Saturday, March 03, 2007

Put a Lid on It, by Donald E. Westlake

Put a Lid on It, by Donald E. Westlake

This was fairly silly. A group that is trying to get the President reelected decides to hire a criminal to steal an incriminating video that the opposition party is planning to release to the press. Sounds more like a sitcom plot than a novel, but it wasn’t really even that good. Every character is cartoonish at best and the plot has only one thread, no depth whatsoever. It wasn’t horrible, but it had the feel of something that a junior high kid would crank out for an English assignment. I expected more from an author as prolific as Westlake.

First Sentence:
The eleventh day Meehan was in the MCC, the barbers came around to 9 South; two barbers, a white one for the white inmates, a black one for the rest.

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