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Where the Money Is: True Tales from the Bank Robbery Capital of the World

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  119 ratings  ·  10 reviews
FBI Special Agent William J. Rehder, the man CBS News once described as "America's secret weapon in the war against bank robbers," chronicles the lives and crimes of bank robbers in today's Los Angeles who are as colorful and exciting as the legends of long ago. The mild-mannered antiques dealer who robbed more banks than anyone else in history. The modern Fagin who took a ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published July 17th 2004 by W. W. Norton Company (first published July 1st 2003)
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Ken Oder
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Written around 2002 by the FBI's lead bank robbery agent in the Los Angeles Field Office, this book chronicles the most infamous robberies from the 1980's and 90's in LA. Although I lived in LA during those years, I was unaware that the city was the capital of bank heists in the U.S.. Twenty percent of all bank jobs went down in LA. In some of those years, the FBI worked 2600 bank robberies in LA, an astonishing 10 per day, one robbery every 45 minutes during banking hours. I thought drug ...more
Jaime F.
Oct 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Bold, brilliant, and audacious the mind of intelligent criminals whose works at first sight seen flawless. But wouldn't you know, they made the stupidest errors in their crime that begs the question as to what are their IQ's chart.

Or was it that simple to find them?

Well, William J Redher takes us on a 30yrs plus as an FBI Agent specializing in bank robberies or heists and his pursuit to apprehend the suspect(s) before more harm is done.
Some are downright funny and some very clever. Almost!

Mar 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biographies
What a fun book! I totally dig "memoir" books like this from people that led interesting lives, and can tell you about it in a well-written way.

Oh, and I now know WAY more about robbing banks then I should have ever let my imagination know. :)
Oct 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four stars for people who enjoy a good caper or heist movie, like me! "Out of Sight" and "Point Break" are 2 favorites, and the author was an advisor to Point Break, which he disavows late in the book.
Bill Rehder joined the FBI in 1966 and worked L.A. Bank Squad for most of his career. 25% of all bank robberies in the US take place in the L.A. area, averaging a many as 10 per day in some years. He was even responsible for giving the robbers their nicknames, to help agents keep the cases
Michael Burnam-Fink
Nov 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Rehder has some amazing war stories from his 33 years working as an FBI agent specializing in bank robbery in Los Angeles, and he is kind enough to share them with us. The book covers the major types of bank robberies with some of his favorite examples. Eddie Dodson robbed over 60 banks in a seven month spree of non-violent 'one-on-one' robberies to fuel his heroin habit. Casper Brown turned a street gang into violent takeover specialists. David Mack was an LAPD officer who convinced his ...more
May 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Fascinating book! I could not put it down. Being from LA it was fun to read. You get real inside information behind headline news. You also get to really know the robbers. Who they were, their background, what they were like, their motivation for robbing a bank. Not all the robbers get caught, some will surprise you how stupid they were, others will surprise you about their day job, connections to Hollywood, and conspiracy theories connected to the murder of Notorious BIG. Run and get this book!
Mar 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anybody. Although it was factual, it read like a novel and the author kept it interesting filling it with little anecdotes to illustrate points. I actually found this book on Amazon while looking to see if I could find a book about another subject and thought it sounded interesting. I wasn’t disappointed.
Marc Andrew
Apr 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
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May 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Amazing... it is non fiction but it reads like a fiction!! Highly Recommended!!
Apr 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very interesting and well written- not my usual genre.
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