With Brian Garfield
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times–1874–when Gabe Beauchamps, former Hell’s Kitchen gangster was ‘helped’ to leave New York by ‘Boss’ Twill. His destination, chosen by Twill, is San Francisco where he arrives penniless, seasick and almost friendless. Apart from Vangie, a ravishing female pickpocket, the only part of San Francisco that impresses Gabe is the Mint with its heavily guarded gold shipments. With Vangie’s reluctant help Gabe assembles a team of unlikely but unscrupulous associates to carry out the Great Mint Robbery.
The authors describe their book as the world’s first comedy romance suspense pirate western adventure novel. It is a hilarious and lunatic escapade in which Donald Westlake, an acknowledged master of the comedy thriller, collaborates for the first time with Brian Garfield.
– From the jacket of the Barker hardcover edition (UK, 1974)