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by Donald E. Westlake
With a literary career that spanned half a century and over a hundred novels, Donald E. Westlake was never better than in this diabolically funny tale, which introduces his greatest creation. Big ideas come easily to John Archibald Dortmunder, but the ones he has for elaborate capers never quite seem to come off exactly as planned -- and therein lies the appeal of this marvelous entertainment. In the first of what would become Westlake's most celebrated series, Dortmunder and his pals take a crack at lifting the fabulous Balaboma Emerald. Hijinks, naturally, ensue.