Dortmunder opened the door and a distant burglar alarm went CLANGangangangangangang..."Hell," Dortmunder said, and shut the door again, but the angangangangangang went on and on. "Hell and damnation," Dortmunder said, while from some distance away a police patrol car's siren went whoop-whoop wiggle-wiggle-wiggle whoooooooooopp, the sound rising from the grid of New York City's streets up five stories through the two A.M. air to this quiet blacktopped floor. The burglar alarm kept nagging: angangangangangang. WHOOP-WHOOP; the patrol car wasn't so very far away after all.
- From Good Behavior by Donald E. Westlake
[And if you've never read any of Westlake's Dortmunder novels, you are in for a treat.]