The Hot Rock [NOOK Book]

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Fresh out of prison, Dortmunder plans a heist that could mean war



John Dortmunder leaves jail with ten dollars, a train ticket, and nothing to make money on but his good name. Thankfully, his reputation goes far. No one plans a caper better than Dortmunder. His friend Kelp picks him up in a stolen ...
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The Hot Rock

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Overview


Fresh out of prison, Dortmunder plans a heist that could mean war



John Dortmunder leaves jail with ten dollars, a train ticket, and nothing to make money on but his good name. Thankfully, his reputation goes far. No one plans a caper better than Dortmunder. His friend Kelp picks him up in a stolen Cadillac and drives him away from Sing-Sing, telling a story of a $500,000 emerald that they just have to steal. Dortmunder doesn’t hesitate to agree.
 
The emerald is the crown jewel of a former British colony, lately granted independence and split into two nations: one for the Talabwo people, one for the Akinzi. The Akinzi have the stone, the Talabwo want it back, and their UN representative offers a fine payday to the men who can get it. It’s not a simple heist, but after a few years in stir, Dortmunder could use the challenge.

This is the classic that introduced John Archibald Dortmunder, the thief whose capers never quite come off, as he and his convict friends plot to steal the fabulous Balaboma Emerald. They almost carry it off, but then the guy carrying the stone is picked up by the cops. . ..

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453229170
  • Publisher: MysteriousPress.com/Open Road
  • Publication date: 10/25/2011
  • Series: Dortmunder Novels , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 91,985
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


Donald E. Westlake (1933–2008) was one of the most prolific and talented authors of American crime fiction. He began his career in the late 1950s, churning out novels for pulp houses—often writing as many as four novels a year under various pseudonyms—but soon began publishing under his own name. His most well-known characters were John Dortmunder, an unlucky thief, and a ruthless criminal named Parker. His writing earned him three Edgars and a Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America.
 Westlake’s cinematic prose and brisk dialogue made his novels attractive to Hollywood, and several motion pictures were made from his books, with stars such as Lee Marvin and Mel Gibson. Westlake wrote several screenplays himself, receiving an Academy Award nomination for his adaptation of The Grifters, Jim Thompson’s noir classic.
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  • Posted August 29, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    First and best Dortmunder

    My favorite Westlake book. Persistence gets you somewhere, but not always a happy ending. Good NYC atmosphere. Interesting characters that most people would like. And yes, funny. flag

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2008

    A reviewer

    Read it, saw the movie, enjoyed both. Westlake keeps slump-shouldered burglar John Dortmunder running through hoops in a funny story. Westlake holds your interest throughout the book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 20, 2012

    The ad says that this book has 304 pages but when I received it

    The ad says that this book has 304 pages but when I received it was only 144 pages Am I missing something here?
    A good book however.

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  • Posted July 14, 2012

    Used to be one could buy this for .50.

    Used to be one could buy this for .50.

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