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The Road to Ruin | [Donald E. Westlake]

The Road to Ruin

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 Pennsylvania farm, and Dortmunder, as usual, has his eyes on the big prize: Hall's vintage wheels.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2004 Donald E. Westlake; (P)2004 BBC Audiobooks America

What the Critics Say

"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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    Karen Vancouver, BC, Canada 08-20-08
    Karen Vancouver, BC, Canada 08-20-08 Member Since 2014
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    "Bleehhh!"

    Boring, poorly plotted, no sense of pacing. The jokes fall flat.
    The narration really doesn't help--monotone, and some of the characters, even quite important ones, are indistinguishable from one another. The women, in particular, sound almost alike, and this is yet another male narrator who can't seem to read a female dialogue without sounding like he's mocking the woman in question.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    M. Giorgi Trenton, NJ 03-31-15
    M. Giorgi Trenton, NJ 03-31-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Well, It Wasn't Quite As Funny"
    If you could sum up The Road to Ruin in three words, what would they be?

    OK Little Story


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    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".


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the guys watched all the classic cars they wanted to steal taken out on flat beds.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but its a longer book so it took two days even with the re-reads/listens.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    john CHARLOTTE, NC, United States 09-18-12
    john CHARLOTTE, NC, United States 09-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Dortmunder does it again!"

    The plot weaves and twists in the usual hilarious Westlake fashion, with all your favorite Dortmunder characters.

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