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Творчество автора (Westlake Donald E) представлено в следующих жанрах:
Юмор, Юмористическая проза, Детективы, Криминальный детектив, Детское, Детская литература, , Иронический детектив, Проза, Современная проза, Фэнтези, Юмористическая фантастика, Полицейский детектив, Боевик, Детективы и Триллеры, Детектив, Триллер, Юмор, Старинное, Старинная литература
Творчество автора (Westlake Donald E) представлено в следующих сериях книг:
Hard Case Crime, Дортмундер, Dortmunder, Dortmunder, , Dortmunder
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Обложка книги Brothers Keepers Brothers Keepers

 Жанр: Юмор, Юмористическая проза


The worlds of Donald E. Westlake are filled with scrambling underachievers. With such books as Bank Shot, Help I Am Being Held Prisoner, Cops and Robbers, and Jimmy the Kid, he has shown us heroes whose comic desperation derives from their unfortunate habit of breaking laws. Now, in Brothers Keepers, the Westlake eye is turned on a whole other world: the serenity of a monastery, the calmness of a young monk named Brother Benedict, a world of placid repose. But Donald Westlake seems to hate repose. Into this pond of peace in a chaotic desert, he at once drops two rocks — real estate developers are about to tear the monastery down, and Brother Benedict falls in love with the landlord’s daughter. Even in a monastery, scrambling zanies can still be found. With a supporting cast of brown-robed monks including former burglars, a one-time lawyer, a retired boxer, an army drop-out, and a dozen more assorted quirky individuals, Brother Benedict struggles to save the monastery and his soul, and to keep his hands off the beautiful Eileen Flattery Bone. In the Search for the Missing Lease, the Discovery of the Arsonist, the Christmas in Puerto Rico, and the Grand Finale at the New Year’s Eve Party, Donald E. Westlake has written his most divine comedy.

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Обложка книги Cops and Robbers Cops and Robbers

 Жанр: Детективы, Криминальный детектив


Tom Garrity and Joe Loomis are cops in New York — commuters to a job in a city where people often feel like animals. As cops, they’re at the center of it. The brutalizers and the brutalized. Unable to take much more of it, they invent a romantic dream for getting the hell out. The cops decide to become robbers.

Joe discovers that a blue uniform will get you in anywhere; allow you, for instance, to hold up a liquor store without even being suspected. He and Tom decide to pull one big caper that will net them each a million. Then they’ll wait around a year, and after that pull out for good. They offer their services to the Mafia, because on their own they don’t know what crime to commit for that kind of money. A Mafia boss named Vigano points them in the right direction. After that there is no turning back, and no guarantee that they’ll make it.

What happens to Tom and Joe and their families as they make their breakaway move is what COPS AND ROBBERS is all about. Here is a major novel on a major theme by Donald E. Westlake who, in telling a brand new kind of story, makes use of his proven ability to create suspense and entertainment.

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Обложка книги Philip Philip

 Жанр: Детское, Детская литература


A dump truck and a boy are a perfect combination. All they need is a bit of dirt. But where do you find dirt if you live in an apartment seven floors above the ground? That is Philip’s problem — a problem he shares with thousands of boys. Philip does think of some ingenious ways of getting dirt, but he meets with adult disapproval at every turn. The unique and happy solution to his problem finally comes from Mr. Neep, the doorman. Mr. Neep’s solution is as clever and delightful as the whole story of Philip and his truck. Colorful illustrations by Arnold Dobrin show exactly how the city looks to a small boy who lives in it.

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Обложка книги Sacred Monster Sacred Monster

 Жанр: Юмор, Юмористическая проза,


Jack Pine was born to be a Hollywood star. He has no morals, no scruples; he will not hesitate to do anything or love anyone if it might advance his career, get him the best roles, or project him ever more firmly into the spotlight. And success does come, beyond the imagination of Jack’s agents and co-stars — even beyond the hopes of his boyhood friend Buddy Pal, a man who carries with the dark secrets of Jack’s past. Buddy stands apart, aloof: he alone truly benefits from Jack’s careening ambition and his artful, charming conniving. Others who depend on Jack may fall by the wayside, but how can the affable star be blamed? In fact, Jack Pine can be excused anything — until he carries out the final sin, for which there can be no pardon.

