The first thing Warden Gadmore said to me was,“Basically, you're not a bad person, Kunt.”
“Künt,” I said quickly, pronouncing it the right way... “With an umlaut,” I explained.
When a reader finds this exchange on the first page of a novel, he or she will probably get a good feeling about that novel, possibly accompanied by helpless giggles.
|Donald E Westlake|
His only crime might have been a misfired practical joke, but now that he's in jail he's invited to join in with the robbery of two banks.
In the prison he has stumbled on a strange and very private club: seven prisoners who have their own tunnel leading from the prison into the town. Escape is not on their minds; these are the world's first prison commuters. But they have one extraordinary plan. In the town there are two banks, just waiting to be robbed by seven men; men who have the best alibi of all - they are already in jail.
In the town, as well as a robbery waiting to happen, there's also a pretty girl who Harry just happens to have fallen in love with.
As if this weren't enough, the prison has another mystery. Someone is sending out notes reading HELP I AM BEING HELD PRISONER. Warm characterisation and ironic humour make this more than just another book.