|One Zero and the Night Controller|
|Extracts from reviews
The Guardian, 26/6/1980
Damon Runyon prose and Swiftian self-disgust [...] informs the author's account of a monstrous world with unspeakable people in it. Images of dereliction and disaster - that's what it's all about.
The Daily Telegraph, 26/6/1980
One Zero, who is a cabman working nights, and shares the narration with Angelica, desk-bound night controller of the fleet and ex-whore, has a revealing third person sentence about himself towards the end: "One Zero's verbiage is his bondage."
[...] One Zero's quest is for a wanton your girl called Kaffee [...] who has deserted her elderly lover. Eventually, zig-zagging through a maze of words and a thousand traffic lights, he tracks her down in surreal and Sade-istic circumstances.
The Literary Review, 17/10/1980
Westlake's flair for felicitous phrases is unquestionable. Which emphasizes the novel's onanistic purposelessness.
P.N.Review Jan/Feb 1986
...Chandleresque plot involving a search for a missing girl which explodes in the end in a most unChandleresque way (Chandler rewritten by Rabelais? by Lautréamont?)
P.N.Review March/April 1991
Routledge and Kegan Paul published One Zero and the Night Controller in 1980, [Westlake's] first novel, wholly remarkable, but now wholly out of print.