Re: RARA-AVIS: Gold Medal: Lament for a Virgin

From: Mark Sullivan (
Date: 08 Aug 2002

James wrote:

"Didn't Westlake also write a book about real criminals using a fictional crime as the basis for a caper? And to make the joke more convoluted, the fictional crime was from a Richard Stark book?"

Stark's Child Heist is copied in Westlake's Jimmy the Kid; chapters alternate between Parker doing it right and the Dortmunder Gang screwing it up. To make it even more convoluted, . . .


. . . the book ends with letters between Stark and his lawyer about suing the maker of a movie about the "real life " crime.


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