Money to Burn

Ricardo Piglia

NOVEL. ANAGRAMA, 1997. 227 PAGES.

This novel tells a true story, a case from the 1965 police chronicle: the bank robbery in the province of Buenos Aires, in which politicians and police were involved. But in flight, the thugs decided to betray their partners and escape with all the money. The author, who had access to confidential materials, recounts the dramatic police siege of the robbers, who, rather than surrender, will decide to burn the money. A story of love, betrayal and heroism with unforgettable characters. Money to Burn has also been made into a film, Plata quemada, winner of the Goya Prize for Best Foreign Film.

"A fast-paced crime story... fans of Dog Day Afternoon will recognize the intensity and claustrophobia of the modern siege drama in Money to Burn but the book's moral vacuum is entirely Argentinian, and Ricardo Piglia's expression of it is gripping and disturbing."

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"The finest book of its kind since Truman Capote's IN COLD BLOOD."

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Piglia's remarkably precise descriptions and feel for his characters keep the novel's engine churning. 

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