Re: Fwd: RARA-AVIS: George's Charles Williams and Lionel White

From: Richard Moore (
Date: 12 Sep 2006

This was the basis for the Westlake novel JIMMY THE KID and it came about in rather a convoluted way, the details of which I am rather fuzzy on and the archives of the six year old Rara exchange is only a bit helpful. The book with Westlake's article is in a box somewhere and not available for a consult. As I understand it, Westlake was hired to do a script based on the incident (criminals using a novel to plan a real crime) but the movie was never produced. He later used the material in the novel.

Richard Moore

--- In, DJ-Anonyme@... wrote:
> Richard wrote:
> "Checking the RARA files, I found an exchange I had with Juri back
> 2000 and the White novel (and basis of the movie) THE SNATCHERS was
> one Westlake wrote the non-fiction piece about some European crooks
> used it as a guidebook for a real life crime--the kidnapping of a
> from the Peugeot family. They ran into problems and were caught when
> they ran out of book to follow."
> Was that the basis of Westlake's novel Jimmy the Kid, which
> chapters of a Richard Stark book of Parker kidnapping a kid (never
> believed Parker would involve himself in something as unpredictable,
> with long term vulnerability, as a kidnapping) and the Dortmunder
> trying to imitate it, but screwing up?
> Also, there have been several real life European bank heists based
> Robert Pollack's Loophole.

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