By Donald E. Westlake
Dortmunder doesnt like guide hard work. So while Andy Kelp relays the provide of a grand to aid dig up a grave in a far-flung cemetery, he balks... until eventually he starts to ask yourself simply why Fitzroy Guilderpost, felony mastermind, desires to pull a switcheroo of 2 70-years-dead Indians.
Central to the plan is Little Feather Redcorn, the ex-Vegas showgirl and great-granddaughter of the newly-switched stiff. she is going to pose because the final closing member of the Pottaknobbee tribe, one-third proprietors of the most important on line casino within the east. while the is still of the final recognized Pottaknobbee are dug up, down there in Queens, the DNA will turn out that its her ancestor.
But while the rip-off is going into play, its Dortmunder and his band who needs to step in to ensure every little thing runs easily.
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14 The Crime of Destruction and the Law of Genocide memory. The murders of the victims, the destruction of their bodies, their eradication from memory are all acts committed with the intention of completing the destruction of the group as a whole. Not only does genocidal death imply the destruction of life; it also involves the destruction of death and, once both the lives and the deaths of the victims are destroyed, the whole existence of the group targeted is annihilated. Dehumanizing Intent, the Destruction of Life and the Destruction of Death History has shown that, in all cases of genocides, the perpetrators of the crimes made sure that the human bodies of their victims were totally destroyed in order for them to be unrecognizable.
The crucial matter here is, therefore, far beyond the incorporation of a loved one for whom mourning was made impossible (due to the misfortunes of his family’s history), the pulverization and the destruction of the very link which unites a subject to his loved ones as, in the place of loved ones, only remains an anonymous corpse, the same for all, made Dehumanizing Intent and Destruction 15 of all these disparate pieces which strew the deportation paths. Under the weight of this violence, of this willingness of destruction, it is then the whole personal genealogical link of the individuals which ﬁnds itself broken and unreachable and the total link with the past is destroyed.