When Arnie Albright’s family sends him away to Club Med, they
expect him to return relaxed—and a little bit easier to live with. And it works—Arnie
comes back to New York City a changed man—one with a plan for a foolproof robbery. While
on vacation, Arnie met billionaire Preston Fareweather, an obnoxious and self-absorbed
man who’s been hiding in paradise for years in order to escape his numerous ex-wives and
their lawyers. Meanwhile, Fareweather’s penthouse overlooking Central Park is empty and
only lightly protected—just asking to be relieved of millions of dollars of
Arnie calls in John Dortmunder to get the job done—and
Dortmunder calls in the usual crew to help him. The crew arranges to meet in the back
room of the O.J. Bar & Grill to plan the job—as they always do—but once they get there,
they find that it’s been taken over by a surly band of mobsters. So now Dortmunder and
his crew have two jobs to take care of. First, they’ve got to save the O.J. Then
they’ll worry about Arnie’s foolproof heist.
Back at Club Med, Fareweather
is in for a few more surprises, as his Woman of the Week turns out to be with him for
more than just a little fun in the sun with a guy who’s filthy
Watch Your Back is a book full of crooks. Everyone’s trying
to steal from, get revenge on, or otherwise take advantage of someone else. And that’s
exactly what makes the book fun to read.
Regular readers of Westlake’s
Dortmunder novels will most likely be able to jump right into the story, but new readers
may find it to be pretty slow going at first—as they meet the cast of regulars. The
initial build-up drags a bit, but once the story really gets going, there’s no stopping
it—and the action speeds ahead, right through to the end.
into the action you get, the more you’ll want to read. The quirky cast of characters and
Westlake’s attention to just the right details make Watch Your Back! an
entertaining and action-packed read for crime novel buffs.