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Der Roman "361" aus dem Jahr 1962, welcher jetzt in der amerikanischen Taschenbuchreihe Hard Case Crime wieder aufgelegt wurde, stammt vom dreimaligen Edgar-Award-Gewinner Donald E. Westlake und zählt als das Buch, in dem er erstmals seinen ureigenen Stil voll entwickelt hat. In klasischer hardbloiled Tradition schildert "Ich"-Erzähler Ray Kelly darin, wie er knapp einen Mordanschlag überlebt. Er wird angeschossen, und als er einen Monat später im Krankenhaus wieder zu sich kommt, hat er ein Auge eingebüßt und sein Vater ist tot. Doch das ist erst der Anfang seines Unglücks. Kelly verliert alles außer seinem Sinn für Vergeltung. Der spannende Roman zieht den Leser in seinen Bann und zieht die Schlinge langsam enger, bis man gefesselt ist. In Deutschland war das Buch unter dem Titel "Höllenfahrt" erschienen, ist jedoch zur Zeit beim Verlag nicht erhältlich. Wer kann, sollte es daher hier auf Englisch lesen.
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'361' is a solid member of the HCC-series. Nevertheless I think that other books fit better in this series, like 'Kiss her goodbye' by Allan Guthrie or 'Grifter's game' by Lawrence Block. Westlake tries to sketch an image of the hard guy who gets into trouble through no fault of his own. In my opinion, the author succeeds only partially in drawing this image. What I missed is a background of the main charakter. All you get to know is that the army dismissed him. That lack of antecedents makes it quite difficult to understand him and his actions. I personally didn't get involved as much in the story as it happened with the books mentioned above. Nonetheless - if you like the genre, you will definitely have fun with this mafia story.
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HASH(0x9a4ecec4) von 5 Sternen Early Westlake available again 27. April 2005
Von Craig Clarke - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Just when Raymond Kelly was returning from military service, just when he was ready to settle down and spend some time with his family -- his brother, his father, his brother's wife whom he's heard all about and is excited to see in person for the first time -- just then, that's when it all went wrong.

One occasion of being in the wrong place at the wrong time and a month later he wakes up in a hospital room minus a father, a sister-in-law and an eye. With no family left but his brother, Bill, they set to find out who is responsible and wind up discovering a little more about their family than they ever guessed, including the surprising significance of their father's last word. But blood must avenge blood, so Ray and Bill spend a lot of the novel playing a Holmes and Watson with attitude.

The prose in 361 is so fast that I had to slow down my reading just to keep up. It is a fascinating example of the development of Westlake's craft. Most of the Westlake I've read came from a much later period of his career (1980s or later), and I've not read any of the Richard Stark novels, but this book seems like it would suit Parker fans more than those of his comic mysteries. The many fans of other Hard Case Crime novels, however, will eat it right up.

Only his third novel, 361 is not as solid and confident (or as funny) as the only other earlier work I had read -- the Edgar Award-winning God Save the Mark, published just five years later in 1967. What carries it along wonderfully, however, besides the pure power of the storytelling, is the sense that, behind the typewriter is a writer intensely trying to make an impression on the reader. And, as usual, he succeeds.

One thing was decidedly familiar, reminding me of the Donald E. Westlake style his fans know and love: the number of surprises present in this story allow for plenty of leeway in telling the story. You start to think he's going one way, and he goes another. Or he'll spring something unexpected, hiding it within a paragraph of description or "stage business" (as opposed to giving it its own paragraph like most writers do), thus guaranteeing that the reader does a mental "double-take." That's the kind of writing that makes me celebrate. And that's the kind of writing you can expect from 361.
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HASH(0x9a4f82b8) von 5 Sternen Hard-Drinking, Chain-Smoking Drama 27. Dezember 2005
Von Gary Griffiths - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Ray Kelly is 23, just discharged from the Air Force. Met by his dad in New York City, they leave for pop's home in upstate Binghamton. Thirty-eight miles outside of New York City, a Plymouth pulls along side and starts shooting. When the smoke clears, Ray's father is dead, and Ray is in the hospital missing an eye.

Originally written in 1962, "361" is vintage pulp fiction, a minor classic from Don Westlake, one of the masters of the hardboiled crime novel. Written in the vein of Jim Thompson, Dashiell Hammett, and Earle Stanley Gardner, Westlake takes the reader on a no-nonsense odyssey of revenge as Kelly pieces together the jigsaw of the father's life he never knew. Ray, now teamed up with brother Bill, chain-smoke their way from hotel room to hotel room, washing down the smoke with "Old Mr. Boston" straight from the bottle as they track down dad's assasins. As the mystery not surprisingly leads to the mob, one wonders if perhaps Mario Puzo didn't take inspiration from "361" in writing his classic "The Godfather".

