Donald E. Westlake
March 2009
ISBN: 978-0857683625
Cover art by Ken Laager

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Mavis St. Paul had been a rich man’s mistress. Now she was a corpse. And every cop in New York City was hunting for the two-bit punk accused of putting a knife in her.

But the punk was innocent. He’d been set up to take the fall by some cutie who was too clever by half. My job? Find that cutie—before the cutie found me.

  • The MWA Grandmaster's first novel—published for the first time ever under the title he originally intended it to have!
  • When originally published as THE MERCENARIES, the book was nominated for the Edgar Award for Best First Novel
  • Westlake has won three Edgar Awards and received numerous other honors, including an Academy Award nomination for the screenplay of "The Grifters"

Raves for the work of Donald E. Westlake...

"Dark and delicious."
New York Times

"Westlake’s ability to construct an action story filled with unforeseen twists and quadruple-crosses is unparalleled."
San Francisco Chronicle

"Westlake is one of the best crime writers in the business."
Los Angeles Times