Dancing Aztecs

  • by Donald E. Westlake
  • Narrated by Brian Holsopple
  • 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Specialist in the scam, the con, and the rip-off, Jerry Manelli is running around New York hot on the trail of a priest: a thousand-year-old, two-foot-tall, ugly, misshapen, dancing Aztec priest made of solid gold, with eyes of pure emeralds, worth a million dollars.
Somebody stole it from its museum home in South America and smuggled it through U.S. Customs in a shipment of plastic imitations. But the wrong one got delivered, and the million dollar statue, mixed with the 15 copies, is somewhere in New York. Jerry Manelli is searching for it, as are Wall Street financiers, New Jersey union thugs, Manhattan aristocrats, college professors and PR men, liberated women and unliberated wives, tough guys and conmen, and sharpshooters of every kind.
From Harlem to Greenwich Village, from Long Island to Connecticut, the motley group races in and around New York in this comic adventure of the 1970s.

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One of his sillier books

If you could sum up Dancing Aztecs in three words, what would they be?

a madcap adventure?


What did you like best about this story?

the wild ride. I love every single Westlake book. But there were times I wanted to put it down and walk away. See Comments, below*


What about Brian Holsopple’s performance did you like?

He's a great reader for tongue-in-cheek Westlake. He doesn't overdo. Except as below, in Comments*


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Uh, not exactly a "moving" story. A lot made me laugh.


Any additional comments?

*Well, it's racist. The Mexicans are more or less portrayed as individuals, but the black people are cartoons, and some of this may be the fault of the reader. Seriously Amos N Andy stuff.

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- Yennta

always enjoy Westlake

this may not be one of his best but Westlake is always enjoyable and his comic capers are generally good for light fun. and he's not a bad writer, usually witty with a dash now and then of something literary, and sometimes just plain laugh out loud funny.
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- Darryl

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-07-2011
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books