Ballad of the Whiskey Robber: A True Story of Bank Heists, Ice Hockey, Transylvanian Pelt Smuggling, Moonlighting Detectives, and Broken Hearts

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Hodder & Stoughton, Feb 28, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
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What do you get when you add together a bottle of whiskey, a bad gambler, a flea-market wig, a plastic gun and a Hungarian bank? $5,900. And what do you get twenty-nine of these robberies later? The legend of the Whiskey Robber.

When the Eastern bloc thawed, some extraordinary stories were revealed. But none is as entertaining as this. Attila Ambrus escaped late-eighties Romania for Hungary - but soon found that living on his wits wasn't getting him very far. Becoming goalie for a third-division ice hockey team brought no fortune and little glory, and his procession of moneymaking ruses fared little better - until he discovered robbery.

With a supporting cast of car-wash owners, exotic dancers, drunk army generals and cocaine-snorting Hungarian rappers, Julian Rubinstein's tale is a spectacular debut, immortalizing the most charming outlaw since the Sundance Kid.

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User Review  - sdinan - LibraryThing

I'd recommend this true-crime novel, especially for the audiobook edition. The production and cast of characters for the audio edition is very impressive! It received a 2007 Audie Award for Best Audio Book. Read full review

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User Review  - madcatnip72 - LibraryThing

Ballad of the Whiskey Robber is a madcap, belly-shaking tale of post-Communist Budapest’s first and most famous hapless bank robber, Attila Ambrus and the equally incompetent efforts of the police to ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Julian Rubinstein has written for the New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Details, Sports Illustrated, Salon, and other publications. His work has been selected for the Best American Crime Writing anthology and has been cited twice by the Best American Sports Writing. Raised in Denver, he now lives in New York. This is his first book.

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