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Guilderpost's plan to take over an Indian gambling casino requires the replacement of one dead Indian buried in a Queens cemetery with another corpse, who's actually related to Guilderpost's partner, a Las Vegas chorine named Little Feather. Dortmunder and pals have to spirit Joseph Redcorn out of the plot he's been occupying for nearly a century and replace him with Little Feather's grandfather, who's been dead for quite a spell himself. Little Feather will inherit a third of the casino if she can prove she's related to the newly planted Indian, who belonged to a vanishing tribe, the Pottaknobbees.
Dortmunder can smell the wool being pulled over his eyes and has no intention of playing the fleeced sheep, not when he sees a way to cut himself and Andy in for a partner's share of the profits. But the casino's current owners are as crooked as Fitzroy Guilderpost, so while switching one dead Indian with another isn't tough, even for a fellow who hates physical labor as much as Dortmunder does, keeping him planted long enough for the law to match his DNA with Little Feather's is a much more problematic enterprise.
This is one of Dortmunder's most picaresque adventures (The Hot Rock, Don't Ask, etc.), and shows off author Donald E. Westlake's gifts: the pacing as swift as a dealer's shuffle, the secondary characters and the convoluted twists and turns of the plot worthy of the late Ross Thomas. And speaking of switched bodies and stolen identities is it possible that Donald Westlake is Ross Thomas? (Don't panic; it's just wishful thinking from a big fan of the comic caper genre. But when you've worked your way through Westlake's oeuvre of over 50 novels, and reread every Elmore Leonard you can get your hands on, you might want to make your way to Ross Thomas's back list, too). --Jane Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
There are very few writers who can sustain a humorous novel. It is a talent wildly under-appreciated until one seeks out those few examples of truly funny books: currently, David... Read morePublished on Dec 26 2003 by Ernest Joselovitz
"Bad News," is the first Dortmunder novel I have read. I loved it! The characters are indeed lovable. I will be reading some more of these novels.Published on March 30 2003
So where'd Redcorn's casket ever end up? Did Fitzroy ever take back possesion of the van Kelp had been moving from train parking lot to train parking lot? Read morePublished on May 16 2002 by mistakesweremade
Mr. Westlake seems to be a neverending source of new and great storylines featuring his famous hero - the robber and perfect planner John Dortmunder. Read morePublished on Aug. 20 2001 by Filip Rachůnek
How wonderful to have John Dortmunder back in action, and in a book that is absolutely up to par with his best adventures. Read morePublished on July 19 2001 by Librarian
As a mystery writer with my initial novel in current release,I am quite pleased to see Donald Westlake bring back John Dortmunder following a five year break. Read morePublished on July 17 2001 by Kent Braithwaite
What's bad news for John Dortmunder, the talented but unlucky thief, is good news for mystery readers. Read morePublished on July 7 2001 by Author Bill Peschel
Donald Westlake just keeps on crankin' out the hits! John Dortmunder, the ne'er do well thief of many previous books, returns after a long haitus... Read morePublished on June 20 2001 by Christian