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Обложка книги Enough [A Travesty (novel) and Ordo (novelette)] Enough [A Travesty (novel) and Ordo (novelette)]

 Жанр: Детективы, Иронический детектив, Проза, Современная проза


Following last year’s hilariously funny Dancing Aztecs, the prolific Donald E. Westlake now produces a pair of miniatures — two brief strokes of genius for the price of one — which is certainly ENOUGH for anybody. “A Travesty,” follows the twists and turns in the career of movie critic-cum-murderer Carey Thorpe, as he flails and connives his way through a plot so devious that it finally sums up the entire genre of the Mystery Story once and for all. Carey successively becomes the Detective’s Sidekick, the Least Obvious Suspect, the Amateur Detective, the Innocent Accused, several other detective story standbys, and ultimately the Murderer Himself. What happens to Carey when he accidentally kills his girlfriend (she shouldn’t have annoyed him) is as quick and twisty as a roller-coaster ride, an endlessly intricate Murder Mystery with a true Surprise at the finish. A fast and funny story, with enough cleverness and invention for two books, it is here only half the story of ENOUGH. Completing the abundance of ENOUGH is a total change of pace, “Ordo,” the sardonic brooding character study of Ordo Tupikos, a man dealing with an astonishment out of his own past. What would you do if you discovered the plain Jane you’d married (and divorced) sixteen years ago was now, under another name, Hollywood’s reigning movie star sex queen? What Ordo does, and what is done to him reach a level of power seldom found in comedy. A study in contrasts, ENOUGH displays a pair of totally different story styles from the same fertile brain. If you’ve never had ENOUGH, you have it now.

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Обложка книги The Spy in the Ointment The Spy in the Ointment

 Жанр: Детективы, Иронический детектив


Can a peace-loving pacifist from a tiny downstate New York Village named Greenwich find happiness in the middle of a mob of dedicated assassins? This is the question our hero, J. Eugene Raxford, asks himself while ducking bullets, bombs, karate chops and-ultimately — swords, in this latest exploit on the rollicking edge of suspense from the author of The Fugitive Pigeon and The Busy Body. The answer to J. Eugene’s question, both hilarious and scarifying, will keep you simultaneously on the edge of your seat and rolling in the aisles, and if you think that’s a tough trick, wait till you see our hero pouring evaporated milk on the microphone in his refrigerator, or taking orders from his watch (it talks to him in a tiny tinny voice), or traipsing off into low adventure and high comedy with Angela Ten Eyck, the beautiful if not brilliant peacenik daughter of the world’s most pugnacious munitions manufacturer. Dragooned by a typographical error into as daffy a league for the destruction of the world as the world has ever seen, our hero is as disheartened as the FBI to discover that he and he alone is in a position to end the nefarious doings — from the inside. Given a crash program in spy survival techniques, J. Eugene Raxford is thrust into the breach, where he would have preferred not to have been honored. His adventures and escapes, the intricacy of the plot as slowly he unravels it and it unravels him, and the ultimate triumph of very good Good over absolutely villainous Evil, all add up to either the season’s most terrifying comedy or funniest hair-raiser, or maybe both.

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Обложка книги High Adventure High Adventure

 Жанр: Детективы, Иронический детектив


You are in the jungles of Belize. You pick your way carefully along the overgrown trail until you come to the clearing. There, above you, rest the ruins of a Mayan pyramid. Is that a stone whistle at your feet? An idol of a bat-god? Riches surround you and Kirby Galway will be more than happy to smuggle your finds up to the United States in a bale of marijuana. Aren’t you glad you met Kirby? If you are Innocent St. Michael, wily Belizan bureaucrat, you’re not. After all, you sold Kirby the worthless land and know that there are no treasures — not to mention pyramids — on it. If you are Lemuel the curator, you’re not. After all, these artifacts should be protected — by you and in your own way. If you are St. Michael’s assistant Vernon, you’re not. After all, you are involved in a plot to overthrow the government and all the visitors Kirby is bringing in are making your job more difficult. Perhaps you are one of the two homosexual antique dealers with a secret to keep hidden, or maybe you are Valerie — loved, kidnaped, ordered to be executed and otherwise getting in the way. If you are, meeting Kirby didn’t do anything for your disposition, either. Now it is your turn to meet Kirby Galway and begin the most hilarious adventure of your life.

