Get Real (John Dortmunder Series #14)

Get Real (John Dortmunder Series #14)

by Donald E. Westlake

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446550901
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 07/17/2009
Series: John Dortmunder Series , #14
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 485,160
File size: 520 KB

About the Author

Donald E. Westlake (1933–2008) has written dozens of novels under his own name and a rainbow of pseudonyms. Many of his books have been adapted for film, most notably The Hunter, which became the 1967 noir Point Blank, and the 1999 smash Payback.

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Get Real (John Dortmunder Series #14) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
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lavonardo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The final Dortmunder-caper is a head above the few chapters preceding it. The book is short and funny - without resorting to outing reality television cliche one after the other. The premise is a bit weak, but the story grows on both the reader and the crimnal crew during the 300 pages it takes to reach the end. The characters and their dialogue are a bit more subdued than what I expected, but the Westlake novels were never packed to the brim with oneliners. But based on the familiarity of Dortmunder's dirty half-a-dozen there would have been opportunities for plenty more.
tgraettinger on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A Dortmunder story with an interesting premise - the boys have an opportunity to be the stars of a reality TV program - centered on them doing a heist. Enjoyable as all of the Dortmunder stories have been for me, a good premise, but didn't have quite the usual difficulties or twists I've come to expect from D.E.W.
wbentrim on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Get Real by Donald E. WestlakeScene one, take one..Thugs are Us meeting taking place. This mystery is about a gang of semi-ethical thugs and the foray into reality TV. This is the first John Dortmunder book I have read. It did not generate guffaws but it certainly made me smile. The sympathetic depiction of small time career criminals contrasted with the completely unrealistic world of reality TV provided a set fraught with humor. Westlake must have a wide range of acquaintances to so accurately portray his characters. I have had the opportunity to know some less savory folks and Westlake depicted them well. Unknown to the average person is that these folks have a code of ethics that may be unrecognizable to most but is loosely adhered to by them. It was refreshing to read a mystery whose story line was not dependent on body count. This is the first of Westlake¿s books I have read but it will not be the last. I was saddened to see that he has passed away but his literary legacy will live on. I recommend the book.
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CliffordDay More than 1 year ago
Terrific storyline, same general formula, make for an excellent read. Can't beat Dortmunder.
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John Dortmunder's life and experiences are just made for movies, but that is _so_ '70s (The Hot Rock, Reality TY is where today's action is. And what better than a reality TY show about a gang of characters/robbers planning and executing a hit on a storage company? Unless those same characters were actually interested in robbing another company located in the same building. Leave it to John and his string of friends to figure out how to get the job done and not get done in by the job. And the best new product name I've ever heard is the GMC Mastodon SUV!
Scooby-Doo More than 1 year ago
Because of Mr.Westlakes death there will be no more capers with the Dortmunder gang ; and they will be profoundly missed.However , if this is the last it ends the series on a high note.As with the whole series , the story is written from multiple perspectives ; but in this case the "other" perspectives come from unique characters. The reality show producer , the head of the company and the young writer/secretary all provide the reader with information that the other characters aren't privy to. The story within a story angle is also handled masterfully. By the end of the book you can't wait until the next one ; which I suppose is the best compliment that you can pay to a writer. Sadly , in this case there will be no more.
TheDonald More than 1 year ago
Losing Donald Westlake late last year is a blow to comedic crime genre fans and he'll be missed. His John Dortmunder character and his whacky crew keep the reading laughing throughout the book. His latest and unfortnately last Dortmunder is no exception. I recommend his work highly but only for people who want a good laugh!
Book-LoverDA More than 1 year ago
Whimsy, wit and characterzation do not get any better. Grand Master Westlake has written another great yarn with some of the most original and funny charachters in literature. The only crime series equal to the Dortmunder series is the dark, serious, no nonsense crime stories written by Westlake under his pen name Richard Stark, featuring ace criminal mastermind Parker, whose world is as far removed from that of Dortmunder's as Rwanda is from Disneyworld. Still, what I wouldn't give to see a novel where their two paths someday cross. One can only dream...
Genpop More than 1 year ago
The old gang is back for more hijinks. It's alway fun see what they're up to next. Good read,lots of laughs.
harstan More than 1 year ago
New York cabbie Stan Murch's mom takes Get Real reality-show company producer Doug Fairkeep from the airport to Manhattan. They talk during the drive about his show and she persuades Doug to use her son Stan as a getaway driver and his cohorts as a segment on the show of criminals planning a heist. The next day mom talks to Doug and Dortmunder. They agree with mom that they can make some money using their previous financial activities in a sort of mockudrama. Dortmunder lines up Kelp, Tiny and the Kid about the gig and they agree to do it. While Dortmunder and crew work on the details of the robbery with Get Real to include stealing from the firm for the camera and working with a real actor and a gun moll, they plot a real theft of the company's valuable assets at their Varick Street warehouse. After the TV script is changed and killed and resuscitated by the hour, they finally begin to shoot the TV robbery at the same Dortmunder and the gang executes the real robbery. With this excellent comedic satirical final Dortmunder crime caper, the late Donald E. Westlake, who died in January, pays homage to himself as he adds to his tremendous legacy. The story line is terrific as once again Dortmunder and his cronies come across as eccentric individuals whose relationship is humorous with a strong belief this time they will pull off the real heist due to Fairkeep's superego. Additionally, WHAT'S SO FUNNY is the mocking of reality TV to GET REAL as Mr. Westlake provides a great final Dortmunder; a tribute to one of the best mystery writers in the past few decades. Harriet Klausner
RegencyReader More than 1 year ago
John Dortmunder and his merry pack of men are fun, exciting, professional thieves who get along well and have done so for years. They are a fluid group that sets it sites on a hit, gets it done and move on in an expeditious fashion. But of all the things they never thought they would be was TV reality stars. The premise of the show being that they are thieves on a TV reality show - who saw that coming. John doesn't think this sounds like the best of ideas despite the great money. But come on when your best friend's mom tells you to try it out you what the heck you try it out. But what John and the guys decide is a much better plan is to do is pretend to follow the plan like the creative director, Doug, wants but at the same time pull another job - the real job. They devise a great scheme to steal from the show's creator and while that will make their TV career short lived it will make them rich really fast. The glitch comes when they all start to like acting and the job seems to have disappeared, but wait is it back again! However as with every great heist there are secrets to be revealed, plans to be discussed and problems to overcome. Can they pull the real job off while pretending to be part of the show - time will tell and the reader will discover what a great time thieves have. This long standing series has come to a conclusion with a grand finale. While every book in this series had served up a fresh story with interesting angles this one in particular is beyond great - reality stars that aren't really stars but want to be stars yet they are stealing from the stars. Yes it all makes sense and reading the book is a true delight even with the understanding that losing the author Mr. Westlake in 2008 was a great loss on all levels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For Dr. Laura Gonzalez for her own uses and purposes at westlake hospital-- Dr. Gonzalez