Aka: Thunder at Noon
Adventure/Thriller ( 1983 / Harry Patterson / Jack Higgins )
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Featuring: John Dillinger
For Geoff and Irene - not forgetting Sarah, Kate and Rebecca
Also known as: Thunder at noon.
Think Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Think John Dillinger, who robbed
banks at a time when Americans thought banks were robbing them. Think March
1934, with Dillinger in an escape-proof jail in Indiana. Escape-Proof?
He's out and off to Mexico in a white Chevy convertible that he loves the
way a cowboy loves his horse. In Mexico he's out of reach of American
lawmen, but not of Rivera, a rich SOB who owns a gold mine and denounces
Dillinger to the Mexican police, who want their rewards short of heaven. To
complicate manners, Dillinger, who left grateful women behind in Illinois
and Indiana, falls for a beautiful half-Spanish, half-Chinese woman who may
or may not be escape proof. When Dillinger finally gets back over the
border, he makes his famous phone call. J. Edgar Hoover's secretary says,
"Mr. Hoover, it's John Dillinger calling collect."
With many thank to Bigblueben@aol.com who sorted out how the book was published twice:
"Thunder at Noon" (1964, Harry Patterson) was revised and issued as "Dillinger" (1983, Harry Patterson).