A ruse to bed a pair of twins quickly grows complicated
Art doesn’t mean to tell Liz Kerwin that he has a twin. He’s on Fire Island, and she’s so beautiful that he’s willing to say anything for a chance at getting rid of her clothes. So when Liz mentions an identical twin sister, Art blurts out that he has a twin too. His name is Bart, he says, and describes the most boring man he can dream up. Liz thinks he would be perfect for her sister Betty.
When Art meets Betty - who is, of course, just as lovely as her twin - she asks about his brother. Hoping for a chance at the family fortune, Art dons a pair of glasses, slicks back his hair, and soon has “Bart” engaged to the sister. As his simple lie spins out of control, Art learns that wooing sisters is never as easy as it seems.
©1975 Donald E. Westlake (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
I've read/listened to a dozen or so Westlake's and have always enjoyed them, some more than others admittedly. This is a good "bedroom" farce type tale of 2 sets of twins that is at times laugh out loud funny. Westlake always has a great voice for his comic capers and rogues and this is good, puns and word play and smart aleck remarks. The last quarter maybe shifts tone unfortunately and gets a little more serious than perhaps I'd hoped for in keeping with the comic tone, but it's good. I do think narrator is fine, though I think Michael Kramer (?) is the perfect narrator for Westlake and the Dortmunder series as well but alas not all of his is available. Kramer does an excellent job on Abbey's Monkey Wrench Gang and it's style and tone was so much like Westlake I recommend it as a near thing. Hope for more Westlake.
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