RARA-AVIS: Plunder Road/Squad

From: Moorich2@aol.com
Date: 14 Nov 2000

Juri, Westlake may have had Lionel White in mind when he wrote PLUNDER SQUAD.
 He was certainly very familiar with White's work. I recall an MWA anthology back in the 70s or early 80s that had a piece by Westlake that involved a White novel. A gang (I think in Europe somewhere) used a White novel as a plan for a caper. It worked beautifully but then, as Westlake gleefully pointed out, "They ran out of book." Life continued beyond the point where the book ended and they began to screw things up and were caught.

I can't remember the title of the White novel nor the anthology, both of which are in storage an ocean away from where I am writing this. Perhaps someone else can supply them.

Does the 1958 movie you mentioned, "Plunder Road," star Wayne Morris and include a scene where two cars lock bumpers in a traffic jam? That was the first caper movie I can remember seeing and it really had an impact. I haven't seen it in forty years and I would be curious to see it again and see how it holds up.

Richard Moore

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