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Обложка книги Humans Humans

 Жанр: Фэнтези, Юмористическая фантастика


Humans is a jumbo-sized fantasy thriller featuring angels, demons, all-too-human humans, and nothing less than the complete destruction of planet Earth! The world stinks. God is fed up. He’s ready to take action. One of His very best Angels has been given the contract. He’s sent to round up a disparate crew of human beings from every corner of the world — a Soviet joke-writer, a Kenyan prostitute, a Brazilian ex-superstar chanteuse, a Chinese student-dissident, and a career criminal from Omaha, among them — gently manipulate them into a rendezvous, and set the wheels rolling for them to bring about the End of the World as We Know It. Not an easy job, but you don’t get to be an Angel without learning a few dirty tricks. But — there’s Somebody who happens to like what the human race has been doing with the planet. And soon our Angel finds himself challenged by a very wily Demon — dispatched by the Arch-fiend himself — whose mission is to save the world. Deciding whom to root for is only one of the pleasures afforded by Donald E. Westlake’s brilliant new novel.

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Обложка книги The Fugitive Pigeon The Fugitive Pigeon

 Жанр: Детективы, Иронический детектив


There’s no doubt that Charlie Poole was a completely innocuous, lazy, ambitionless young man until the night two of his uncle’s friends came to murder him. Charlie tended bar in his uncle’s Brooklyn saloon and was perfectly happy to do so. There weren’t many customers, but his uncle didn’t seem to care. Uncle, as a matter of fact, had very good connections with the Syndicate, so Charlie passed messages and mysterious packages about whose contents he never asked questions. He simply didn’t care. He lived above the saloon in a small apartment and read most of the day. Nothing uplifting, mind you, just time-killing. This, then, was his happy life until it was rudely interrupted the night that two of the Syndicate’s enforcers came to enforce him out of the world. Charlie simply wouldn’t believe it at first; some mistake had been made. He had done nothing. He never had done anything. He would get to his uncle in Manhattan and find him and clear the whole thing up. His uncle would call somebody, and the two thugs downstairs would be redirected. Charlie suddenly realized that the two thugs were no longer downstairs. They were definitely clumping their way upstairs to the apartment where Charlie had run when he realized they actually meant to kill him. He then did probably the most energetic thing thus far in his twenty-odd years of life. He jumped out of the window. What happens from then on, and the way Charlie runs, his encounters with his uncle who very specifically does not help him escape, his own growing astonishment at the menace all around him, his encounters with the higher-ups in the Syndicate, his encounters with the police, and finally his encounter with Chloe, add up to a breathlessly fast-paced and very amusing mystery, with a rare antic quality. All in all, THE FUGITIVE PIGEON is a delight, and Charlie Poole is a living doll.

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Обложка книги Levine Levine

 Жанр: Детективы, Полицейский детектив


Levine is an episodic saga, a series of six novellas (including one written expressly for this volume) laying open for examination the life of a Brooklyn cop, a man dedicated to his job and living in constant fear of the moment when his ailing heart will finally stop. Each of the stories is a gem of police procedure and pits Levine against the full assortment of activities which makes up a policeman’s lot — from talking a jumper off a ledge to dealing with a child who believes her mother to be a murderer to facing a Mob gunman on a deserted spit of land. With every step Levine takes, with every confrontation, he listens to the sound of his own heart — to judge his actions as well as to record the missing beats, waiting for the one he won’t hear.

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Обложка книги Forever and a Death Forever and a Death

 Серия: Hard Case Crime

 Жанр: Детективы, Боевик


Academy Award nominee Donald Westlake (The Grifters) returns with a never-before-published thriller based on his story for a James Bond movie that never got made with an afterword by Bond producer Jeff Kleeman. A 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 who gets caught up in one of the soliton tests and nearly killed. From the deck of a yacht near the Great Barrier Reef to Australia and Singapore and finally Hong Kong itself, it’s a deadly game of cat-and-mouse as our heroes first struggle to escape the villain’s clutches and then thwart his insanely destructive plan.

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Обложка книги Bad News Bad News

 Серия: Дортмундер, Dortmunder

 Жанр: Детективы и Триллеры, Иронический детектив


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.

