Aron Spilken and Ed O’Leary. Burning Moon (1978) 202 pp.
Publisher’s description: “Ruth and Alice are young, attractive, middle-class California women. Norman is a gay postal worker. Besides being good friends, what do they have in common? Well, they share the boredom of dull, dead-end jobs, together with a dream of adventure, excitement, and enough money to enjoy some of the finer things in life. But they’ve been around long enough to know that the financial rewards they are looking for can’t be gotten by honest work. Half-seriously, they begin to discuss a wild scheme. Sitting in San Francisco coffee houses, they hatch a fantastic plot over cappuccino and cake. To their own surprise, pretending turns into serious planning and they decide to risk everything on a do-or-die caper. They leave Ruth’s daughter with a  baby-sitter, pack clothes (and guns) for an alleged hiking trip, and drive to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where they meet up with Norman, who will dress in drag for the big event. The time is Labor Day weekend, on the evening of a full moon. The target is the bulging vault of the Jackson Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National Park. To escape, they must scale snow-capped, wind-whipped mountains, cross freezing rivers, evade scores of armed rangers with ‘shoot to kill’ orders. Before it is over, a female ranger must make an agonizing decision.”