A highly entertaining, quick read (238 pages) about the bungling of criminals from all over the globe. Since these are true stories it makes them all the more enjoyable.
Would it be too much to ask for a book like this that isn't as stupid as the criminals it features? I understand this is meant to be humorous - that's why I wanted to read it after all. But the humor here isn't real humor - it's Funniest Home Videos/Bob Saget humor. So, basically, none. It's not funny.
These dumb criminals are features on one to two page spreads which consist of, at most, a few paragraphs. Nothing wrong there. Just what you would expect right? Sure.
Then, for whatever reason, the author felt it was necessary to add in a "clever" one-liner at the end of each story. The problem? The sentences aren't clever. Nor are they humorous. They're stupid. And that ruins the entire book.
One story - ONE STORY made me chuckle out loud. I forget what number or the name of it but it was about an elderly drunk man "driving". He was stuck in a snow drift with a wall of snow in front of his windsheild. He not only had his windsheid wipers going but he was staring intently out of the window, the whole while pressing on the gas and spinning his tired. The officer who came up on this decided to stay next to the backseat window and he started running in place. Then he "sped up" and came up to the drivers side, still running in place. The driver did a double take and tried to sped up but, of course, went nowhere.
This I liked. This says something about the officer, that he would even think of something like this, that he actually did it. I laughed at that one and may even repeat the story sometime.
The rest? Okay but nothing really great. One story didn't even belong and I'm still wondering about it.
Apparently in a little village in Peru there is a one man police team. This man finally got a radio and it was stolen after three days. Uh, here are the clever sentences: "Now Suarez had a very good reason to get another radio - so he could call the guy who had stolen his first radio. That's one criminal Suarez hopes would be dumb enough to keep in touch." Um yeah. How does that fit in this book exactly? Did they need one more story to make quota and were fresh out?
One more that didn't fit IMO but that I suppose could be argued by some. In 1947 George Musgrave suggested that the Motor Vehicle Dept. use yellow lines on roadways as part of a safety competition. Years later he was ticketed for parking on a yellow line. Not exactly "dumb criminal" stuff is it?
I wouldn't recommend this to anyone. I haven't found a book of this nature yet to be any different also. I actually did get a laugh out of this in a way - I went to the authors page and saw that some of his books are works with [author:Leland Gregory|19132]. Gregory has a few books of this kind which are just as bad if not worse. I don't get it - it doesn't seem to be a hard thing to accomplish.
If anyone knows of anything featuring idiot criminals that isn't a chore to read feel free to comment.
This book and others like this, are fun reads that either gets you shaking your head or laughing. Each story is short and to the point, it could even make a good bathroom book. It's definitely a good read when you need a little comic relief in your life.