Why Me? (John Dortmunder Series #5)

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It could only happen to master-thief John Dortmunder. He robs a pawn shop and scores the world's most valuable ruby. But it's a hot commodity by anyone's definition: this is the second time it's been stolen today. From bomb-toting terrorists to crooked cops, New York City's underworld can agree on one thing: Whoever swiped the gem should have his neck wrung. Why you, Dortmunder? But as Donald Westlake has proved time and again, his creation rises to every occasion. If ever there was a thief who could find a way ...
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Overview

It could only happen to master-thief John Dortmunder. He robs a pawn shop and scores the world's most valuable ruby. But it's a hot commodity by anyone's definition: this is the second time it's been stolen today. From bomb-toting terrorists to crooked cops, New York City's underworld can agree on one thing: Whoever swiped the gem should have his neck wrung. Why you, Dortmunder? But as Donald Westlake has proved time and again, his creation rises to every occasion. If ever there was a thief who could find a way to unsteal the heist of a lifetime, it's got to be John Dortmunder.

"A perfect formula thriller, and only Westlake yanks the formula inside out." (Newsweek)

The Byzantine Fire: 90 carats of flawless ruby with great national and religious significance. It's the biggest heist of Dortmunder's career, making him the target of everyone from the FBI to the Turkish government. Now Dortmunder has to find a way to unsteal the heist of a lifetime. . . . Reissue.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812510522
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 4/28/1985
  • Series: John Dortmunder Series , #5
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.90 (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 , 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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