Put a Lid on It

Put a Lid on It

by Donald E. Westlake
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Put a Lid on It by Donald E. Westlake

Facing life without parole, career thief Francis Meehan awaits sentencing in Manhattan when he's approached with an offer he can't refuse: all charges will be dropped if he steals an incriminating videotape that could cost the President of the United States his reelection.

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ISBN-13: 9780446612050
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 03/01/2003
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 694,121
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.64(d)

About 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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Put a Lid on It 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Donald Westlake is dependably great, always coming through with each novel for ease of read, great plot and comedy. At times laugh out loud funny, Westlake manages to deliver a complicated twisting story filled with sympathtic characters that still brings the reader along easily. While rating it five stars is obvious, I also give it my highest rating- don't wait for the paperback, it's worth the hardcover price.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As he sits in the holding area of the Manhattan Correctional Center, Francis Xavier Meehan wonders why the gods loathe him. He knows not to mess with the Feds, but how was he to realize the truck contained US mail when it failed to have any logo. Feeling a bit of the blues due to his bad luck, Francis expects the worst when even bail is denied.

Instead a presidential reelection committee member arrives to offer Francis a deal. The charges will be dropped if Meehan steals a video that makes the president look so bad his sure shot reelection would flush down the toilet. Francis puts together a team of pros (no Watergate amateurs on his squad) and travels to the upstate New York estate of the owner of the sacred video. However, Beltway insiders who could not locate Albany, New York from Albany, Georgia and a bunch of Middle East espionage agents obstruct Francis and his team. Then there is the other party¿s personal felon team to compete with for the grand prize.

Donald E. Westlake provides his usual wild satirical look at modern society foibles in his latest crime caper, PUT A LID ON IT. The story line is amusing and exciting as Francis slowly unravels the truth behind the deal with the devil that he struck. Fans of amusing mysteries will relish Mr. Westlake's axing of the American presidential election system starting with the truism that the only lesson learned by the DC crowd from Watergate is to use professional thieves when breaking and entering to steal something.

Harriet Klausner

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I was extremely disappointed in this very mediocre story by an author whose Dortmunder books have always been filled with unforgettable characters. The characters in his latest effort never quite spring to life and it was difficult to really come to care about any of them. Totally lacking was the humor which makes Dortmunder and his cronies such a great gang of n'er do wells. Great stories are filled with great characters and a believable plot. This book had neither.