What's So Funny?

By Donald E. Westlake

In his vintage caper novels, Donald E. Westlake turns the area of crime and criminals the wrong way up. The undesirable recuperate, the great slide a section, and Lord aid a person stuck among a thief named John Dortmunder and the present item of his intentions. Now Westlake's professional yet frequently scoreless criminal needs to tackle an most unlikely crime, one he does not wish and does not think in. yet a bit blackmail is going far in... what is SO FUNNY?

All it takes is some underhanded strikes by way of a difficult ex-cop named Eppick to tug Dortmunder right into a online game he by no means desired to play. with out selection, he musters his always-game gang and so they set out on a dangerous treasure hunt for a long-lost gold and jewel-studded chess set as soon as meant as a birthday reward for the final Romanov czar, which regrettably reached Russia after that celebration used to be over.

From the instant Dortmunder reaches for his first pawn, he faces insurmountable odds. The purloined earlier of this priceless set is destined to confound any method he reveals at the board. luck isn't really inevitable with John Dortmunder prime the assault, yet he is not anything if now not power, and a few gambit or different may well simply stumble right into a profitable stream.

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Good, they’re spiritual people,” Stan stated, “and they’re immigrants, and no-one ever tells anyone how big apple works, every person simply does it. ” “I virtually consider sorry for those people,” John stated. “Well, don’t consider too sorry. They close down now, yet they’re gonna begin back subsequent spring, with a few extra oil funds, and now they recognize a bit extra in regards to the method, so this is often only a hold up is all. ” “I’m chuffed for them,” John acknowledged. “But up until eventually now I don’t see your proposal in right here. ” “The dome,” Stan acknowledged. John simply checked out him, ostrich or bison seen in his open mouth. So Stan acknowledged, “The dome acquired brought sooner than they close down, and it’s gold. now not stable gold, you recognize, yet now not gold paint both. genuine gold. Gold plate or anything. It’s sitting in the market in this empty development website, it was once introduced whilst the partitions have been speculated to be up, yet after all the partitions weren’t up, so it’s sitting there, with this crane subsequent to it. ” “I imagine I’m getting this,” John stated. “It’s your concept, we use the crane, we choose up this dome— How giant is that this dome? ” “Fifteen toes throughout, twelve toes excessive. ” “Fifteen ft throughout, twelve ft excessive. You wanna decide this up and take it away. ” “With the crane, such as you stated. ” “And the place you gonna stash this factor? ” “That’s a part of what we gotta paintings out,” Stan stated. “Maybe you could take it to Alaska,” John stated, “and paint it white, and make every person imagine it’s an igloo. ” “I don’t imagine shall we get it that far,” Stan advised him. “All the bridges. And disregard tunnels. ” John stated, “And who’s your purchaser, the yank Dental organization? ” “John, it’s gold. It’s gotta be worthy I don’t know the way a lot. ” “You don’t have a spot to conceal it,” John acknowledged. “You take it down the road with this crane, you don’t have any strategy to cover it, camouflage it. You don’t have a patron for it. So who on the O. J. final evening cherished the belief? ” “There have been a few naysayers,” Stan admitted. “How many? ” “Well, them all. yet I figured, you may see the chances. ” “I can,” John agreed. “Just this morning, that cop—who, incidentally, isn’t a cop any further, no longer for seventeen months—just this morning he used to be telling the wealthy man approximately me, how I took a pair falls within the early days yet realized the right way to have that no longer occur from now on, and this can be a part of the training. I don’t cross down the road with a fifteen-foot-wide, twelve-foot-tall sizzling golden dome out in entrance of me. ” He shook his head. “I’m sorry, Stan. i will be able to see the way it was once for you, you checked out this nice huge gold factor in the market beside the Belt, you examine it within the paper, all you may take into consideration was once the gold. It’s my task to consider the issues, and what this dome is is a hundred percent challenge. ” “Maybe I’ll cross do it on my own,” Stan stated. He was once particularly feeling dumped on. “One thing,” John stated. “If you do it by yourself, don’t get your mother concerned. ” His mother was once the single different gang he may well examine. Stan acknowledged, “Why now not? ” “Because she’d really force her personal cab than do the state’s laundry. I gotta cross.

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