By Donald E. Westlake

Comedian crime hero Dortmunder and his gang of bungling thieves are again in a hilarious caper--out of print considering the fact that 1979. Mishaps and misunderstandings strength the group to scouse borrow a portray now not as soon as yet two times during this hilarious misadventure starring the inimitable Dortmunder. Reissue.

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He went to the closest table, bearing the signal details, and informed the lady there, “Typewriter fix. they simply referred to as up from downstairs. ” “Oh, definite. ” She pointed. “The typing pool. Down previous the second one bunch of submitting cupboards and switch correct. ” “Fine,” Dortmunder stated, and went to the typing pool, the place the girl responsible, a tall gray-haired individual with a face and physique the feel of concrete, frowned at him, and acknowledged, “Do you recognize it’s been approximately 3 weeks considering we installed our shape Two-Eighty-B? ” “I do exactly my task, lady,” Dortmunder acknowledged. “Where is it? ” “Over here,” she acknowledged, grumping, and led the way in which. in fact, each huge paperwork has many typing swimming pools, and each typing pool’s typewriters holiday down now and then, and no request for maintenance ever takes below 4 months to clear out via that specific paperwork, so the lady accountable must have been thankful to Dortmunder for being so instructed, rather than complaining; yet there’s too little gratitude during this global. the lady left Dortmunder by myself on the typewriter, a wide Royal electrical. He plugged it in and grew to become it on and the object buzzed at him. He hit a couple of keys in his basic negative typing variety, and located that the machine’s challenge used to be a refusal to instantly go back while the automated go back button was once driven. He spent one other or 3 mins twiddling with it, then unplugged it, picked it up—the factor weighed a ton—carried it over to the ungrateful woman’s table, and acknowledged, “I’ll need to take it to the store. ” “We by no means get machines again that visit the shop,” the girl stated, which was once most likely actual. It used to be definitely actual of the final computer Dortmunder had taken from this development, approximately years in the past. Dortmunder stated, “I’ll go away it if you would like, however it wishes paintings within the store. ” “Oh, very well,” she stated. “Do i would like a go or whatever with the shield at the door? ” “I’ll cell down. ” “Okay. ” Dortmunder carried the typewriter downstairs, the place the shield nodded hi and waved him via. outdoor, he placed the computing device at the passenger seat of the Plymouth he’d stolen for this journey, then drove again to ny and to a chum of his who ran a pawn store off 3rd road. This guy had by no means been identified to invite anyone any query except, “How a lot? ” Dortmunder passed him the laptop, approved 40 funds, and went out to the road. It used to be a delightful day past due within the month of April, one of many few days all month with out rain, so Dortmunder determined to depart the Plymouth the place he’d parked it and stroll domestic. He’d long gone approximately part a block whilst he by surprise learned he was once Stan Murch during the windshield of a automobile parked subsequent to a fireplace hydrant. He staned to smile and wave an important hi, yet Stan made a tiny unfavourable gesture together with his head and the hand at the steerage wheel, so Dortmunder switched over his personal circulation right into a cough, and walked on. might wasn’t at domestic, due to the fact she had the afternoon shift down on the Safeway, yet a word was once Scotch-taped to front of the television set: name Chauncey “Oog,” acknowledged Dortmunder, and went out to the kitchen to pop open a can of beer.

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