What's the Worst That Could Happen? by Donald E. Westlake
(Dortmunder Novels)

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It started with a ring. A cheap ring. The yellow metal said brass, not gold, and the sparkly bits were certainly not diamonds. But the ring belonged to May's horseplaying uncle, who swore it brought good luck. Dortmunder, who wouldn't kick a little good luck out of bed, puts it to the test when he goes to burglarize Long Island billionaire Max Fairbanks. As luck would have it, Dortmunder is greeted by Fairbanks himself - and a loaded gun - as soon as he strolls through the door. When the cops arrive, the mogul adds insult to injury by claiming that Dortmunder's lucky ring is actually his. Big mistake, big guy. As soon as Dortmunder can give the cops the slip, the world's most single-minded burglar goes after the fat cat with a vengeance and a team of crooks that only he can assemble. And from the get go everything will go Dortmunder's way - everything, that is, except the ring.

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 April 11, 2001 by Mysterious Press. 384 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Tracking his well-insulated quarry to the midtown Manhattan hotel he owns, and then to Washington's famed Watergate complex, Dortmunder, with an increasingly elaborate entourage in tow, succeeds in taking Fairbanks for bigger and bigger scores, arousing Fairbanks's growing suspicions, but always-...

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But just about everyone in the curiously flat, TV-like film seems out of place, from John Leguizamo as Lawrence's partner in crime to Glenne Headly as DeVito's I Ching-consulting assistant.

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From the opening minutes, though, when a suave Lawrence peruses paintings at a fine auction house and announces himself as "Kevin Caffery'' to a lovely black Englishwoman named Amber Belhaven (Carmen Ejogo), it's not only clear that we're a million miles from Dortmunder territory, but that Chapma...

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