The Hook

  • by Donald E. Westlake
  • Narrated by William Dufris
  • 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Bryce Proctorr has a multimillion-dollar contract for his next novel, a trophy wife raking him over the coals of a protracted divorce, a bad case of writer's block, and an impending deadline. Wayne Prentice is a fading author in a world that no longer values his work. He's gone through two pseudonyms, watched his book sales shrivel, and is contemplating leaving the writing life. Proctorr has a proposition: If Prentice will hand over his unsold manuscript to publish under Proctorr's name, the two will split the book advance fifty-fifty. There's just one small rider to the deal....


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Customer Reviews

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Westlake at his darkly humorous best

The Hook vies with The Axe for first place on my list of Donald E. Westlake favorites.
Along side the basic story of two men colluding in crime, The Hook gives an insider's (Westlake's) satyric view of the publishing world.

Westlake is a master at understatement when he scripts two amateurs plotting murder. And what an easy-going, likeable hitman he creates!

Great book! Great narrator!
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- Alicia Czechowski


Would you try another book from Donald E. Westlake and/or William Dufris?


Would you ever listen to anything by Donald E. Westlake again?


What aspect of William Dufris’s performance would you have changed?

It was OK

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I can't believe I subjected myself to this. I kept thinking that somehow it would turn out OK, but ...... horrible

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- Nancy Wells

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-27-2012
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.