John Dortmunder and his merry band of crooks return to the scene of the crime world in an attempt to steal a fleet of automobiles that would leave the Sultan of Brunei blushing. The mark is Monroe Hall, corrupt CEO of a now defunct conglomerate, who spent more of his company's money on himself than the boys at Enron and WorldCom combined. Having escaped prosecution, Hall is holed up on his massive Pennsylvania farm, and Dortmunder, as usual, has his eyes on the big prize: Hall's vintage wheels.More
"Nobody does comic capers better than Westlake. This one unfolds with...cinematic energy." (Publishers Weekly)
"William Dufris has a high old time with the large and disparate cast of characters, including Dortmunder's merry band and an alcoholic traveling salesman. He even gives voice to one of the venture capitalists before and after a broken jaw." (AudioFile)
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Well, It Wasn't Quite As Funny
OK Little Story
I kind of felt that there were a lot of word added just to make it a longer story. Not sure but it did seem to drag a bit. For some reason it just felt like the story wasn't really about the mis-fits themselves but about everyone else. I like when the story totally revolves around the "gang".
When the guys watched all the classic cars they wanted to steal taken out on flat beds.
Yes, but its a longer book so it took two days even with the re-reads/listens.
This one wasn't as funny as some others in the series. I did miss that. It also seem a bit more confusing so I kept going back for clarity. Not sure if it was the reader or the writing or both.
- M. Giorgi