What's So Funny? (John Dortmunder Series #13)

What's So Funny? (John Dortmunder Series #13)

by Donald E. Westlake
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What's So Funny? (John Dortmunder Series #13) by Donald E. Westlake

In his classic caper novels, Donald E. Westlake turns the world of crime and criminals upside down. The bad get better, the good slide a bit, and Lord help anyone caught between a thief named John Dortmunder and the current object of his intentions. Now Westlake's seasoned but often scoreless crook must take on an impossible crime, one he doesn't want and doesn't believe in. But a little blackmail goes a long way in... WHAT'S SO FUNNY?

All it takes is a few underhanded moves by a tough ex-cop named Eppick to pull Dortmunder into a game he never wanted to play. With no choice, he musters his always-game gang and they set out on a perilous treasure hunt for a long-lost gold and jewel-studded chess set once intended as a birthday gift for the last Romanov czar, which unfortunately reached Russia after that party was over.

From the moment Dortmunder reaches for his first pawn, he faces insurmountable odds. The purloined past of this precious set is destined to confound any strategy he finds on the board. Success is not inevitable with John Dortmunder leading the attack, but he's nothing if not persistent, and some gambit or other might just stumble into a winning move.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786298396
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 11/01/2007
Series: John Dortmunder Series , #13
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 525
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(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 THE HUNTER, 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. He lives with his wife, Abby Adams, in rural New York State.

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What's So Funny? (John Dortmunder Series #13) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Westlake has once again produced another funny and captivating book. If you liked his other books, What's So Funny will not disappoint you. Unfortunately Westlake does include some questionable language.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Former cop turned private investigator Johnny Eppick has evidence that could lead to the arrest of robber John Dortmunder. However, instead of turning it in to his former peers, the sleuth blackmails Dortmunder into doing a simple job for him. He is to steal a chess set once owned by a long dead Czar that Eppick¿s client believes belongs to him.----------------- The chess set is inside a secure Manhattan subterranean vault under a bank that has lawyers' offices above it. In the attorneys¿ offices the Northwood family argues vehemently over who rightfully not necessarily legally owns the chess set although the claims of ownership ties to the looter who took it from Russia and not to the Czar. Dortmunder realizes he has limited access to the bank or office spaces above and that the vault has more security guards than the Green Zone contains. Thus if he can¿t go to the mountain he must find a way to move the mountain to give him easier access.------------------------- Proving that a baker¿s dozen retains a humorous freshness, the latest Dortmunder crime caper is a delightful amusing tale with a cast of a zillion seemingly playing chess with one another on the same board. Readers will wonder how Dortmunder will pull off the theft as he spends much of the first half of the droll story line feeling checked with every move he makes. Fans of the series will appreciate his escapades as he struggles to checkmate a horde of adversaries including the sleuth blackmailing him.---------- Harriet Klausner
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Paul43 More than 1 year ago
Of the Dortmunder books I've read this one is the best. It's funnier and the plot is more interesting. I liked the others, but I liked this one a bit more than the others.