RARA-AVIS: Families as hostages in bank jobs

From: DJ-Anonyme@webtv.net
Date: 24 May 2006

I think I first read the plot where a bank manager's family is held hostage while one of the criminals takes the manager to open the bank's vault in one of Garry Disher's Wyatt novels. Since then, I've seen it in a number of TV shows -- Law & Order, one of the CSIs, 24, maybe even Nash Bridges.

So, my questions are:

When did this start showing up in books? Was Disher the first?

And does this happen in real life? I don't remember reading about it in the papers. Seems there's a lot of added exposure there.

Duane, you've written a book on bank jobs, real and fictional. Do you know?


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