Bored with his perfect suburban life, a bitter ’60s ad man reconnects with his college sweetheart, a prostitute who enlists him in a spectacular act of international smuggling.
Harvey Christopher is a successful man. After 12 years on Madison Avenue, he owns a suburban palace complete with electric oven, electric icebox, and an electric wife - all of them highly functional but completely unresponsive to his needs. A brush with a college-flame-turned-successful-streetwalker sends him down memory lane - a road that leads straight to her bedroom. She gives him a tumble on the house, and then offers a proposition: a bit of criminal mischief that will take him far from suburbia, and far from his wife - because every ad-man deserves a vacation.
©2010 Lawrence Block and the Estate of Donald E. Westlake (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
This is the story of a man exploring infidelity and enjoying reliving his past conquests, literally and figuratively. He's a somewhat likable braggart.
Also some good crime noir to boot.
Love thought provoking and well written mystery or suspense novels.
I hate to admit it but I am not a big fan of Westlake's work but I LOVE Lawrence Block. This was a good collaboration. You can see where Block's work is and where Westlake's work takes over to create a good balance. In recent times Lawrence has released a lot of work that is hmm...bordering on erotica. You can see that Westlake tamed down this recent tendency and stayed true to the mystery side of things. Stay in this vane Lawrence and treat us all to that classic Block mystery. Good storyline and well worth your credit.
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