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By Donald E. Westlake | Comments: ( 818 ) | Date: ( May 25, 2020 )

The priceless painting is titled Folly Leads to Man s Ruin, and its owner, the rich and careless Mr Chauncey, wants it stolen for the insurance payout That s why he hires Dortmunder, who has a foolproof plan Just in case, Chauncey also recruits a hit man to make sure he gets the painting back.Too bad Dortmunder doesn t take the painting s message to heart He gets stuThe priceless painting is titled Folly Leads to Man s Ruin, and its owner, the rich and careless Mr Chauncey, wants it stolen for the insurance payout That s why he hires Dortmunder, who has a foolproof plan Just in case, Chauncey also recruits a hit man to make sure he gets the painting back.Too bad Dortmunder doesn t take the painting s message to heart He gets stuck in an elevator, and the painting vanishes Now he s got a few days to live, unless he comes up with the painting or another foolproof plan Westlake is America s funniest crime novelist New York Daily News

  • Title: Nobody's Perfect
  • Author: Donald E. Westlake
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 438
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Donald E. Westlake

Donald E Westlake 1933 2008 was one of the most prolific and talented authors of American crime fiction He began his career in the late 1950 s, churning out novels for pulp houses often writing as many as four novels a year under various pseudonyms such as Richard Stark but soon began publishing under his own name His most well known characters were John Dortmunder, an unlucky thief, and a ruthless criminal named Parker His writing earned him three Edgar Awards the 1968 Best Novel award for God Save the Mark the 1990 Best Short Story award for Too Many Crooks and the 1991 Best Motion Picture Screenplay award for The Grifters In addition, Westlake also earned a Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America in 1993 Westlake s cinematic prose and brisk dialogue made his novels attractive to Hollywood, and several motion pictures were made from his books, with stars such as Lee Marvin and Mel Gibson Westlake wrote several screenplays himself, receiving an Academy Award nomination for his adaptation of The Grifters, Jim Thompson s noir classic.

Comments Nobody's Perfect

  • Kemper

    Poor John Dortmunder has such bad luck that things go sideways for him even when he’s stealing from a guy who is helping him do it.After Dortmunder gets caught in the act of stealing TVs out of a repair shop he seems certain to be heading back to prison for a long stay, but a high-priced defense attorney suddenly shows up and does the kind of court room magic that keeps guys like Robert Durst running around loose for years. It turns out that the lawyer has been looking for a thief who met a ce [...]

  • Jason Reeser

    This is one of the better examples of why the Dortmunder series is so good. This has the lighthearted comedy that makes it so enticing. The villians are just bad enough to be villians, without being cruel and distasteful. The "good guys" are just crooked enough for the hi-jinks that ensue, but not too crooked to make them unlikable. One of the better characters in the series, May, has too small a role, but this was early in the series, and I don't think WEstlake had developed her well enough yet [...]

  • Spiros

    Say, for the sake of argument, that you are halfway through a 17 hour train journey, it's dark out, and you have been diligently reading The Complete Stories by Clarice Lispector, which are starting to blur together in your head everso slightly. In your book bag you have a Dortmunder novel which you have never read. Are you justified in abandoning your set policy of never starting a book before finishing the book you have been reading? Somewhere just outside of Chemult, Oregon, the decision just [...]

  • Mike

    Thank heaven for Inter-Library Loan (ILL)! For, while I had finished every available Dortmunder novel, this one eluded me. And, although the delivery time can range from days, to weeks, to months, like the Mounties, we always get our man (book). (Well, at least Dudley Do-Right always did.)Nobody’s Perfect is the fourth novel, following on the heels of The Hot Rock, Bank Shot, and Jimmy The Kid. This is, for me, where some of the slapstick oozes out of the stories to be replaced by subtler, at [...]

  • Rob Kitchin

    Folly Leads Man to Ruin would have been a much better title for this book than Nobody’s Perfect. Dortmunder’s follies pile up one after the other, each leading to a more precarious future. Westlake keeps up a steady pace, with a series of nicely constructed and clever set pieces that are strung together into a plot divided into four parts. There is a gentle humour running throughout and a few genuine belly laughs. The characterisation is well observed, with a good mix of likeable rogues. For [...]

