Sunday, July 9, 2017
7/9/1905 Lionel White is born
But surely the weirdest adaptation of one of his books was what happened to The Snatch, a novel about kidnapping a child. A gang of French criminals read the book and used it as the blueprint for a real crime. It went beautifully until, as Donald E. Westlake out it, "They ran out of book." Bragging about their accomplishments and spending money wildly, they were soon picked up. They did not offer White any of the ransom money, alas.