One of my favorite caper novels is THE HOT ROCK by Donald Westlake. I also love the movie, starring Robert Redford and George Segal.
In general, I’m not a fan of stories in which the crook is the protagonist, but that’s situational. Exceptions include Topkapi, The Italian Job (the first one), and Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.
ANYWAY, I remember this line from the movie and don’t remember if it was in the book.
The gang, in trying to extort a man to tell them something they need to know, drive him into the woods, give him a shovel, and tell him to start digging. He asks them what he’s digging for, and they tell him they’re going to bury him. He protests.
“You wouldn’t do that to a sick man!”
To which Dortmunder replies:
No, but I’d do it to a dead man.
It was a comedy, by the way.
[Spoiler: He told them what they wanted to know.]
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