  • Deborah Edwards

    The book that introduced me to Westlake's hilarious Dortmunder (the hapless criminal mastermind and his lovably bungling crew of misfit thieves)and hooked me for life. I remember being charmed by this book when I first read it, and I have looked forward to each subsequent installment in the series. As outrageous as the scenarios often are, it all works because the characters are so perfectly drawn by Westlake (and obviously, with great fondness), and the dialogue is not only clever but laugh-out [...]

  • David

    I liked the first 89% of Nobody’s Perfect well enough (statistic courtesy of my Kindle’s progress bar) but with 11% to go, Donald E. Westlake lost me. Too much, too silly, too busy, trying too hard. In Nobody’s Perfect, Dortmunder (a.k.a. Sad Sack Parker) has a robbery go unluckily wrong (surprise!) and as a result gets blackmailed into performing another robbery, which, of course, seems unlikely to go well. If you enjoy the Dortmunder formula, you will certainly enjoy Nobody’s Perfect, [...]

  • Korynn

    A tragic tale in which Dortmunder is given the perfect crime that he can't refuse, on pain of death. But he wasn't planning to be stuck at the bottom of an elevator shaft for the sake of two bottles of very good bourbon or have to travel all the way to Scotland to steal a painting for the second time. Dortmunder is totally jinxed.

  • Mr. Blaine

    In the past few months, I have devoured about five Donald Westlake books, and Nobody's perfect is tied with jimmy the kid as being my favorite. Westlake is one of the best writers that I have read, and in this book he is at the top of his game, creating a fast, funny read that I quickly consumed, and then wanted more. The reason that I like Westlake so much is that all of his books have great writing, great characters, and great plots, and nobody's perfect has all three of this elements in abund [...]

  • Rodger

    This Dortmunder adventure is a bit longer than others in the series as the main character commits multiple thefts as part of the same storyline. To make things more interesting for the reader, Dortmunder travels to Puerto Rico, London, and parts of Scotland as part of this caper. I enjoyed the light read on the beach, but these books do not make me laugh out loud. At their best, Westlake's Dortmunder stories make me smile with entertainment. This one easily succeeds on that level.

  • Sanhita

    Like all Dortmunder books, the caper keeps failing time and again with hilarious consequences. You tend to side and sympathise with these gangsters for their enthusiasm, planning and failures.

  • Amy

    Donald Westlake's Dortmunder novels are really all equally funny and surprising. if you haven't read them, you have many hours of smart, witty, lighthearted reading ahead.But what to drink with them, you ask? Well, here's the thing: the characters in the Dortmunder series (a bunch of sometimes-bumbling, sometimes-competent criminals, much like you'd find in any workplace, only this is a New York-based crime ring), always meet in a bar to plan their next scheme. One trademark of the bar scenes is [...]

  • Kris

    Book DescriptionNobody's Perfect reminds me of the old story about how for lack of a nail . . . the kingdom is lost. Little things matter a lot in this story, so pay close attention! As the book opens, Dortmunder is about to begin a defense against being caught red-handed with a stack of television sets he is stealing. As a twice-convicted felon, that's bad news. Suddenly, in walks one of the great criminal defense attorneys, J. Radcliffe Stonewiler, Esq and in an hour-and-a-half Dortmunder is a [...]

  • Jonah

    Priceless:Ian Macdough (pronounced Macduff: no relation to Macbeth's friend) was a happy man. He had been unknown, and he would be famous. He had been poor, and he would be rich. He had been an unwilling country squire confined by circumstance to the family manse near Inverness, and he would be a London toff. A bluff, big-boned, red-haired, hearty, freckled gent of forty-odd, Ian Macdough was a happy man, and he wanted the world to know it. "Bring us another bottle of Teacher's," he told his flo [...]

