Re: RARA-AVIS: Lemons Never Lie by Richard Stark

From: Nathan Cain (
Date: 29 May 2007

Speaking of Westlake, I just finished his novel Trust Me On This, which is about tabloid journalism. There's a murder mystery in it, but it's one of his comedic efforts, and the mystery is secondary. It's really a tabloid picaresque. I had never read one of Westlake's funny novels before. It was just as good as his noir stuff and his hard boiled Stark efforts. I don't think Trust Me On This is still in print, but it's worth finding and reading if you're looking for a change of pace.

On 5/29/07, e_lynskey <> wrote:
> I liked this caper novel starring Alan Grofield, one of Parker's crew
> who has bought a summer stock theater (a renovated old barn) in Mead
> Grove, Indiana. Of course the only theater-goers are doctors wives
> and schoolteachers.
> Grofield is forced to work on the side as a thief to keep his
> enterprise afloat. The ending isn't what I'd hoped for but the
> dialogue is great. The scene with Grofield buying the getaway truck
> from a junk dealer is a riot.
> Does this novel compare to Westlake's THE AXE?
> Ed

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