Get Real

Get Real

Book - 2009
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In Donald E. Westlake's classic caper novels, the bad get better, the good slide a bit, and Lord help anyone caught between a thief named John Dortmunder and the current object of his attention. However, being caught red-handed is inevitable in Dortmunder's next production, when a TV producer convinces this thief and his merry gang to do a reality show that captures their next score. The producer guarantees to find a way to keep the show from being used in evidence against them. They're dubious, but the pay is good, so they take him up on his offer. A mock-up of the OJ bar is built in a warehouse down on Varick Street. The ground floor of that building is a big open space jumbled with vehicles used in TV world, everything from a news truck and a fire engine to a hansom cab (without the horse). As the gang plans their next move with the cameras rolling, Dortmunder and Kelp sneak onto the roof of their new studio to organize a private enterprise. It will take an ingenious plan to outwit viewers glued to their television sets, but Dortmunder is nothing if not persistent, and he's determined to end this shoot with money in his pockets.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Pub., 2009.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780446178600
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY WESTLAKE
Characteristics: 278 pages ; 24 cm.


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Just like Nicolas Fox in The Heist, John Dortmunder is a charismatic thief who attempts to execute incredibly elaborate cons. While The Heist is more of a buddy cop adventure that focuses on the relationship between a smooth talking thief and an intelligent, female FBI agent, both titles have th... Read More »

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Jan 18, 2010

Vintage Donald Westlake -- plot amd motivation twists galore. Too bad it is his last.

Jan 06, 2010

I disagree with nitetrain. I have liked this whole series and feel sad that it is over with Westlake's death last year. It is true that nothing particularly exciting happens in the story, but that is part of the charm. It is about the characters and how Westlakes invests them with so much personality even though they hardly do or say anything.


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Jul 30, 2014

"John," Kelp said, "the next time there's gonna be money in that place, it's gonna be OUR money, from England. You wanna go steal your own money?"

"Money from wages," Dortmunder said, "is not the same as the same money from theft. Money from theft is purer. There's no indentured servitude on it, no knuckling under to whatever anybody else wants, no obedience. It isn't yours because you swapped it for your own time and work, it's yours because you TOOK it."


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