I’m a caper novel nut. My life has not been the same ever since I discovered Donald E Westlake many decades ago. And every time he comes up with a new Dortmunder novel, I make sure I get the time to savour it; I start preparing to get underneath that bough, with a jug of wine and a loaf of bread, ready for that wilderness that is paradise enow.
with such studied nonchalance he looked like a pickpocket on his day off
what he looked mostly like was the part of the rocket that gets jettisoned over the Indian Ocean
the voice sounded as though it were coming from a bicycle tire with a slow leak
his right knee twitched constantly, as though remembering an earlier life as a dance band drummer
Delightful. And no, I don’t have any stock in Donald E Westlake Inc either. [Incidentally, one or two of you appear to think that every time I make a recommendation, I must have some vested interest. Not everyone works that way. For the last 20 years, the only stock I’ve ever held is in the companies I’ve worked for. It’s easy to criticise. Go on, make yourself vulnerable. Recommend something instead.]