Bank Shot by Donald E Westlake
(The Dortmunder Novels)

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Instead of robbing a bank, Dortmunder tries to steal the whole building

Encyclopedias are heavy, and John Dortmunder is sick of carrying them. While in between jobs, the persistent heist-planner is working an encyclopedia-selling scam that’s about to blow up in his face. The cops are on their way when his friend Kelp pulls up in a stolen Oldsmobile, offering a quick escape from the law and a job that’s too insane to turn down. Kelp’s nephew is an FBI washout who’s addicted to old-time pulp novels and adventure stories. He tried being a cop, and now he wants to be a robber. His target: a Main Street bank that has temporarily relocated to a large mobile home. Breaking in is impossible—there are seven guards and a police station down the street—but mobile homes were meant to be driven. Dortmunder just has to drive the bank away.

About Donald E Westlake

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Author Donald E. Westlake was born in Brooklyn, New York on July 12, 1933. He attended colleges in New York, but did not graduate. He wrote more than 100 novels and 5 screenplays throughout his lifetime. He also wrote under numerous pseudonyms including Richard Stark, Tucker Coe, and Samuel Holt. Almost 20 of his novels were adapted into films and he created the television series, The Father Dowling Mysteries. He is a three-time winner of the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America and was nominated for an Academy Award for his screenplay for The Grifters. He was also named a Mystery Writers of America Grand Master in 1993. He died of a heart attack on December 31, 2008 at the age of 75.
Published October 25, 2011 by Road. 189 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Humor & Entertainment, Crime. Fiction

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Westlake's Hot Rock hotshots consist in this hilarious heist, of three low-keyed crooks, a young ex-F.B.I. man mainly eased out because of his insistence on a secret G-man handshake, a black Movement aesthete and safe cracker, and two unlikely molls — a supermarket checker and an elderly mo...

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