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

By Julian Rubinstein

Elmore Leonard meets Franz Kafka within the wild, improbably actual tale of the mythical outlaw of Budapest. Attila Ambrus was once a gentleman thief, a kind of Cary Grant--if purely furnish got here from Transylvania, was once a poor expert hockey goalkeeper, and most well-liked girls in leopard-skin sizzling pants. through the Nineteen Nineties, whereas enjoying for the largest hockey workforce in Budapest, Ambrus took up financial institution theft to make ends meet. Arrayed opposed to him was once possibly the main incompetent crew of crime investigators the jap Bloc had ever noticeable: a theft leader who had realized the right way to be a detective by means of observing dubbed Columbo episodes; a forensics guy who wore most sensible hat and tails at the activity; and a driving force so inept he was once recognized in basic terms via a Hungarian observe that interprets to Mound of Ass-Head.

Part Pink Panther, half Unbearable Lightness of Being, half Slap Shot, this uproariously humorous, exuberantly praised e-book tells the tale of Attila Ambrus, a qualified hockey goalkeeper (possibly the worst within the activities history), gravedigger, roulette addict, whiskey drinker (with a keenness for ladies in leopard-skin sizzling pants), and local of Transylvania who grew to become 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 a person, and advised a forlorn state that typically the brightest stars come from the blackest holes. Like The Professor and the Madman and [u]The Orchid Thief[/i], Julian Rubinstein's extraordinary crime tale is so unusual and so depraved that it truly is thoroughly impossible to resist.

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Approximately this time, Gustáv Bóta approached his Panther with an attractive company chance. Bóta had heard via his contacts that the notorious Black and White membership downtown on Klauzál sq. used to be up on the market. Owned through Semion Mogilevich, the reputed head of the Russian mafiya, the Black and White used to be a swish, specific “businessman’s” paradise, the Russian-owned in-town model of the Cats membership. It used to be a Budapest landmark. probably, Bóta steered, Attila wish to take it off Mogilevich’s palms, calm down. Attila imagined himself, Zubovics-like, surrounded through velvet ropes and protection guards, chatting up the country’s best crooks. “Let me take into consideration it,” he advised Bóta. He used to be additionally pondering anything else: Éva. prior to he’d long past and blown his existence to smithereens at Lajos highway, that they had had such a lot of easy reliable instances jointly. Scuba diving in Bali, snowboarding within the Italian Dolomites, sightseeing in Paris. He surely loved her and, to his shock and consternation, even revered her. She most likely wouldn’t just like the concept of his possessing a whorehouse, even a well-respected one, but when she basically knew how far better that was once than his present gig. He determined to ask Éva domestic with him to Transylvania for the vacations. Éva authorised, no longer that she had a lot selection. a couple of days sooner than Christmas, Attila confirmed up at her residence and acknowledged, “Pack your luggage. ” He felt like an animal-pelt smuggler back. Éva enjoyed Attila’s spontaneity. part easy methods to Csíkszereda she saved the auto window down simply to believe extra alive. She knew she was once the 1st girl Attila was once taking domestic. once he tasted the chilled Hargita Mountains air, Attila felt a calmness come over him. He drove Éva out in the course of the hills of Székelyföld to St. Anne’s Lake, the place within the summers he used to hike and decide mushrooms. “It’s like we’re in a time warp,” he advised her alongside the best way, pointing to horse-drawn carts bumping alongside the snowy roads. Attila additionally took her with him as he dispensed the standard nutrition staples he’d introduced from Hungary up and down the 2 frozen dust streets of Fitód, his local village that were too insignificant for Ceauescu to hassle erasing. Éva used to be charmed. Fitód used to be a bit like her place of origin of Gergely; most folk have been nonetheless with no plumbing, telephones, or vehicles. Attila knew every person via identify, and so they all remembered him. Dénes Ambrus, his father’s brother, who nonetheless lived a number of doorways down from Attila’s formative years domestic, recalled little Attila as “a horse continually approximately to bolt. ” He invited his nephew and Éva to a pig-killing rite. Attila and Éva stayed in Csíkszereda at the sofa in Attila’s aunt and uncle’s house. Éva already knew László (who had additionally again for the holidays), and she or he and Ninny get on well instantly. It was once a true kin affair: cooking, ingesting, soiled lingerie strewn concerning the living-room ground. One morning Attila and Éva arose prior to dawn and drove via darkness to Uncle Dénes’s Fitód domestic, the place a gaggle of villagers have been wearing the normal white using pants, black vests, and pointed Robin Hood hats.

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