A Better Alternative? #1LinerWeds

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.]

This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s weekly blog hop, One-Liner Wednesday. If you have a one-liner or just like them, follow the link.

A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Write about an infinitesimally small better alternative.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “A Better Alternative? #1LinerWeds

  1. Dan Antion

    August 25, 2021 at 3:56pm

    You have an interesting twist in your thought process. I like it.

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