Re: RARA-AVIS: bad guy books

Mario Taboada (
Tue, 28 Jul 1998 08:23:51 +0000 Mark Sullivan:

<<Years ago there was a book called Loophole by Robert Pollack about a
bank heist where, over a three-day weekend, a gang tunneled through the
floor of a bank vault from the city drainage pipes running underneath.
As I recall, several heists of this sort occured in Italy shortly after
the book was translated there. (I was reminded of this because a
similar plot features in the Hong Kong movie Full Alert, which I saw
over the weekend.)>>

Michael Connelly's first novel, _The Black Echo_, (his best, with _The
Concrete Blonde_, in my opinion) has this same plot: tunnelling to get
into a vault, etc. It's probably quite an old gag, both in fiction and
in real thiefdom.

Apropos of spectacular capers, Lawrence Sanders's _The Anderson Tapes_
is a very entertaining and stylish book.


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