James M. Cain
Even if read through a film of nostalgia for those icy snow jobs of yesteryear -- Double Indemnity; The Postman -- it's hard to fred the pot of gold here except for the fact that there is $100,000 in ransom money taken from a hijacker, who is shot, and Dave becomes the cynosure of all eyes -- not only those of the police but of stewardess Jill and his own problem young (step)-mother, two sex-kittenish hellcats (in a nice way). . . . Anyway there's the name which still rings once.