What was that crime novel that used carmageddon as a plot point
July 15, 2011 3:35 PM Subscribe
What-was-that-book-filter: 70's or 80's (?) heist (?) novel that involved shutting down L.A. by closing a couple of freeways and the central telephone switching system.
posted by dersins to Writing & Language (10 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
So all this talk of "carmageddon
" this weekend has made me remember a question I've always meant to ask metafilter. Some time in the mid-to-late-80's (I think... could possibly have been early 90's but I don't think so) I remember reading a crime novel that revolved around some sort of heist (I think) in LA.
Part of the plan was to shut down LA by engineering accidents that blocked several key arterials (one of which involved jackknifing a gravel truck so that it strewed its load across all lanes of either the 101 or the 405, I think), and also shutting down the phone system by doing something that may or may not have involved super glue.
I always assumed it was one of Westlake/Stark's Parker books, but I recently re-read all of them (including the later ones) and it's not. So what the hell was it? This has been bugging me for literally years.