CONS OF THE ROCK -- Summary

Who knew that Camelot lurked behind Alcatraz' most famous escape?

CONS OF THE ROCK by Robert VanDeventer is, finally, the full – and up-to-now untold – story of the most famous escape from Alcatraz prison. It’s placed in 1962. Just one convict makes it. And he may owe his success less to savvy and luck than to – Camelot. That’s right. A Kennedy is pulling strings. Justice Department civil servants recruit a mole to infiltrate Alcatraz, ostensibly to find out if an escape is possible. This plan of the Feds is totally unknown to near-genius Fred Morgan, an inmate who already has an escape plan in motion. Fed plan versus Morgan plan. We watch both develop, neither known to the other. At first. We wonder if Morgan will make it, just as we wonder if the Feds are working for or against him? We can’t be sure. They often seem unsure themselves – or, business as usual – as we listen to them inside the Washington Monument, on a New Jersey golf course, aboard a “clocker”, walking across the Golden Gate Bridge, over wine at the Top of the Mark. Morgan’s plan is a page of history, revealed here chip by chip in detail and emotion never before published or filmed. Morgan is often funny, more often serious, as we watch him deal with incredible inmates, sage to insane, as they chip at walls, fashion rafts, con the Feds, and hide it all from officials, also sage to insane. CONS FROM THE ROCK is less revisionist than a re-imagining of a fantastic little coup, the kind of brave, if often futile, derring-do about which people still continue to wonder.

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