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Author:
Donald E. Westlake
ISBN13:
978-0786246694
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0786246693
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Thorndike Pr (October 1, 2002)
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When we recently read Donald Westlake's PUT A LID ON IT, I was informed in no uncertain terms .

When we recently read Donald Westlake's PUT A LID ON IT, I was informed in no uncertain terms by a few members of the group that, "THIS is not a mystery. I responded that, although it was admittedly more of a caper novel (a Westlake specialty, as far as I knew) it was still a mystery in the broadest sense of the term, and it was also quite funny AND quite tightly constructed. PUT A LID ON IT is the tale of a skilled thief, Francis X. Meehan (better known simply as "Meehan") who is offered an almost unheard of deal by the Feds who are holding him in detention for armed robbery.

He specialized in crime fiction, especially comic capers, with an occasional foray into science fiction and other genres

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Put A Lid On It book. Nixon botched the Watergate break in because he used political hacks, instead of pros. It’s a great story idea and Westlake pulls it off.

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At last, they were ready. The reelection of the president. You know, Jeffords encouraged. I've been kinda busy, Meehan reminded them. Though, yeah, I guess I did see some headlines. Benjamin was having trouble believing this. Man, are you telling me you didn't know the president of the United States is running for reelection?

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Westlake died of a heart attack on December 31, 2008 while on the way to a New Years Eve dinner, while he and his wife were on vacation in Mexico.

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Penzler Pick, April 2002: According to his publisher's statistics, the peerless Donald E. Westlake, who has made his mark both with witty capers . I like books that make me have to pay attention. This is another Westlake winner. I highly recommend it. 0. Report

Penzler Pick, April 2002: According to his publisher's statistics, the peerless Donald E. Westlake, who has made his mark both with witty capers and with gritty. Report. PROFESSIONAL THIEF vs. POLITICAL CROOKS. com User, July 19, 2002. Westlake is up against the real crooks this time as he takes on the spindoctors, dirty tricks and honorable candidates of our national political scene. And you know he's going to win in the end by poking fun "RIGHT" and "LEFT!"Francis Xavier Meehan is a thief.

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  • I've read about half the Parker novels so I thought I'd give this a try. While it is certainly well written from a purely mechanical standpoint, the plot and characters left a lot to be desired. It wasn't really that funny either. I never really even connected with the main character and almost didn't finish this. Quite disappointing, actually, when you consider how much talent Donald Westlake had. Unfortunately, it seemed to be on hiatus when he wrote this book. Overall..... Ho hum.....

  • Somewhere between Parker and Dortmunder is Francis Meehan, a streetwise thief facing a long term in federal prison. Not quite as violent as Parker, not quite as comic as Dortmunder, Meehan is recruited by some true low-lifes: politicians.
    Having learned from the mistakes of Watergate, the President's men have hired a competent crook who they can tantalize into work with the possibility of freedom. Both sides are in over their heads: Meehan is used to a more honest breed of crook, and the politicos have little idea what the world of crime is like.
    Like other Westlake caper novels, half the fun is in the preparation of the eventual crime. Most of this book deals with the preparations, with the actual crime not taking place till late in the book. Westlake is a master in this field, and he doesn't disappoint here. If the book rates four stars, it is only because, good as it is, it is not quite the level of some of his other works. Nonetheless, neither Westlake veterans nor first-time readers should be anything less than pleasantly entertained.

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  • I love Donald Westlake novels. He writes under that name, his own I assume, about John Dortmunder and his inept criminal gang and their capers.
    Donald also write under the name Richard Stark about Parker, not someone you want to mess with.
    Always a delight.

  • good story with some funny twists

  • I've never read a Donald Westlake book I didn't like, and I'm always looking for more of his books for my collection. The book arrived on time and in good condition.

  • Wow, talk about a poorly written book, this is it.Dismal plot,sentences structure like a 10 year old,honest.I could only read 40 pages or so before quitting, and I love this genre. Sounded more like a punk little kid trying to talk tough and failing.There are lots of better mysteries out there.

  • Even though I was never a dyed-in-the-wool mystery devotee, I did opt to form a mystery discussion group at my library a few years ago. People will often ask whether or not mystery titles lend themselves to serious discussion, and I always reply, "You'd be surprised." If books are well written, have interesting twists and turns, and believable, interesting characters, you'll find that you can certainly get a good hour's worth of conversation out of such a discussion.

    But the thing is, I'm not a purist. I occasionally get into trouble with my group for straying too far from the "whodunnit" mode. When we recently read Donald Westlake's PUT A LID ON IT, I was informed in no uncertain terms by a few members of the group that, "THIS is not a mystery." I responded that, although it was admittedly more of a caper novel (a Westlake specialty, as far as I knew) it was still a mystery in the broadest sense of the term, and it was also quite funny AND quite tightly constructed. In fact, it was this non-mystery lover's favorite read of the year. I don't know if I convinced anyone else that this was great stuff, and for once, I didn't care. I had a great time reading it, and other people's cavils weren't about to convince me that it wasn't an excellent read OR that it wasn't right for a mystery group. (Sorry, but variety IS the spice of reading).

    PUT A LID ON IT is the tale of a skilled thief, Francis X. Meehan (better known simply as "Meehan") who is offered an almost unheard of deal by the Feds who are holding him in detention for armed robbery. If he, a truly capable sneak thief, will perform a Watergate-style break-in BUT do it better than the inept Watergate burglars did it, the Feds will make his legal problems go away. It's an offer the initially reluctant Meehan ultimately can't refuse, as much as he hates dealing with amateur crooks of a governmental stripe. What ensues is a deliciously and meticulously convoluted plot of best-laid plan, some of which go awry, some of which succeed brilliantly (but, ah, there's always a curveball or two coming Meehan's way). And there's a great cast of characters to boot. Meehan's a hoot, an crook with a code of ethics and a sense of humor, the less than apt government agents who recruit him, his dedicated court-appointed lawyer (and incipient love interest), a band of thieves that only Ma Barker could love, and international spies who can't shoot straight or garotte efficiently. Throw in some political zealots who go WAAAY beyond ideology and well into lunacy and you've got yourself a rollicking good read.

    It's a somewhat satirical novel too, but not in any heavyhanded way. I'm not sure I'd fully agree with those who'd compare this work with something like PRIMARY COLORS. Here the political background actually stays IN the background, which I personally prefer. For Meehan and Co., the politicians and their flunkies are just means to an end. The crook crooks move in a completely different world than the crooked pols. They have completely different priorities and are much more down to earth and likeable. And that probably says something.

    If you've ever been frustrated by detective (or other) novels that are supposed to be "so darn funny and quirky that you're not gonna believe it" and find that, yeah, you really DON'T believe it, cuz they're really not as cute as their authors (and some fans) apparently believe them to be--well, it's time to give Donald Westlake a chance. He's genuinely funny, but he also spins a good, somewhat satirical. I can't think of a better combo in a mystery writer.

    But I probably shouldn't be referring to Mr. Westlake in the present tense as though he's going to drop by tomorrow and address my mystery group in person. He's been gone for a few years now, and sadly (as far as I know) there will not be a sequel in the Meehan series--a real shame since PUT A LID ON IT almost begs for one. I'm sad too because he actually did stamp the same grounds as I do (i.e. he lived around here), and he WAS known to give readings at regional libraries from time to time. I would have loved to have hosted him--or at least to have attended a reading somewhere close by. Another missed opportunity, but then who knew? (Actually, I did sort of know, since we had also read another caper, BANK SHOT, several years ago, but while I remember liking that book a lot, I really loved PUT A LID ON IT.

    Another missed opportunity. Darn.