Tuesday, January 18, 2011

On Heistiness

I love a good heist movie. Take Ocean's 11, The Italian Job, Ronin, The Maiden Heist--they're just such fun. There's nothing like wondering if our bad good guys pull it off, and how they'll do it. And then there's always a little bit of a feeling that the little guy won, that we stuck it to the man.

Of course stealing is bad, even if it's good entertainment. Janet Rudolph's Mystery Fanfare blog has a collection of the most impressive heists--check it out. Some bad dudes there that got away with it. Great story material for us writers; I hope to write a good heist book some day.

Which made me wonder: anyone have heist book recommendations? I couldn't think of a single one, unless some of these movies are based on books and I missed it...


  1. Donald Westlake's Dortmunder novels are about heists.

  2. Thanks, Patti, I'd hoped you might chime in :-)

  3. Wow, I can't think of any. Unless you'd count "The Firm" since they steal records. If you find some more, let us know. I wouldn't mind reading some.