Castle in the Air

Castle in the Air

Book - 1980
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Baker & Taylor
A South American dictator conceals millions of dollars worth of valuables in a dismantled castle being flown to Paris and a quickly assembled, international gang of thieves--each with national eccentricities--set out to steal the entire castle

Publisher: New York : M. Evans, c1980
ISBN: 9780871313225
Branch Call Number: FICTION Wes
Characteristics: 189 p. ; 22 cm


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BeccaBB Sep 26, 2012

This book is written in a way that makes it sound as if the narrator is talking to you, like he is telling you the story. I think the casual tone and laid back way that things are said add to the humor of the situation. I also think that it is one of the reasons that the book is so easy and quick to read. Westlake has a knack for a good comic crime. And he makes watching this international group of thieves stealing a castle a lot of fun. The humor does get almost slap stick at times with all the people falling into canals and no one understanding anyone else because they all speak different languages, but it is also witty. The actual crime is not the end of the story here. You get to see it planned and then perpetrated but then you get to see after the crime where everything starts to fall apart. It’s fun to watch the group breakup and reform and morph along the way as you follow the money and try to figure out you is going to get what by the time everything is said and done. It’s an entertaining and quick story for anyone who likes a little fun with their crime.

Dec 08, 2010

Started reading it, got bored beyond belief. I have learned that if a book isn't interesting, there are thousands more out there that are. Don't waste your time on this book.


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