Writing styles and culture have changed considerably in the past forty years; one of the hidden jewels in reading early works of Westlake and his ilk is the refreshing peek back into life before political correctness mania. But whether you read it for the plot twists and turns, the hard, unadorned prose served cold, or simply as a nostalgic walk down fiction's memory lane, "361" is prime pulp fiction, a quick thrill to savor and enjoy.
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HASH(0x9a4f44f8) von 5 Sternen An unacknowledged minor classic 24. Juni 2005
Von Amazon Customer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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It seems as if Donald Westlake has always been with us. When one has a career that has straddled six decades, one tends to leave that sort of impression. Westlake also seemed to have burst on the scene as a grandmaster; looking at his early work, one is struck by the richness of its voice, even as he was still finding and developing it. While he has built his career on smartly written, lighter crime fiction, one must not forget that he has a dark side that is not limited to his regular offerings under his Richard Stark pseudonym. This is by no means a recent development; it is easy to forget that some of Westlake's early work was extremely dark and foreboding.

Westlake's 361, an early example of his grim and gritty side, has been reissued by the rapidly-becoming-indispensable Hard Case Crime imprint. That any of Westlake's work should be out of print is an unpardonable omission, and to see this grim book --- originally published in 1962 --- back on the rack after an absence of too many years is a welcome occurrence, indeed.

It begins with young Ray Kelly, fresh out of a stint with the Air Force, being picked up by his father for a reunion of sorts. The reunion is cut short when Kelly's father is murdered in front of him. Kelly, himself grievously injured, begins an obsessive hunt for the men who killed his father and changed his life forever. Aided by his brother Bill, Kelly begins a tortuous journey through their father's past, a past that is littered with deceit and disappointment. The subtle focus here, however, is the transformation of Kelly from a peacetime Air Force veteran who is eager and excited with life's prospects to a violent and ruthless killer who knows no limits in his pursuit of revenge.

Westlake's developing mastery of dialogue is on display here. While his reach exceeds his grasp at times, it is instructive to watch Westlake's talent unfolding, in many ways for the first time, on the pages of 361. One also finds here that Westlake, then as now, is a keen observer of the culture and mores of the surroundings --- to wit, New York and its upstate suburbs --- that have served as a rich and ready backdrop for his novels.

While an early work of Westlake's, 361 is not a deficient one, but rather an unacknowledged minor classic that hopefully will be accorded its proper recognition. Recommended.

--- Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub
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HASH(0x9a4f7480) von 5 Sternen Hardboiled overdrive! 7. Juni 2005
Von GDKid - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Hardcase Crime is to be commended for bringing hardboiled classics like 361 back onto the shelves. Westlake is generally known for his humorous heist novels under his own name, while his "Richard Stark" pseudonym is famous for the wonderfully dark Parker novels. Seeing an early grabber like this one under Westlake's own name is a triumph for his fans.

361 deals with a Ray, a young man who easily, almost naturally shifts from an ex-air force soldier into an avenger upon the underworld when he and his father are driven off the road by a hail of bullets from an unknown assailant. After awakening in the hospital to learn he's lost an eye, full use of his legs, and his father, he becomes a coldly calculating deliverer of violence.

Learning that his father had once worked for a law firm which handled many mobster clients, Ray uses all his wits and a sudden penchant for brutality to work his way through the crime world until he finds the man responsible.

This is a gripping, straight-forward, in-your-face tale of revenge that throws sparks on every page. A terrific gem in the genre, and a wonderful chance to see how this sort of tale was told back in the day. Highly recommended.
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HASH(0x9a4f7af8) von 5 Sternen This is a fun book, but not a lost masterpiece 25. November 2005
Von clifford - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I am a fan of Westlake's work and enjoyed picking up 361. This book moves along with the style and clip of a 50's noir film. Life is grim here and punches are not pulled. But if you hold up 361 and compare it to 'Dog Eat Dog' (an unacknowledged masterpiece if their ever was one), Westlake's book pales. The plot jumps around very quickly, and as a reader I found myself confused several times over just exactly what was going on.

OK, this is a work of pulp fiction, but I still can't give it five stars on the case for nostalgia alone. I think that other reviewers here have done exactly this. Either that or they are pretty exuberant when it comes to handing out five star reviews. I don't think that you will regret getting this book. But keep in mind that this is not Westlake's best by a long shot (though I wish his hard-boiled persona had followed him through his later years).

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Dog Eat Dog was written by Edward Bunker and in turn radically influenced Quentin Tarantino to the point where he got a roll in the director's first flick Reservoir Dogs.

Another brutal author that I cant say enough good things about, better than Bunker, an amazingly gifted newer author, is Zeltserman. try "Small Crimes".
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