The Hot Rock (John Dortmunder Series #1)

The Hot Rock (John Dortmunder Series #1)

by Donald E. Westlake


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The Hot Rock introduces John Archibald Dortmunder, the thief whose capers never quite come off, as he and his convict friends plot to steal the fabulous Balaboma Emerald.

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ISBN-13: 9780446677035
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 04/28/2001
Series: John Dortmunder Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 228,415
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

DONALD E. WESTLAKE has written numerous novels over the past thirty-five years under his own name and pseudonyms, including Richard Stark. Many of his books have been made into movies, including , which became the brilliant film noir Point Blank, and the 1999 smash hit Payback. He penned the Hollywood scripts for The Stepfather and The Grifters, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Screenplay. The winner of three Edgar awards and a Mystery Writers of America Grand Master, Donald E. Westlake was presented with The Eye, the Private Eye Writers of America's Lifetime Achievement Award, at the Shamus Awards.

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The Hot Rock (John Dortmunder Series #1) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
pod49 More than 1 year ago
My favorite Westlake book. Persistence gets you somewhere, but not always a happy ending. Good NYC atmosphere. Interesting characters that most people would like. And yes, funny. flag
Guest More than 1 year ago
Read it, saw the movie, enjoyed both. Westlake keeps slump-shouldered burglar John Dortmunder running through hoops in a funny story. Westlake holds your interest throughout the book.
smik on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
With financial backing by Major Patrick Iko, the UN Ambassador from Talabwo, John Dortmunder puts together a team to steal the Balabamo Emerald from the exhibition at New York Coliseum. When the first attempt at the heist comes unstuck, and one of the team ends up in jail, so there are a succession of fresh attempts.Iko has agreed to pay each member of the team a daily retainer and a final amount. He also agrees to supply whatever guns etc Dortmunder requires. As the plot progresses, attempts to retrieve the emerald become more bizarre, the resulting equipment requests become even more bizarre. Dortmunder's determination to retrieve the emerald becomes stronger with each phase of the plot. For Dortmunder, the emerald becomes an albatross around his neck, his destiny. He must get it.To me it seemed that HOT ROCK had been written with an eye to a film script. There are passages that owe a lot to slapstick comedy, and yet at the same time the scenarios feel like serious attempts to resolve conundrums. How do you break into a prison? How do you raid a bank vault?I read HOT ROCK because next week contributors to Pattinase's Friday's Forgotten Books are paying tribute to the work of Donald E.Westlake.It occurred to me that it was likely I had never read any of his books. Various participants suggested that I begin with THE HOT ROCK. I have enjoyed the book and may even read another at some time.
cdogzilla on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Without giving anything away, it's the little bit of unexpected and unresolved at the end that makes what felt like a exercise in gimmickery turn out to be worthwhile after all.
edwardsgt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I came to this novel with high expectations having seen the complimentary things written about these stories recently following Westlake's death. Unfortunately, it left me rather cold and I have to say I find Harlen Coben's Myron Bolitar series much funnier and frankly better written. Perhaps this was just a bad example of his stories?
Periodista on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A most excellent airport or transit book, field tested. A caper, or series of capers, which makes you keep thinking, "This was made to be a movie." Which of course it was, though I haven't seen it. And if this is a Dortmunder series, there should be more movies. They'd be better than the weaker Ocean's 11 series, which I bet Westlake inspired.
mrtall on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Hot Rock is a delightfully funny caper story, or, rather six different capers, as Dortmunder and his team of eccentrics try to get their hands on the rock. Westlake's dialog and pacing are exemplary; this is one of those books where you read for a bit and suddenly realize that twenty or thirty pages have flown by. Highly recommended.
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DewdLM More than 1 year ago
The ad says that this book has 304 pages but when I received it was only 144 pages Am I missing something here? A good book however.
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ybdude1936 More than 1 year ago
Used to be one could buy this for .50.