When Max Fairbanks, a vastly wealthy and powerful magnate, catches John Dortmunder breaking into his Long Island mansion, he thinks he is dealing with some regular loser. It amuses him to deprive Dortmund of his lucky ring. In Westlake's ingenious and dazzling comic thriller, Fairbanks lives to regret that gratuitous humiliation. The engaging Dortmund gathers a band of cronies, and exacts revenge at a series of the rich man's fancy palaces, from a penthouse on Broadway to a fantasy retreat in Las Vegas. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
WtWTTCH not buying this? You Miss Out on an Interesting Book, October 24, 2003 Reviewer: Mr James N Simpson from Gold Coast, QLD Australia When career thief, Dortmunder is asked by a friend to rob a vacant holiday house in Long Island he agrees thinking what's the worst thing that could happen? Only the house is not vacant and billionaire media baron tycoon Max Fairbanks holds Dortmunder captive at gunpoint until the police arrive. The police ask Fairbanks if anything is stolen and upon seeing a ring on Dortmunder's finger he decides he will turn the tables on his intruder and steal his ring. He claims the ring is his and the cop makes Dortmunder hand it over. Pleased with himself Fairbanks figures, what's the worst that could happen? Fairbanks is humiliated and enraged. Vengeance and getting the ring back are all that occupies his mind, but Fairbanks is extremely powerful and hard to track down. This is an interesting book. A bit slow in parts but a good basic plot. If you like this and want a sensational Westlake novel read his book The Ax. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition