Don't Ask (Dortmunder Novels)

By Donald E. Westlake

In his most recent caper, Dortmunder is employed to thieve the femur of a 16-year-old woman who used to be canonized simply because, 800 years in the past, she was once killed and eaten through her kin. Now eu international locations and the Catholic church are scuffling with like canines over the bone. How will this free-for-all finish? do not Ask.

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