Get Real

Donald E. Westlake, Author . Grand Central $23.99 (278p) ISBN 978-0-446-17860-0

The late Donald Westlake's final crime caper features his bungling crook, John Dortmunder.

Get Real Donald E. Westlake . Grand Central , $23.99 (288p) ISBN 978-0-446-17860-0

A reality-show company aptly titled Get Real recruits the delightfully understated John Dortmunder and his merry men for a heist in this clever Dortmunder novel (after What's So Funny? ), a worthy final word from Westlake (1933–2008). The producer of the prospective series, Doug Fairkeep, reveals himself to be both cynical and naïve, a combination that makes him an excellent foil for the guys. Naturally, the gang has to make this gig pay more than what's offered, as much for the fun of it as for the extra cash. While Get Real helps them map out a “real” robbery, the boys are mapping out a real robbery—of some of the company's “hidden assets.” The thinking is that Get Real can hardly come after them to retrieve cash that it can't admit that it has. The game plan changes nearly hourly, and the outcome is anything but certain. The assorted idiosyncrasies of the group's members and the interactions among them will rouse chuckles from even jaded readers. (July)

Reviewed on: 05/04/2009
Release date: 07/01/2009
Genre: Fiction
Hardcover - 371 pages - 978-1-4104-1779-4
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