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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (April 1 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446677035
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446677035
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 13.1 x 20 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 259 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #156,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on July 31 2003
Format: Paperback
If you have not yet read The Hot Rock, you have an amazing treat ahead of you. With brilliant plotting, amusing characters and a strong sense of irony, The Hot Rock makes side-tickling fun of just about everything you can imagine. This book also introduces the character, John Archibald Dortmunder, who stars in the marvelous series of books that followed this one.
Dortmunder is about to get out of prison on parole, and is looking forward to the $300 that another inmate will pay him for his old cell. That plan is scotched when the warden decides to personally escort Dortmunder out of the prison. So there he is with regret for his lost $300 and poor prospects. Then it gets worse! A Cadillac chases him onto the sidewalk against a wall. And that's just the first three and a half pages!
Dortmunder's old pal, Andy Kelp, has lined up a job that requires Dortmunder to do the planning for the caper. A former British colony in Africa has recently become two independent nations, Talabwo and Akinzi, each run by a different tribe. The Akinzi have possession of the Balabomo Emerald, worth $500,000, and the UN Ambassador from Talabwo, Major Patrick Ito, is offering $30,000 a man (for up to five men) to retrieve the emerald which is now residing in the New York Coliseum at a Pan-African display. Dortmunder needs money, so he decides to take the job . . . if the major will pay a little walking around money in the meantime.
Soon, Dortmunder has developed a brilliant plan that requires some special props, which the major provides. Into the Coliseum go four of the five, and three return . . . minus the emerald. After this setback, the plot starts to get really complicated.
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I was expecting a lot less predictable, from the second trial we can forsee the result, I must admit the end was unexpected and funny
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By A Customer on May 24 2006
Format: Audio Cassette
The Hot Rock started me on the Westlake road, and I've never looked back. The plotting is meticulous, the characterization is smooth, and -- what has captured me for over 30 years -- the setting is enveloping. I can still feel that damp heatless trailer in the rain, feel the impatience of the card playing colleagues as they wait for results, and long for hot coffee.
Since The Hot Rock I've read every Westlake I could get my hands on; I've never been disappointed. And Westlake as Richard Stark is equally good, if decidedly more frightening. This man can WRITE!
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This was the first in the Dortmunder series that I read.....you can see my review of Bad News to get the full sense of how I feel about these books. To not be redundant I will just say you can not go wrong in reading anything by Mr. Westlake and you will not be disappointed in the telling of the Dortmunder capers and the characters you meet along the way. I have enjoyed them as books on tape!
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Who could resist the characters Westlake draws (for instance getaway driver Roger Murch who, with his taxi-driving mom, in their off hours sit in their garage and listen to audio recordings of the Indianapolis 500), or the ever-escalating outrageous situations he puts his characters in (such as stealing an antique train to pursue their crooked lawyer through the ornamental gardens of a loony bin). I love Westlake's writing for its sheer fun and respect his masterful craftsmanship as a writer. Another plus: he uses correct punctuation and good grammar.
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