361 by Donald E. Westlake

By Donald E. Westlake

The boys within the tan-and-cream Chrysler got here with weapons blazing. while Ray Kelly awakened within the sanatorium, it used to be a month later, he was once lacking an eye fixed, and his father used to be lifeless.

Then issues began to get undesirable.

From the brain of the incomparable Donald E. Westlake comes a devastating tale of betrayal and revenge, an exploration of the boundaries of relatives loyalty and the way a ways a guy will pass whilst every thing he loves is taken from him.

First released 1962


* First U.S. ebook in additional than forty years. (First paperback ebook within the U.S. ever!)
* Lawrence Block known as 361 "My own favourite of [Westlake’s] hard-boiled interval and, to my brain, the 1st ebook within which he stumbled on a voice that used to be uniquely his." (From secret AND SUSPENSE WRITERS)
* writer was once named a Grandmaster by means of the secret Writers of the United States and nominated for an Academy Award for the screenplay of "The Grifters"
* Charlie Stella, writer of Charlie Opera: "361 is a gem of hardboiled excellence by way of one of many actual masters."

Acclaim for the paintings of Donald E. Westlake...

"Westlake is often original."
— Elmore Leonard

"A novel that grabs the reader by way of the throat and refuses to enable go."
— San Diego Union-Tribune

"Westlake is aware accurately the right way to seize a reader, draw her or him into the tale, after which slowly tighten his grip till break out is impossible."
— Washington put up booklet global

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He even points out the subtle manifestation of racism inherent in some such prejudices: "Forty years ago," he writes in his recipe for petonciani (eggplant; recipe 399), "one hardly saw eggplant or fennel in the markets of Florence; they were considered to be vile because they were foods eaten by Jews. ) can be answered in a variety of ways. Apart from the recipes he drew from the classic cookery books that, contrary to / INTRODUCTION common opinion, did not feature prominently in his not entirely impressive library,105 he borrowed from friends who shared his gastronomic proclivity and, above all, from their wives.

Professor Paolo Mantegazza, a pathologist and Darwinian whose lectures in anthropology and ethnology at the Istituto di Studi Superior! of Florence (where he began to teach in 1870) were assiduously attended by his good friend Pellegrino Artusi, suggested a truly astonishing way out of the predicament. Mantegazza joined in the widespread condemnation of the nutritional poverty of the food habitually consumed by the lower classes ("Of all his dishes, the poor city dweller prizes most of all his soup which is meager nourishment even if consumed in large volumes; the poor country dweller lives but for polenta and yellow bread ...

In the introduction to that recipe (no. "101 This comment brings us back to the issue of provenance. " At best, it can be gauged in terms of insistence on and/ or variation in the selection of ingredients and condiments, and in the xlix INTRODUCTION manner of amalgamating them in mediocre, plausible, or even excellent dishes. In this respect Artusi is as original as the next person, actually a little more, since he aggressively campaigned in favor of vegetables, upon which the majority of food-minded contemporaries looked with a great deal of suspicion.

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