tom Jimson. During Jimson's long stretch in the pen, the State of New York decided to turn a certain valley near Albany into a reservoir and it just so happens that the loot from Tom's last bank job was buried in that valley. Now the cash is under fifty feet of water and Dortmunder has to find a way to retrieve it -- or else Tom will dynamite the reservoir dam and flood the countryside. One botched attempt follows another, and Jimson's blasting finger is getting mighty itchy. Will Dortmunder muddle through?

"Worth reading of the characters alone, particularly the young computer genius" (B-O-T Editorial Review Board)

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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:
9781558003163
Publisher:
NewStar Media, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/28/1993
Series:
John Dortmunder Series, #7
Edition description:
Abridged

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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Drowned Hopes (John Dortmunder Series #7) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
AlexisJ More than 1 year ago
I laughed out loud so hard at so many times that I had to put the book down to get a grip. This was truly hilarious and left me craving more of this group of rag tag, cranky, loveable, skilled, yet hopelessly unlucky misfits of society. What a caper!!
TinaTawdre More than 1 year ago
Funny, kind of droll, a story about some lovable crooks. Really enjoyed reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best of Dortmunder
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. One of westlakes funniest.
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