Genre: ironical detective
John Dortmunder as a butler? Well, he s not really a butler; he s just playing one at the heavily guarded estate of crooked tycoon Monroe Hall. A corporate pariah surrounded by loot, including a fleet of priceless vintage cars, Hall soon finds his needs from driving to cooking eagerly fulfilled by Dortmunder and his gang. Dortmunder s plan: to change in one fell swoop from loyal servants to merry robbers, and drive off with ill-gotten plunder. There s just one problem. Monroe Hall has as many enemies as antiques. Before Dortmunder can go from serving to stealing, Hall disappears and the cops are knocking on the door. And after a violent crime is committed, Dortmunder is in the worst place possible. For as everyone knows, whenever there s mischief in a mansion & the butler always did it!
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