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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0446566632
ISBN-13: 9780446566636
Sku: 213456345
Publish Date: 5/25/2010
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 6.75H x 4.25L x 1.25T
Pages:  289
Reluctantly agreeing to allow his gang to appear in a reality television cop show that promises a lucrative payout and legal protection, luckless thief John Dortmunder and his partner, Kelp, devise a secondary plot to deceive case-cracking television viewers. By a three-time Edgar Award winner. Reprint. *Author: Westlake, Donald E. *Publication Date: 2010/05/25 *Number of Pages: 289 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.25 *Width: 4.25 *Height: 6.75
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In Donald E. Westlake's classic caper novels, the bad get better, the good slide a bit, and Lord help anyone caught between a thief named John Dortmunder and the current object of his attention.

However, being caught red-handed is inevitable in Dortmunder's next production, when a TV producer convinces this thief and his merry gang to do a reality show that captures their next score. The producer guarantees to find a way to keep the show from being used in evidence against them. They're dubious, but the pay is good, so they take him up on his offer.

A mock-up of the OJ bar is built in a warehouse down on Varick Street. The ground floor of that building is a big open space jumbled with vehicles used in TV world, everything from a news truck and a fire engine to a hansom cab (without the horse).

As the gang plans their next move with the cameras rolling, Dortmunder and Kelp sneak onto the roof of their new studio to organize a private enterprise. It will take an ingenious plan to outwit viewers glued to their television sets, but Dortmunder is nothing if not persistent, and he's determined to end this shoot with money in his pockets.
Thanks to Murch's mom, Dortmunder, Kelp, Tiny, the Kid, and Murch get recruited for a reality TV show in Donald Westlake's final Dortmunder caper. The plan is for the show to follow the crew as they make their next big score, but needless to say, Dortmunder's got something else up his sleeve. Trying to outwit audiences and producers while under the near-constant gaze of the camera, Dortmunder's got his hands full. And as always, Westlake keeps the fun coming to the very end.
Author Bio
Donald E. Westlake
Donald E. Westlake served in the U.S. Army and worked at a literary agency before beginning his writing career. Though he started as a writer's apprentice, churning out soft-core sex novels in the early '50s, Westlake went on to become a highly successful and diverse writer. He published his first novel, "The Mercenaries", in 1960, marking a string of dark crime novels that would characterize the early part of his career. From these beginnings, Westlake began to infuse a greater degree of humor into his novels, until he became primarily known for his comic crime capers. To his surprise, his novels "kept coming out funny," causing him to switch almost exclusively to plots like that of his 1975 novel "Two Much", which tells the story of a man pretending to be twins so that he can marry a set of twin heiresses. Westlake has also written under numerous pseudonyms, the most famous being Richard Stark, the name under which he wrote a series of grim mysteries featuring the professional thief Parker.


"[A] worthy final word from Westlake....The assorted idiosyncrasies of the...[characters] and the interactions among them will rouse chuckles from even jaded readers." (starred review) 05/04/2009

"Westlake...left 14 Dortmunder capers. This one is as beguiling as the rest...." 05/01/2009

"[I]n the entire history of fiction, no one's made the crime caper more comic than the late Donald E. Westlake....In GET REAL, presumably the last book written by the three-time Edgar Award-winning Westlake...the comedy is as clever and as roarful as ever it has been in his more than 50-year career." - John Hood 07/28/2009

"[T]he puckish wit of Donald E. Westlake...still leaves us laughing in his final novel, a rollicking crime caper that pulls the pants right off the reality TV industry." - Marilyn Stasio 08/30/2009

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Product attributeBook Format:   Pocketbook
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0289
Product attributePublisher:   Grand Central Publishing
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