July 18, 2005
John Dortmunder leads his crew, a cast
of fascinating corkscrewed burglars. Their plan: to rob the Manhattan penthouse of billionaire reprobate Preston Fareweather,
which just happens to be filled with priceless art.
Arnie Albright, is a recovering obnoxious person and fence whose family has stepped in and sent him to Club
Med in the hopes that he'd become a more likable person. While at Club Med, Arnie
had met an ever more repugnant guy, Preston Fareweather. A self-righteous
financier, Fareweather is in exile
at the Club, hiding from his five irate ex-wives whom are seeking his fortune. Fareweather in an attempt to avoid U.S. process
servers flees his luxury penthouse apartment on New York's Fifth Avenue.
While Dortmunder plans the robbery
and tracks down Raphael Medrick, a failed manager of the O.J. Bar and Grill
and a producer of dreadful music, Fareweather uses women and loiters on the beach.
Events unfold in a tantalizing sequence when Dortmunder and his crew gather at their usual place, the backroom of the O.J. Bar
and Grill on Amsterdam Avenue. Although Dortmunder receives the shock of his life when he discovers that another bunch of
dangerous thieves --- a New Jersey branch of the mob is planning on stealing everything from the bar and drive it out of business.
they can disengage Fareweather of his treasures, the O.J. Bar and Grill must be saved from the mob!
Author Donald Westlake has certainly turned the table on crime, thus the saying: crime doesn’t pay… well especially for
John Dortmunder and his crew. “Watch Your Back!” will have readers rolling on the floor before they
reach the end!
Reviewed by Betsie