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Poor Fred, he s the mark for every con man in the area, the pawn in every scheme And to make it even worse, he knows it Usually within 5 minutes he s onto the scam but darn it, the crooks get away every time Gullible to the core, Fred is determined to finally stop being such a pushover and he gets his opportunity to test himself when he received a letter from a local attorney stating that he has inherited nearly half a million dollars from an uncle he d never heard of There s something fishy Poor Fred, he s the mark for every con man in the area, the pawn in every scheme And to make it even worse, he knows it Usually within 5 minutes he s onto the scam but darn it, the crooks get away every time Gullible to the core, Fred is determined to finally stop being such a pushover and he gets his opportunity to test himself when he received a letter from a local attorney stating that he has inherited nearly half a million dollars from an uncle he d never heard of There s something fishy about the whole story, even after he confirms that yes, his mother did have black sheep brother named Matt that had disappeared years before Fred was born Turns out this money is real but someone else is after it, someone who has killed for it before See, Uncle Matt s cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head and the killer is still out there Fred turns to his cop buddy Reilly to help him figure things out but the tables turn again and again when two vastly different but beautiful women come onto the scene Fred is up to his ears in unanswered questions, scheming relatives, and pretty ladies Who can he trust You ll have to read it to find out Oh my gosh, this was so funny It didn t mean to be, Fred Fitch is a pretty upright and straight laced citizen, but jeez, he had me laughing out loud several times Even my dog thought I was nuts American Gods for the Grifter set Fred Fitch is just a normal guy who is constantly swindled by nearly every grifter, con man, con woman and thief in New York City The main character is Fred who gets sucked up in a series of situations after having received 300K following his Uncle s death.Not quite a comedy but very funny, not quite a drama but with dramatic moements and not quite a thriller this book is an interesting meditation on a single person and his growing awareness of those people ar American Gods for the Grifter set Fred Fitch is just a normal guy who is constantly swindled by nearly every grifter, con man, con woman and thief in New York City The main character is Fred who gets sucked up in a series of situations after having received 300K following his Uncle s death.Not quite a comedy but very funny, not quite a drama but with dramatic moements and not quite a thriller this book is an interesting meditation on a single person and his growing awareness of those people around him.While a completely different read than American Gods, I kept thinking how similar these two books are with the fish out of water but just going with it style I listened to this story on audiobook and thought Oliver Wyman was an excellent choice.Whether a fan of Donald E Westlake or not, I would highly recommend this book Bill COUNTDOWN Mid 20th Century North American CrimeBOOK 132 of 250 This novel won an Edgar for Best Novel and Westlake has been named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America The same year Westlake won the Edgar, Rosemary s Baby was shortlisted I consider Rosemary s Baby to be one of the best horror novels of all time and didn t include it as a crime novel Oddly, if you look at the Edgar winners, there are spy thrillers, stories leaningtoward drama, etc One would normally associ COUNTDOWN Mid 20th Century North American CrimeBOOK 132 of 250 This novel won an Edgar for Best Novel and Westlake has been named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America The same year Westlake won the Edgar, Rosemary s Baby was shortlisted I consider Rosemary s Baby to be one of the best horror novels of all time and didn t include it as a crime novel Oddly, if you look at the Edgar winners, there are spy thrillers, stories leaningtoward drama, etc One would normally associate an Edgar winning book with mystery crime Then again, isn t every book a mystery We read to find out what happens, after all Hook 4 stars Friday the 19th of May was a full day I bought a counterfeit sweepstakes ticketand I got a call at home from a lawyer saying I d just inherited 317,000 dollars from my Uncle Matt I d never heard of Uncle Matt opens this novel Sounds like a GREAT day, certainly Interesting opening But is it a con If so, does the narrator realize it Lots of ways this story could go from here.Pace 2 Some subplots appear and disappear, seemingly for no reason Fred Fitch writes a girl a love letter when he is 15 years old, asking for marriage, and the receiver of the letter, Charlene, shows up 16 years later and says yes then leaves angrily saying she s already talked to a lawyer Problem is that we never hear from her again I just couldn t connect some subplots they just hung me up But really, the reason for 2 stars for this element is the length of the subplots It is as if Westlake is aiming for a certain word count.Plot 3 Fred is a sucker for any and every con but one day he wakes up and thinks, No More He investigates what happened to the