• Dancing Aztecs

  • By: Donald E. Westlake
  • Narrated by: Brian Holsopple
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 07-12-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
  • 5 out of 5 stars 4.8 (4 ratings)


Specialist in the scam, the con, and the rip-off, Jerry Manelli is running around New York hot on the trail of a priest: a thousand-year-old, two-foot-tall, ugly, misshapen, dancing Aztec priest made of solid gold, with eyes of pure emeralds, worth a million dollars.
Somebody stole it from its museum home in South America and smuggled it through U.S. Customs in a shipment of plastic imitations. But the wrong one got delivered, and the million dollar statue, mixed with the 15 copies, is somewhere in New York. Jerry Manelli is searching for it, as are Wall Street financiers, New Jersey union thugs, Manhattan aristocrats, college professors and PR men, liberated women and unliberated wives, tough guys and conmen, and sharpshooters of every kind.
From Harlem to Greenwich Village, from Long Island to Connecticut, the motley group races in and around New York in this comic adventure of the 1970s.
©1976 Original material, Donald E. Westlake. Recorded by arrangement with Mysterious Press, LLC. (P)2011 HighBridge Company
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5 out of 5 stars
By D. Morgan on 21-11-17

Top notch vintage Westlake

cracking farcical but realistic plot at cracking pace. great characters irreverent yarn. Just a peach.

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3 out of 5 stars
By J. M. Batista on 28-01-12

Not ideal for casual listening

It's very a very funny and sometimes hilarious story and the narration is very good. However, the great number of characters makes it difficult to follow if like me you listen to audiobooks mostly while driving and walking errands.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By andrea on 14-07-14

Too Many Characters for Audio!

I listen while walking the dogs, or vacuuming, or doing other household/yard work tasks.
I could not keep the multiple characters straight without REAL concentration... which of course, I did not have. The characters are listed in the beginning but I could not reference that chapter each time I questioned, who was that?

Luckily, I have listened to many Westlake stories and love him as an author.
If this had been my first, there would not have been a second.
But since I do so enjoy the Dortmunder series, I will keep up with the goal of listening to all his novels.

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