The Comedy Is Finished

The Comedy Is Finished

eBook - 2012
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BUT SERIOUSLY, FOLKS.

The year is 1977, and America is finally getting over the nightmares of Watergate and Vietnam and the national hangover that was the 1960s. But not everyone is ready to let it go.

Not aging comedian Koo Davis, friend to generals and presidents and veteran of countless USO tours to buck up American troops in the field. And not the five remaining members of the self-proclaimed People's Revolutionary Army, who've decided that kidnapping Koo Davis would be the perfect way to bring their cause back to life...

The final, previously unpublished novel from the legendary Donald Westlake!
Publisher: [London, England] : Hard Case Crime 2012
ISBN: 9780857684097
Characteristics: 1 online resource ; 351 pages.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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loudem
Sep 15, 2012

Another kidnapping story. Seems ordinary. But Westlake turns it into something more on the human side, with a big slice of humor as the tragedy unfolded. I found it a tad long; but maybe it had to be this long for it to work. The interaction between Koo and Mark is the main subject here, not the kidnapping. And the last pages, while everything is flying and falling apart, the slapstick they do is just side splitting. Westlake has achieved a tour de force. With nothing more than a dull kidnapping, he has put down some serious issues mixed with humor, terror, and human emotions. I wonder why (really) this book wasn’t published at the time. This is a Westlake that I didn't quite know. And I’ve read more than 50 of his book, if you include books written by Westlake’s nom de plume Richard Stark.

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stewstealth
Aug 18, 2012

First novel I have read by the author. Found it to be a decent read. Would have been more timely if published back in the 70's when it was originally written, Some good character development if unfortunately from stock characters.

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meerkatblues
Apr 01, 2012

All the Hard Case Westlake titles bear a punch closer to his Richard Stark work than the comic capers for which he might be better known.

The violence described in this volume is terrifying even more so for the righteousness felt by those committing it.

And though I'm not shocked to see the phrase 'anal orgasm' used in a book, I'm still amazed that it popped up in a Westlake title.

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dcafk
Mar 29, 2012

This manuscript should have been left in a drawer.
To say this book is disappointing is an understatement.

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snake911
Mar 25, 2012

Really good. Classic Westlake, glad they decided to publish it.

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