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    • Watch Your Back!

    • A Dortmunder Novel
    • By: Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated by: William Dufris
    • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 70
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40

    It's the score of a lifetime: easy access to a lavish New York City apartment, hordes of valuables, and an absentee owner avoiding the lawyers of his unhappy ex-wives. But before they pull the job, Dortmunder's crew is startled to find their beloved gin joint, the OJ, in the clutches of the Mafia--who consider it perfect for a little fraud, courtesy of a nice big fire. For tactical and highly superstitious reasons, the fate of the OJ is even more important to the crew than the enormous score.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Dortmunder is Fun

    • By M.W. on 08-06-10

    Regular price: $18.17

    • The Hot Rock

    • The First Dortmunder Novel
    • By: Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
    • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 342
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 269
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 273

    John Dortmunder and company are hired by an U.N. African Ambassador to steal the famed Balabomo Emerald from the hands of a rival African country. But their daring and clever burglarly goes awry, and the emerald slips through their fingers. Undaunted, Dortmunder chases the gem by plane, train and automobile in hot pursuit of the hot rock.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Dortmunder is on his game in this fun introduction

    • By William R. on 08-25-11

    Regular price: $17.95

    • Bad News

    • By: Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
    • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53

    John Dortmunder doesn't like manual labor. So when he gets the offer of money to dig up a grave, he balks . . . then he wonders why Fitzroy Guilderpost, criminal mastermind, wants to pull a switcheroo of two 70-years-dead Indians.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Best performer period

    • By Mark S on 01-05-13

    Regular price: $24.50

    • God Save the Mark

    • A Novel of Crime and Confusion
    • By: Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
    • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 54
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 39
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 41

    What, you ask, is a Fred Fitch? Well, for one thing, Fred Fitch is the man with the most extensive collection of fake receipts, phony bills of sale, and counterfeit sweepstakes tickets in the Western hemisphere, and possibly in the entire world. For another thing, Fred Fitch may be the only New York City resident in the twentieth century to buy a money machine.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • American Gods for the Grifter set!

    • By William R. on 09-06-11

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Bank Shot

    • A Dortmunder Novel
    • By: Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
    • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 185
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 138
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 139

    With the help of an unusual set of cronies, bank robber John Dortmunder puts a set of wheels under a trailer that just happens to be the temporary site of the Capitalists' & Immigrants' Trust and hauls it away. But when the safe won't open and the cops get close, Dortmunder realizes he's got to find a place to ditch the "bank".

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another terrific Dortmunder novel, well read

    • By Kelly Howard on 08-12-12

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Memory

    • By: Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
    • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 12

    Hospitalized after a liaison with another man's wife ends in violence, Paul Cole has just one goal: to rebuild his shattered life. But with his memory damaged, the police hounding him, and no way to even get home, Paul's facing steep odds - and a bleak fate if he fails. This final, never-before-published novel by three-time Edgar Award winner Donald E. Westlake is a noir masterpiece, a dark and painful portrait of a man's struggle against merciless forces that threaten to strip him of his very identity.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The accident of existence

    • By Alicia Czechowski on 07-16-12

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Good Behavior

    • A Dortmunder Novel, Book 6
    • By: Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated by: Brian Holsopple
    • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 53

    It was supposed to be a simple caviar heist. Dortmunder is almost in the building when the alarm sounds, forcing him up the fire escape and onto the roof. He leaps onto the next building, smashing his ankle and landing in the den of the worst kind of creature he can imagine: nuns.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • One of the best in the Dortmunder series.

    • By MidwestGeek on 09-01-14

    Regular price: $13.21

    • The Cutie

    • A Hard Case Crime Novel
    • By: Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
    • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 17

    Mavis St. Paul had been a rich man's mistress. Now she was a corpse. And every cop in New York City was hunting for the two-bit punk accused of putting a knife in her. But the punk was innocent. He'd been set up to take the fall by some cutie who was too clever by half. My job? Find that cutie - before the cutie found me.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Westlake

    • By Kindle Customer on 10-22-18

    Regular price: $13.96

    • Somebody Owes Me Money

    • A Hard Case Crime Novel
    • By: Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
    • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 86
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 37

    Cab driver Chet Conway was hoping for a good tip from his latest fare, the sort he could spend. But what he got was a tip on a horse race; which might have turned out okay, except that when he went to collect his winnings, Chet found his bookie lying dead on the living room floor. Chet knows he had nothing to do with it.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great reading of a hilarious novel

    • By G. Steyn on 09-12-08

    Regular price: $15.37

    • Nobody's Perfect

    • A Dortmunder Novel, Book 4
    • By: Donald Westlake
    • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
    • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 53

    It would take a miracle to keep Dortmunder out of jail. Though he cased the electronics store perfectly, the cops surprised him, turning up in the alley just as he was walking out the back door, a television in each hand. Already a two-time loser, without divine intervention he faces a long stretch inside. Then God sends J. Radcliffe Stonewiler, a celebrity lawyer who gets Dortmunder off with hardly any effort at all. Stonewiler was sent by Arnold Chauncey, an art lover with a cash-flow problem. He asks the thief to break into his house and make off with a valuable painting in exchange for a quarter of the insurance money.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another Dortmunder mis-adventure.

    • By Mike From Mesa on 09-21-13

    Regular price: $13.21

    • What's So Funny?

