By Donald E. Westlake
Ever-lovable yet hapless criminal John Dortmunder and his merry band of misfits try and force off with a fleet of classic cars in a con opposed to a corrupt CEO who has lavished extra of his company's cash on himself than the lads at Enron and WorldCom mixed.
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