I have to admit, I love Westlake. Dortmunder is my favorite, but I like most everything I’ve ever read by him. There’s just something about the wild building of the absurdities that makes this particular story work. It’s nominally a political book. The presidential reelection committee hires a convict to steal some damaging information from the opposing committee.
From the opening scenes you know that nothing is what it seems. Soon, we meet the unusual characters. The committee members that we get to meet remind me of the gophers from the Looney Toons cartoons. “Indubitibly…” They’re pretentious, but stupid. Despite the fact that Meehan (our main character) is a crook, you still cheer for him.
There’s no violence in this book beyond a few threats. And there is a great respect for freedom and the minor hints of a love story under all of it. It’s a fun, quick read and I highly reccommend it.