    • By: Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated by: William Dufris
    • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 60
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 34

    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 sets 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. 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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Dufris is a marvel!

    • By Rick on 09-22-11

    Regular price: $18.17

    • Master's Choice Volume 1

    • Mystery Stories by Today's Top Writers and the Masters Who Inspired Them
    • By: Stephen King, Tony Hillerman, W.F. Harvey, and others
    • Narrated by: Juliet Mills, Michael Gross
    • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 73
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 33

    Listen to mystery stories by today's top writers and the masters who inspired them. The idea for this collection came to Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Lawrence Block when he was asked, "What is your favorite mystery story?" Block compiled this unique collection by posing the same question to some of today's favorite writers of the genre, including Stephen King, Tony Hillerman, and John Lutz.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Mystery on Bayou Teche

    • By Cheryl L. Boswell on 10-25-07

    Regular price: $17.50

    • The Road to Ruin

    • By: Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated by: William Dufris
    • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 55
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Bleehhh!

    • By Karen on 08-20-08

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Get Real

    • By: Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated by: William Dufris
    • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 127
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 85
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 85

    Eluding the law has always been high on Dortmunder's list. But getting caught red-handed is inevitable in his next caper, when a TV producer convinces this thief and his merry gang to star in a reality show that captures their next score. The producer even guarantees to keep the show from being used as evidence against them. They're dubious at first, but the pay's good, so they sign on.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Westlake's best book

    • By Mark on 09-02-09

    Regular price: $15.36

    • Why Me?

    • A Dortmunder Novel, Book 5
    • By: Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated by: Brian Holsopple
    • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52

    The Byzantine Fire is much more than a flawless ninety-carat ruby. As a stone it's worth over a million dollars, a value vastly increased by its pure gold band - but its history is what makes it priceless. A ring that has been fought for with sword and pen and passed from nation to nation by all manner of theft and trickery, has finally made its way to the United States. The US agrees to return it to Turkey, but it's about to be stolen twice more.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another delightful mis-adventure.

    • By Mike From Mesa on 07-13-14

    Regular price: $13.21

    • Jimmy the Kid

    • Mysterious Press-HighBridge Audio Classics
    • By: Donald Westlake
    • Narrated by: Brian Holsopple
    • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 57
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 48
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 47

    Kelp has a plan, and John Dortmunder knows that means trouble. His friend Kelp is a jinx, and his schemes, no matter how well intentioned, tend to spiral quickly out of control. But this one, Kelp swears, is airtight. He read it in a book.

    In county lock-up for a traffic charge, Kelp came across a library of trashy novels by an author named Richard Stark. The hero is a thief named Parker whose plans, unlike Kelp and Dortmunder's, always work out. In one, Parker orchestrates a kidnapping so brilliant that, Kelp thinks, it would have to work in real life.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • What a hoot!

    • By A on 04-09-14

    Regular price: $13.21

    • Dancing Aztecs

    • By: Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated by: Brian Holsopple
    • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 31

    Specialist in the scam, the con, and the rip-off, Jerry Manelli is running around New York hot on the trail of a priest: a thousand-year-old, two-foot-tall, ugly, misshapen, dancing Aztec priest made of solid gold, with eyes of pure emeralds, worth a million dollars. Somebody stole it from its museum home in South America and smuggled it through U.S. Customs in a shipment of plastic imitations. But the wrong one got delivered, and the million dollar statue, mixed with the fifteen copies, is somewhere in New York.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not ideal for casual listening

    • By J. M. Batista on 01-28-12

    Regular price: $18.86

    • Drowned Hopes

    • A Dortmunder Novel
    • By: Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated by: Arte Johnson
    • Length: 2 hrs and 38 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 17

    Arriving home at dawn after another failed burglary, John Dortmunder - the anti-hero of Donald Westlake's popular comic crime series - is shocked to find his apartment occupied by a notorious cellmate everyone had supposed (and hoped) had been jailed for life.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Good book. Bad, BAD, BAAAD performance

    • By Kelly Howard on 08-16-12

    Regular price: $11.17

    • 361

    • A Hard Case Crime Novel
    • By: Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
    • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10

    The men in the tan-and-cream Chrysler came with guns blazing. When Ray Kelly woke up in the hospital, it was a month later, he was missing an eye, and his father was dead. Then things started to get bad. From the mind of the incomparable Donald E. Westlake comes a devastating story of betrayal and revenge, an exploration of the limits of family loyalty and how far a man will go when everything he loves is taken from him.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Long winded pulp gangster story

    • By ZUrlocker on 10-07-17

    Regular price: $13.96

    • Baby, Would I Lie

    • By: Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated by: Donald E. Westlake
    • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 10

    Intrepid reporter Sara Joslyn, having escaped the clutches of the supermarket tabloid Weekly Galaxy, is finally going to be allowed to practice "clean journalism." Unfortunately, intrepid editor Jack Ingersoll has other plans, assigning her to a gory sex-murder trial in Branson, Missouri, home to more country stars than there are in the heavens. While delving into the muck, rake in hand, Sara runs into her old comrades from the Galaxy - Binx Radwell, Boy Cartwright, and the Down Under Trio among them. At the eye of this journalistic cyclone is country musician Ray Jones; is he guilty of the grisly murder, and what else is he up to?

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Have heard better

    • By Joyce on 11-22-12

    Regular price: $19.99

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