Bank Shot

Bank Shot Donald Westlake (Estate)
Pub date 1st January 1972
Original publisher Mysterious Press
Publisher (UK) eBook (Kindle edition)
International publishers Editions Payot et Rivages (France), Agave Konyvek Kft (Hungary), Edizioni Pendragon (Italy), RBA Libros (Spain), Lindhardt & Ringhof (Sweden)

Encyclopaedias are heavy, and John Dortmunder is sick of carrying them. While in between jobs, the persistent heist-planner is working an encyclopaedia-selling scam that’s about to blow up in his face. The cops are on their way when his friend Kelp pulls up in a stolen Oldsmobile, offering a quick escape from the law and a job that’s too insane to turn down.


Kelp’s nephew is an FBI washout who’s addicted to old-time pulp novels and adventure stories. He tried being a cop, and now he wants to be a robber. His target: a Main Street bank that has temporarily relocated to a large mobile home. Breaking in is impossible—there are seven guards and a police station down the street—but mobile homes were meant to be driven. Dortmunder just has to drive the bank away.


The 1974 film Bank Shot, starring George C. Scott and Joanna Cassidy was an adaptation of this Dortmunder novel.



Praise for Bank Shot

“Westlake’s triumph, hilarious!”

The New York Times

“[Westlake’s] most durable character. Whatever can go wrong in the man’s elaborate attempts at larceny invariably does, and in the most amusing and unexpected ways possible.”

Los Angeles Times

“Everyone who’s read Donald Westlake knows he’s the funniest man in the world.”

The Washington Post



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