Cops and Robbers Author:Donald E. Westlake Tom Garrity and Joe Loomis are cops in New York - commuters to a job in a city where people often feel like animals. As cops, they're at the cetner of it. The brutalizers and the brutalized. Unable to take much more of it, they invent a romantic dream for getting the hell out. The cops decide to become robbers. — Joe discovers that a blue uniform... more » will get you in anywhere; allow you, for instance, to hold up a liquor store without even being suspected. He and Tom decide to pull one big caper that will net them each a million. Then they'll wait around a year, and after that pull out for good. They offer their services to the Mafia, because on their own they don't know what crime to commit for that kind of money. A Mafia boss named Vigano points them in the right direction. After that there is no turning back, and no guarantee that they'll make it.
What happens to Tom and Joe and their families as they make their breakaway move is what COPS AND ROBBERS is all about. Here is a major novel on a major theme by Donald E. Westlake who, in telling a brand new kind of story, makes use of his proven ability to create suspense and entertainment.
Donald E. Westlake was born in Brooklyn and raised in Albany. He has been a full-time writer for the last thirteen years, and has completed sixteen novels. Among the best know are God Save the Mark, The Hot Rock, and Bank Shot. He now commutes between New York City and Los Angeles.« less