If there is a funnier Dortmunder novel than Donald E. Westlake’s Good Behavior, I’d like to read it. This book was hilarious.
Escaping from a busted heist, Dortmunder falls through a skylight into a cloistered nunnery. The nuns don’t speak except on Thursdays. But they know a good thing when they see it. Using sign language, they bribe Dortmunder. They tell him they won’t turn him in to the police (who are just outside) if he will rescue a nun whose father kidnapped her. What can Dortmunder do?
The problem is that the father is a mob boss-type. He has a fortress for a building.
The kidnapped nun herself gets Dortmunder the wiring schematics for the building. Dortmunder puts together a group to rob the upscale stores in the building while Dortmunder rescues the nun.
Of course, it can’t be that simple. The father is in the midst of planning a revolution in a small country whose local dictator has irritated him. Dortmunder walks into a situation in which there are 60 brutal armed mercenaries in the father’s section of the building.
As you might guess, the nun and another unlikely woman accomplice save Dortmunder from being cut in two by automatic rifle fire.
There’s more to the whole story, but that’s enough for you to get the flavor.
As I said, if there’s a funnier Dortmunder book than this one, I’d like to know about it.