The Hot Rock
adapted as "The Hot Rock"

The Hot Rock by Donald E. Westlake

The Hot Rock
A John Dortmunder Mystery (1st in series)
Donald E. Westlake

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN-10: 0-671-20541-2
ISBN-13: 978-0-671-20541-6
Published: May 1970

Synopsis: Fritz Brown's L.A. -- and his life -- are masses of contradictions, like stirring chorals sung for the dead. A less-than-spotless former cop with a drinking problem -- a private eye-cum repo man with a taste for great music -- he has ben known to wallow in the grime beneath the Hollywood glitter.

But Fritz Brown's life is about to change, thanks to the appearance of a racist psycho who flashes too much cash for a golf caddie and who walked away clean from a multiple murder rap. Reopening this case could be Fritz's redemption; his welcome back to a moral world and his path to a pure and perfect love. But to get there, he must make it through a grim, lightless place where evil has no national borders; where leis beget lies and death begets death; where there's little tolerance for Bach of Beethoven and deadly arson is a lesser mortal sin; and where a P. I.'s unhealthy interest in the past can turn beautiful music into a funeral dirge.

Additional notes: The dust jacket image is from an unknown edition of the book.

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The Hot Rock
Peter Yates, Director

Theatrical release date: 01/26/1972
DVD release date: 05/20/2003
Studio: 20th Century Fox

Cast: John Archibald Dortmunder (Robert Redford), Andrew Kelp (George Segal), Stan Murch (Ron Leibman), Alan Greenberg (Paul Sand), Dr. Amusa (Moses Gunn), Lt. Hoover (William Redfield)

Rating: PG
Running time: 101 minutes

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