Dortmunder

14 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 1,148 ratings

The Hot Rock Publisher's Summary

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.

©1970 Donald E. Westlake (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • 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 343
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 270
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 274

    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

  • Book 2

    • 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 186
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 139
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 140

    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
    • great story - well narrated!!!

    • By Alex on 11-13-10

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 3

    • 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 58
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 49
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 48

    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

  • Book 4

    • 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 65
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55

    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

  • Book 5

    • 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 57
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53

    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

  • Book 6

    • 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 65
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55

    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

  • Book 7

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  • Book 8

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  • Book 9

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  • Book 10

    • Bad News

    • By: Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
    • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54

    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

  • Book 11

    • 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

  • Book 12

    • 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 71
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41

    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

  • Book 13

    • 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 61
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 35

    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

  • Book 14

    • Get Real

    • By: Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated by: William Dufris
    • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 128
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 86
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 86

    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