|A Stainless Steel Rat is Born|
Date: 01 September, 1985 — Book
Fiction, Science Fiction
Harry Harrison's Stainless Steel Rat, created in 1961, is introduced in a prequel novel here, set when Jim diGriz is seventeen. He deliberately plans a foiled bank robbery so that he can get sent to prison and learn from experts in the field of crime. However, he discovers when he gets to prison that the criminals are incompetents, so he breaks out and searches for the Bishop, a famous criminal who never got caught, and who might train him in the ways of high-tech crime in a future so distant that the Earth is less than a memory.
The Stainless Steel Rat series is simple and silly, with all the drama a cheap crime series is supposed to have. Our sympathies are always firmly with Slippery Jim, the con man who doesn't want to ever kill anybody but who is endlessly bored with the tameness of modern life. It's easy to like the guy who can get out of anything.