What's So Funny?

By Donald E. Westlake (Mass Market, 2008)
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.
  • Grand Central Publishing
    • Format: Mass Market

    • Price: $7.99 US/$9.50 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780446401159

    • On Sale Date: 03/01/2008

    • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

    • Imprint: Grand Central Publishing

    Formats Available: Mass Market, Electronic Book

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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.

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 THE HUNTER, 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. He lives with his wife, Abby Adams, in rural New York State.
  • "Westlake has fashioned another rollicking comic caper, unpredictable in its development and ingenious in its resolution." (San Diego Tribune on WATCH YOUR BACK!).

  • "Richly comic mayhem."
    (Entertainment Weekly on WATCH YOUR BACK!).

  • "[Will have] you laughing so hard it hurts."
    (New York Times Book Review on WATCH YOUR BACK!).

  • "Boisterous...sparkling droplets of Westlake wit abound...It's all funny. Nobody does capers better than Westlake."
    (Publishers Weekly on THE ROAD TO RUIN).

  • "A manic comic caper...furiously funny."
    (New York Times Book Review on THE ROAD TO RUIN).

  • "[One] of the greatest writers of the 20th century...His Parker books...form a genre all their own."
    (John Banville).

  • (Library Journal).

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What's So Funny?
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Price: $7.99 US/$9.50 CAN
  • Pages: 416
  • Physical Dimensions: 4-3/16" x 6-3/4"
  • Audio Run Time: 0
  • ISBN-13: 9780446401159
  • On Sale Date: 03/01/2008
What's So Funny?