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All it takes is a few underhanded moves by a tough ex-cop named Eppick to pull thief John Dortmunder into a game he never wanted to play. With no choice, he musters his always-game gang and they set out on a perilous treasure hunt for a long-lost gold and jewel-studded chess set once intended as a birthday gift for the last Romanov czar.

From the moment Dortmunder reaches for his first pawn, he faces insurmountable odds. The purloined past of this precious set is destined to confound any strategy he finds on the board. Success is not inevitable with Dortmunder leading the attack, but he's nothing if not persistent, and some gambit or other might just stumble into a winning move.

©2006 Donald E. Westlake; (P)2004 BBC Audio

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"Westlake is a national literary treasure, and his latest effort only enhances his value." (Booklist)

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  • Rick
  • Seattle
  • 09-22-11

Dufris is a marvel!

Dufris and Westlake - what a pair.

The story is already clever and hilarious, and Dufris' narration ensures it remains as such. The characters are all so clearly defined by a vocal maestro.

I was sorry it ended far too soon.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Snoodely
  • Santa Barbara, CA United States
  • 11-15-09

I love Dortmunder

Westlake never fails to deliver the goods with the Dortmunder capers. They make us laugh, they do not subject us to gratuitous sex or violence, and no one gets harmed. William Dufris reads "What's So Funny" perfectly, giving unique voices to the five conspirators and the auxiliary characters. Probably it would help to listen to the previous Dortmunder capers in order, in order to appreciate the patterns in these lovable criminals' lives; but "What's So Funny" -- like the other Dortmunder novels -- entertains admirably on its own. If you appreciate humor and gentleness in your crime novels, Westlake's Dortmunder series was made for you.

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Great Book

Westlake was the first author is ever listened to years ago on tape and got me adicted! His Dortmander series is great as well as the work he did under the name Richard Stark.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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OK, But............

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The two steps forward and one step back. I feel like there's nothing to imagine in this book. Just too much is given away. Please just go forward with the story. Don't over explain.

Would you recommend What's So Funny? to your friends? Why or why not?

No, just not something that would be worth mentioning.

What three words best describe William Dufris’s voice?

Find the humor.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

NO!!!!!!!!!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful