Ballad of the Whiskey Robber by Julian Rubinstein
A true story of bank heists, ice hockey, Transylvanian pelt smuggling, moonlighting detectives and broke hearts.

Welcome to the wild, wild East...

And the strangest, most hilarious crime story of the year.

Elmore Leonard meets Franz Kafka in the story of how one man can change a nation through good cheer, ice hockey, and 27 bank robberies.

Meet Attila Ambrus. He’s the one-time pelt smuggler, professional hockey goalie (possibly the worst in the sport’s history), pen salesman, gravedigger, church painter, roulette addict, building superintendent, whiskey drinker and native of Transylvania who’s decided that the best thing to do with his time is rob as many banks as possible.

Out to stop this crime spree is Chief Inspector Lajos Varju. Everything this investigator knows about being a cop was learned from Hungarian-dubbed episodes of Columbo and Miami Vice.

As the Eastern bloc slips off its communist skin and replaces it with leopard-skin hot pants, Ballad of the Whiskey Robber takes us to the heart of the new Europe. Where else would you find such a charming outlaw hero and a supporting cast that includes car wash owners, exotic dancers, drunk army generals, cocaine-snorting Hungarian rappers, the Johnnie Cochran of Budapest, and an ice hockey team that seems to spend as much time breaking the law as it does practising?

A story so outrageous it could only be true

Paperback 2004 edition

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Ballad of the Whiskey Robber by Julian Rubinstein

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