mysterious Uncle Matt It s a con, natch, then there arecons andtraps that Fred falls into And the resolution Here is the problem, and it s a problem many writers hit on a clue is withheld almost until the last page I d give a lesser writer 2 stars, but the plot does have some good twists.People 4 Fitch truly is fascinating He seems silly at times, perhaps on the innocent side like the title character of Dostoevsky s The Idiot And perhaps Westlake is giving us an update of Dosty s character Fitch says things like If that isn t the last straw, but of course it isn t At one point, Fitch thinks, simply, I kicked himin the shin After receiving surprising news, Fitch stretched out on the floor and became unconscious Yes, Westlake IS portraying Fitch as a fool at times The stripper Gertie says, Well, if it isn t the Eagle Scout How s your knots coming Fitch replies with Loose as his world is loose Clever of Westlake But there are lots of lines like this and Westlake approaches triteness as times And often, I felt like I could here Westlake over Fitch, taking aim AT Fitch.ATMOSPHERE 3 Unfortunately light on surroundings such as appearances of buildings and streets, but Westlake s character descriptions are good Mr Grant was being a meek curled shrimp of a manbalding, give to spectacles with steel rims, employed as a history teacher Fitch criticizes a newspaper article which states a certain amount of money, up to 2 million, is moved from place to place And about lawyer Reilly, He has a large head, with a thick mass of black hairand when he nods he does so with such audacious authority you can t help but believe he has just thought an imperishable truth I like to feel the temperature are the characters sweating and understand textures But Westlake can paint a character nicely.I really like audacious authority it just nails what Fitch isn t.SUMMARY 3.2 Perhaps I missed the mark here The plot didn t play fair author holding a clue readers need but the novel does open nicely I was disappointed in this book I have enjoyed a lot of Westlake s other offerings, so I expected an enjoyable romp But, the naivete of the Fred was impossible to accept Every con could be seen a mile ahead, but throughout the book he talked about how he figured it right afterwards You would think after being scammed a few times he would finally remember Anyway I did like the description of the characters, and the story itself The language effectively stuck me in the 1960s, as did a lot o I was disappointed in this book I have enjoyed a lot of Westlake s other offerings, so I expected an enjoyable romp But, the naivete of the Fred was impossible to accept Every con could be seen a mile ahead, but throughout the book he talked about how he figured it right afterwards You would think after being scammed a few times he would finally remember Anyway I did like the description of the characters, and the story itself The language effectively stuck me in the 1960s, as did a lot of the references I found myself checking wikipedia often to find out a cultural icon I happened to have never heard of Killer Joe Piro was a dancer dance instructor John Travolta s character from Saturday Night Fever took some cues from Killer Joe I enjoyed this book, but it didn t meet my expectation Partially, based on my previous experience with Westlake, and partly because it won the Edgar It was a quick amusing read, but not muchthan that [ READ E-PUB ] ♌ God Save the Mark ⚈ mark n An easy victim a ready subject for the practices of a confidence man, thief, beggar, etc a sucker Dictionary of American Slang, Thomas Y Crowell Co That s the long definition of a mark But there s a shorter one It goes mark n Fred FitchWhat, you ask, is a Fred Fitch Well, for one thing, Fred Fitch is the man with the most extensive collection of fake receipts, phony bills of sale, and counterfeit sweepstakes tickets in the Western Hemisphere, and possibly in the entire world For another thing, Fred Fitch may be the only New York City resident in the twentieth century to buy a money machine When Barnum said, There s one born every minute, and two to take him, he didn t know about Fred Fitch when Fred Fitch was born, there were two million to take him Every itinerant grifter, hypester, bunk artist, short conner, amuser, shearer, short changer, green goods worker, pennyweighter, ring dropper, and yentzer to hit New York City considers his trip incomplete until he s also hit Fred Fitch He s sort of the con man s version of Go Pass Fred Fitch, collect two hundred dollars, and move on What happens to Fred Fitch when his long lost Uncle Matt dies and leaves Fred three hundred thousand dollars shouldn t happen to the ball in a pinball machine Fred Fitch with three hundred thousand dollars is like a mouse with a sack of catnip He s likely to attract the wrong kind of attention Add to this the fact that Uncle Matt was murdered, by person or persons unknown, and that someone now seems determined to murder Fred as well, mix in two daffily charming beauties of totally different types, and you have a perfect setup for the busiest fictional hero since the well known one armed paperhanger As Fred Fitch careers across the New York City landscape and sometimes skyline in his meetings with cops, con men, beautiful girls, and maybe murderers, he takes on some of the loonier aspects of a Dante without a Virgil Take one part comedy