Get Real

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John Dortmunder and his merry crew stumble upon a television reality show whose producer decides to push the limits of the medium. The studio will film the gang as they plan and execute one of their patented nothing-can-go-wrong-until-it-does capers. As the gang strategizes its next move with the cameras rolling, Dortmunder and his partner Kelp organize a private side enterprise. It will take an ingenious plan to outwit the executive suits and keep viewers glued to their television sets. But Dortmunder is nothing...

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Overview

John Dortmunder and his merry crew stumble upon a television reality show whose producer decides to push the limits of the medium. The studio will film the gang as they plan and execute one of their patented nothing-can-go-wrong-until-it-does capers. As the gang strategizes its next move with the cameras rolling, Dortmunder and his partner Kelp organize a private side enterprise. It will take an ingenious plan to outwit the executive suits and keep viewers glued to their television sets. But Dortmunder is nothing if not persistent, and he's determined to end this shoot with extra money in his pockets. GET REAL is the last hilarious caper by the late Grand Master of mystery and suspense Donald E. Westlake.

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Editorial Reviews

Los Angeles Times Robert Crais
"Before Janet Evanovich brought us Stephanie Plum, Don Westlake was the Grand Master of Criminal Laughs with his hilarious novels about professional thief John Dortmunder. Get Real is the 14th Dortmunder novel and proves again that Westlake is the King of Clever."
starred review Booklist
"With brilliant restraint and perfectly pitched deadpan dialogue, Westlake keeps his characters dancing precariously along the knife's edge of absurdity. Reading his ever-more-colorful descriptions...is a sheer delight, only tempered by the knowledge that this is last call at the OJ Bar & Grill."
BookPage
"Side-splittingly funny...Westlake will be remembered for his clever commentary on current affairs, his always amusing whimsical characters and of course his brilliant depiction of modern-day Robin Hoods robbing from the rich and giving to, well, themselves."
New York Times Book Review
"A rollicking crime caper that pulls the pants right off the reality TV industry."
From the Publisher
"Before Janet Evanovich brought us Stephanie Plum, Don Westlake was the Grand Master of Criminal Laughs with his hilarious novels about professional thief John Dortmunder. Get Real is the 14th Dortmunder novel and proves again that Westlake is the King of Clever."—Robert Crais, Los Angeles Times

"With brilliant restraint and perfectly pitched deadpan dialogue, Westlake keeps his characters dancing precariously along the knife's edge of absurdity. Reading his ever-more-colorful descriptions...is a sheer delight, only tempered by the knowledge that this is last call at the OJ Bar & Grill."—Booklist, starred review

"Delightfully understated..a worthy final word from Westlake.. will rouse chuckles from even jaded readers."Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Side-splittingly funny...Westlake will be remembered for his clever commentary on current affairs, his always amusing whimsical characters and of course his brilliant depiction of modern-day Robin Hoods robbing from the rich and giving to, well, themselves."—BookPage

"A rollicking crime caper that pulls the pants right off the reality TV industry."—New York Times Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446566636
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Series: John Dortmunder Series , #14
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 233,363
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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 THE HUNTER, 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. He lives with his wife, Abby Adams, in rural New York State. For more information, visit his website: www.donaldwestlake.com.

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  • Posted September 12, 2014

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    As Good as Before

    Terrific storyline, same general formula, make for an excellent read. Can't beat Dortmunder.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2013

    Dr. Gonzalez' office

    For Dr. Laura Gonzalez for her own uses and purposes at westlake hospital-- Dr. Gonzalez

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2009

    Dortmunder meets Reality TV

    John Dortmunder's life and experiences are just made for movies, but that is _so_ '70s (The Hot Rock, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068718/). Reality TY is where today's action is. And what better than a reality TY show about a gang of characters/robbers planning and executing a hit on a storage company? Unless those same characters were actually interested in robbing another company located in the same building. Leave it to John and his string of friends to figure out how to get the job done and not get done in by the job. And the best new product name I've ever heard is the GMC Mastodon SUV!

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  • Posted September 19, 2009

    Sadly this was the last book.

