The Hot Rock

The Hot Rock

by Donald E. Westlake
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The Hot Rock by Donald E. Westlake

Edgar Award Finalist: Fresh out of prison, John Dortmunder plans a heist that could mean war in this thriller by Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Donald E. Westlake. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781453229170
Publisher: Road
Publication date: 10/25/2011
Series: Dortmunder Novels , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 73,687
File size: 2 MB

About 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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The Hot Rock (John Dortmunder Series #1) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
pod49 More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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DewdLM More than 1 year ago
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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ybdude1936 More than 1 year ago
Used to be one could buy this for .50.