and one part suspense and shake well mostly with laughter About a sucker who inherits half a million dollars, and the various folk who attempt to con it from him This is not quite up to the standards of Aztec Idols,but it s funny and clever, Westlake has some great throw away lines as well as a real insider s grasp of New York, which comes out nice on the page Library, but probably I d drop it just cause I ve got better examples of him doing this kind of thing. It would have beenimpressive 50 years ago when all of the cons in it were still less than widely known, but the story still holds up even with the now outdated material. A comic entry in the murder mystery realm and an Edgar award winner 1967 I can totally see Mr Bean playing Fred Fitch, one of the most gullible people ever, the perfect mark Crazy characters abound, who can he trust outside of his friend and cop Reilly 1960 s NYC, Fred finds out he has inherited a large amount a money from an Uncle he never met Con or not On top of the big question he discovers that his uncle was murdered and now people are shooting at him Quite a romp of a story Quick A comic entry in the murder mystery realm and an Edgar award winner 1967 I can totally see Mr Bean playing Fred Fitch, one of the most gullible people ever, the perfect mark Crazy characters abound, who can he trust outside of his friend and cop Reilly 1960 s NYC, Fred finds out he has inherited a large amount a money from an Uncle he never met Con or not On top of the big question he discovers that his uncle was murdered and now people are shooting at him Quite a romp of a story Quick read I read this as part of an ongoing project to read all the Edgar winners for Best Novel It was the 1968 winner, published in 1967.Although another character refers to him as a shlemiel, I d say Fred Fitch, the protagonist and narrator of GOD SAVE THE MARK, is a shlimazel The way I heard it, the shlemiel spills the soup in the shlimazel s lap Fred Fitch s way of being a shlimazel is that he s a sap, a sucker, a mark He has fallen for every con or scam that s been tried on him all his life He I read this as part of an ongoing project to read all the Edgar winners for Best Novel It was the 1968 winner, published in 1967.Although another character refers to him as a shlemiel, I d say Fred Fitch, the protagonist and narrator of GOD SAVE THE MARK, is a shlimazel The way I heard it, the shlemiel spills the soup in the shlimazel s lap Fred Fitch s way of being a shlimazel is that he s a sap, a sucker, a mark He has fallen for every con or scam that s been tried on him all his life He knows this about himself, and usually realizes about fifteen minutes too late that the plausible story that separated him from his money was another con job.But Fred does learn, albeit slowly, so he s extremely suspicious when he gets a call informing him that a long lost uncle has left him something in his will Alerting his friend Jack from the Bunco Squad, he shows up at the attorney s office only to find that this time, it s not a con He really is an heir to 300,000 But of course, his troubles are just beginning.How Fred deals with his new found wealth and those who are out to get it and him makes for a story that s both thrilling and humorous He also solves the uncle s murder I found myself laughing out loud several times usually only Bill Bryson makes me do that, or those two Jersey boys, Jeff Cohen and Chris Grabenstein I could see that I ve missed a lot by not reading Westlake before now when this book came out I was in college and still working my way through Christie, Marsh, Stout and Allingham I like Donald E Westlake s Dortmunder novels Good Behavior is one of my favorite books ever I thought this would be a fun entry in the same vein, and it was, mostly I enjoyed a lot of it, but a couple of things bugged me One was the character of Fred Fitch himself I found it really hard to believe that an obviously smart, self aware guy would keep falling for the same scams over and over again Part of this disbelief stemmed from Westlake s decision to have Fitch narrate the novel I thi I like Donald E Westlake s Dortmunder novels Good Behavior is one of my favorite books ever I thought this would be a fun entry in the same vein, and it was, mostly I enjoyed a lot of it, but a couple of things bugged me One was the character of Fred Fitch himself I found it really hard to believe that an obviously smart, self aware guy would keep falling for the same scams over and over again Part of this disbelief stemmed from Westlake s decision to have Fitch narrate the novel I think if Westlake had told the story in the third person, Fitch might have come off as abelievable na f.Also, what was up with the bait and switch with Gertie and Karen Westlake spent most of the book setting up a connection between Fitch and Karen which felt farnatural and believable than the pairing with Gertie at the end Where did Fitch s preference for offbeat girls come from There was no indication of it in the novel before the end Fitch was shown as being intimidated by Gertie and as wanting her approval but there was ZERO chemistry between them This felt like onetwist that Westlake tried for and couldn t quite pull off This wasn t a bad book I found it perfectly enjoyable for large stretches It just wasn t as funny or as coherent as some of Westlake s better novels Three stars is about right