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Best Donald Westlake Books: The Ultimate List

Looking for the best Donald Westlake books? Browse our list to find excellent book recommendations on the subject.

1. Somebody Owes Me Money (Hard Case Crime Novels) (2011)

 Best Donald Westlake Books: The Ultimate ListSOMETIMES WINNING FEELS AN AWFUL LOT LIKE LOSING. 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 – but just try explaining that to the cops, to the two rival criminal gangs who each think Chet’s working for the other, and to the dead man’s beautiful sister, who has flown in from Las Vegas to avenge…
Author(s): Donald E. Westlake

2. Jimmy the Kid (The Dortmunder Novels) (2012)

 Best Donald Westlake Books: The Ultimate List  When his “friend” Andy Kelp has a plan, career criminal John Dortmunder knows that means trouble. Kelp’s 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!   The novel featured a kidnapping so brilliant there’s no way it wouldn’t work in real life. Though offended that his usual role as heist planner has been usurped, Dortmunder reluctantly agrees to the scheme.   Unfortunately, they kidnap a kid smarter than all of them put together. What’s simple on the page turns complex and chaotic—and…
Author(s): Donald E. Westlake

3. Brothers Keepers (Hard Case Crime) (2019)

 Best Donald Westlake Books: The Ultimate ListWhat will a group of monks do when their two-century-old monastery in New York City is threatened with demolition to make room for a new high-rise? Anything they have to. “Thou Shalt Not Steal” is only the first of the Commandments to be broken as the saintly face off against the unscrupulous over that most sacred of relics, a Park Avenue address.Returning to bookstores for the first time in three decades, BROTHERS KEEPERS offers not only a master class in comedy from one of the most beloved mystery writers of all time but also a surprisingly heartfelt meditation on loss, temptation, and how we…
Author(s): Donald E. Westlake

4. Help I Am Being Held Prisoner (Hard Case Crime) (2018)

 Best Donald Westlake Books: The Ultimate ListJAILED FOR A JOKEIt isn’t easy going to jail for a practical joke. Of course, this particular joke left 20 cars wrecked on the highway and two politicians’ careers in tatters – so jail is where Harold Künt landed. Now he’s just trying to keep a low profile in the Big House. He wants no part of his fellow inmates’ plan to use an escape tunnel to rob two banks. But it’s too late; he’s in it up to his neck. And that neck may just wind up in a noose…HELP I AM BEING HELD PRISONER is Donald E. Westlake at his funniest and his most ingenious, a rediscovered crime classic from the MWA Grand Master returning to stores for the first…
Author(s): Donald E. Westlake

5. Baby, Would I Lie: A Romance of the Ozarks (1994)

 Best Donald Westlake Books: The Ultimate ListWishing to escape tabloid journalism, Sara Joslyn is disgusted when her new editor gives her a story involving a gory sex-murder trial, until she learns that a country singer, known to her, may be involved #5,778,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #250779 in Mysteries (Books) #131488 in Contemporary Literature & Fiction Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Donald E. Westlake

6. Forever and a Death (Hard Case Crime) (2018)

 Best Donald Westlake Books: The Ultimate ListA formerly rich businessman thrown out of Hong Kong when the Chinese took over from the British decides to fix his dire financial problems and take revenge on the Chinese by tunneling under Hong Kong’s bank vaults and stealing all their gold, then using a doomsday device to set off a “soliton wave” that will turn the ground to sludge, causing the whole city to collapse. Only the engineer on his staff who designed the soliton wave technology (intending it for good purposes, to help with construction projects) can stop him, working together with a beautiful young environmental activist…
Author(s): Donald E. Westlake

7. Double Feature (2020)

 Best Donald Westlake Books: The Ultimate ListWHAT’S HIDDEN BEHIND THE SILVER SCREEN?In New York City, a movie critic has just murdered his girlfriend – well, one of his girlfriends (not to be confused with his wife). Will the unlikely crime-solving partnership he forms with the investigating police detective keep him from the film noir ending he deserves?On the opposite coast, movie star Dawn Devayne – the hottest It Girl in Hollywood – gets a visit from a Navy sailor who says he knew her when she was just ordinary Estelle Anlic of San Diego. Now she’s a big star who’s put her past behind her….
Author(s): Donald E. Westlake

8. 361 (Hard Case Crime Novels) (2011)

 Best Donald Westlake Books: The Ultimate ListThe men in the tan-and-cream Chrysler came with guns blazing. When Ray woke up in the hospital a month later, he was missing an eye, and his father was dead. Then things started to get bad… From the incomparable Donald E. Westlake comes a devastating story of betrayal and revenge, exploring the limits of family loyalty and how far a man will go when everything he loves is taken from him. #1,082,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #41691 in Crime Thrillers (Books) #6277 in Hard-Boiled Mystery Would you like to ?If you are a seller for…
Author(s): Donald E. Westlake

Best Donald Westlake Books: The Ultimate List

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The Getaway Car: Nonfiction Miscellany

Author(s): Westlake, Donald E
ID: 2089113, Publisher: University of Chicago Press, Year: 2014, Size: 295 Kb, Format: epub

What's So Funny?

Author(s): Donald E. Westlake
ID: 506838, Publisher: , Year: 2008, Size: 382 Kb, Format: pdf

Watch Your Back! (Dortmunder Novels)

Author(s): Donald E. Westlake
ID: 534176, Publisher: , Year: 2006, Size: 362 Kb, Format: pdf

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