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What’s the Worst That Could Happen?

whats the worst that could happenWhat’s the Worst That Could Happen? by Donald E. Westlake, 3/5

At its best, this book reminds me of P.G. Wodehouse: witty, fun and improbable.  At its worst, it is more reminiscent of John Mortimer’s Forever Rumpole: portraying criminality as cute and victimless (even admirable, if directed against a bigger criminal), and suffering from a lightweight plot.  I would hesitate to recommend the book to non-adults because of some innuendos and because there are so many books to read that are much better.

[Why I read it: I Stumbled across a list of “50 novels to read when you need a good laugh” that included this among several books that I really like.]