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Brothers Keepers
Contributor(s): Westlake, Donald E.

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ISBN: 1785657151     ISBN-13: 9781785657153
Publisher: Hardcase Crime
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Binding Type: Paperback
Published: February 2019

Annotation: SUPERANNO From Donald E. Westlake—named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America and nominated for an Academy Award for the screenplay of The Grifters—comes Brothers Keepers, its first publication in 30 years! What will a group of monks do when their century-old monastery in New York City is threatened with demolition to make room for a new high-rise? The answer is simple—anything they have to. Original.

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Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Monks; Fiction.
Monasteries; Fiction.
Theft of relics; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Fiction | Horror
- Fiction | Action & Adventure
- Fiction | Mystery & Detective | Hard-boiled
Dewey: 813/.54
LCCN: 2018287745
Academic/Grade Level: General Adult
Series: Hard Case Crime
Book type: Fiction
Physical Information: 8.25" H x 5.25" W x 1.25" (0.58 lbs) 299 pages
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Contributor Bio(s): Donald E. Westlake is widely regarded as one of the great crime writers of the 20th Century. He won three Edgar Awards and was named a Grandmaster by the Mystery Writers of America. Many of his books have been made into movies; Westlake also wrote the screenplay for "The Grifters," for which he received an Academy Award nomination.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2018 December #3)

In this fast and easy comedy of errors first published in 1975 from MWA Grand Master Westlake (1933–2008), real estate developers cast avaricious eyes on the Manhattan monastery of the Crispinite Order of the Novum Mundum. Brother Benedict and the 15 other monks in the mendicant order scramble to save their home. They can't compete on the financial front. They can barely negotiate their way out of the neighborhood. Too many pages may be expended lovingly detailing street and train routes when the robed heroes go out to confront the developers, but one of their excursions introduces Benedict to Eileen Flattery, the daughter of the man who holds the deed to the property. Pursuit of Eileen eventually takes Benedict all the way to Puerto Rico. If this isn't a typical Westlake heist caper, the action does feature frantic searches for 100-year-old lease agreements, bugging devices, and a touch of burglary and arson. And what reader can resist the punning reference to "felonious monks"? Even a minor work such as this one from this gifted writer is an unalloyed pleasure. (Feb.)

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