Advertising executive Josh Redmont waits for the ferry to
take him to Fire Island where he will join his wife and
child on vacation. However, a stranger informs John
that "You are now active." For seven years, John has been
the recipient of a monthly one grand check from the United
States Agency that he thought was an error, but eventually
from his country. Now this USA wants to collect. He is
expected to help foreign nationals assassinate the premier
of a foreign nation visiting Yankee Stadium.
Josh's New York apartment will serve as a safe house.
Unbeknownst to the former sleeper agent who didn't realize
he was sleeping is that once the deed is done he becomes
expendable too. Josh meets another recently activated
former ingenuous sleeper, off-Broadway actor Mitch Robbie.
They partner in an attempt to survive this fiasco.
Take the seemingly impossible, blend inside the
inconceivable, and mix that with the immovable and what do
you get: another delightful wild ride by Donald E.
Westlake. He takes an illogical scenario that when read in
a short review or a cover inset appears crazy, but turns it
into a stark thriller that hooks the audience into
believing the unbelievable. MONEY FOR NOTHING takes the
premise and runs with it so that the audience receives a
taut thriller starring a delightful lead character
supported by a strong cast. Readers who buy this book will
know they spent money for something worth reading.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted April 10, 2003