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Обложка книги Bank Shot Bank Shot

 Серия: Dortmunder

 Жанр: Детективы и Триллеры, Иронический детектив


When John Dortmunder sets out to rob a bank, he really means it. He steals the whole thing. With the help of his usual crew, as well as a sophomoric ex-FBI man and a militant safecracker, Dortmunder puts a set of wheels under a trailer that just happens to be the temporary site of the Capitalists' & Immigrants' Trust Corp.

When the safe won't open and the cops close in, Dortmunder realizes he's got to find a place — somewhere in suburban Long Island — to hide a bank.

"One of the funniest conceptions you're going to come across…the ending is hilarious." (The New York Times)

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Обложка книги Drowned Hopes Drowned Hopes

 Серия: Dortmunder

 Жанр: Детективы и Триллеры, Иронический детектив


Tom Jimson, the burglar has $700,000 stashed away in a valley town, which has been converted into a reservoir, by the state of New York. Now, the money lies fifty feet below water and the only way in which Jim wants to retrieve it is to blow up the dam. With the fate of nine hundred people at stake, it falls on John Dortmunder to formulate an alternate plan for retrieving the loot. And, as each attempt by Dortmunder fails, Tom’s dynamite finger gets itchier… and itchier.

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Обложка книги Ellery Queen. The Best of Suspense Ellery Queen. The Best of Suspense

 Жанр: Детективы и Триллеры, Детектив


No suspense collection is complete without this anthology. Originally published in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, the stories in this volume represent many of the biggest names in detective and suspense fiction: Ellery Queen, Harold Q. Masur, Celia Fremlin, Jack Ritchie, Patricia Highsmith and Bill Pronzini are only a few of the prize-winning authors in this amazing volume.

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Обложка книги Get Real Get Real

 Серия: Dortmunder

 Жанр: Детективы и Триллеры, Иронический детектив


In Donald E. Westlake's classic caper novels, the bad get better, the good slide a bit, and Lord help anyone caught between a thief named John Dortmunder and the current object of his attention.

However, being caught red-handed is inevitable in Dortmunder's next production, when a TV producer convinces this thief and his merry gang to do a reality show that captures their next score. The producer guarantees to find a way to keep the show from being used in evidence against them. They're dubious, but the pay is good, so they take him up on his offer.

A mock-up of the OJ bar is built in a warehouse down on Varick Street. The ground floor of that building is a big open space jumbled with vehicles used in TV world, everything from a news truck and a fire engine to a hansom cab (without the horse).

As the gang plans their next move with the cameras rolling, Dortmunder and Kelp sneak onto the roof of their new studio to organize a private enterprise. It will take an ingenious plan to outwit viewers glued to their television sets, but Dortmunder is nothing if not persistent, and he's determined to end this shoot with money in his pockets.

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Обложка книги Jimmy The Kid Jimmy The Kid

 Серия: Dortmunder

 Жанр: Детективы и Триллеры, Иронический детектив


Bungling burglar John Dortmunder and his merry band of thieves are back in another classic, comic crime novel from the award-winning author of the new hardcover Baby, Would I Lie? Dortmunder and his gang plan to kidnap precocious kid Jimmy Harrington with the help of a crime novel outlining the perfect caper.

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Обложка книги La Luna De Los Asesinos La Luna De Los Asesinos

 Жанр: Детективы и Триллеры, Триллер


Parker, el personaje más emblemático creado por Donald E. Westlake (Brooklyn, Nueva York, 1933), es un ladrón profesional y, eventualmente, un asesino. Un hombre frío y calculador, reservado hasta la exasperación y dueño de una inteligencia más que destacable. Dos años atrás, Parker se vio obligado a abandonar en la pequeña y apacible ciudad de Tyler, en el estado de Mississippi, los setenta y tres mil dólares de botín de un robo a un coche blindado. Ahora ha llegado el momento de recuperar lo que es suyo, y para ello se va a ver involucrado en una guerra entre las mafias que controlan la ciudad. Parker, acompañado por Grofield, su cómplice, tendrá que demostrar su profesionalidad y agudizar el ingenio para lograr su objetivo, tarea nada fácil dado el poder de sus adversarios…

Escrita en 1974, La luna de los asesinos es, sin lugar a dudas, una de las mejores novelas de este gran escritor norteamericano que revolucionó el género policíaco al ofrecer una nueva concepción que se aleja de los lugares comunes y los viejos clichés que siempre lo habían acompañado. El estilo ágil y directo, sin florituras ni descripciones innecesarias, acompañado de un elegante sentido del humor, acentúa la tensión de la novela, que no deja de crecer desde la primera página, hasta resolverse en un final brutal e inolvidable que revela la precisión narrativa de uno de los principales escritores norteamericanos de novela policíaca del siglo XX.

