RARA-AVIS: RE: Gruber's Spanish Prisoner

From: Dick Lochte ( dlock@ix.netcom.com)
Date: 03 Feb 2001

> Date: Fri, 2 Feb 2001 16:52:07 -0500 (EST)
> From: DJ-Anonyme@webtv.net (Mark Sullivan)
> Subject: Re: RARA-AVIS: RE:Frank Gruber
> I see Gruber has a book called The Spanish Prisoner. Is this a con job
> book? Does it revolve around the same con that provided the title for
> Mamet's movie?
> Mark

Gruber's Spanish Prisoner is based on the old scam. It involves a burnt out former FBI agent traveling through Spain who receives a letter from a man claiming to be a prisoner in a Spanish castle. He says his captors are torturing him to find out the whereabouts of a stash of Spanish gold. The ex-agent recognizes the letter as a con and tries to find out who sent it. Through a series of twists and turns, he winds up being a Spanish prisoner himself. It's typical of Gruber's last books -- tricky, fast-paced action adventure.

Dick Lochte

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