By Donald E. Westlake
Rather than robbing a financial institution, Dortmunder attempts to scouse borrow the full building.
Encyclopedias are heavy, and John Dortmunder is ailing of wearing them. whereas in among jobs, the chronic heist-planner is operating an encyclopedia-selling rip-off that's approximately to explode in his face. The police officers are on their approach whilst his pal Kelp pulls up in a stolen Oldsmobile, supplying a short break out from the legislation and a role that's too insane to show down. Kelp's nephew is an FBI washout who's hooked on old-time pulp novels and experience tales. He attempted being a cop, and now he desires to be a robber. His aim: a major highway financial institution that has briefly relocated to a wide cellular domestic. Breaking in is impossible—there are seven guards and a police station down the street—but cellular houses have been intended to be pushed. Dortmunder simply has to force the financial institution away.
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