The Hot Rock Book Review Summary

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In this, the first Dortmunder novel, Dortmunder and his crew are hired to steal a famous emerald. And they do - or at least attempt to - over and over again: by train, by helicopter, by hypnotism. Unfortunately, the emerald is always one step ahead of them. Hilarious.
The review of this Book prepared by Ivy

Westlake's first Dortmunder novel. A bit more basic than later ones - no girlfriends or strongly developed anatagonists as would be the case later - but still a very clever and very entertaining caper novel by the master of such.
The review of this Book prepared by Simon DelMonte

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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Somewhat obvious Time/era of story:    -   1960's-1970's Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   search for gems/treasure/money General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   thief/con artist Age:    -   20's-30's


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York Misc setting    -   prison    -   moving train

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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