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Обложка книги Manhattan Noir 2: The Classics Manhattan Noir 2: The Classics

 Жанр: Детективы и Триллеры, Детектив


Following the commercial success of the original Manhattan Noir, mystery titan Lawrence Block explores the historic literary roots of this dark island.

Featuring stories by: Edith Wharton, Stephen Crane, O. Henry, Langston Hughes, Irwin Shaw, Jerome Weidman, Damon Runyon, Evan Hunter, Jerrold Mundis, Edgar Allan Poe, Horace Gregory, Geoffrey Bartholomew, Cornell Woolrich, Barry N. Malzberg, Clark Howard, Jerome Charyn, Donald E. Westlake, Joyce Carol Oates, Lawrence Block, and Susan Isaacs.

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Обложка книги Nobody's Perfect Nobody's Perfect

 Серия: Dortmunder

 Жанр: Детективы и Триллеры, Иронический детектив


Comic crime hero Dortmunder and his gang of bungling thieves are back in a hilarious caper -- out of print since 1979. Mishaps and misunderstandings force the gang to steal a painting not once but twice in this hilarious misadventure starring the inimitable Dortmunder.

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Обложка книги Somebody Owes Me Money Somebody Owes Me Money

 Серия: Hard Case Crime

 Жанр: Детективы и Триллеры, Детектив


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 her brother’s murder...

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Обложка книги The Best American Mystery Stories 2000 The Best American Mystery Stories 2000

 Жанр: Детективы и Триллеры, Детектив


After just three years, THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES series is already a great success, earning raves from such diverse sources as Joyce Carol Oates, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, and ELLERY QUEEN’S MYSTERY MAGAZINE. Little wonder, given the power of the Best American brand, the talent of the series editor, Otto Penzler, and the high profile of the guest editors. Now, with the legendary mystery writer Donald E. Westlake as guest editor, the 2000 edition is sure to boost the series’ popularity even more. From Tfty exceptional stories chosen by Penzler, Westlake has selected the twenty best, including stories by Tom Franklin, Jeffery Deaver, Shel Silverstein, and Dennis Lehane, for a collection that will delight mystery buffs and casual readers alike.

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Обложка книги The Busy Body The Busy Body

 Жанр: Детективы и Триллеры, Иронический детектив


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 — retrieving a very important jacket, loaded with heroin, from a fresh grave. But Engel found only an empty coffin...

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Обложка книги The Hot Rock The Hot Rock

 Жанр: Детективы и Триллеры, Иронический детектив


John Dortmunder left prison with the warm words of the warden ringing in his ears and not one chance of going straight. Soon Dortmunder was riding in a stolen Cadillac with venetian blinds, reuniting with old friends and scheming to heist a large emerald belonging to a small African nation. As always, his planning is meticulous. As always, the execution is not. Undaunted, Dortmunder is now chasing the gem by plane, train and automobile. Because this hot rock has a way of getting stolen — not just once, but again and again and again…

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Обложка книги The Road To Ruin The Road To Ruin

 Серия: Dortmunder

 Жанр: Детективы и Триллеры, Иронический детектив


John Dortmunder as a butler? Well, he’s not really a butler; he’s just playing one at the heavily guarded estate of crooked tycoon Monroe Hall. A corporate pariah surrounded by loot, including a fleet of priceless vintage cars, Hall soon finds his needs—from driving to cooking—eagerly fulfilled by Dortmunder and his gang. Dortmunder’s plan: to change in one fell swoop from loyal servants to merry robbers, and drive off with ill-gotten plunder. There’s just one problem. Monroe Hall has as many enemies as antiques. Before Dortmunder can go from serving to stealing, Hall disappears and the cops are knocking on the door. And after a violent crime is committed, Dortmunder is in the worst place possible. For as everyone knows, whenever there’s mischief in a mansion … the butler always did it!

