Kahawa

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In Uganda in 1977, a particular trainload of coffee, mostly belonging to dictator Idi Amin, is worth six million dollars. As a group of scoundrels and international financiers hijack the train, the double and triple crosses pile up and the comic tension escalates in a brawling brew of buffoons, bumblers, beans and boxcars.

Kahawa means coffee. In Uganda in 1977, coffee, especially this particular trainload, means $6 million to whoever ends up with said train when all...

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Overview

In Uganda in 1977, a particular trainload of coffee, mostly belonging to dictator Idi Amin, is worth six million dollars. As a group of scoundrels and international financiers hijack the train, the double and triple crosses pile up and the comic tension escalates in a brawling brew of buffoons, bumblers, beans and boxcars.

Kahawa means coffee. In Uganda in 1977, coffee, especially this particular trainload, means $6 million to whoever ends up with said train when all is said and done. Idi Amin--Uganda's violent, homocidal, certifiably insane dictator--owns most of the coffee and wants to keep it that way. Originally published in 1981.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446403436
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/21/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 4.12 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

DONALD E. WESTLAKE has written numerous novels over the past thirty-five years under his own name and pseudonyms, including Richard Stark. Many of his books have been made into movies, including , which became the brilliant film noir Point Blank, and the 1999 smash hit Payback. He penned the Hollywood scripts for The Stepfather and The Grifters, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Screenplay. The winner of three Edgar awards and a Mystery Writers of America Grand Master, Donald E. Westlake was presented with The Eye, the Private Eye Writers of America's Lifetime Achievement Award, at the Shamus Awards.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2000

    An excellent Coffee Caper that's Good to the Last Drop

    Donald Westlake excells at the caper and this is no ordinary caper. Based on a true story, this is Westlake at his page turning best. The plot deals with a group of mercenaries in Uganda and their plan to steal a trainload of coffee out from under Idi Amin's nose. This is Westlake at his most violent, most sexual and most exciting. While a serious story, the book has moments of levity (something Westlake is well known for) and is a gripping and engaging read.

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