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28 January 2015 @ 11:25 am
The Getaway Car  
Donald E. Westlake is my choice for World's Funniest Crime Novelist. (Dancing Aztecs is my favorite, but he did lots of good ones.) Now the University of Chicago Press has published The Getaway Car, a selection of his nonfiction, which is also excellent; he was a perceptive critic of the field he wrote in. They left out my favorite Westlake nonfiction, but actually all you need is the opening sentence. The New York Times assigned him one of those suck-and-tell memoirs where a political operative explains how his candidates triumphed when they followed his advice and failed when they didn't. The review begins, "Every geek thinks the circus couldn't run without him."
Kalimac: puzzlekalimac on January 28th, 2015 10:36 pm (UTC)
Well, that quote made it possible to find easily. Thanks.
Adrian Turtleadrian_turtle on January 29th, 2015 03:56 am (UTC)
Does your category "crime novel" include Guards! Guards! ?
El Coyote Gordo: alchemysupergee on January 29th, 2015 10:08 am (UTC)
Probably, but I haven't read it. Westlake wrote a lot of good ones.
Johnjohnpalmer on January 30th, 2015 04:30 am (UTC)
(I had a response, but I realized I was thinking of the continuation, Men at Arms - more of a crime novel than Guards! Guards! - that I considered to be "wonderful, but probably not superbly *funny*". )