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  • The Hot Rock: The First Dortmunder Novel | Donald E. Westlake

    The Hot Rock: The First Dortmunder Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
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    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.

    William R. says: "Dortmunder is on his game in this fun introduction"
  • Get Real | Donald E. Westlake

    Get Real

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated By William Dufris
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    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.

    Mark says: "Westlake's best book"
  • Watch Your Back!: A Dortmunder Novel | Donald E. Westlake

    Watch Your Back!: A Dortmunder Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated By William Dufris
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    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.

    M.W. says: "Dortmunder is Fun"
  • Why Me?: A Dortmunder Novel, Book 5 | Donald E. Westlake

    Why Me?: A Dortmunder Novel, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated By Brian Holsopple
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    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.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Another delightful mis-adventure."
  • The Busy Body | Donald E. Westlake

    The Busy Body

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated By Brian Holsopple
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    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”.

    Matthew S. Hill says: "Great characters! Fun twist!"
  • Jimmy the Kid: Mysterious Press-HighBridge Audio Classics | Donald Westlake

    Jimmy the Kid: Mysterious Press-HighBridge Audio Classics

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Donald Westlake
    • Narrated By Brian Holsopple
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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.

    A says: "What a hoot!"
  • Bank Shot: A Dortmunder Novel | Donald E. Westlake

    Bank Shot: A Dortmunder Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
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    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".

    Alex says: "great story - well narrated!!!"
  • Master's Choice Volume 1: Mystery Stories by Today's Top Writers and the Masters Who Inspired Them | Stephen King,Tony Hillerman,W.F. Harvey,Stephen Crane,Ed Gorman,Joyce Carol Oates,Donald Westlake,Joe Gores,John Lutz,Peter Lovesey

    Master's Choice Volume 1: Mystery Stories by Today's Top Writers and the Masters Who Inspired Them

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Stephen King, Tony Hillerman, W.F. Harvey, and others
    • Narrated By Juliet Mills, Michael Gross
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    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.

    Cheryl L. Boswell says: "Mystery on Bayou Teche"
  • Baby, Would I Lie | Donald E. Westlake

    Baby, Would I Lie

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated By Donald E. Westlake
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    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?

    Joyce says: "Have heard better"
  • The Comedy is Finished | Donald E. Westlake

    The Comedy is Finished

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
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    The year is 1977, and America is finally getting over the nightmares of Watergate and Vietnam and the national hangover that was the 1960s. But not everyone is ready to let it go. Not aging comedian Koo Davis, friend to generals and presidents and veteran of countless USO tours to buck up American troops in the field. And not the five remaining members of the self-proclaimed People’s Revolutionary Army, who’ve decided that kidnapping Koo Davis would be the perfect way to bring their cause back to life....

    rent house guy says: "not my favorite Westlake book"
  • Good Behavior: A Dortmunder Novel, Book 6 | Donald E. Westlake

    Good Behavior: A Dortmunder Novel, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated By Brian Holsopple
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    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.

    MidwestGeek says: "One of the best in the Dortmunder series."
  • Somebody Owes Me Money: A Hard Case Crime Novel | Donald E. Westlake

    Somebody Owes Me Money: A Hard Case Crime Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
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    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.

    G. Steyn says: "Great reading of a hilarious novel"
  • Nobody's Perfect: A Dortmunder Novel, Book 4 | Donald Westlake

    Nobody's Perfect: A Dortmunder Novel, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donald Westlake
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
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    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.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Another Dortmunder mis-adventure."
  • God Save the Mark: A Novel of Crime and Confusion | Donald E. Westlake

    God Save the Mark: A Novel of Crime and Confusion

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
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    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.

    William R. says: "American Gods for the Grifter set!"
  • Bad News | Donald E. Westlake

    Bad News

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
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    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.

    Mark S says: "Best performer period"
  • Money for Nothing | Donald Westlake

    Money for Nothing

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Donald Westlake
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
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    There is no such thing as a free lunch, but it takes Josh Redmont a while to figure that out. The first check arrived when Josh was 27, $1,000, issued by "United States Agent" through an unnamed bank with an indeterminate address in Washington, D.C. The checks continued to arrive once a month, even when Josh changed addresses, with nary an explanation or a peep from the IRS.

    Steve says: "stupid"
  • The Road to Ruin | Donald E. Westlake

    The Road to Ruin

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated By William Dufris
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    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.

    Karen says: "Bleehhh!"
  • Dancing Aztecs | Donald E. Westlake

    Dancing Aztecs

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated By Brian Holsopple
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    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.

    J. M. Batista says: "Not ideal for casual listening"
  • Sin Hellcat | Lawrence Block,Donald E. Westlake

    Sin Hellcat

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block, Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated By Mark Ashby
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    Harvey Christopher is a successful man. After 12 years on Madison Avenue, he owns a suburban palace complete with electric oven, electric icebox, and an electric wife - all of them highly functional but completely unresponsive to his needs. A brush with a college-flame-turned-successful-streetwalker sends him down memory lane - a road that leads straight to her bedroom. She gives him a tumble on the house, and then offers a proposition: a bit of criminal mischief that will take him far from suburbia, and far from his wife - because every ad-man deserves a vacation.

    Matthew S. Hill says: "Good and easy story telling."
  • What's So Funny? | Donald E. Westlake

    What's So Funny?

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated By William Dufris
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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 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.

    Rick says: "Dufris is a marvel!"
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