Item description for I Know a Trick Worth Two of That (Felony & Mayhem Mysteries) by Donald Weslake...
Sam Holt spent years playing Packard, everyone's favorite TV-detective; he's got no desire to play sleuth in real life. But when a long-lost pal calls with a rant about conspiracies, sinister cargo ships and hit men - and then gets poisoned at a party full of Holt's closest friends - there doesn't seem to be a lot of choice. Sure, Holt could leave it to the cops and cross his fingers. But Packard would never have taken such a weenie's way out. And Holt, to his astonishment, finds that he can't take it, either. In a field where amateur detectives are a dime a dozen, here's one worth at least a buck - New York Times A smashing adventure with swift, tense developments that will surprise even the keenest whodunit fan - Publishers Weekly Fans of Lawrence Block's Burglar series and, well, Donald Westlake
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.24" Width: 5.51" Height: 0.79" Weight: 0.62 lbs.
Release Date Jun 25, 2006
Publisher Felony & Mayhem
ISBN 1933397438 ISBN13 9781933397436
Reviews - What do customers think about I Know a Trick Worth Two of That (Felony & Mayhem Mysteries)?
A Rose By Any Other Name... Apr 24, 2007
Yes, Samuel Holt is actually Donald E. Westlake. Another reviewer said (and I paraphrase) that this book, while enjoyable, is not as good as Westlake at his best. This is true, I suppose...as far as it goes. At his best, Donald Westlake has no peers. But a mediocre Westlake novel is like a mediocre Marx Brothers movie: it's still better than almost anything else in its field. I don't mean to intimate, though, that this is a mediocre effort from Westlake/Holt. Far from it. He's in mid-season form from the first page to the last. If you love Donald Westlake, you're in for a treat with Samuel Holt.
Note To Buyers: When I recently discovered that Westlake had written four books under the name of Samuel Holt, I immediately started ransacking Seattle's used bookshops. 'I Know A Trick Worth Two Of Those' was the only one I came up with. It appears that used Samuel Holt novels are a bit thin on the ground...around here, anyway. So I caved in and ordered the other three books in the series from this site. I went with 'Free Shipping.' After all, these books were written in the 1980's and I just unearthed this book last week. I guess I can wait a few extra days for the other ones.
A Donald Westlake book? Jan 10, 2006
Yup, or so many of the fan sites would have us believe. Written when he was cranking out mysteries under pen names, it may not be Westlake at chipper best, but each is a well-written, well-crafted mystery starring "Samuel Holt," a cop turned star of a cancelled televison series, who now has the time to solve cases for real.