A kidnapping plan cribbed from a crime novel goes hilariously wrong for gang boss John Dortmunderâ€”from the Edgar Awardâ€“winning author of Bank Shot.
When his â€śfriendâ€ť Andy Kelp has a plan, career criminal John Dortmunder knows that means trouble. Kelpâ€™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 thereâ€™s no way it wouldnâ€™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. Whatâ€™s simple on the page turns complex and chaoticâ€”and thereâ€™s no reference guide to help Dortmunder through the madness heâ€™s signed on for.
â€ś[Westlakeâ€™s] most durable character. Whatever can go wrong in the manâ€™s elaborate attempts at larceny invariably does, and in the most amusing and unexpected ways possible.â€ť â€”Los Angeles Times
â€śWestlake has no peer in the realm of comic mystery novelists.â€ť â€”San Francisco Chronicle