  • JoeNoir

    Another example of why Westlake will always be the master of the truly entertaining crime novel. Whether violent noir (Parker-writing as Richard Stark) or hilarious caper. This is the fourth entry in the Dortmunder series. This could be the most satisfying novel of the first four, but all of them are very good. The reader knows things will not go as planned. There will be unexpected twists and turns, and reversals of fortune. A couple of characters who will reappear in later books aren’t as we [...]

  • Dale

    A Review of the AudiobookPublished by HighBridge Audio (Mysterious Press- HighBridge Audio Classics) in 2013.Read by Jeff WoodmanDuration: 7 hours, 24 minutesUnabridgedOriginally published in 1977.This is my first Dortmunder novel. I know this is a classic series and I was looking forward to hearing it once I saw HighBridge audio was re-issuing these books.Nobody's Perfect features master thief (who always has the worst luck) Dortmunder being recruited by a "rich" man who has run out of cash tha [...]

  • Josh Hamacher

    Dortmunder is hired to set up a heist - help a rich art collector/playboy with more expenditures than income balance his books by "stealing" a painting. The collector will then collect the insurance money and give a cut of the money to Dortmunder in exchange for the return of his art. You would think that stealing a painting with the assistance of the owner would be easy, but of course things don't quite go according to plan.This novel also introduces one of my favorite Dortmunder characters, Ti [...]

  • Mark Passerrello

    A rich man with money problem hopes ease his bottom line woes with a little insurance fraud: he thinks to hire a thief to steal a painting, collect the insurance money and his painting. It should go smoothly but does not-the thief he hires is John Dortmunder. An antihero with a profound lack of luck, this fourth volume to feature semi-successful crook Dortmunder shows him in fine form, which for him means a caper strewn with comic misteps and failure wrung painfully but completely out of victory [...]

  • J

    Better than its predecessor, this time the complications the gang face in heisting a painting aren't the results of their own stupidity (as was the case of every difficulty in "Jimmy the Kid") but from outside parties. The painting gets stolen and stolen and stolen, similar to the emerald in "The Hot Rock" and that makes for a pleasant time all around.

  • Tomas Chaigneau

    You know what you're getting with Westlake, and if you're in the right mood, the Dortmunder series are just perfect. It reads like an episode of Hustle, but makes you laugh along the way as if you've known the characters for ages!I wouldn't want to read too many in a row they are quite formulaic! But no more than most authors.

  • AndrewP

    Dortmunder and his crew are contracted to steal a painting. It's the owner who wants the painting stolen so he can claim the insurance money. He sets everything up and cooperates with Dortmunder so what could possibly go wrong? If you have read any of the books in this series you will know the answer to that.Good, fun, entertaining read as are all the others.

  • Denise M.

    AKA: Alan Marshall, Alan Marsh, James Blue, Ben Christopher, Edwin West, John B. Allan, Curt Clark, Tucker Coe, P.N. Castor, Timothy J. Culver, J. Morgan Cunningham, Samuel Holt, Judson Jack Carmichael, Richard Stark, Donald E. Westlake

  • Brenda

    I am a HUGE Westlake fan, so my reviews will always be biased, but I love this book. Dortmunder plans this heist, and for once it looks as if all went well. Then, well, let's just say it's back to the same old bad luck for his gang of bumbling criminals.

  • Nan Silvernail

    If a rich playboy, finding himself a little short of money, wants his own painting stolen for an insurance scam, Dortmunder and his gang are ready to help out, for a fee. It should go just as easy as pie, right? What's the worst that could happen? Let's find out, shall we?

  • Mary Newcomb

    Dortmunder and his string again find themselves in a challenging situation. This tale involves an elevator shaft, a drunken brawl and multiple cons. Always entertaining!

  • Kai

    Even better than The Hot Rock imho

  • Lena

    Hardcore! Wonderful! Everything was better before

  • Setharryn

    4.50 of 5.00

  • Queen

    Pretty funny, clever and interesting. Donald Westlake is a genius.I wish more people know about him.

  • Suzan

    What a fun book to read. Fast paced twisting plot. Funny, well developed characters. I'll read more by Donald Westlake!

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