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BOOK REVIEW: “The Lock Artist” by Scott Hamilton (2010)

  FOUR STARS (****)  The Lock Artist is everything they say it is:  a rich, funny, entertaining, character-based coming of age crime story filled with believable, interesting characters in a well-paced thriller. To say that I’m behind in reading the seminal novels in this genre is an understatement.  But there’s a good reason why, if you

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A BURIED GEM: “Who’s Minding the Mint?”

“Who’s Minding the Mint?” is the funniest caper movie that you’ve never heard of before now. This was one of those movies that happened to me by accident.  It was running on a local independent television station, a Sunday morning ten o’clock movie that aired right after the televised Sunday morning services.  There weren’t any

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What Makes a Good Heist Story?

I know you know this feeling. I scroll for hours through endless choices on any of the ninety-two different streaming services that I subscribe to since cutting the cord to save money on cable TV, which it doesn’t seem like I’m doing at all now. Most of my evening is spent looking for something interesting

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BOOK REVIEW: “Artemis” (2017) by Andy Weir

Andy Weir’s Artemis succeeds in telling a fast-paced, well-plotted tale, but this sci-fi heist story ultimately suffers from underdeveloped characters, unnecessary juvenile humor, and a largely absent antagonist. Artemis has a great hook; a heist caper set on a future lunar colony. We’re introduced to a plucky heroine named Jazz Bashara, 26, a Saudi Arabian

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MY TOP FIVE – HEIST / CAPER NOVEL ADAPTATIONS

Trying to pick my five favorite heist novel adaptations is like asking me to pick my five favorite Led Zeppelin songs. There are too many awesome choices, and several worthy inclusions will be left off the final list. (sorry, “Misty Mountain Hop”) There are great movie adaptations, (Rififi, notably) that came from a less-than-admired source

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