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Smoke [Mass Market Paperback]

Donald E. Westlake
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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Oct 1996
Due to a foiled burglary in a high-tech lab doing research for cigarette manufacturers, Freddie Noon, the thief, is now invisible. This condition has clear-cut advantages for a man in Freddie's profession, but now everybody wants a glimpse of Freddie. But Freddie doesn't dare show his face, his shadow, anything. Because Freddie Noon has gotten a taste of invisibility--and he can't quit now.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 10 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Books (Oct 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044640344X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446403443
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 12.9 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,259,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The one that got away 12 Dec 1998
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Donald Westlake has never written a book, that I know of, about an honest person doing an honest days work. Freddy Noon, the protagonist of this story is unusual in that life is pretty good for him. He dosn't suffer the kind of perpetual disaster of the Sort visited on Dortmunder and Co, but when things go wrong for Fredy, they go very badly wrong. Freddy is a thief that one day makes the mistake of trying to rip off a research establishement. He is captured and turned into a scientific subject. The results of this experiment toss his life upside down and threaten to cost him his girlfriend and launch several threats on his life. This experiment also makes Freddy's career take off.
This book is typical Westlake, which is to say it is very well written, the story moves like an express train, you have a lot of fun reading it and there is no gain to doing so.
Westlake does not have a menagerie of freeks, despite what happens to Freddy he is not a freek, nor does he populate his universe with cardboard cutouts. Freddy is as real and vital. The people in Westlake's books interact in so honest a fashion it startles one to realize what has happend to your sympathies.
This book can also be viewed as an allagory of what life is like in the modern world. All there are is compromises, and you have to give up a great deal for succuess, which might cost you more than the gain is worth. This loss is permenant.
Even the Freddy's name is alegorical. His life is very much the "Urban Noon"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 7 Nov 1998
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Donald Westlake is among two authors that can make me laugh out loud. the other being lawerence block. This book however un-original some people think it is is awesome. I loved it. Good Work Donald!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Westlake Does It Again! 12 Oct 1998
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A hilarious romp reminiscent of a Dortmunder caper. Westlake once again leads us through a plot that twists and turns to a surprise ending that only Westlake can conjure. Should Freddie Noon appear in a future Westlake effort, I'll be sure to be the first in line at my local bookstore.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but elements seem derivative 13 Jan 1998
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Overall, I enjoyed Smoke. However, the basic plot - man accidentally becomes invisible and is chased by people who want to use him - seems straight out of Chevy Chase's The Invisible Man. Even elements of the story are taken from the movie - being able to see the food digesting, using make-up, the make-up coming off when eating. I don't know - did Westlake write the screenplay for the movie? Was he involved at all? Westlake does bring in some new elements, however and makes this an enjoyable read. I've rarely been disappointed with a Westlake novel!
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