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Somebody Owes Me Money

Somebody Owes Me Money Donald Westlake (Estate)
Pub date 1st January 1969
Original publisher Random House
International publishers Arnoldo Mondadori Editore (Italy), Lindhardt & Ringhof (Sweden)  

Sometimes winning feels an awful lot like losing. Cab driver Chet Conway was hoping for a good tip from his latest fare, the sort he could spend. But what he got was a tip on a horse race. Which might have turned out okay, except that when he went to collect his winnings Chet found his bookie lying dead on the living room floor. Chet knows he had nothing to do with it – but just try explaining that to the cops, to the two rival criminal gangs who each think Chet’s working for the other, and to the dead man’s beautiful sister, who has flown in from Las Vegas to avenge her brother’s murder…

This Westlake novel was turned into the 2012 short film, ‘Baby, I Got Your Money’.

 

Praise for Somebody Owes Me Money

“This 1969 comic caper [is] so agreeably engaging that it suggests that Westlake has never had a bad day at work. Chet’s doggedness in the face of absurd complications keeps us smiling along in the backseat. And, even as Westlake kids the conventions of mystery, the neatly knotted plot proves that he takes even fun seriously.”Booklist

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