Get Real by Donald E. Westlake

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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.

About Donald E. Westlake

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Darwyn Cooke is an Eisner Award-winning comic book writer, artist, cartoonist and animator, known for his work on the comic books CATWOMAN, DC: THE NEW FRONTIER, THE SPIRIT and Richard Stark's Parker: The Hunter. Amanda Conner started out in comics after working as an illustrator for New York ad agencies. However, loving comic books and cartooning the most, Amanda found work at Archie, Marvel and Claypool Comics early in her career. She's probably best known for her work on Vampirella for Harris Comics, as well as Painkiller Jane, CODENAME KNOCKOUT, BIRDS OF PREY, and the creator-owned books Gatecrasher and The Pro (with Jimmy Palmiotti and Garth Ennis).
Published June 26, 2009 by Grand Central Publishing. 288 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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In Donald E. Westlake’s final novel, his blundering criminal crew hits reality TV.

Aug 30 2009 | Read Full Review of Get Real (Dortmunder)

Publishers Weekly

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While Get Real helps them map out a “real” robbery, the boys are mapping out a real robbery—of some of the company's “hidden assets.” The thinking is that Get Real can hardly come after them to retrieve cash that it can't admit that it has.

May 04 2009 | Read Full Review of Get Real (Dortmunder)

Book Reporter

But he pays closer attention when he finds that she recently had a fare who is a reality TV show producer looking to do a new program based on real crooks.

Jan 22 2011 | Read Full Review of Get Real (Dortmunder)



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Gather Books

In the listing in the front of the book of his prior books, there are nine sections - one being Dortmunder series.This book, Get Real, is the last of the Dortmunder series - the author is now deceased.Set in NYC, the Dortmunder "gang" is hired to play criminals (which they are) in a reality series.

Sep 01 2009 | Read Full Review of Get Real (Dortmunder)

Nights and Weekends

After all, television is all about ratings, and, since real life can be boring, the production team finds that it must “enhance” reality.

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“The part I don’t get” Dortmunder said, “is the part where we don’t go to jail.” Assuring Dortmunder that their legal department will handle any snares, Fairkeep offers $20,000 to Dortmunder and each of his associates, plus six hundred a day during the actual filming of the series.

Jul 18 2009 | Read Full Review of Get Real (Dortmunder)

Bookmarks Magazine

"A rollicking crime caper that pulls the pants right off the reality TV industry" (New York Times Book Review), Get Real will have readers laughing out loud and searching through bookshelves for Westlake’s prior works.

Jul 19 2009 | Read Full Review of Get Real (Dortmunder)

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