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    • 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 334
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 261
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 265

    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

    • 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 62
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 52

    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

    • 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 71
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 32

    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

    • 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 179
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 133
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 134

    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

    • 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 56
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 46

    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

    • 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 54
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50

    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

    • 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 62
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53
    • 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

    • 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

    • 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 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

    • The Busy Body

    • By: Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated by: Brian Holsopple
    • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 25

    Al Engel had worked his way up to being Nick Rovito’s right-hand man, near the top of the syndicate. And this was a delicate job that Rovito had given him: retrieving a very important jacket, loaded with heroin, from the fresh grave of the drug mule who was accidentally buried wearing it. There was just one problem (at least - just one to begin with): It turned out the grave was empty. Suddenly Engel was the one finding himself “in deep”.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great characters! Fun twist!

    • By Matthew S. Hill on 01-24-17

    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 37
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 30

    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

    • 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 85
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 36

    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

    • 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 54
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26

    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

    • 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 59
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 33

    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

    • Two Much!

    • By: Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated by: Kevin Foley
    • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 8

    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, she asks about his brother. Hoping for a chance at the family fortune, Art dons a pair of glasses and slicks back his hair....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Westlake always fun

    • By Darryl on 02-19-13

    Regular price: $19.95

    • 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 25
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 16

    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
    • King of Noir Crime Pulp!!!

    • By Matthew S. Hill on 01-28-17

    Regular price: $13.96

    • 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

    • Trust Me on This

    • By: Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated by: Arte Johnson
    • Length: 2 hrs and 44 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    What would it take to lure a serious young newswoman from a respectable New England paper to the most notorious supermarket tabloid in America? The call of journalistic adventure? How about a promise of a salary that's triple what she's making? En route to her new job at the Weekly Galaxy, Sara Joslyn stumbles across a bloody corpse in a Buick Riviera. A big story? Not at this paper. The problem is compounded when the dead man vanishes, Buick and all.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • 80s Tabloid Romp

    • By Morgan Dusatko on 11-03-17

    Regular price: $11.17

    • 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 53
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 40

    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

    • Drowned Hopes

    • A Dortmunder Novel
    • By: Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated by: Arte Johnson
    • Length: 2 hrs and 40 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 16

    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

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