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Thieves' dozen
Westlake, Donald E.
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New York : Mysterious Press, [2004]

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xv, 183 pages ; 21 cm
Ask a silly question -- Horse laugh -- Too many crooks -- A midsummer's daydream -- The Dortmunder workout -- Party animal -- Give till it hurts -- Jumble sale -- Now what? -- Art and craft -- Fugue for felons.
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Featuring Westlake's hapless hero John Dortmunder, this original compilation of short stories ties in to the author's latest Dortmunder hardcover, "The Road to Ruin."

Author Notes

Author Donald E. Westlake was born in Brooklyn, New York on July 12, 1933. He attended colleges in New York, but did not graduate. He wrote more than 100 novels and 5 screenplays throughout his lifetime. He also wrote under numerous pseudonyms including Richard Stark, Tucker Coe, and Samuel Holt. Almost 20 of his novels were adapted into films and he created the television series, The Father Dowling Mysteries. He is a three-time winner of the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America and was nominated for an Academy Award for his screenplay for The Grifters. He was also named a Mystery Writers of America Grand Master in 1993. He died of a heart attack on December 31, 2008 at the age of 75.

(Bowker Author Biography) Donald E. Westlake has won three Edgar Awards & was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for "The Grifters". He lives in upstate New York.

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Booklist Review

All the usual Westlake suspects are back in another fine mess, or in this case in a delightful collection of 11 Dortmunder stories. The swift succession of heists, getaways, scrapes, and screwups gathered in Thieves' Dozen 0 epitomizes the venal joys of the comic caper. Each gambit is filled with engaging twists, such as when the gang tunnels into a bank vault only to find it packed with hostages from an armed robbery already in progress, or when they start a stampede while attempting to boost a stud racehorse. Then there's the deceptively simple challenge of getting across town with a ham sandwich in which is secreted a stolen emerald brooch, or the synchronized scrapes of crooks converging on a bashed-in bank in "Fugue for Felons." The short-story form is well suited to Westlake's sly shenanigans, and he even finds room for snippets of the Runyonesque repartee that gives this inspired nonsense just the right touch of absurd panache. These stories are real jewels--an excellent introduction to Dortmunder for a wide range of comic crime and mystery readers. --David Wright Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Mystery NOTES Donald E. Westlake's irresistible Thieves' Dozen collects all 10 tales of his hapless thief John Dortmunder, most of which appeared in Playboy. The author provides an amusing introduction as well as an 11th tale, original to this volume, that features his crook hero under a pseudonym or at least a character a lot like Dortmunder.(Apr) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Dortmunder and Me, in Shortp. ix
Ask a Silly Questionp. 1
Horse Laughp. 17
Too Many Crooksp. 38
A Midsummer Daydreamp. 54
The Dortmunder Workoutp. 72
Party Animalp. 75
Give Till It Hurtsp. 93
Jumble Salep. 102
Now What?p. 117
Art and Craftp. 140
Fugue for Felonsp. 159