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Old 03-10-2011, 10:20 AM
C K Dexter Haven is offline
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Lot of background: Under the pseudonym "Richard Stark," Donald Westlake wrote a series of books about a criminal named Parker who pulls various heists and cons. Under his own name, Westlake wrote a comic series of books about a down-and-out crook named Dortmunder, whose capers always get screwed up in very funny ways.

So... in Jimmy the Kid, a real book by Westlake, Dortmunder and his gang find a book called Child Heist by Richard Stark, about how Parker commits a successful kidnapping. Dortmunder's gang uses that book as the blue-print for their own plan. The book Child Heist exist outside Jimmy the Kid, but they read paragraphs from it. It's wonderfully funny.