An epistolary novel can be slow moving and boring, but those would be the last words to describe Wiprud's book. The action never stops, and laugh-out-loud-funny scenes combine with a sympathetic hero who's a blind romantic like his late father. Secondary characters are vividly drawn, as is the Brooklyn that is Wiprud's setting. "Brilliant"
and "funny" are the only words to describe this.
But first he has to escape with the money. Other feelers are sure he found some cash, and he expects them to be after it and him, but at the same time the convict who originally hid $5 million in the house is released and comes looking. Also following is the policeman looking for the money, which was never found after the robbery. Will Morty be able to escape with the money and his new love? (ST. MARTIN'S MINOTAUR, Mar., 320 pp., $24.95)