    Because of Mr.Westlakes death there will be no more capers with the Dortmunder gang ; and they will be profoundly missed.However , if this is the last it ends the series on a high note.As with the whole series , the story is written from multiple perspectives ; but in this case the "other" perspectives come from unique characters. The reality show producer , the head of the company and the young writer/secretary all provide the reader with information that the other characters aren't privy to. The story within a story angle is also handled masterfully. By the end of the book you can't wait until the next one ; which I suppose is the best compliment that you can pay to a writer. Sadly , in this case there will be no more.

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  • Posted September 19, 2009

    Westlake Will Be Missed!

    Losing Donald Westlake late last year is a blow to comedic crime genre fans and he'll be missed. His John Dortmunder character and his whacky crew keep the reading laughing throughout the book. His latest and unfortnately last Dortmunder is no exception. I recommend his work highly but only for people who want a good laugh!

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  • Posted September 5, 2009

    Happiness is finding a new John Dortmunder book by Donald Westlake!

    Whimsy, wit and characterzation do not get any better. Grand Master Westlake has written another great yarn with some of the most original and funny charachters in literature.

    The only crime series equal to the Dortmunder series is the dark, serious, no nonsense crime stories written by Westlake under his pen name Richard Stark, featuring ace criminal mastermind Parker, whose world is as far removed from that of Dortmunder's as Rwanda is from Disneyworld. Still, what I wouldn't give to see a novel where their two paths someday cross. One can only dream...

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  • Posted August 31, 2009

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    Dortmunder strikes again

    The old gang is back for more hijinks. It's alway fun see what they're up to next. Good read,lots of laughs.

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  • Posted July 2, 2009

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    a great final Dortmunder; a tribute to one of the best mystery writers in the past few decades

    New York cabbie Stan Murch's mom takes Get Real reality-show company producer Doug Fairkeep from the airport to Manhattan. They talk during the drive about his show and she persuades Doug to use her son Stan as a getaway driver and his cohorts as a segment on the show of criminals planning a heist. The next day mom talks to Doug and Dortmunder. They agree with mom that they can make some money using their previous financial activities in a sort of mockudrama. Dortmunder lines up Kelp, Tiny and the Kid about the gig and they agree to do it.

    While Dortmunder and crew work on the details of the robbery with Get Real to include stealing from the firm for the camera and working with a real actor and a gun moll, they plot a real theft of the company's valuable assets at their Varick Street warehouse. After the TV script is changed and killed and resuscitated by the hour, they finally begin to shoot the TV robbery at the same Dortmunder and the gang executes the real robbery.

    With this excellent comedic satirical final Dortmunder crime caper, the late Donald E. Westlake, who died in January, pays homage to himself as he adds to his tremendous legacy. The story line is terrific as once again Dortmunder and his cronies come across as eccentric individuals whose relationship is humorous with a strong belief this time they will pull off the real heist due to Fairkeep's superego. Additionally, WHAT'S SO FUNNY is the mocking of reality TV to GET REAL as Mr. Westlake provides a great final Dortmunder; a tribute to one of the best mystery writers in the past few decades.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted June 18, 2009

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    The end of a series is the beginning of a great book!

    John Dortmunder and his merry pack of men are fun, exciting, professional thieves who get along well and have done so for years. They are a fluid group that sets it sites on a hit, gets it done and move on in an expeditious fashion. But of all the things they never thought they would be was TV reality stars. The premise of the show being that they are thieves on a TV reality show - who saw that coming. John doesn't think this sounds like the best of ideas despite the great money. But come on when your best friend's mom tells you to try it out you what the heck you try it out.

    But what John and the guys decide is a much better plan is to do is pretend to follow the plan like the creative director, Doug, wants but at the same time pull another job - the real job. They devise a great scheme to steal from the show's creator and while that will make their TV career short lived it will make them rich really fast. The glitch comes when they all start to like acting and the job seems to have disappeared, but wait is it back again!

    However as with every great heist there are secrets to be revealed, plans to be discussed and problems to overcome. Can they pull the real job off while pretending to be part of the show - time will tell and the reader will discover what a great time thieves have.

    This long standing series has come to a conclusion with a grand finale. While every book in this series had served up a fresh story with interesting angles this one in particular is beyond great - reality stars that aren't really stars but want to be stars yet they are stealing from the stars. Yes it all makes sense and reading the book is a true delight even with the understanding that losing the author Mr. Westlake in 2008 was a great loss on all levels.

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