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Janet Maslin… no matter how fast Dortmunder scrambles to adjust his plan, he can't control the obsessive characters or anticipate the consequences when they all converge on the Fareweather place on the day the burglary goes down. Which only proves the truth of Dortmunder's downbeat philosophy -- ''You think everything's O.K. in life, and then something different happens'' -- and the genius of Westlake's fatalistic comic vision.
— The New York Times