Crime Fiction Books and Movies: Heists

Course Dates: 
6 weeks: June 12, 19, 26, July 3, 10, 17
Wednesdays, 2 – 5 p.m.
Elizabeth Pou
Course Catalogs: 
2019 Summer

We will read books and watch movies of The Asphalt Jungle, The Getaway, The Great Train Robbery and Rum Punch (Jackie Brown). We will watch two additional book-free movies, Thief (based on a book that is very hard to find at a reasonable price) and A Fish Called Wanda, just because it is a great comedy heist movie.

Participants should read the relevant book during the week before class and watch the movie during class. The movie is preceded by a brief lecture on various aspects of the book and movie, followed by discussion.

Course Outline and Films

Instructors: Elizabeth Pou ( is a retired lawyer/HR executive/consultant/Peace Corps volunteer with a lifelong interest in crime fiction. During a work hiatus, she worked as an intern at the Mysterious Book Shop, the oldest still standing mystery book store in New York (and the country).