The critically acclaimed, bestselling author of The Ax and The Hook is back in rare form as he introduces Meehan, a character who keeps the lid from blowing off Washington politics. Meehan, a career thief staring at life without parole, is awaiting sentencing at the Manhattan Correctional Center when he is called to a meeting by someone masquerading as his lawyer. The man, it turns out, represents the presidential reelection campaign committee now finding itself in need of a little professional help. So they outsource Meehan in return for a walk from all pending criminal charges. All he has to do is steal a compromising video tape before the other side springs an October Surprise on the president. A shrewd burglar, Meehan bites-and shows just how easy Watergate would have been had they left it to the professionals.
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by Donald E. Westlake
by Paul Levine
by John McFetridge
by Jonathan Haskel, Stian Westlake
"This is the kind of hysterical plot that readers have come to expect from Westlake: It's implausible, with lots of twists and turns, yet rigorously attentive to detail; every character is "bent"; and the wrap-up is neat. In this case, the president's re-election committee needs to arrange a burglary. Having learned from Watergate that amateurs can make a mess of things, they decide to contract with a professional burglar. Imagine the results. William Dufris is also a professional, and he delivers an excellent performance. The main characters are always identifiable--each with a unique voice and style of speech. Dufris's well-paced, well-modulated reading holds the listener's attention as the action spirals. Fans of Dufris will get the pleasure they expect; newcomers will discover a narrator worth seeking out. R.E.K. (c) AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine"
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