This was like the book version of one of those 60's ensemble comedy movies, or Cannonball Run or something like that. I really hate to say this, because I love Westlake and everything he wrote...well, now ALMOST everything he wrote. I just couldn't get into this one. It had plenty of funny parts and is well written throughout. It just didn't work for me. Most everyone else has given this a very good rating so what do I know? Give it a shot if you like such things.