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Watch Your Back!

Watch Your Back! Donald Westlake (Estate)
Pub date 1st January 2005
Original publisher Mysterious Press
International publishers Editions Payot et Rivages (France)
Publisher (UK) Quercus

It's the score of a lifetime: easy access to a lavish New York City apartment, hordes of valuables, and an absentee owner avoiding the lawyers of his unhappy ex-wives. But before they pull the job, Dortmunder's crew is startled to find their beloved gin joint, the OJ, in the clutches of the Mafia - who consider it perfect for a little fraud, courtesy of a nice big fire. For tactical and highly superstitious reasons, the fate of the OJ is ever more important to the crew than the enormous score. Now, Dortmunder and his gang are determined to split their time, fighting the mob and robbing the rich simultaneously.

 

Reviews

 “John Dortmunder, deadpan burglar extraordinaire, leads a cast of marvellously twisted supporting characters in his stellar 12th outing … Events unfold in a delicious sequence, and every step is complemented by great writing, right down to the hilarious exchanges between the regulars hanging out at the O.J.”

 - Publisher’s Weekly

 

“Westlake is in fine form … Westlake renders characters that are delightfully askew. The Mafia types are "swaggering chunks of veal in Day-Glo shirts" and Fareweather's latest bikini-clad bimbo walks with "all her parts in gentle, persistent pulsation." Crime may not pay, but the adventures are always rich in the company of Westlake's men of steal.”

- Allison Block, Booklist

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