By Julian Rubinstein
Elmore Leonard meets Franz Kafka within the wild, improbably precise tale of the mythical outlaw of Budapest. Attila Ambrus was once a gentleman thief, a kind of Cary Grant--if in basic terms supply got here from Transylvania, was once a negative specialist hockey goalkeeper, and hottest ladies in leopard-skin scorching pants. through the Nineteen Nineties, whereas enjoying for the most important hockey staff in Budapest, Ambrus took up financial institution theft to make ends meet. Arrayed opposed to him used to be might be the main incompetent staff of crime investigators the japanese Bloc had ever obvious: a theft leader who had discovered the right way to be a detective by way of gazing dubbed Columbo episodes; a forensics guy who wore most sensible hat and tails at the task; and a driving force so inept he used to be recognized simply via a Hungarian be aware that interprets to Mound of Ass-Head.
Part Pink Panther, half Unbearable Lightness of Being, half Slap Shot, this uproariously humorous, exuberantly praised booklet tells the tale of Attila Ambrus, a certified hockey goalkeeper (possibly the worst within the activities history), gravedigger, roulette addict, whiskey drinker (with a keenness for girls in leopard-skin scorching pants), and local of Transylvania who turned Hungary's celebrated gents thief, the main captivating outlaw-hero because the Sundance Kid.
Ballad of the Whiskey Robber is the thoroughly weird and wonderful and hysterical tale of the crime spree that made a no one right into a someone, and advised a forlorn country that usually the brightest stars come from the blackest holes. Like The Professor and the Madman and [u]The Orchid Thief[/i], Julian Rubinstein's strange crime tale is so abnormal and so depraved that it really is thoroughly impossible to resist.
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Lawrence Kitchens would remain a lifelong friend. In December 1857, Reddick's land had been part of the territory removed from Warren County and given to a new creation, Glascock County, named after a soldier, lawyer, and politician from Augusta. 26 If Reddick had business in the county seatÐto call on the sheriff or fill in a form at the courthouseÐit was now the tiny town of Gibson he had to ride into, instead of Warrenton. Otherwise, the county boundary change made no difference to Reddick.
Reddick fought in many battles. Some of them were inconclusive skirmishes, but others were prolonged nightmares of importunate slaughter that left huge tracts of field and forest strewn with the swollen corpses of men and horses, congealed in mud and blood. Reddick's early battles were at South Mills, North Carolina; Seven Pines (aka Fair Oaks); the Seven Days Battles (from a first indecisive engagement at Oak Grove, aka King's School House, to the last, at Malvern Hill, on the first day of July 1862); Falling Creek, Virginia; and Second Bull Run.
Reddick was among the few to be there with Robert E. Lee when the end came. From his regiment, just nine officers and 196 other men could say the same. He was one of the first men in America to hear that the war was over. He had survived much of its recurrent, murderous nightmare. He had seen a gruesome, gory, sustained parade of horrors. He had endured many battles, months of prison-camp life, long nights of freezing weather, illness, and hunger, injury in the field, and the dangers of fever-ridden hospital wards.
Ballad of the Whiskey Robber: A True Story of Bank Heists, Ice Hockey, Transylvanian Pelt Smuggling, Moonlighting Detectives, and Broken Hearts by Julian Rubinstein