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Penelope Hastings, a member of the NYC bourgeoisie, is married to a wealthy banker and sees her psychiatrist five days a week. Everyone, except for her doctor, thinks she is a silly woman who's only interested in expensive clothes and in makeup products. In reality, Penelope is a very clever person who, for two years now, has had a great time stealing the jewels of her wealthy friends. She doesn't steal for the money but for the fun of it. Now Penelope has just robbed an agency of the City Federal Bank of New-York that happens to be THE bank of her husband. Disguised as an old woman, wearing a mask, she managed to steal $50,000 and to disappear in the streets of NYC.
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During the next days, Penelope will have the time of her life while attending the efforts of the police to identify the robber. She will use her charm to fool, and seduce, the Police Commissioner John Comaday, who'll lost his wallet on that occasion, and the Assistant to the D.A. Larry Cohen, the only one who thinks that Penelope is less stupid than she appears to be. Meanwhile, Dr. Mannix, her psychiatrist, vainly tries to understand Penelope's real personality and has a hard time avoiding to fall in love with the blonde WASP.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   humorous Time/era of story    -   1960's-1970's Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   eccentric nature Crime & Police story    -   Yes Story of    -   conman stealing/fraud Battle with a psychiatrist    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   wealthy Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   mostly dialog

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