4.4.13

THE ROAD TO RUIN, by Donald Westlake

11/series. A Dortmunder novel, once again Westlake contrives an intricate, funny, entertaining caper starring the hapless Dortmunder and his larcenous pals. When disgraced financier Monroe Hall is targeted by the gang by a disgruntled ex-employee, Dortmunder’s plotting skills swing into high gear and he finds himself undercover as a butler, and another member of his gang posing as social secretary. Talk about OJT! But others plot, too, including a dead-eyed Russian hit man, a trio of union do-gooders, and several revenge-seeking investors. As always, a fun, undemanding read with a nice twist at the end. Westlake makes it look sooo easy. A 4.