The Comedy is Finished by Donald E. Westlake

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BUT SERIOUSLY, FOLKS.

The year is 1977, and America is finally getting over the nightmares of Watergate and Vietnam and the national hangover that was the 1960s. But not everyone is ready to let it go. 

Not aging comedian Koo Davis, friend to generals and presidents and veteran of countless USO tours to buck up American troops in the field. And not the five remaining members of the self-proclaimed People's Revolutionary Army, who've decided that kidnapping Koo Davis would be the perfect way to bring their cause back to life...

The final, previously unpublished novel from the legendary Donald Westlake!
 

About Donald E. Westlake

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Donald E. Westlake was the award-winning author of more than 100 books and screenplays, including the Academy Award-nominated screenplay for The Grifters. Named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America (the organization's highest honor), Westlake also received the prestigious Edgar Allan Poe Award three times. Under his famous pen name "Richard Stark," Westlake wrote the Parker crime novels that inspired the movies Point Blank and Payback, as well as the acclaimed graphic novel series by artist Darwyn Cooke.
 
Published February 21, 2012 by Hard Case Crime. 339 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

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Publishers Weekly

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In 1977, the radical fervor that grew through the 1960s and early 1970s, fueled by the struggle for civil rights and the Vietnam War, has largely subsided, but a small group seeks to reignite passions by kidnapping comedian Koo Davis, known for his longstanding USO tours during WWII, Korea, and V...

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BC Books

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Westlake, known for both comic crime novels (his Dortmunder novels) and noiry caper books (the Parker series), keeps The Comedy Is Finished balanced between suspenseful and bleakly comic.

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BC Books

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Westlake’s The Comedy Is Finished is sold on its cover as “The MWA Grand Master’s Great Lost Novel.” Reportedly begun by the prolific writer in the late 1970s, it was withdrawn from publisher submission when 1983’s King of Comedy was released — ostensibly because the book’s central premise (th...

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Book Reporter

The first title released by Hard Case Crime in 2012 is a true literary find and masterpiece: the last unpublished novel by the three-time winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award and Mystery Writers of America Grand Master, Donald E.

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The Washington Times

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When you read in a book that the copyright is held by "the estate of," you can be pretty sure you won't be seeing any more books by that author. That's what the folks at Titan thought when they published Donald E. Westlake's "Memory" two years ago.

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Open Letters Monthly

According to the Publisher’s Note accompanying The Comedy is Finished, Westlake sent a copy of the manuscript to fellow mystery author Max Allan Collins, who let it moulder in his basement for thirty years, until he saw Hard Case Crime’s announcement that Memory was Westlake’s last book – at whic...

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Denver Post

Fortunately, he'd sent a copy to a friend, the writer Max Allan Collins, and after Westlake's death, Collins dug out the long-forgotten manuscript, which arrives as — possibly — Westlake's last published work.

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Chamber Four

Personally, I agreed to read the book after seeing the cover in all its pulp fiction-y glory, so if that appeals to you too, this book is worth your time–it is exactly what it advertises itself to be.

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Mystery People

Even the revolutionaries are seeing their time running out, turning to narcism and dissolution, flailing about for attention more than change.

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Chronogram

Koo Davis is a comedian who’s been perfecting his schtick on USO tours since the second world war, when “the point of the touring shows was to give the troops a safe acceptable look at American tits and asses.” Davis, a show-biz vet and not the most introspective man, nonetheless can’t help noti...

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