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    Richard Stark(Author)
Together at last. Under the pseudonym Richard Stark, Donald E. Westlake, one of the greats of crime fiction, wrote twenty-four fast-paced, hard-boiled novels featuring Parker, a shrewd career criminal with a talent for heists and a code all his own. With the publication of the last four Parker novels Westlake wrote--Breakout, Nobody Runs Forever, Ask the Parrot, and Dirty Money--the University of Chicago Press pulls the ultimate score: for the first time ever, the entire Parker series will be available from a single publisher.

With Parker locked up and about to be unmasked, Breakout follows his Houdini-like escape from prison with a team of convicts. But when a new heist and new dangers--con artists, snitches, busybodies, eccentrics, and cops--loom among the dark alleys and old stone buildings of the big city to which they've fled, Parker soon learns that not all prisons have bars.

Featuring new forewords by Chris Holm, Duane Swierczynski, and Laura Lippman--celebrated crime writers, all--these masterworks of noir are the capstone to an extraordinary literary run that will leave you craving more. Written over the course of fifty years, the Parker novels are pure artistry, adrenaline, and logic both brutal and brilliant. Join Parker on his jobs and read them all again or for the first time. But don't talk to the law.

"Stark . . . applies his great wit and dexterous mental skills to a series of . . . ingenious exits and entrances in (what else?) Breakout. . . . Jampacked. . . . He writes with ruthless efficiency."--Marilyn Stasio "New York Times "

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  • PDF | 299 pages
  • Richard Stark(Author)
  • University of Chicago Press (8 Sept. 2017)
  • English
  • 6
  • Crime, Thrillers & Mystery
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  • By A. Reader on 12 June 2017

    Not the best Parker but still engrossing

  • By Guest on 29 May 2017

    A superb Parker novel, kept me interested untill the end.

  • By N Thompson on 4 December 2009

    This is another of the more recent Parker novels, which seem a lot cheaper to pick up than the originals. Part 1 sees Parker in prison (proving that he isn't immortal after all!) and a breakout that is fairly mediocre it has to be said. Maybe I have been watching too much Prison Break. The book then tends to lose itself in sideplots which is unusual as the Parker books are generally about fast paced hardboiled action and dialogue, short and to the point. However, about halfway through a heist is pulled off and I have to say it becomes an excellent read. 3 blokes trying to remove a concrete block shouldn't be exciting, but in Stark's hands it is, and this event takes place over several pages and believe me it is gripping stuff. Thankfully the book continues at this rate until the end and becomes classic Stark, classic Parker. I love the Parker novels but wouldn't recommend all of the more recent entries, but this is certainly one to add to the collection.

  • By P. N. Hussey on 14 October 2008

    Another terrific Parker novel where things seem to go from bad to worse with Parker's luck being the usual mix of good and bad. The story moves at a very brisk pace never letting you become bored and Parker is a terrific antihero. Filled with hardboiled dialogue and a good mix of violence this is another very good read.

  • By Mr. J. G. Hoad on 2 March 2014

    This is a very gripping book. Donald E Westlake's inimitable style shows through strongly: his ability to write a logical, consistently interesting plot is quite amazing.

  • By Robert Ellis on 30 June 2013

    Parker is a force of nature. He never deviates into softness or sentimentality. He makes Jack] Reacher and others of that ilk look wimpish..

  • By bubble on 22 April 2013

    A great crime caper book,very believable story with great characters, with of course Parker in usual violent form.Highly recommended.

  • By Mrs. Pamela Ward on 21 January 2017

    part way in, usual great parker touches

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