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

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Ladies and gentlemen, meet Attila Ambrus, the Robin Hood of Eastern Europe. He 's the one-time pelt smuggler, professional hockey goalie ( possibly the worst in the sport 's history), pen salesman, Zamboni driver, gravedigger, church painter, roulette addict, building superintendent, whiskey drinker, and native of Transylvania who 's decided that the best thing to do with his time is to rob as many banks as possible.

His rival: Lajos Varjú, the Inspector Clouseau of the Iron Curtain, whose knowledge of police work comes from Hungarian-dubbed episodes of Columbo. His deputy is nicknamed " Mound of Asshead " because of his propensity for crashing police cars. His forensics expert, known as " Dance Instructor " for his lucrative side career teaching ballet, wears a top hat and tails on the job.

Welcome to Julian Rubinstein 's uproariously funny and unforgettable account of crime in the heart of thi new Europe. With a supporting cast that includes car wash owners, exotic dancers, drunk army generals, cocaine-snorting Hungarian rappers, the Johnnie Cochran of Budapest, and a hockey team that seems to spend as much time breaking the law as it does practicing, Ballad of the Whiskey Robber brings us the most charming outlaw-hero since the Sundance Kid—and the Sundance Kid did n't play hockey.

As the Eastern bloc slips off its communist skin and replaces it with leopard-skin hot pants, Ballad of the Whiskey Robber is here to screw in the pink lightbulbs. Part Unbearable Lightness of Being, part Pink Panther, and part Slap Shot, Julian Rubinstein 's tale is a spectacular literary debut—and a story so outrageous that it should eve be true.
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319
Original Title of the Book
Ballad of the Whiskey Robber: A True Story of Bank Heists, Ice Hockey, Transylvanian Pelt Smuggling, Moonlighting Detectives, and Broken Hearts
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Published September 16th 2004 by Little Brown and Company

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julian rubinstein writes on his websit that: " BALLAD OF THE WHISKEY ROBBER was named to Hollywood 's 'Black List', a studio poll of the industry 's best screenplays in development.

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While the title and descriptions will suggest to you that tha is thi ook about a criminal ice hockey goaltender who also as a smuggler- and it is, do n't you worry- it 's selling itself short.

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his autobiography is a tory of real-life Hungarian bank robber Attila Ambrus.

His story alone would be worth five stars even told without flair -- bank robberies!

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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 Budapest, HungaryHungary 's most beloved criminal and one of he most poignan, fascinating and ikable characters ever written about.

In 1988, he illegally crossed Romania 's borders by riding underneath a freight train looking for a better life.The Whiskey Robber: Attila Ambrus In Hungary he made a living by doing all sort of odd jobs, including havin a gravedigger& pelt smuggler.

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A memoir is as un to read as it is enlightening.

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he journalist is the main arrator, with voices supplied by a wildly diverse array of people from comedians Dmetri Martin and Eugene Mirman to author Gary Shteyngart, and music by One Ring Zero.It is the crazy-but-true story of how Attila, a hapless and basically unpaid professional hockey goalie ( as well as a pen salesman, pelt smuggler, and serious drinker and would-be high roller), applied himself to the vocatio of bank robbery, becoming a national folk hero as he left the overworked and under-equipped police sputtering in his wake.

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Fortunately the pelt smuggling business peters out not long afterwards and Attila is forced to kee th new means of making ends meet.

I 'm okay that th author could take th same story and utting a different spin on it, make Attila seem entirely more dangerous and villainous.

Regardless if you root for or against Attila, I fee most will enjoy his story and be highly entertained.

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