An unemployed bank robber, in the middle of a nasty divorce, desperately needs money to pay rent in order to have access to her children and avoid eviction. She tries to rob a “new-fangled cashless” bank. Escaping from the bank, the would-be robber runs into an apartment open house full of potential buyers and takes them hostage. The local police are a father and son team on duty together this day before New Year’s Eve. The reader slowly learns the personal stories behind the various “hostages” and the two policemen. The robber gradually earns support from those she has taken hostage. They don’t want her hurt and help plan a way out. Also they are not totally forthcoming with the truth when questioned by the police.
A combination of comedy, drama and mystery makes for an unusual read by the author of A Man Called Ove.