Re: RARA-AVIS: Families as hostages in bank jobs

From: Terrill Lankford (
Date: 24 May 2006

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>Sent: May 24, 2006 9:51 AM
>Subject: RARA-AVIS: Families as hostages in bank jobs
>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

Isn't this how the gang is taking down banks in THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE? I think I read somewhere that Higgens based that element of the story on real events.

A variation of it was used a few years later in the movie DIRTY MARY, CRAZY LARRY.


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