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Обложка книги Thieves' Dozen Thieves' Dozen

 Серия: Dortmunder

 Жанр: Детективы и Триллеры, Иронический детектив


On a literary landscape filled with cunning criminal masterminds, Donald E. Westlake's John Dortmunder is in a league of his own. With no scam too outrageous to contemplate, and no plan too simple to go wrong, this quirky career thief has stolen everything from money buried under a reservoir to a bank-the whole bank. Now the ultimate repeat offender returns in a first-time collection of short stories that prove that just like bagels and donuts, with Dortmunder it's always better by the dozen … Thieves' Dozen.

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Обложка книги Two Much! Two Much!

 Жанр: Юмор, Юмор


The master of the comic caper is back with a new riotous tale of double identity. When Art Dodge falls in love with beautiful twins, he wants both all to himself. So, Art and Bart Dodge marry the girls, until he is exhausted and decides Bart has to go.

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Обложка книги Un Diamante Al Rojo Vivo Un Diamante Al Rojo Vivo

 Жанр: Детективы и Триллеры, Триллер


John Dortmunder y su banda son contratados por un embajador africano para robar un famoso diamante, conocido como Balabomo, que cobija celosamente otro país africano. Dortmunder es extremadamente hábil y minucioso, pero lamentablemente desafortunado. Siempre fracasa. Con la suerte de espaldas, se ve condenado a planificar el golpe una y otra vez con una inercia y tenacidad casi religiosas. «La vida es un equívoco constante» parece decir el escurridizo diamante a la banda de Dortmunder. Ellos, impasibles, le intentarán dar caza por tierra, mar y aire. Un diamante al rojo vivo es una de las obras maestras del extraordinario Donald Westlake. Sin lugar a dudas, su novela más hilarante e ingeniosa. Una brillante comedia repleta de equívocos y llena de personajes inolvidables, con la que John Dortmunder, ladrón y gafe profesional, se presenta en sociedad. Todo un mito de la novela negra.

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Обложка книги Watch Your Back! Watch Your Back!

 Серия: Dortmunder

 Жанр: Детективы и Триллеры, Иронический детектив


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 ever more important to the crew than the enormous score. Now, Dortmunder and his gang are determined to split their time, fighting the mob and robbing the rich simultaneously.

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 Серия: Dortmunder

 Жанр: Детективы и Триллеры, Иронический детектив


In his classic caper novels, Donald E. Westlake turns the world of crime and criminals upside down. The bad get better, the good slide a bit, and Lord help anyone caught between a thief named John Dortmunder and the current object of his intentions. Now Westlake's seasoned but often scoreless crook must take on an impossible crime, one he doesn't want and doesn't believe in. But a little blackmail goes a long way in… WHAT'S SO FUNNY?

All it takes is a few underhanded moves by a tough ex-cop named Eppick to pull Dortmunder into a game he never wanted to play. With no choice, he musters his always-game gang and they set 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, which unfortunately reached Russia after that party was over. From the moment Dortmunder reaches for his first pawn, he faces insurmountable odds. The purloined past of this precious set is destined to confound any strategy he finds on the board. Success is not inevitable with John Dortmunder leading the attack, but he's nothing if not persistent, and some gambit or other might just stumble into a winning move.

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 Серия: Dortmunder

 Жанр: Детективы и Триллеры, Иронический детектив


When Max Fairbanks, a vastly wealthy and powerful magnate, catches John Dortmunder breaking into his Long Island mansion, he thinks he is dealing with some regular loser. It amuses him to deprive Dortmund of his lucky ring. In Westlake's ingenious and dazzling comic thriller, Fairbanks lives to regret that gratuitous humiliation. The engaging Dortmund gathers a band of cronies, and exacts revenge at a series of the rich man's fancy palaces, from a penthouse on Broadway to a fantasy retreat in Las Vegas.

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 Серия: , Dortmunder

 Жанр: Детективы и Триллеры, Иронический детектив, Старинное, Старинная литература


The Byzantine Fire: 90 carats of flawless ruby with great national and religious significance. It's the biggest heist of Dortmunder's career, making him the target of everyone from the FBI to the Turkish government. Now Dortmunder has to find a way to unsteal the heist of a lifetime…

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