Somebody Owes Me Money

Somebody Owes Me Money

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by Donald E. Westlake
     
 

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SOMETIMES WINNING FEELS AN AWFUL LOT LIKE LOSING.

Cab driver Chet Conway was hoping for a good tip from his latest fare, the sort he could spend. But what he got was a tip on a horse race. Which might have turned out okay, except that when he went to collect his winnings Chet found his bookie lying dead on the living room floor. 

Chet knows he had nothing to

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SOMETIMES WINNING FEELS AN AWFUL LOT LIKE LOSING.

Cab driver Chet Conway was hoping for a good tip from his latest fare, the sort he could spend. But what he got was a tip on a horse race. Which might have turned out okay, except that when he went to collect his winnings Chet found his bookie lying dead on the living room floor. 

Chet knows he had nothing to do with it – but just try explaining that to the cops, to the two rival criminal gangs who each think Chet’s working for the other, and to the dead man’s beautiful sister, who has flown in from Las Vegas to avenge her brother’s murder…

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times
Priceless...Westlake has a genius for comic strategy[,] a lunatic brilliance.
USA Today
If there is any funnier mystery novelist around, I can't imagine who it might be
Newsweek
One of the great writers of the 20th Century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780857687944
Publisher:
Dorchester Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
07/12/2011
Series:
Hard Case Crime
Pages:
254
Sales rank:
825,473
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.66(d)

Meet the Author

Donald E. Westlake is widely regarded as one of the great crime writers of the 20th Century. He won three Edgar Awards and was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America  Many of his books have been made into movies; Westlake also wrote the screenplay for The Grifters,for which he received an Academy Award nomination.

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RobertDowns More than 1 year ago
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
KevinTipple More than 1 year ago
"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
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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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Freinds: raven. Personality: get to know him.
Mystery_Fan_88 More than 1 year ago
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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BukshFett More than 1 year ago
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.