Redmont receives a check once a month for $1,000. "United
States Agent" issues the checks. Josh continued to receive
these checks even when he moved to a new address. At first, he
made some attempt to find out if there was a mistake. Josh
soon believed that for unknowable reasons some branch of the
government was paying him $1,000 per month. The checks
continued coming for seven years.
Josh was now married and
had a child. One day while away on vacation at Fire Island, a
person approaches Josh and states "I'm from United States
Agent. You are now active."
It turns out that Josh was
receiving the checks for a job he was being paid to do. His
job was to help assassinate a much-hated foreign premier scheduled
to visit Yankee Stadium.
What does Josh do now?
After all, he did accept the money - $12,000 per year for 7 years =
$84,000 - not bad for doing "nothing". Tax-free
Donald E. Westlake has written a great book. It
has a touch of comedy but at the same time is a thriller. The
main character, Josh, is very likeable. You almost want to
believe that he really thought he was getting these checks for some
unknown reason and that he didn't have to do anything else to earn
them. Add this book to your collection. It is thoroughly
entertaining and you will be in for a treat!
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